Who doesn’t love grilled pork barbeque? It’s always been a long-time favorite of the Cebuanos. Aside from classic Cebu barbeque places like Larsian and Matias, one of the places where you can get authentic and delicious Cebuano barbeque is at BARBIX Barbeque & Grill.
Barbix is located at the E. Zone, F. Cabahug St., Cebu City, and it’s right next to the Bonifacio District. The place itself is very unassuming and has lots of other restaurants, spas, gyms, and a carwash. If you’re having a hard time finding the place, just look for the Balamban Liempo restaurant fronting the complex, and head straight inside.
Best Pork Barbeque?
I was curious to try out Barbix upon the recommendation of a good friend. Upon arriving at the place, it seems like it wasn’t only his opinion that this was one of the best places you could get your barbeque fix in Cebu, as it was also awarded by SunStar (One of Cebu’s main newspapers) as the Best Pork BBQ for 2018.
One of the best things about eating at a barbeque place is that it’s very no-frills. You place your order at the counter, find a table, enjoy the smell of the grill as they prepare your food, wash your hands, prepare your utensils and sawsawan, and when they finally deliver the food, you dive right in and enjoy!
What should I order from Barbix?
- Paa (Leg) – 70
- Pecho (Breast with wing) – 85
- Chicken Skin – 25
- Atay (Liver) – 20
- Batikon (Gizzard) – 20
- BBQ – 20
- Belly – 85
- Original Chorizo – 20
- Special Chorizo – 40
- Ngohiong (Pack of 5) – 65
- Rice – 10
- Mineral Water – 20
- Bottled Softdrinks – 15
- Softdrinks in Can – 40
- Beer – 50
My friend recommended that we try out the pork barbeque, pork chorizo, and pork belly, so that’s what we got. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to order any of the chicken dishes or the ngohiong, so that’s something we’ll have to try out some other time.
So how’s the taste?
Barbix’s pork barbeque was delicious! The skewered meat was juicy and tender but perfectly grilled on the outside with just the right amount of char. The flavoring was sweet but not too sweet, with just a hint of smokiness. What can I say? For PHP 20 a stick, it was well worth it.
The difference between Barbix’s original and special chorizo is that the special chorizo is hot & spicy. But at twice the price at PHP 40 per stick, we decided to just get the original version (PHP 20) and just add more chili to our dipping sauce. The outside skin was crispy and the meat inside was juicy and full of flavor. The chorizo was tasty and served as a sweet companion to the pork barbeque.
Apologies if this isn’t the best shot, but I assure you that Barbix’s pork belly tasted much better than it looks in this picture. If you’re a fan of a bit of added fat, you can’t go wrong with the pork belly either. At PHP 85, it’s a bit expensive for the serving that you get, but it’s still worth a try nonetheless.
While the grilled barbeque was good on its own, you can never go wrong with making your own dipping sauce or sawsawan with soy sauce, vinegar, and lots of sili! Pro tip, just order extra rice in advance, because you’re going to need it. Then, wash it down with a bottle of softdrinks or beer. All in all, it was a very hearty and filling meal!
Final thoughts on Barbix
The tagline of Barbix is original Cebu barbeque that is homegrown & proudly Cebuano. In my book, they’ve more than achieved that. For a budget of around PHP 120-150 per person, you’re getting a full meal and the true Cebuano experience of how barbeque should be! I guess all that’s missing is puso (hanging rice) but no complaints here. While I still enjoy Larsian, Matias, and Yakski, I would say that Barbix also belongs at the top with those iconic barbeque places. It’s definitely a must-try, and I definitely see myself coming back for some more.
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