Grilled Bliss

Love for barbecue within the metropolis is powerful, and Massive Pig BBQ & Beer is ready to fill the love

Initially opened at their Truong Son location (46 Truong Son, Tan Binh) by the airport, as a consequence of its rising recognition Massive Pig BBQ & Beer has expanded to 2 extra places, one in Hoc Mon and one which opened final month in District three (12 Cao Thang, D3), which we visited for this evaluation.

Strolling within the ambiance is certainly one of a sports-themed bar and grill, with massive display screen TVs switched onto sports activities channels (as only one instance, Massive Pig reveals the complete AFL soccer season). Outstanding on one wall is a sizeable show exhibiting the entire craft beers, each draft and bottled, which can be obtainable from East West, Pasteur Avenue, Rooster, C-Brewmaster and extra. A bonus that Massive Pig has over the competitors is that their beer costs are comparatively decrease.

After taking in our environment we sat at a excessive desk within the comfortably temperature managed room. The menu provides a big collection of conventional bar and grill fare: salads, sandwiches, burgers, pizza, pasta, steaks, ribs, seafood and extra. Additionally they have sizzling pots, oysters, dessert choice and a tasty wanting breakfast menu of hearty plates, akin to Saigon’s Greatest Breakfast (VND150,000), which incorporates two eggs, dwelling smoked bacon, sautéed mushrooms, grilled tomato and roasted potatoes served with mashed avocado and a toasted baguette.

Whereas there have been so many appetizing decisions we began with the quinoa and lentil salad (VND190,000) that features quinoa, lentils, combined greens, avocado, cherry tomato and asparagus tossed in a balsamic dressing and topped with grilled Halloumi cheese and recent mint. Many of the BBQ joints within the metropolis both skip salads altogether or underwhelm with what they’ve, however the salads at Massive Pig are on par with the standard of their grilled meats. The lentils and quinoa had been fluffy and chewy, the veggies had been crispy and the cheese was delicate and savory, whereas the balsamic was properly tart and fruity with hints of the mint popping up within the occasional chunk. For vegetarians or health-conscious eaters accompanying their extra carnivorous mates, you’ll actually take pleasure in
the salads on provide. The tabbouleh salad (VND160,000) and the summer season salad (VND150,000) additionally look recent and distinctive.

We quickly had a troublesome option to make: Do we would like pizza, pasta, one thing from the grill, one thing else? We went with the largest meat choice (properly I did already ate a wholesome salad) on the menu since, in any case, Massive Pig is a BBQ joint, and we paired that with a couple of fried sides. We ordered The American Platter, which incorporates German sausage, ribs, prawn skewers and home made bacon (VND540,000). We accompanied it with french fries (VND75,000) and onion rings (VND70,000).

When the American platter got here it took up half the desk: the sausage was not less than a foot lengthy and thick, there have been half a dozen ribs, the bacon was piled excessive, the prawns had been massive and separated on the skewers by grilled peppers and onions. There have been additionally three sauces, barbeque, honey mustard and a spicy, but candy chili sauce, all house-made. The pork for the sausage, ribs and bacon is imported from Poland and Germany and the bacon and sausage are ready in-house.

The bacon was thick and chewy with touches of crispiness across the edges. Massive Pig takes their bacon critically, marinating it for seven days earlier than it’s smoked. The smoky taste was distinctive and I envisioned how superb this is able to be paired with a few scrambled eggs and a few hash browns. At this level the server set down the french fries and onion rings, straight from the fryer, so after I swallowed the bacon I detoured to the edges whereas they had been piping sizzling. The fries had been a spot-on duplicate of  McDonald’s, that are persistently listed on the high of the world rankings for quick meals fries. The onion rings had been massive, a crispy golden brown batter curled round a thick part of recent, crunchy onion.

Subsequent we tried the ribs, which had been coated in a tangy, tomato-based marinade. The meat fell off the bone, which I dipped within the chili sauce for an added kick. The German sausage was pleasant, salted barely and fairly juicy, seamlessly matched with the house-made honey mustard. In the meantime, the massive prawns had been buttery, candy and flavorful.

And to lastly end off our lunch, we ordered a chocolate mud pudding with vanilla ice cream (VND120,000). The ice cream comes from Fanny they usually have various flavors obtainable (VND35,000/scoop). This was wealthy and candy, the brownie tender and heat with the liquid chocolate middle mixing with the melting vanilla ice cream as we completed each final chunk.

They’ve a three-course set menu for lunch from 11am-2pm Monday via Friday, usually VND199,000, however presently being supplied for the promotional worth of VND99,000. Massive Pig BBQ & Beer is certain to fulfill your starvation for beer, BBQ, bar meals and sports activities.

Pictures by Vy Lam

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