LIVESTOCK RESTAURANT & BAR Menu
Many have claimed that LIVESTOCK Restaurant & Bar is Quezon City’s best kept secret, the ultimate restaurant specializing in pork. For fans of the Filipino delicacies Crispy Pata and Pork Belly, Livestock is one restaurant you shouldn’t miss. Since 1977, Livestock has been a testament to their love of pork, building their very own Hog’s farm from the ground up.
I finally got the chance to try Livestock being near the area, so I decided I have to see what everyone has been talking about.
LIVESTOCK CRACKLING PORK BELLY 300g
While we didn’t get the Melt in Your Mouth Crispy Pata, whose tender meat can be sliced by a wooden popsicle stick, we ordered Livestock’s Crackling Pork Belly. Available in 300g (P290), 500g (P490) and per kilogram of serving (P895), the Crackling Pork Belly sits on top of lemongrass, herbs and roasted until the skin becomes super crispy.
The 300g serving is good for three people. There are two sauces available, liver sauce and spicy vinegar, but I liked dousing the pork belly with vinegar instead. The meat is less tough but the skin is crispy on the outside. However I find the pork a bit bland in taste. If it weren’t for the fat, the rest of the meat was dry and without flavor. I also didn’t catch the aroma of the herbs.
ADOBO AND KESONG PUTI PIZZA
Livestock’s Adobo and Kesong Puti Pizza brings Filipino cuisine favorites Adobo topped with roasted garlic puree, kesong puti and creamy mozzarella cheese.
Livestock’s Adobo and Kesong Puti Pizza was short of the juiciness you expect with a pizza oven baked with Mozzarella, soft white cheese filled pizza. I felt like I was eating plain crackers. And I didn’t taste any of the garlic puree nor any Mozzarella cheese.
BACON ICE CREAM SANDWICH
True to its cuisine specializing in pork, Livestock also has desserts that are expected to mesh well with the saltiness of pork. Take for example, Livestock serves Bacon Ice Cream Sandwich. While it’s not really a sandwich, French toast topped with plain vanilla ice cream is adorned with strips of bacon that brings a good balance of saltiness, sweetness and buttery taste of the dessert.
The bacon wasn’t crispy. It could have been better as candied bacon instead or bacon tidbits that’s crispy and crunchy. On the other hand I could have done the French toast in my home.
Overall, Livestock Restaurant and Bar could have executed a better concept since pork meat is one of the juiciest and flavorful meat you can experiment on. There were some misses that affected the overall taste of the dish. Its restaurant ambience seems to alight with the likes of Gerry’s Grill or Grilla Bar and Grill, but I feel it could have been better off for Livestock to make it more upscale to fit its entire concept.
LIVESTOCK RESTAURANT & BAR Rating:
|Taste and Originality:||(2.5 / 5)|
|Customer Experience:||(2.5 / 5)|
|Value for Money:||(2.5 / 5)|
|Brick and Mortar:||(2.0 / 5)|
|Average:||(2.4 / 5)|