I’ve been wanting to try the food at Big Bad Wolf for a long time. A few good friends had a joint birthday get together there just last month and while there certainly was an abundance of drinks, I didn’t get to try the food. Flipping through the menu and reading a couple of good reviews online, I made a mental note to go back and go back, I did. After a quick but tiring shoot and dropping by an art show, Carina and I found ourselves in the Fort looking for a place to eat. Initially, Brothers was at the top of both our minds but my Magellan like need to try something new kicked in and I instantly remembered Big Bad Wolf.
The place was full up inside with the smallest table denoting reservation so we sat outside. Big Bad Wolf’s interiors are homey and nice, in my opinion. I like that there are so many different chairs. The service was good too, with an attentive waiting staff who were quick on their feet and made sure my glass was always filled to the brim with water. It was around 9pm when we were there and I was starving, my mouth watered at the options presented on the menu. Carina wasn’t hungry so we decided to share, ordering one appetizer and one main dish. Thank god we did because the food was just terrible.
To start with, we ordered Potato Skins with Boursin Dip (Php 145). Where do I begin? I guess, first, I must start with asking this question. Do these look like POTATO SKINS to you or POTATO WEDGES? I rest my case. If you answered skins, then you are probably the size of Hagrid and grow potatoes of mutant proportions. In terms of taste factor, this was actually good but a little too oily which I blame on them being so thick. The “skins” were pale and NOT CRISPY which I was right to expect. I mean, the menu said potato skins for crying out loud. I think the savior of this dish was the Boursin dip. How could you go wrong with Boursin though? It’s branded cheese, it fulfilled a taste I already expected.
These “skins” were so disappointing because they were thick but we ate them anyway because we were hungry and they were there. Carina and I were talking and we thought we’d ask the waiter about them. So our conversation goes a little something like this, I’ve translated this of course for my foreign readers (LOL). “Hey, do you really serve your potato skins this thick?” I ask, holding a wedge with my fork to show him just how thick they are. To which he replies, “Yes, they’re really like that.” In disbelief and frustration, I say “Could you please bring this in and ask the chef if this was done right?” He leaves for a bit and comes back with the exact same of pale, oily wedges and tells me it’s really the way it is. The verdict? I will never order these fake skins again, they are wedges and they should have printed that they were wedges on the menu.
Next up, we ordered the Pesto-rub Chicken (Php 390) with Dirty Rice as the side dish. Initially, I wanted to get the Fresh Corned Beef but they were all out of it so I settled. I was really excited for this though and I’m a big pesto fan so they couldn’t possibly get this wrong in my head until they actually did. Though the serving portion of this dish was large, it was just a whole lot of bad. The chicken was speckled with pesto but I couldn’t taste it there at all. It was generally, dry and just bland. I was surprised it was served with some pasta because this meal didn’t come out in the pasta portion of the menu, which explains why I had ordered rice. The pasta was tomato based and was just outright generic tasting. Had I eaten this at a food court without expectations, it would’ve been okay but goodness, paying a good amount of money for food this bad was just criminal. The pasta was pretty dry as well, sauce was sparse and just so bland. I was so hungry but this was something I couldn’t stand to eat. With just a few bites, I was done.
This was my side dish, the Dirty Rice and it had a lot of Mexican going on in my taste buds. It was a tad spicy and very tasty and actually good. It packed a bigger punch than the chicken did and it was free. UNTIL! For some odd reason, I put a chunk of something that looked a lot like ground beef from the rice in my mouth and was punched in the face by a tiny block of liver. Gross, I hate liver. Do they really put liver on here or was it a mistake? This was the point I stopped eating. The meal was bad but at least it was over.
As we were settling our bill, the waiter who had previously served us passes our table and serves an IMMACULATE plate of Potato Skins that actually look like SKINS to the people at the table next to ours. What a joke. Annoyed, I ask the waiter why theirs looks a lot more crisp and actually like Potato Skins. Looking from the pale mess on our table to the table across, he continues to tell me that they’re the same. Whatever, I gave him a chance to redeem himself and serve us a proper plate a while back but he didn’t. Because it annoys me to think about it, here’s the photo of the Potato Skins of the people at the table across. I politely asked if I could photograph their food to prove a point. I am doing so now by revealing this. Spot the completely obvious difference.
That was all it took. At the end of the day, I felt robbed. While their drinks are good and so is their service, I don’t think anyone should bother with their food. Who knows? It must’ve just been a bad night for them since I’ve been read a couple of good reviews online. Whatever the cause, the owners need to do serious quality control. You can’t serve bad dishes to some people and good ones to the table right next to theirs. This needs to be remedied because the place sure has a lot of potential. Unsatisfied, Carina and I had Dinner Part 2 in Banapple which I’ll post about soon.
Big Bad Wolf
G/F Fairways Tower,
5th Ave. cor. McKinley Road,
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City