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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Beefy Goodness of Hillside Ranch

A few days ago, I was invited by Spanky to try this Kapampangan brand called Hillside Ranch at the old favorite restaurant Trellis in Makati. If you aren't familiar with Trellis, I bet your dad is. :)

Opened in 1980, Trellis is known for its legendary Sisig and other Kapampangan specialties (since Father's Day is a few days away, why not bring your dad here? I'm sure he'll love it.)

inside Trellis Makati

Hillside Ranch was started by Atoy and Chay Tayag, who both came from culinary clans of Pampanga. Atoy is the nephew of Claude Tayag (of Bale Dutung) while Chay's mother owns Binulo Restaurant in Clark. Atoy's family also owns Mother Earth, a meat processing business also based in Pampanga.

They currently have two products: The Slow Roasted Beef Belly and Corned Beef Brisket. Hillside Ranch products are microwaveable, so you can enjoy some beefy goodness without the hassle.

The aroma of beef belly cooking in a hot pan welcomed me as soon as I arrived, if it was waiting for me to grab it.

We were first served the sandwiches: French Dip and The Reuben.

The French Dip has Hillside Ranch Beef Belly and caramelized onions on a crusty baguette, served with au jus while The Reueben has Hillside Ranch Corned Beef Brisket and sauekraut on dark rye bread, served with horseradish cream dip. This is one of those moments that I can't play favorites. You can find both sandwiches, priced at Php 200, at their stall at Salcedo Market every Saturday.

While devouring those delicious sandwiches and grabbing spoonfuls of sisig, I was distracted by the sight of this...

Slow-Roasted Beef Belly

and this...

Corned Beef Brisket

Slabs of Hillside Ranch Slow Roasted Beef Belly and Corned Beef Brisket right before our eyes. I stare at it like the way I look at a topless photo of Adam Levine. Dreamy, drooling, simply tantalized..

Beef Heaven!!!

The Roasted Beef Belly was served with a special sauce, rice and polenta. Polenta is a ground cornmeal usually made into a porridge (I had no idea about polenta prior to this dinner so I had to google this to find out. haha). The Corned Beef Brisket was served with veggies.

I love how tender and flavorful the Roasted Beef Belly is, and can do even without the sauce. The Corned Beef Brisket doesn't have the overwhelming salty taste, which I really like. Surprisingly, both meats didn't leave much grease in my plate.

Price List

Slow-roasted Beef Belly & Corned Beef Brisket:
Slab (650 g) - Php 550
Sliced (225) - Php 220
For slab orders (advanced notice) Php 770 per kilo


Trellis QC
40 Matalino Street cor Kalayaan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
Trellis Makati
Ground Floor Telecom Building, HV Dela Costa, Salcedo Village, Makati City

Salcedo Community Market (every Saturday)
Jaime Velazquez Market, Makati City

Valle Verde 5 Convenience Store

Also available in Angeles, Olongapo and Baguio
Contact Nos. 09175319351, 09175301251
Facebook Page: HillsideRanch
Twitter: @HillsideRanchPH

Thanks to Hillside Ranch for having us and to Spanky Enriquez for organizing this event.


  1. i'll take the slow-roasted beef belly among others :)


  2. Omg! Ang sarap naman neto!...im drooling!...huhu gutom pa naman ako....:(


  3. Favorite Restaurant ng father ko to! We love going to the QC branch whenever may chance....

    Natakam ako sa beef pics... SARAP!

    1. Would love to see the QC branch too! ;)

  4. I'll ignore the sandwich but that slow-roasted belly's shine is screaming for attention!


  5. Nakagugutom yung mga pictures. Beefy goodness at it's best! Sige, I'll try asking my parents about this and maybe eat there too. :D

  6. Ooh I do remember Hillside Ranch. They joined the Rockwell's Ultimate Taste Test last year and I was able to try their beef belly. So they offer HR in Trellis, good to know.

    1. Yep! Hope you'll grab some Hillside Ranch, Marge! :)

  7. It was as if the beef belly was talking to me and asking me to eat it. Crazy na! Haha, haven't tried dining at Trellis yet, I'm such a loser hehe :)

    1. No worries, it was my first time to visit Trellis anyway. :)

  8. This is a must-try! I mean, just judging from the photos, the meat looks tender and really savory. Hello calories!! :)

    1. Stop counting the calories muna. haha! :)

  9. nice pics! im taking my boyfriend here. he loves meat foods :)

    1. Please do! and grab yourselves Hillside Ranch products too! ;)


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