¿Qué Pasa?

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Taking social media by storm, I bet you've already heard about ¿Qué Pasa?. If not, you must be living under a rock! (kidding) Well right now, you're in for a visual tour to this much talked-about and dined-in restaurant! 
Bigg's Diner Inc, together with the great minds of Naga's power couple Carlo and Rica Buenaflor, have brought to life ¿Qué Pasa?. Being the cutting edge of the Bicolano food industry, they have once again given pride to our Bicolano blood! 
"Qué Pasa?" basically means "What's up?" which is the core concept of the restaurant. Everyone will always be on the lookout for something new and this one's a constantly evolving resto - giving us the excitement and the urge to always go back!
The place is previously an old privately owned lot which has been around way back the Bicol-Spanish Era. The old arch and fences by the entrance have witnessed many historical events. The merging of Bicolano and Spanish culture is also one of the concepts of ¿Qué Pasa?. This is evidently seen in the overall feel of the place.



The artistic duo, Ben Nasayao and Pen Pestrado, enlivened the place with their overflowing creativity. Kuya Ben is the genius behind the interior design while Kuya Pen handpainted the iconic wall arts, menu boards, and almost everything in the resto. Every little detail speaks volumes of how amazing these artists are! They incorporated the rich artistry of Bicolano and Spanish culture.
Every corner of this place is Instagram-worthy! As you might have seen on my IG feed, I take a lot of photos here coz everything is just worth that artsy click!

 ¿Qué Pasa? meals are literary served on a tray - emphasis: you have to eat on that tray! They offer grilled dishes with a unique twist of sauces, perfectly combined with their side meals. Here's the Toro-Toro guide to order:

1. Choose your meat: Chicken, Pork, Baby Back Ribs, Tuna, Beef
2. Choose your sauce: Que Pasa Sauce, Chili Xocolate, Cervesa Negra, Bicol.
3. Choose your sides: laing, bicol express, pinangat, judias blancas, corn on a cob, 
grilled veggies, paprika mashed potato, tinutungan mashed potato, mac and cheese.
4. Choose your rice: laing rice, pimenton garlic rice, plain rice



The staples are ¿Qué Pasa? signature sauces: Cerveza Negra is their BBQ sauce variant (this one's my favorite!); Qué Pasa Sauce is garlic oil-based with a kick of herbs (my second fave); Bicol Sauce has a strong taste of ginger and herbs; and lastly, the Chili Xocolate is a sweet and spicy combination. Also, take note that you can order more than one side dish - my favorites are the pinangat, grilled veggies, and corn on a cob.
A recent addition to ¿Qué Pasa? is their Encanto Bar which serves potions, or shall I say, alcohol and cocktail drinks. Even their drinks are uniquely made - you should try their Aswangita! Aside from this, they also offer "Tapas" to complement the cold beer. Available from the selection are the gambas, sisig, and beef salpicao. All of them are must-tries and I even order them as 'ulam'. Haha! Encanto Bar opens from 6PM to 10PM.



Another exciting addition to their menu this September would be their Breakfast and Merianda. They will be serving breakfast (7AM to 10AM) and merienda (3PM to 5PM) daily. I'm extremely happy about this news because my cravings will be satisfied right off the bat! My breakfast favorite would be the Arroz con Chocolate paired with Chilis Dilis and New Look (a variant of dried fish), while I equally love the Baked Longganisa Pasta and BanaNut Fritters for my merienda.
You have to visit this fine restaurant yourself to experience the ingenuity of its interior. Whoever said that taking bathroom photos is downright gross has never been to ¿Qué Pasa?. They are the only place in town that has three bathroom labels: QueGayon, QueRebels and QueGwapo. You must also not miss a chance to take a photo on their big mirror, that's my brother below:



¿Qué Pasa? also celebrates the Bicolano artistic talent through their Siete Paobras where their seven portals serve as the canvas of talented artists whose works are showcased every month. Each portal is a representation of a Bicolano classic poem. Seen above are parts of the two finished portals. As of writing, the collective seven portals are still yet to be completed.
Another thing to visit during the fiesta month of September is this pop-up store - Tienda sa Fiesta by ¿Qué Pasa?. You'll see too many beautiful things here that you'll get tempted to buy them all! Hurry and visit them this week coz it will just be up until September 18!



Let me borrow this description from a friend: "¿Qué Pasa? is not just a restaurant, it's a tourist spot." Yes indeed! ¿Qué Pasa? raised the bar high for future restaurant owners that it is now a must to dine here whether you're a local or a tourist. With its constant touch-ups, I cannot wait for more amazing things it will offer in the future!
Be in the loop! Visit ¿Qué Pasa? at corner Barlin and Iglesia Sts., Naga City - fronting the Porta Mariae of the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral. Like their Facebook Page and follow them on Instagram for updates on their promos and events!
Some of the photos are from Alan Segui and Nick Pahati.
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