BBs Diner is a Filipino brunch spot bringing classics from the culture to a wider audience.
The house-like multi-level structure that’s home to BBs is awash in a cheery pink and red gradient colour scheme masterminded by artist Ilona Fiddy, also responsible for nostalgic-styled lettering on the restaurant’s exterior.
BBs all day breakfast ($13) is essentially the typical Filipino silog breakfast, which usually consists of garlic rice and fried eggs plus a protein. House pork sausage and marinated milkfish belly are more traditional proteins, but you can also opt for a crispy but tender house-brined corned beef hash.
A little ketchup on the side plays to the Western side of this menu’s influences, but the garlic rice is Filipino all the way and the fried egg with golden crunchy edges adds extra texture and creaminess.
An eggplant omelette ($11) is a whole eggplant charred and flattened with its skin peeled off, dipped in egg and then dropped into a pan to create the omelette-like effect. Apparently it’s typical practice to put potato in a dish like this, so there’s a potato rosti broken up on top, with aioli and sweet chili sauce finishing everything off.
Fried chicken ($8) is the star here, inspired by Jollibee but far better. Whole wings are also brined in-house overnight, dredged in a coconut milk and chili paste mixture that renders the chicken rich and moist, but also nutty and spicy with an incredibly crunchy coating.
A roasted red pepper and fermented chili hot sauce adds some zing to really send the chicken over the edge.
JB’s spaghetti ($11) is named for owner Justin Bella, not Jollibee, though it is a wink to the way the fast food chain typically accompanies their fried chicken with a side of sweet Filipino spaghetti.
The sweetness of this dish isn’t as cloying as a traditional Filipino spaghetti, a lot of the flavour of a classic bolognese meat sauce coming naturally from tomato. BBs bumps up the usual Filipino spaghetti hot dog topping by making their own sweet, garlicky pork dog in house, finishing the plate off with an oily sweet chili sauce that makes everything pop.
This style of pasta came about out of necessity. The cheddar and hot dog it’s topped with are cheaper and easier to find than parm and meatballs.
Mama Marivic’s French toast ($8) soaks shokupan in egg and tops it with banana-coconut dulce de leche, toasted coconut, almond and evaporated milk.
To drink, there’s coffee and pink Ting.
The name BBs pays homage to Justin Bella’s last name and classic Filipino restaurants named after households.