Tuesday, August 28, 2007

That's Another Story

It was a muggy, humid night
It was also the birthday of my favorite twins …
Both regal as they graciously age
Both tempered by the fires of life
Both deserving of a nice quiet dinner
In a nice quiet place
Hosted by some nice quiet guys …

We were looking for “classy”
We wanted “intimate”
We were thinking “new”
We definitely had to have “delicious” …

Elberts Steak Room – is so new that it’s really not yet done.
Still a work in progress
Open to a limited extent - 3 tables of 4 seats each

The “room” is a brainchild of Elbert Cuenca – everyones’ friend
And everyones’ Mac geek
We had last seen his culinary flair and design preferences at Restaurant 12 – the shortlived showcase of gastronomic innovation and modern bar design at Greenbelt 2.
Now this …

Hidden on the third floor of a very ordinary looking building
Accessible through a darkish, narrow staircase
One is suddenly confronted by a beautiful red sliding door with a bookshelf view into what looks like a gentleman’s lounge.
The transition from an old, rather drab building facade to this overwhelmingly warm and comfortably upscale “room” is almost JamesBondish …
Experiencing the transition and seeing the wide-eyed awe on the faces of our guests was just the start of a wonderful evening.

Upon entering, one is greeted by a bar that sets the mood for just letting go of the day’s burdens and settling into a quiet dinner
Luxurious wood panels
Meticulously upholstered chairs
Romantically lit
Formally set tables
Crystal wine glasses ...

Not surprisingly – the menu is for the most part, simply steaks …
Each with a house salad, soup, a choice of sidings and a myriad of sauces

Fillet Mignon
grilled USDA select tenderloin, 250 gm.
1,600 pesos

New York Strip
grilled USDA prime striploin, 270 gm.
1,900 pesos

grilled USDA prime rib-eye, 330 gm.
2,200 pesos

These are gooooooood steaks.
A bit expensive - but if you are a steak person,
This is steak Valhalla

Take your time

This is steak dining at its best.

Elbert's Steak Room
A place like this is both "rare" and "well done" ...
It makes for a dining experience that you will not easily forget.
It's funny - some of my best memories have been in "rooms" (but then, that's another story)

See ya'

Elbert’s Steak Room
3/F Sagittarius Building III
111 H. V. de la Costa Street
Salcedo Village, Makati City
(63-2) 339-3363
** reservations recommended


Daniel Ted said...

Deep Steak.

Daguldol Tarakatac III said...


Yes - really deep steak.

Thanks for dropin'by

Daniel Ted said...

thanks for the message too. it's people like you who are making the blogging spirit alive and on fire...i love steak by the way...but i'm thinking of quitting coz i'm thinking of becoming a vegan ...but then it's just a thought. i don't think being a vegan can beat the taste of a steak.hehe

Sidney said...

How do you find those places?
I am also a regular reader of Anton's blog and I am always surprised at the endless possibilities to dine out in Manila.
I hardly dine out myself so reading your blogs give me my culinary fix!

Indeed, the steak was good and the desserts, not to miss. ;-)

Daguldol Tarakatac III said...

I am a stress eater.
Restos are my psychological sanctuaries

The more stress - the more I look for a food fix. My stress is endless so I guess I will be bloggin' for a while