They say food is the way to a man's heart. In my husband's case, it's steak.
This past month we've had three steak dates.
First at Gaudí, Serendra, where you cook your steak on a hot plate
The other day we were at Mamou, Serendra devouring an 800-gram Angus
And tonight, well, we were invited to a dinner at Hyatt Casino Manila's The Fireplace, which is one of the most underrated restaurants in town.
You don't really hear about it probably because of its Malate location, and maybe the price.
Here's one place you'll want to dine in for very special occasions.
The dinner was hosted by Santa Carolina wines from Chile, which provided six different kinds of wine for all the dishes served.
Jeroen said the wines were very good and high quality.
Due to the traffic we were a bit late but arrived just in time for the scallops on top of very thin orange slices.
Scallops are always good in my book.
While waiting for the next dish, I was talking to Bianca Consunji's boyfriend who is a future pilot. I asked him questions about turbulence and things related to fear of flying. When I mentioned I needed a Rosary to go on a plane, Bianca said she had one too. Prove it, I said, and out came the rosaries, mine and hers.
Fast forward to the Pan-fried Chilean Seabass, with wilted watercress and Cabernet reduction
Then the steaks came out: perfectly grilled American Wagyu beef ribeye Snake River Farm 6+.
Whatever that means. Silence was golden at our table. Yes, it was that good. But I was too stuffed I decided to donate half of my steak to Jeroen, who had polished his plate.
I noticed that Jude Mancuyas of The Frazzled Cook had polished his plate too and was eating quietly. I figured the steak was too small for the two guys. Jeroen was seriously in heaven and was hoping he would get another steak but was too shy to ask. So Jeroen, I will take you there on your birthday!
Chefs Jude and Jeroen approached the actual Fireplace to see how the cooking was done in ovens imported from Australia.
Jeroen says the lady on the left is The Master. She is the steak expert.
Jeroen took photos of the steak before and after cooking.
The amazing oven thingy
I felt so sorry for Jude and Jeroen. They looked like puppies waiting for manna (read: extra steak) to fall down from heaven
As Hayden would say, sizzling hott!!
I love a simple steak with no sauce and minimal sidings
And for dessert, a heavenly combination of mango, vanilla bourbon cream and almond crunch cobbler. Wow.
Jeroen with some of our dinner group: James Joseph Estrada, Bianca Consunji and Loni Balagtas of Hyatt Casino Manila
After dinner, Jude, Jer and I dropped by Mercury to buy something very important
A much needed supply of Lipout.
To know more about The Fireplace, click here.
All the news that's hip to print
- Not enough steak!