July 5, 2008
H.V. Dela Costa Street
Salcedo Village, Makati City
Elbert's Steak Room. A cozy place found right at the heart of the central EATING district of Makati. Been trying out different kinds of steak the past few weeks and July 5 was not out of the ordinary. My food blogging budget, sadly, has gone out the window with Elbert's. It's been weeks after putting out with a budget this big and back then, it was definitely NOT worth it! I was scared. All my prayers of a good meal (you have to pray for a GREAT meal with this kind of pricing), I'm hoping to be answered this time.
OliCat invited us for some dinner and they said that their friend Kai had reserved us a table at Elbert's Steak Room. We were torn with thoughts of our financial capabilities during that time versus the fact that we've always wanted to try Elbert's. We were literally watering in the mouth with curiousity (and yes, we were hungry). Throwing everything to fate, we changed to something decent and somewhat haute couture and proceeded to the restaurant.
The place was really nice. A secluded place (which is not actually true cause it has indeed a cult following) for steak lovers and alike. Indeed, they know this place. Carnivores can smell the scent of blood from afar you know. It is a known fact in the animal kingdom.
For dinner, the prices range from a 1,600 peso Prime Rib (which was conveniently out of stock) to a 3,600 peso Porterhouse Steak. I ordered the safest cut which has always been a standard of mine in the art of steak consumption: the USDA prime grade Ribeye. Which was around 2,200 pesos. And believe me, it was WELL WORTH IT. Well, a tad bit overpriced, BUT very very good. The meat was cooked perfectly (medium-rare). They don't ask you how you want your steak done, it is automatically cooked medium-rare for you. Now, if you are a LOSER who eats cardboard... you can actually request for it to be well-done. But as you all know, eating steak well-done is a waste of good meat. I'd rather you not eat steak than eat it well-done. The steak was really juicy. It had that sweet metallic taste carnivores love. And as the meat's juices touch your tongue, it gives you a blend of different kinds of intense flavors. It gives you such a rush that you close your eyes and cherish each and every bite. Foodgasm.
The steak comes with soup and salad. The soup was pumpkin soup (yes, for the nth time) and the salad was garden greens with oriental vinaigrette. Soup was nice and was served in a warm soup bowl. It was too sweet though, and lacked a bit of saltiness and spice. They should have used more herbs to complement the sweet pumpkin taste. Texture was good though but serving size could have been bigger. All in all, it was a good soup dish. The salad was very good. This time it was served on a cold plate instead. I liked the tangy and gingery oriental taste of the vinaigrette. The greens were really fresh and were still crunchy. There were no soggy vegetables in sight.
Elbert's is a good place for great steak only if you have the budget for it. It is kinda overpriced but in reality, you are actually paying for quality. The product. The service. Frankly, I'd rather pay 2,200 bucks here than 1,750 bucks in Malcolm's. Here at Elbert's, they don't serve crap meat. They serve real USDA approved meat. I really don't mind paying this much as long as I get the equivalent amount in quality and service. Overpriced Elbert's will beat up Overrated Malcolm's in any ring, anytime!
Thanks to Mr. Elbert Cuenca for the complimentary dessert sampler. Thanks to Kai and OliCat for inviting us. Until our next fine dining steak experience! I will try the Porterhouse next time but first I have to retire from food blogging for a couple of weeks to save up some budget for my next food review...
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