My audition for the role of the next Old Spice Guy didn't go so well
I'm a very lazy guy, that struggles to get himself out of bed or away from the computer when at home. I'm a homebody that prefers a large order of pizza and a good movie or series marathon, as opposed to a partying at bars and clubs all night. I've noticed most of my posts have been either Eastwood or Makati (I live in Pasig and I work in Makati), so I decided to expand my horizons just a little bit, and explore what lurks in Alabang (I told ya just a little bit).
When Rina told me that her friends were planning a get together down South, I jumped at the chance to go on a food trip with them. At first we were planning somewhere in BF Homes Paranaque, but when I realized that the get together was scheduled on a Harry Potter weekend, I thought it would be best to have lunch somewhere in Alabang Town Center, so that Rina and I could go straight to their cinemas right after. I was able to get some great seats via SureSeats.com for the 4:30pm showing (And it's a good thing I did, because the line was ridiculous and by 1pm, they were only selling tickets for the last full show!), leaving me with only one problem.. where to eat at ATC.
It's a nice mall and all.. More like a tidied up Glorietta in Makati, but the choices of restaurants aren't anything out of the ordinary. I didn't want to make that rare trip to Alabang, and just eat at Pepper Lunch, Yellow Cab or Italianni's again (Their concession stands are more interesting then their actual restaurants). I resolved that since we went all this way, our meal had to be something different.
Rina's friend Lia, who is a resident of the South and has joined us in many adventures in the past, always boasted that once we visited Alabang or any of her "Territories", she would be the one who would play hostess. It was funny because once we got there, she herself found herself a little lost in the labyrinth that is Alabang Town Center.
Then came Rina's friend Aiko, who herself is a citizen of the South. She suggested a restaurant that I haven't reviewed yet, and we decided on that. However, I was a little bit uneasy because I knew there were other branches of that said restaurant in Makati and MOA as well, so I really wouldn't be maximizing my trip. But at that point I was just so exhausted from walking I was thisclose to picking the nearest BBQ stand and just going with it.
The place she took us to was actually across from the Alabang Town Center, and as we got closer, Aiko pointed out a Steak House, which was right beside the diner she initially suggested.
Since I had never heard of this place before, I knew I had found the restaurant I went down to the South for.
The Wooden Horse Steak House.
Holy crap, was that a long intro or what?
Finally found the place!
Ready for a hoe-down
The service was excellent, with our waiter, Gerald, very warm and accommodating, and seem intent on making sure we enjoy our experience of the Wild West. They even lent us some Cowboy hats for the picture taking (and they were the ones that urged me to ride the horse.. their fault, not mine).
(Restaurants, don't forget to toast your bread a little bit before serving it!)
I'm not too sure what kind of bread this was that they served as our "Starter". It looked like French bread, but the texture and color seemed more like wheat. It was nice and soft though, and went perfectly with the butter. I just wish it was hot when it got to us, though.
OF COURSE, Rina needs her shake
Too late the hero
Melay ordered their onion rings, funnily enough, AFTER everyone was almost done eating. As soon as I tried a piece, it made me wish she ordered it a little bit earlier, when I wasn't so full yet. The lightly covered battered had a subtle peppery flavor to it that perfectly complimented the deliciously sweet and juicy onions. With or without the dip (It seemed like mayo with a little Tabasco), the rings stood on its own.
After a reasonable wait that seemed shorter than it actually was because of the hilarious conversations, the main event finally arrived.
Now THIS is what I'm talking about
My friend Jorel is a big, beefy guy, so it came to no surprise that he ordered the 10oz Rib Eye Steak (P1,320.00). I'm a bit smaller than him (Fine, A LOT smaller than him. You'd have to slice him in half to make two normal sized people out of him) so I settled for the 8oz Rib Eye Steak (P1,050.00). For me, the beauty of a Rib Eye Steak is in its marbling, and this Corn-fed Angus Beef cut had it down beautifully. I was worried that it would be one of those steaks where I feel like I have to labor through the lean meat part just to get it out of the way, and THEN eat the sides rimmed with fat just to make sure I enjoy the steak to its fullest. Mine was cooked to a perfect medium well.
But the steak itself had these amazing linings of fat scattered around it, that every bite ensured that you got a mouthful of juicy awesomeness in it. It might not have been at the level of Gustavus (My barometer for awesome steaks), but it was pretty close, and at a more attainable price (for me, at least). I liked the size of the steak that I got, because I didn't feel to heavy afterwards (I knew I still had a whole lot of walking around ATC to do).
My only comment would be, and this is a minor one, is that they should find a way to have the slice of herb butter not be so cold when placed on top of the steak, so it melts immediately.
I can still hear the sizzle in my dreams
The Wesley Snipes of Steaks
Lia ordered their 6oz Top Blade Steak (P360). I didn't try it, but i probably wouldn't have ordered it myself because it looked a lot leaner than I would preferred.
Bean sprouts and steak?
Melay had the 5 oz Dice Cut Steak (P350) which came with a generous amount portioning of bean sprouts as a side dish. Again, it looked good for me, but I wouldn't have ordered it myself. All those bean sprouts looked like a waste of plate space for me (hehe).
Shrimp in a steak house!
Lia: "Pahinging asin".
We didn't order this, but they gave us some pineapples to cleanse our palate, compliments of the Wooden Horse!
We had a great time at the Wooden Horse, and I wouldn't hesitate to go back a second time.. Hopefully they let me ride the horse again!
The Seiko Films of Steaks.. "If it's Angus, It must be good!"
The recently betrothed, Melay *LIKE* (right) and Jo
(left, who couldn't be bothered to put down his steak sauce for the picture)
It's hard to look like a bad ass cowboy,
when you're basically only as tall as the bar.
The lovely ladies at the Wooden Horse
I had to explain to the guard that I was just following what the sign said.
Aren't we sweet?
Group Shot! See you guys again soon!