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Top 10 Steaks in Manila
So much at stake— singles out the best of the best in town for your carnal craving.
By: Yvette Tan  |   Published on: Jun 13, 2011 - 4:10pm

There is something compelling about a piece of well-cooked steak. The dish speaks to an innate primalness in everyone, the relative simplicity of its preparation hearkening back to a time when the tribe got to eat only when it was successful during a hunt. Perhaps this is why steak has such a macho connotation: it isn't so much the act of eating a hunk of beef as much as it is about the collective memories subconsciously associated with it.

One would think that it would be hard to mess up a piece of steak. After all, what is steak but a slab of beef cooked over a flame or hot surface, then served anywhere from well done to near raw? And yet it seems easier to ruin a perfectly good piece of steak than it is to perfect it, especially here, where people tend to serve it well done as a matter of course.

That said, I have to say that this was one of the hardest articles I've ever had to write, as there are so many excellent steak places in Manila and I only had ten spaces to fill. And while I know that I'm certainly going to get flak for not including this or that restaurant, or not limiting my list to a certain kind of beef or places that exclusively serve steak, let it be known that again, there are more excellent restaurants than spaces in a Top 10 list, and that to list only steakhouses would be, in my humble opinion, unfair to the regular folk who don't care where they eat, as long as they dine on an excellent piece of beef. Here, our top picks.  (Note: With the exception of #10, the steak in all of the restaurants were served medium rare.)

So much at stake. Click for more photos.


Photos by Yvette Tan,, and courtesy of Melo's.  Artwork by Warren Espejo

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  • chef intoy
    forgot to include freeloaderwanny's group of freeloader chinese friends who try to pass themselves off as gourmets and food critics but are actually cheapskates out for a free meal
    Mar 16 2012 @ 11:25pm     Reply  
  • chef intoy
    gullivers, elberts, malcolms, highlands and prince albert not on the list? looks like freeloaderwanny wasnt able to get her freebies as she is famous for among food establishment operators.
    Mar 16 2012 @ 11:21pm     Reply  
  • edg
    i like tsukiji and casa marcos
    Dec 28 2011 @ 03:08pm     Reply  
  • Catherine Chan
    I question the validity of this top 10 list as any steak enthusiast would at least consider Elbert's Steak Room. To not put that establishment in this list makes this article utterly useless.

    Merry Christmas
    Dec 06 2011 @ 04:20pm     Reply  
  • wtmanalo
    Please try Wooden Horse Steakhouse in Molito Alabang. Their Angus steaks were perfectly cooked (whether you choose medium well or medium rare) and they have nice wine collection too. The appetizers though are not that great. The prices are reasonable.
    Nov 26 2011 @ 07:50am     Reply  
  • meat lover
    Why isn't Malcolm's De La Costa included in this list? This is inaccurate; you left out most of the better restaurants.
    Oct 23 2011 @ 09:07pm     Reply  
  • dinosaur
    I disagree with shiloh on Bistecca. it's not a good steakhouse. Elbert's and Cru on the other hand... mmm
    Aug 02 2011 @ 02:01pm     Reply  
  • gonz
    Highland Steakhouse in MOA and Tagaytay have good steaks as well...
    Jul 07 2011 @ 10:17pm     Reply  
  • shiloh
    Oddly, the list does not include Elbert's, Cru and Bistecca....
    Jun 30 2011 @ 11:51am     Reply   Hide replies
    • mizzclr
      Kasi nga di naka libre si ate dun kaya di include LOL
      8 months ago     Reply  
  • prime
    Err, top 10 steaks in Manila with no mention of Elbert's or Cru? Elbert's in particular is solidly in the top 3 all day everyday.rnrnI understand not having Gulliver's on the list 'coz while its prime rib roast is good, the ribeye steak is mediocre. rnrn
    Jun 18 2011 @ 10:04am     Reply  
  • mike
    where's is my favorite steak house, House of Minis. its cheap and delicious
    Jun 17 2011 @ 04:25pm     Reply  
  • joei
    I think Malcolms should be included here.rnrn blog entry on Malcolm's
    Jun 17 2011 @ 02:27pm     Reply  
  • joei
    I think Malcolm's should be included here.rnrnMy blog entry on Malcolm's
    Jun 17 2011 @ 02:26pm     Reply  
  • biwty
    Yes steak lover and dino! there definitely should be gulliver's!!
    Jun 16 2011 @ 11:43pm     Reply  
  • steak lover
    I agree with dino, why no gulliver's?!
    Jun 15 2011 @ 07:13pm     Reply  
  • anabel roma
    there must be tony roma's on the list
    Jun 15 2011 @ 09:37am     Reply  
  • non-peta
    Peta, the animals are already dead anyway...
    Jun 14 2011 @ 05:19pm     Reply  
  • alan
    Melo's the best!
    Jun 14 2011 @ 04:15pm     Reply  
  • peta
    Have mercy on the animals!
    Jun 14 2011 @ 02:07pm     Reply  
  • stef
    this still made my mouth water even if I've been a vegan for four months now. rnrncurse you deliciousjuicy cow flesh! rn*shakes fist*
    Jun 14 2011 @ 02:00pm     Reply  
  • dino
    i was looking for Gulliver's of San Francisco, but i hear you about not having enough space in a top 10 list... :)
    Jun 14 2011 @ 01:12pm     Reply  
  • lurker
    I would've added Cru Steakhouse, but this is good list nonetheless :)
    Jun 14 2011 @ 12:27pm     Reply  
  • bubuy balangue
    You forgot Cow King along Scout Ybardaloza.
    Jun 14 2011 @ 12:21pm     Reply  
  • anonymouse
    no Elbert's Steak Room?
    Jun 14 2011 @ 11:51am     Reply  
  • anson
    Great top ten! Already have a craving for steak!
    Jun 14 2011 @ 06:07am     Reply  
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