(SPOT.ph) Is it your birthday or are you celebrating a promotion? Or maybe you just survived a week of mind-numbing meetings? Well, regardless what it is or if you just have a hankering for a big, juicy, tender piece of meat, there's no denying steak is a surefire way to feel like you hit the jackpot. You don't really need a reason to treat yourself to a big ol' slab of meat. We'd have a steak every day if it weren't for budget constraints. So to help you sustain your love for this meaty culinary favorite, we round up 10 no-fail places to satisfy your steak cravings for every type of budget.
Here are 10 no-fail places to get steak for every budget:
Budget-friendly steaks around the Metro
Blake's Wings and Steaks
If you’ve been to the mall in recent years, you would have noticed the ever-constant line outside any Blake’s Wings and Steaks branch. The once Marikina-only neighborhood restaurant has skyrocketed to F&B superstardom thanks to their bang for your buck offerings of steaks, chicken wings, and other comfort food. Though it isn’t as fancy as the other steak places mentioned on this list, don’t count it out. Steaks at Blake’s start at P365 and are available in three cuts: flat iron, t-bone, and porterhouse. Despite the limited type of cuts, you can order your steaks in a variety of flavors like Honey Mustard, Hickory BBQ, and Herbed Butter, and you also get to choose what type of gravy you can have it with. Just the customization alone should get you excited as the number of different steaks you can have vastly increases.
Ikinari Steak has proven that there's a reason why a ton of people were excited when it was reported to arrive on our shores. The Japanese "sudden steak" is not only bang for your buck but also serves quality cuts cooked to perfection. Eating here, you'll be greeted by a lean and mean menu that gets straight to the meat: there is steak and only steak here, with literally six dishes available, all showcasing high-grade beef, with no appetizers or sides to distract your inner carnivore (unless you count the beef soup, a small salad, and a bowl of rice). Steak meals start at P599. Do keep a lookout, word is they are slated to open two new locations within the year, one in BGC and another in Robinsons Magnolia in Quezon City, but until they open, we still have to go to Mall of Asia in Pasay to get our fill.
Ikinari Steak is at G/F MOA Square, Seashell Lane cor Marina Way, Pasay. For more information, visit Ikinari Steak Philippines' Facebook page.
Meat Depot's claim to fame is that you can choose the steak you want and have it cooked how you want it. Yup, at Meat Depot customers can choose the cut, size, sauce, and sides of their steaks. If customers want to cook the meat themselves and take it home, they can do that. Meat Depot lends customers a deli-restaurant experience all in one, which not only sates your hunger for meaty goodness but also teaches you about choosing the right kind of beef and cuts for whatever dish you want. The pricing for meals here is pretty fair too. It's based on the weight and type of meat you want, and on top of that is a standard P150 cooking fee, which, if you ask us, is still pretty bang for your buck.
One World Butcher's
If there were a paradise for meat lovers, then One World Butchers would be it. It’s a concept like no other, as it’s not just a dining destination but also a deli and a butchery, all in one location. One World Butchers is an original concept that’s part of PYC Foods Corporation, from the same group as One World Deli, Fleur, and Pardon My French, among others. Steak meals here start at P500 but trust us, you wouldn't just be ordering the steaks. They also have a wide variety of house-made sausages, burgers, and other meaty treats to nosh on.
World Butcher's is at 8491 Kalayaan Avenue Corner Matilde, Makati City. For more information, visit One World Butcher's Facebook page.
Though part of a big chain of family restaurants, Texas Roadhouse should not be counted out of the running for no-fail steaks. The American joint takes the humble steak very seriously with very strict protocols in place to ensure that every piece of meat that leaves their kitchen is top-notch. As a part of the Bistro group of companies, Texas Roadhouse has become a staple in many key occasions for Filipino families. When here, make sure not to miss out on their big juicy, American-style steaks that start at P995. While you're at it, add an order of their ribs, pork belly dishes and other American barbeque favorites too, you won't be disappointed.
Splurge-worthy steaks around the Metro
If there's one brand that has catapulted itself to cult status in the past years because of its killer steaks, it's Mamou. From consistent near-perfect steaks every time to the smallest of details like the crisp toppings and beautiful sear, if it has anything to do with a steak Mamou has it down pat. Their steaks—depending on the cut and size—start at P1,890, and boy, that's money well spent. Aside from having a food coma thanks to their meat, you can also add an order of the SPOT.ph-favorite Lorenzo's Truffle Cream pasta (P455) to seal the deal.
Mamou is located at the following locations: Mamou Prime: The Podium Mall, Mandaluyong, Mamou Too: Power Plant Mall, Makati, Mamou 3.0: Ayala Malls The 30th, Pasig, and Mamou 5: Greenbelt 5, Makati. For more information, Mamou- A Home Kitchen's Facebook page.
Established in 1987, Melo's continues to be a favorite for great-tasting, juicy steaks using sought-after cuts of beef, like Certified Angus Beef (P3,380) and Japanese Wagyu. This oldie but goodie has always been a favorite at SPOT.ph, and TBH, can you blame us? Steaks at Melo's are always at the top because each cut of beef is cooked simply yet perfectly, i.e., perfectly seasoned with a great sear. Not to mention, the interiors of their restaurants—whether the North, South, or their BGC branch—is always homey and cozy. Plus the staff are also very helpful and welcoming, so plus points for a stress-free meal.
See a list of Melo's Steakhouse branches online. For more information, visit Melo's - Home of Certified Angus Beef and Wagyu's Facebook page.
Another brand that has become synonymous with splurge-worthy steaks is Wolfgang's Steakhouse. With steak prices going up as high as P5,658, you might want to save a meal here for extra special occasions. Aside from serving mouth-watering, tender, juicy slices of meat, they also have other entrees like lamb, sashimi, salmon, oysters, and lobsters that are bound to impress even the pickiest of eaters. Yummy eats aside, a meal at Wolfgang's Steakhouse is all the more made extra thanks to the old world, classic interiors each of their branches are decked out with. You'll definitely feel like a million bucks after any meal here.
CRU Steakhouse is Manila Marriott Hotel's in-house steak establishment. They boast a chic and old-fashioned vibe and a selection of hand-cut, dry-aged steaks any true-blue carnivore will find satisfaction in. Steaks at CRU are hand-cut, well-seasoned, and carefully prepared. There's no going wrong with ordering their OMI Wagyu (A-5) Striploin Steak (starts at P9,388), but even if you don't get this (because of reasons) their other steak cuts starting at P2,900 is still very tender, juicy, and flavorful cooked the way you want it. You also might want to add any of their seafood entrees or their platter of oysters should you want a little surf to go with your turf.
CRU Steakhouse is at Manila Mariott Hotel, 2 Resort Drive, Pasay City. For more information, visit CRU Steakhouse's website.
Elbert's Steak Room
Another cult-favorite steak place, Elbert's Steak Room, is a must-have for any steak list. Here they offer a great variety of premium USDA prime beef cuts and other steak cuts like prime ribs. Aside from having them seasoned the usual way, steaks at Elbert's Steak Room can also be flavored Filipino-style, like a tapa breakfast. Just make sure to really think about which flavor you want to get, as the steaks for one person start at P4,500. But TBH, if it's impressing your date or someone important to you that matters, bring them to Elbert's Steak Room. Aside from the great steaks and other eats, the restaurant has earned an if-you-know-you-know reputation thanks to its discreet fine dining approach. So, go ahead and tout your steak knowledge and impress whoever is.
Elbert's Steak Room is at 3F Sagittarius Building III, 111 HV dela Costa St, Salcedo Village, Makati City. For more information, visit Elbert's Steak Room's Facebook page.