Entering the Age of Stoned Steaks

Entering the Age of Stoned Steaks

Cesar Cruz Jr.

Business Mirror | December 6, 2018

“Nothing quite satisfies a man’s appetite like a huge chunk of good ‘ol steak cooked to one’s preferred level of doneness.”

For hardcore carnivores, steaks are top contender for the ultimate comfort food.
Throw in a party of side dishes and sauces and complete the entourage to this VIP protein dish.

When you absolutely have to give in to your steak craving, it is good to know that there is a steakhouse that does not disappoint. Stoned Steaks steakhouse, a 30-seater dining spot at 55 Scout Rallos in Quezon City, has been carving a name for itself for almost a year now with the reverence it shows toward handling its high-quality steaks. Without doubt, it is the place to impress a date, celebrate life’s victories and splurge on the good stuff.

How many steakhouses do you know that has its own dry-aging machine for its Angus and Wagyu steaks? Dry aging makes the meat more flavorful and thereby taste better due to the evaporated moisture from the muscle. As a result, weight is lost the longer this kind of beef is aged. To understand dry aging, think of the funky characteristic that time imparts to charcuterie and blue cheese. For a dry- aged steak newbie, start with the 28 day steak. For long time steak lovers, try the 45-day dry-aged steak.

Not all steaks here, though, are dry aged. A regular Wagyu, which is known for its tenderness, and likewise—a rib eye Angus, which has a reputation for flavor—can be had in various levels of marbling, as well. Thus, the higher the grade, the higher quality the steak is accorded with.

While top-notch steak quality is already a given, its lineup of exciting promos can certainly rival the irresistible aroma of steak fat turning into vapor. If quantity to you is as important as quality, visit Stoned Steaks from Monday to Wednesday and avail yourself of its unlimited steak promo. On Thursdays, slash 50 percent off Wagyu steaks. On the weekends, cut 40 percent off on all dry aged steaks.

Moreover, a huge fun factor one gets from dining at Stoned Steaks is the fact that the steaks are served on a lava-rock plate. It cooks in front of you in all its sizzling glory. The crucial part diners should pay attention to is the right moment to take off your steak from the 350 degree Celsius hot plate, as it cooks fast. You don’t want all the steak juices to go up in smoke!

 

The steak place has done away with trimmings associated with your grand daddy’s steakhouse. In fact, it marches to its own beat as its ambience exudes a fresh and clean vibe with the use of marble tops, Tolix chairs, black hanging light fixtures and a faux grass-covered accent wall with the word ‘Stoned’ across it. It has that Big Apple feel that millennials resonate with. Nevertheless, the service one gets here is akin to fine dining—thanks to its well-trained, well-mannered staff.

On a lighter note, staring at the accent wall gave this writer the crazy assumption that Stoned Steaks come from “grass-fed” cows. After all, this is a steak “joint.”

With a commitment to high standards in handling its premium steaks, served on a hot plate that cooks in front you, in a modern setting, coupled with inviting promos and polished service, what more could a steak lover ask for? It is an open invitation to indulge in the good stuff and be deliriously satisfied as one enters the age of Stoned Steaks.

Cesar Cruz Jr.

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Cesar studied communication arts at the University of Santo Tomas. He writes articles in the Lifestyle Section of Business Mirror as a lifestyle writer. He manages Pancit Malabon, his own restaurant at Banawe St.

Exploring a World of Hamburgers

Exploring a World of Hamburgers

Reggie Rullan and Gabrielle Borromeo

Published in Daily Tribune Life | May 21, 2011

Oakwood Premier Joy – Nostalg Center Manila’s World of Burgers

Our culinary tour of Oakwood Premier Joy – Nostalg Center Manila’s World of Burgers promotion, which ran in April, was ushered in with a platter of chopped house salad with tangy ranch dressing. There were only a few components on this salad plate, and each ingredient was awakened by clusters of bleu cheese. As we loved bleu cheese and ate it regularly at home, it was a knockout of a starter for both of us. Even the shallots’ piquant tang was conquered by the creamy bleu cheese. A balance of zesty and rich tastes completed the salad experience. The ranch dressing fastened the savory croutons to the lettuce and melded the flavors of the cheese and shallots in a dish you could finish in one fell swoop.

The glass of South African Nederburg Pinotage was an intense dark ruby red cinnamon rich wine, which stood up to the rich strong flavors of the bleu cheese and the shallots. The Pinotage had a full mouth feel with musky spiciness lingering long after each sip.

When the trilogy of so-called mini burgers was set before us, we literally gasped at the sight of the whoppers, towering at three inches with patties and buns four inches in diameter. Despite its daunting appearance, we decided to take the challenge and eat at least a bite of each.

Italian Mini-Burger

The first thing that came into mind after biting into the Italian Burger was Bolognese pasta sauce. The rich, crushed tomato sauce with the burgers was like eating Bolognese pasta sans the noodle. The aragula leaf tucked under the burger gave brightness to the mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. It was very Italian to have a sharp tasting vegetable set off the richness of the cheese and the inch-thick, all-beef patty encased in a very Italian ciabatta bun.

Caribbean Mini-Burger

With the thinly sliced grilled pineapple, the beef burger tasted like a sausage patty and it reeked of island goodness with the mango relish. The jerk-flavored patty accounted for the island taste in a sesame crusted bun. This was a burger we had several bites of as we marveled at how well the mango married with the beef.

Mediterranean Mini-Burger

Kalamata olive accents on the bun marked the minted burger as unmistakably Mediterranean. With a thick slice of feta cheese cushioning the ground lamb burger, this was reminiscent of a Greek sandwich in a bun instead of a pita. The salty dense feta cheese added to the earthiness of the all-beef patty, a stark contrast to the mildly sweet Caribbean burger and the homey goodness of the tomato rich Italian burger.

Country French Fries

The palate cleaner alongside the bright tasting accent of the 2009 Nederburg Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot was the side of French Fries with its thick cuts, skin on and crisp-fried with pillows of fluffy potato inside. We went back to each burger in between nibbles of the hearty fries. Finishing off the fries seemed no mean task as it disappeared from our platters faster than we thought, as did several rounds of the 2009 Nederburg Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, a wine we could not seem to stop sipping in between bites of our Trilogy of Burgers. It flowed down our palates with seeming ease as we savored the complex notes of the blend of merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

Super Brownie Sundae

An avalanche of whipped cream and vanilla ice cream covered the chunky chewy brownies that ended the burger bonanza. The frostiness of the vanilla ice cream surrounded the cocoa rich moist chocolate cookie bars. We reveled in the Super Brownie with chocolate sauce and a cherry on top like kids on a Sunday treat.

Other selections for this burger fest includes: Mexican grilled beef patty, melted cheddar, jalapenos, sour cream and chili in flour tortilla accompanied by nacho chips, salsa and avocado mayonnaise; Classic Double Double with two grilled beef patties, Canadian bacon, crisp smoked bacon, Swiss cheese, onion rings on a sesame bun; Korean beef patty glazed with sweet soy and rice wine, roasted sesame seeds and kimchi on crisp rice disk; French pan-fried, cognac-flamed beef patty with foie gras, Perigourdine sauce on a crusty bun served with truffles and fried potatoes; South Asian vegetarian pan-seared bean patty, light curry gravy, katchumber on grilled naan bread served open faced; South Beach grilled lean beef patty, 500 Islands dressings (low fat version of the original) between two hearts of iceberg lettuce; Argentinean beef patty, chimichurri sauce, Manchego cheese topped with an egg; and Scandinavian grilled salmon fillet, shredded lettuce, lime mayo topped with chopped shrimp salad on a toasted rye soft bun.

Gabrielle Borromeo

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Gabe organizes what she sees around her and loves to put it into words. She has been contributing her articles for the Daily Tribune newspaper, Tinig ng Marino (maritime) newspaper, Cook magazine, Appetite magazine and F&B World magazine.

You can contact Gabrielle at: gabrielle_borromeo@write-experts.com

Reggie Borromeo

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Reggie is co-founder of Write Concepts Company, the publisher of www.write-experts.com. She manages a network of professional writers and artists in the Philippine publishing world to form a pool of experts and talents that can deliver optimum communications services.

You can contact Reggie at: reggie_rullan@write-experts.com