I was invited to Chops Chicago Steakhouse’s press lunch last April 30, 2013. I initially thought it was a franchise from abroad but it’s actually a local concept from the Red Crab group of restaurants. It’s headed by Chef Peter Ayson, who himself had actually spent some time working and living in Chicago.
Chops Chicago Steakhouse is located on the 4th level of Greenbelt 5. It gives off that date place / fine dining vibe with the dimmed lights and luxe interiors.
While waiting for what was in store, we were served some tasty focaccia bread with a ramekin filled with balsamic vinegar and olive oil for dipping.
We were offered wine but since I’m not really a wine person, I just had a glass of Chops Signature Iced Tea (P110, pictured above).
Then the steak tray was brought out so we could choose which kind we wanted. Everything was huge and we were told that these were the actual sizes of what was going to be served. I knew I couldn’t finish such big slabs of meat and so I opted for the smallest cut size, which turned out to be a 10 oz. cut of Snake River Farms’ Wagyu. I only found out days after that it was actually the most expensive at P3,850. At the time, I chose it because of the size, and well I did hear the server say it was wagyu. The gigantic 21 oz. cuts of meat on the tray good for two people cost P2,000+. We were asked about our preferred doneness after and I said medium well.
As our steaks were being cooked, we were served appetizers starting with The Bone Marrow (P295, pictured above). OMG in sinfulness, I tell you. It’s roasted bone marrow served open-faced so you can dig into it with a spoon and spread it on the crostini it’s served with. It’s soooo good but I only had a teaspoonful because I was afraid of the consequences, haha.
Then we had Charbroiled Slab of Bacon (P320, pictured above). It’s Chops’ homemade smoked bacon served with pomegranate honey mustard and black pepper. It reminds me somewhat of asado.
We each had a bowl of Smoked Tomato and Cheese Soup (P170, pictured above). It’s made with real pureed tomatoes and I could still taste tiny chunks of it as I sipped the soup. Chops offers several kinds of soup and they are all priced the same per bowl.
We each also had a personal serving of Apples and Arugula Salad (P320 for a regular serving) comprised of mixed salad greens, arugula, smoked bacon, green apple slices, candied walnuts, and croutons with balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
After the appetizers, my steak was served. It came with a small dish of steak sauce which tasted like A-1 steak sauce.
Oh wow, it turned out to be the best steak I’ve had in a looong time. It was melt-in-your-mouth tender and perfectly cooked… bursting with flavor as I chewed on each morsel. You don’t need sauce! It’s divine on its own. I couldn’t finish the whole 10 ounces though, I think I had half. Next time I will split with my hubby as not to waste such a lovely steak.
An order of steak usually comes with one siding of your choice but Chef Pete wanted to let us try three of their best ones. First out was Parmesan Creamed Spinach with Organic Egg (P180 ala carte, pictured above — all sidings are priced the same). You’re supposed to mix it all together before digging in as the egg is at the bottom and sides of the dish. It’s sooo nice and creamy while at the same time savory because of the cheese. I will probably order this again next time. 😀
We also had Wild Succotash which is comprised of wild black rice and sweet corn kernels. I enjoyed the chewy texture of the rice.
Then came the aromatic Truffled Mac and Cheese. Nothing like the scent of truffles to whet your appetite for more!
For dessert, we had something special created by Chef Pete just for the occasion — Triple Cookie! Chocolate Chip cookies topped with what seemed fudge and ice cream. On top of it sits a Dark Chocolate Cigar (basically barquillos wrapped in dark chocolate then filled with marscapone cheese and speculoos cookie butter!). I found the cookie/cake portion too sweet but wow, the chocolate cigar is way beyond awesome. Chops actually does have a dessert called Dark Chocolate Cigars which is priced at P280 but normally it doesn’t have cookie butter.
All in all I had a wonderful meal at Chops Chicago Steakhouse. Like I said, it was the best steak I’ve had in a long time. Everything was superb. I would definitely go back with my hubby (since I can’t finish the meats by myself, lol) because they still have a lot more to offer which I’d like to try (like baby back ribs, hehe!).
If you love meat and you love steak, Chops Chicago Steakhouse is definitely a must-try!
Chops Chicago Steakhouse
4/F Greenbelt 5,
Legazpi St., Legazpi Village, Makati City
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