Followers of the food themed posts of this blog will know that I have a love for hole-in-the wall restaurants and usually stay away from glitzy restaurants. For me its simply a balance of good food and value. But of course, every now and then, I find myself in an upscale restaurant like “House of Wagyu.”

Celebrating the birthdays of two of my best friends, Deo Co and Norman Jose, we met up today for lunch at House of Wagyu in Podium.

The steak here had several grades ranging from 6 to 12. The higher the grade, the more tender and flavorful the grade. I ordered a 220 gm Rib Eye.

This was my first time here, so I didn’t know what to expect.

We started out a nice bowl of Creamy Onion Soup.

 

Followed by a nice Caesar Salad

After the starters, the waiters put these bibs on us. I was wondering why…

Then came the steaks… cooked on a heated block of stone…. and thus “stone grill”

Wagyu Beef at House of Wagyu

I found it strange when we were asked how we liked our steaks done when we would be the one’s cooking it anyway (or leaving it to cook) on this hot stone. Anyway… we were given a lot of instruction.

The purpose of the bibs became very clear. As the steak cooked, it was spattering oil all over. So we had to wait for the simmering to tone down.

Here is a very brief video of the steak sizzling on the stone grill

We were served our vegetables as well. But as a true meat eater, I hardly paid this any attention. After all, as true carnivores will attest to… vegetables are just decoration and offer no real nutritional value… haha.

Meanwhile, Norman was a little corny and just had a surf n turf of steak and prawns.

Now back to my steak

When it reaches a certain level of “doneness”… the waiters assist and place the steak on a waiting plate so you can manage cooking your steak in smaller strips at a time.

Anyway… let me just say, that the whole dining experience itself was orgasmic… as steak eaters will attest to, when you have really good steak, this is simply…heavenly.

I finished off lunch with some Crème Brule

Yes, it is a little pricy. But the experience alone is simply awesome.

 

Location and Contact Information:

House of Wagyu

5th Floor, The Podium, 12 ADB Ave., Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila

Telephone: (63 2) 635-3056, (63 2) 638-5889