Tuesday was payday and I asked the boyfriend out to lunch. I told him I’d pay for anything but he couldn’t decide where to go. We settled on an old favorite: Steaktown.
My family has gone to Steaktown for family dinners since I was a kid. It used to be located along West Avenue, then it moved. Next we knew, it was along Quezon Avenue side by side another local restaurant. They served the same meals we had known and loved. I took the boyfriend there a few times and we celebrated some of our anniversaries in that restaurant. They moved again, this time to a more secluded spot, at Sgt. Esguerra. In that last location the restaurant upgraded its look. But the menu still carried the same old familiar fare. They still had the salad bar too.
We were looking forward to a nice Steaktown lunch to kick off Alfred’s birthday week.
Imagine our surprise when upon entering, we found the place to be different. Everything was changed. The biggest surprise of all?
It is now known as Wil’s Steaktown.
Willie Revillame bought the business. And the entire building it was on apparently. The place was being renovated into Wil’s Events Place. It’s also now a resto/bar where a band plays at night. They don’t just serve steaks now. Imagine my surprise when I saw Kare-kare on the menu. Good thing for Alfred though because that’s what he actually wanted for lunch that day.
Now Wil isn’t on my list of favorite people, and the last thing I wanted to do was to make him richer by patronizing his products. But we were there already and the serving staff were nice enough. So we stayed. It was also very hot outside and I’d rather not go out right away.
They served this very soft bread for starters. I actually wanted more. They offered more but didn’t get to actually serve it. I guess that was okay because I got stuffed with all the food we ordered anyway.
We don’t normally order appetizers, but I’m happy we ordered these potatoes. They’re baked and stuffed with sour cream, cheese and bacon. I think it was called Boston Potatoes or something. Hah!
The big bowl of Kare-Kare was supposed to have Ox tail. I’m not sure that’s what was in it. It also wasn’t very special, but it tasted okay.
It took me a long time to decide what to order because I wanted something to complement the Kare-Kare. But since I couldn’t choose any, I settled on Jesse James steak. That used to be Alfred’s usual order. Actually he was looking forward to ordering the 1 pound steak, but it is no longer on the menu.
My steak was well done and was served with garlic mushrooms and buttered vegetables. I had rice too.
We had refillable Tanglad Iced Tea that we actually regret ordering. It costs 150 pesos a glass and the boyfriend didn’t like it so much. It was too spicy for him, for a drink. I liked it, but couldn’t drink too much of it. A glass would have been enough.
Though we were quite aware of our running bill already, we decided to have dessert.
Alfred ordered the frozen Leche (I did not write down the actual names, sorry), which is a lot like Brazo de Mercedes, but frozen.
I got the Mango Torte, which is very similar to Contis’ Mango Bravo minus the layers.
We ended up with a very hefty bill. The food was okay, but the cost is a big consideration. Because of it, we’d already decided that this would be our last visit to Steaktown. Don’t get me wrong, we’re all for paying good money for good food, we just didn’t feel like this was worth it. Add to that, it’s Wil’s restaurant now and no longer the good old familiar place that my family enjoyed.
June 11, 2012 @ 12:02 am
The photos totally made me hungry and it’s 12 midnight.
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June 11, 2012 @ 5:16 pm
We dined also at Steaktown and we love all the foods there.
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June 12, 2012 @ 3:01 am
Wow! I am literally salivating while browsing the pix.
So now I know that Willie Revillame is also venturing into this kind of business. Food will always sell but If he kept promoting that resto with his face/name on it, I don’t think it’ll be a good idea. Just sayin though. 🙂
Great post! Cheers! 🙂
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June 12, 2012 @ 12:26 pm
Am I prejudiced against Willie Revillame to say I don’t like him either? He’s a bit annoying noh?
My Mom’s friends bought condo units from Wil company and I’m so glad my Mom didn’t follow them :/
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June 12, 2012 @ 4:43 pm
too bad the dishes at Wils Steaktown is not that satisfying. 🙂
June 12, 2012 @ 7:53 pm
ohh thanks for the review, we now know that it’s not worth to try dining-in in that place.
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June 12, 2012 @ 7:57 pm
the food looks yummy but thanks for the honest review..
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June 12, 2012 @ 8:53 pm
Ay sorry, I don’t mean naman that it’s not worth it. We just felt it was a little too expensive. And dahil Wil na nga ang brand, not something we’d choose to patronize. Pero masarap naman talaga 🙂
June 12, 2012 @ 8:57 pm
Wait, don’t get me wrong. They were very satisfying. Tasty and filling. It’s just my choice to probably not go back anymore. It’s worth trying naman 🙂
June 12, 2012 @ 9:02 pm
I wonder how much of the units they’ve sold out already? Kasi dati there was a huge market with TFC subscribers wanting to invest in a condo unit here.
To be honest, I used to watch Willie nung nasa ABS pa sya. Kaso ngayon hindi na. hehe.
June 12, 2012 @ 9:10 pm
In fairness, apart from attaching the brand Wil to the name of the resto, wala namang marketing na may photo nya or anything. And the place was tastefully set up 🙂
June 12, 2012 @ 9:14 pm
Hihi, dapat pala may warning sa top ng post: Warning: Might cause hunger pangs! 🙂
June 12, 2012 @ 9:16 pm
My Mom said it’s not yet done? *unsure* Cause she was saying her friends were envious we were able to move in to ours already.
He’s a good host but when he overreacts I can’t help but roll my eyes XD
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June 12, 2012 @ 9:57 pm
Urgh! everything look so delish here! The baked potatoes are my favorites and I really want to try the Mango Bravo! 🙂
June 13, 2012 @ 12:00 am
These pictures just kicked my hunger into overdrive. Lol.
Places seem to change from week to week. I guess that is what they call “progress”.
June 13, 2012 @ 11:28 pm
i am no fan of willie, and it may sound stupid but i don’t like to patronize the things he endorses…but those food images are making me hungry 🙂
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June 14, 2012 @ 3:46 pm
wow! wils steakhouse looks interesting and mango torte looks really delish! Is karekare worth their price compare to max’s? hmmm I hope the price is reasonable enough to be patronize.
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June 15, 2012 @ 1:23 am
I feel for you. Iba kasi when you’re craving for something tapos when you go there wala na pala yung particular dish sa menu. 😐
And parang ang tacky na, now that Wil owns the place.
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June 15, 2012 @ 2:03 am
Sayang naman, what a disappointed. One reason why I don’t like going to restaurants owned by celebrities. Except na lang if those celebs are really good in the kitchen. Some kasi have the money to buy it but doesn’t have the capability to improve the taste and quality of food.
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June 16, 2012 @ 2:30 pm
I suddenly felt my stomach churn. Haven’t eaten lunch yet. So Willie owned the place. Keeps getting richer eh?
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June 16, 2012 @ 10:11 pm
Got turned off by the picture of the steak. I don’t like steak smothered in gravy which masks the real taste of good meat. Try House of Minis for more affordable great tasting steaks.
June 18, 2012 @ 4:14 pm
Oh we love Minis too! It was second to our love of the old Steaktown.
June 18, 2012 @ 4:32 pm
I think I like Max’s kare Kare more. 🙂
June 21, 2012 @ 6:48 pm
well that made me hungry 😉
too bad you didn’t enjoy the food and looking at the steak, it doesn’t look delish to me. 🙁
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July 9, 2012 @ 5:19 pm
Thanks for your post! Actually we’re having second thoughts of goin’ there, and now that I’ve read your review, think we’re gonna pass. :)) You’re right, we pay good money only if it is for good food, so we might as well consider other options.
October 5, 2012 @ 1:57 pm
hi. how much is the total cost if u dont mind….
October 5, 2012 @ 4:08 pm
I don’t remember anymore how much it was exactly. Maybe around PhP2500?
October 9, 2012 @ 5:44 pm
hi, would you happen to have taken a picture of their menu? id like to have an idea of how much i would be spending there if ever i try it out. around how much would a regular steak cost per person?
October 13, 2012 @ 1:05 pm
hmm steaks go for 400-1k if I remember correctly. I don’t usually photograph menus because some restaurants don’t allow them.
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November 20, 2013 @ 6:48 pm
Awesome! I think you had a great dinner with your boy friend, Alfred at Wil’s Steaktown restaurant.By seeing at the dishes which you had eaten,now I also want to have a dinner at Wil’s Steaktown.I think everybody like surprises as you had at steaktown which had changed completely.I also like surprises.I think everything should change by time because changes are necessary in life so that thoughts of people about you changes.And they will get surprise by seeing that you have completely changed now.
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