Unfortunately my vocabulary is quite limited when it comes to adjectives – especially taste. The few good words that I use are gorgeous, beautiful, good and nice – good being used twice in this sentence (that’s three). And unfortunately I am not really fond of eating steaks – maybe because good steaks are expensive. I will try to give justice to my recent visit at Wagyu Stone Grill at Greenhills (Ortigas Avenue).
Wagyū (和牛?) refers to several breeds of cattle genetically predisposed to intense marbling and to producing a high percentage of oleaginous unsaturated fat. The meat from wagyū cattle is known worldwide for its marbling characteristics, increased eating quality through a naturally enhanced flavor, tenderness and juiciness, and thus a high market value. In several areas of Japan, beef is shipped with area names. Some examples are Kobe, Mishima, Matsusaka, Ōmi beef and Sanda beef. Highly prized for their rich flavor, these cattle produce arguably the finest beef in the world. These different breeds produce beef that range from expensive (by any measure) to extremely expensive (about $50 USD per 150 grams of filet steak sold retail in Japan).
The wagyū cattle’s genetic predisposition yields a beef that contains a higher percentage ofomega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids than typical beef. The increased marbling also improves the ratio of monounsaturated fats to saturated fats. (from Wikipedia).
Disclaimer: What I write is based from my own personal experience only, my own personal opinion and take on the matter and is not based on facts, except for those that have citations and quoted from other sources.
Do not ask me how I managed to afford to dine at such a posh restaurant – it’s not really important. The only important thing is this: Wagyu Stone Grill has proven to me that : “Expensive equates to excellent service!”.
Point 1: If you try to google Wagyu Stone Grill, you will only find reviews and blogs written about the restaurant in Eastwood. Being the resourceful person that I am, I called the Eastwood number and asked if they can accommodate a reservation at 7 with their branch in Greenhills. The lovely voice on the phone answered ” yes ma’am, I will forward your reservation to the branch”. You can actually paint a picture in your head of a smiling, beautiful receptionist.
Point 2: Upon arrival, the female receptionist – including the guard was very pleasant. Like they were very happy to see you. We were guided to our table and was seated immediately.
Point 3: The pipe in music was calming and soothing, loud enough for you to hear but not so much that you wouldn’t hear what the person opposite you is saying.
Let’s talk about how amazed I was at how they served the steak. I never gave a second thought on the name Stone Grill – I thought it was just a name, well it wasn’t. The steak served was raw, stone grilled in front of you. Upon serving the steak (on a stone grill) – the waiter will explain on how to properly grill the steak. I wasn’t actually listening when she was explaining, this was only the part that I heard: ” I will turn your steak once on each side only, we do not recommend that you turn it again as Wagyu steaks are not best eaten well done. We recommend that you cut your steak one bite size at a time, as cutting your steak all at once will result for the steak’s juice to dry out.” (Picture below was from this Blog: http://www.janedchua.com/2009/08/20/wagyu-stone-grill/ )
We ordered the tenderloin 350g grade 12 – split for two. Menu price was around Php 4000. It was tender, juicy (like tj hotdogs?) – well, in layman’s terms it was really really really good. If it were a human male body – I could compare it to the bodies of the surfer dudes – that damn good!!!
Funny before and after dinner details:
Former President Joseph Estrada arrived with his bodyguards. Immediately the topic was shifted to politics.
My colleague and I were trying desperately to choose the lowest priced steak but was cajoled into ordering something else – the point being, we won’t be dining there often anyway.
For my other colleague – since he arrived late – we ordered for him the 150g steak – menu price at Php 1350. The next day he told me that he was still hungry after the dinner since rice was not served. He dropped by at a Persian Kebab to satisfy his hunger.
The service charge and tax paid was around 2500. Dinner for five at Wagyu Stone Grill is not cheap – it is bloody expensive – 5 digits. Do the math.
The steak did not sit well with me, after checking the bill, my stomach did a somersault twenty times over and resulted in indigestion.
When I asked my colleague about his experience, he told me that he experienced the same thing also.
Goes to show that expensive steaks are not recognized by my body and should therefore be avoided at all times.
It was a good dining experience though. If I were rich and can afford it, I’d probably dine there more often.