Saturday, December 18, 2010

Manila's Signature Dishes 2010: Outback Steakhouse

If you are a long time reader of my "Weekend Food Tripping" posts, you'd probably notice that I am not much of a steak eater and I don't order a lot of steaks because I am a fan of white meat and seafood!  That explains why I got to have allergies on the dishes mentioned above! 

I am not at all worried when I learned Outback Steakhouse is part of Manila's Signature Dishes 2010!  I have a husband to take photos for me and I have a husband who'll guide me in identifying the right kind of steak or how delicious steaks should get!

Outback Steakhouse started its operations on September 1997.  That was the exact year I graduated in high school and I remembered my friends going there for celebrations or simple get together!  

We weren't able to meet the Managing Partner, Dan Keven Co, because it was a busy Sunday night when me and the other food bloggers visited the restaurant.  I learned by reading his biography that Dan is a 13-year Outbacker, meaning, he steadily rose from the ranks to become a trainer, an international opening team member, key employee, Kitchen Manager, Restaurant Manager and currently, the Managing Partner of Outback Makati by the year 2007.  Talk about passion and you can definitely taste that in the dishes they serve!

Each customer gets to taste the in house bread served with butter as a complimentary appetizer!  Outback Steakhouse's Manila's Signature Dishes 2010 set includes a glass of Casillero del Diablo wine.

Soup of the Day - Creamy Onion
I like surprises, and the soup of the day is actually called Creamy Onion which I originally thought was Cream of Mushroom with cheese toppings!  Yes, I have no imagination at all!  *laughs*

My tongue won't lie though, at first bite, I can taste cheese, cream and strips of onions which was confirmed by the waitress and it was quite a nice surprise to the usual creamy soup offered in most restaurants.  Bear in mind that this soup is quite heavy so I prefer not to finish it all and leave room for main dish!

Crispy Calamari Salad
Crispy fried calamari drizzled with garlic aioli dressing and served over 
a mix of fresh romaine lettuce, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes.  
The calamari at first bite is not that crispy because it took us time to take photos before we finally took the plunge!  But the generous servings of Calamari matched the dressing, the fresh vegetables and it's very light to taste.  None of the ingredients overwhelmed each other!

Beef Tenderloin with 
Mustard Demiglace and Bearnaise
6 oz. of imported beef tenderloin medallion, seasoned and seared to perfection, served on a bed of mustard demiglace and topped with Bearnaise sauce.  Served with a side of oven-roasted seasonal vegetables and pesto garlic mashed potatoes topped with Parmesan shreds and thyme.

Cooked almost well done but the meat is actually soft to bite!  I don't have the need to keep on grinding my teeth as its so juicy it almost melts into my mouth!  The dish is best eaten with the Pesto overloaded mashed potatoes!  The oven roasted vegetables are sweet to taste! 

Desserts compliments from the Chef!
A miniature version of Mango and Kiwi Cheesecake, Thunder from Down Under Chocolate Cake and Banana cake with caramel made us look like kids opening up Christmas presents!  My favorite is the Mango and Kiwi Cheesecake while hubby's favorite is the super rich Chocolate Cake!  The rest of the food bloggers enjoyed the Banana cake so it's obvious that all 3 are winners!

Outback Steakhouse located at Glorietta 4, Makati has always been a wonderful ambiance for that gathering for friends or family who loves steak!  The ambiance is quite relaxed and servers are very prompt with your orders and always quick to attend your needs. 

Outback Steakhouse
Glorietta 4, Makati
Daily: 11:00am-3:00am
Tel. no.: (632) 729-8458/ (632) 729-8459

Most servings are good to share to take with you your dear friends and loved ones!  What else can I enjoy here aside from steaks?  I took a peak at other customers' orders *LOL* and seems like their seafood looks delish!  After 2010....need to burn more calories!  *hehehe*

Keep smilin'
Stay happy!

Unilever Foodsolutions (UFS), being the preferred foodservice business partners among restaurateurs, felt the need to acknowledge notable restaurants who are developing Manila as a culinary city.  They have partnerered with select restaurants within the metropolis in coming up with signature dishes.  UFS has synergized with these restaurants, both through dish development and promotion campaign for these signature dishes, in achieving one common goal: coming up with a different culinary experiences that provide value for money and culinary memories for diners.  
If you're a restaurateur (or an aspiring one) and in need of help in coming with your signature dish, call (632) 588-8855 or email at


  1. You know, I'm not really a steak eater too. I would eat steak if its in a pasta dish or in my burritos lol.

    I really love all your food posts!

  2. I super love Outback Steakhouse. :)I love ther onion rings, icetea, steak, cheese fries, and desserts. x) Seeing this post has made me hungry & remember that I should pay them a visit sometime soon.

  3. I'm browsing through your blog at 1:03 AM....and your post made me suddenly hungry!

  4. Eto ba yung nbasa ko sa isang blog na pinost nya yung email proposal ng isang pr agency sa kanya na free food Pra sa mga blogger sa ibat ibang partner nilang restaurants basta good and positive reviews ang kapalit? Hmm mukhng eto nga yun.. Nkakadisappoint kung totoo nga..

  5. Becky, thank you! :)

    Sugar Sugar, this is actually one of the fave amongst the Restaurants we tried (according to Mr. AMW)

    EcoBeauty, hahah sorry

    Sheena nope! I am very particular with the reviews I do and I did not accept that "email" that was sent to me as well that requires POSITIVE reviews or DO NOT POST AT ALL! :)

  6. The Creamy Onion Soup's a childhood favorite but it phased out for a while. I'm super happy I can order it again!!!

  7. Peaches, oohh so this one has been phased out? wow, I'm glad its available for you to try again :)


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