I always knew I would have steak for my sister’s birthday. She loves it the way I love lechon. So a week prior to her birthday lunch, we made our shortlist of steak places to go. There were the obvious choices and the tried-and-tested. But we finally both agreed to try our luck in La Cabrera, which we have not tried yet despite its having opened its doors in Manila since last year.
I liked the ambience. For a fairly new place, it felt quite lived-in and comfortable. It looked exactly like an old steak place that your family would have visited for several generations.
The service leaves more to be desired. For the food prices, I was expecting the servers to be a bit more knowledgeable about the menu and drinks – which they weren’t. We learned from a food blogger that we could have the fatty part of the steak re-cooked to get that lovely crunchy fatty taste that I love. However, when we made the request, we were told flat-out that it could not be done. It was only when we insisted that he checked with the kitchen and confirmed that it could be done.
Our order of steak came with a generous serving of different side dishes. There was really no need to order anything else! The first batch was a mix of cold side dishes including chimichurri, tomatoes with alfalfa, olive puree, and more.
The second batch of side dishes included corn and cheese puree, barbecued corn, caramelized garlic, and more.
I was extremely happy with the steak. We picked the Bire de Chorizo which is a striploin steak. I take it medium rare all the time – and they cooked it just the way I like it.
But the piece de resistance for me, surprisingly, was this beautiful thing called sweetbreads! This was the first time I tried the delectable piece of organ meat (was told this was lamb or veal pancreas) and I was in heaven!!! It was just like tasting foie gras for the first time. So soft, so rich, so flavourful, ooooohhhh, I could not believe it!!!
La Cabrera will be forever memorable for me for introducing me to sweetbreads!
LA CABRERA Grillado and Bar
Ground Floor, 6750 Ayala Avenue, Makati, Philippines