The Cheese Steak Shop is a franchise started in 1982 by Keith Layton in San Francisco, California to served Philadelphia style cheese steak sandwich. Keith Layton, a Philadelphia native who moved to California missed the cheesesteak so much he decided to open his own restaurant. The Philippine franchise is the 1st and only franchise outside the United States and was brought to the country by Margaret “Mai” Uy after 22 long years.You might ask what is a cheese steak anyway.
I got a chance to sample some of their offerings during a webinar event hosted by The Great Philly Cheesesteak book author Carol Wyman. The Cheese Steak Shop is included in the book as one of the best tasting cheesesteaks outside Philly.
Mai Uy was adamant about giving Manila a faithful taste of The Cheese Steak Shop, making the store look exactly how it would in the USA. All the equipment are the same as the ones used in the stores there, don’t you just want to take home those condiment dispensers. I also like the numerous retro displays on the wall.
I was able to try a couple of variants of the cheesesteaks. The first one is the Classic Philly Cheese Steak (P280/7in). I was expecting a cheese sauce drenched sandwich, instead it was semi melted American cheese underneath. There’s also additional sweet and spicy chili peppers, a California addition to give it a little more zing. I of course removed most of them after biting on a spicy one.
This is Bacon Premium Cheese Steak (P320/7in). This is exactly the same as the classic except for the addition of bacon.
Western Premium Cheese Steak (P320/7in.) I did not like this at all, it seems a little weird tasting the barbecue sauce inside the cheese steak
Spinach Premium Cheese Steak (P320/7in) This was the last cheesesteak I tried, and by this time I was almost filled to the brim.The sauce is a mix of creamy spinach and mushrooms cooked with the beef, making for a tastier filling and mimics the cheese sauce, albeit in a different way, that we were all expecting.The bread may be ordinary looking but its really dense and will fill you up quite quick.
The cheesesteaks are available in 3 sizes, the pic shows from left to right, 15 inch, 10 inch, 7 inch. I’m confident I can only finish the 7in sandwich, the rest I think are really meant for sharing.
Garlic Fries (P99/reg) These drenched french fires had lots of garlic bits, but its too wet for my taste and made the fries at the bottom too soggy. This could be better served on a plate, than in a cup. The other side I tried was onion rings (P120), good but nothing special.
The Cheese Steak Shop uses Amoroso bread rolls from Philadelphia, specially imported to achieve the same taste. Not only do they import the bread, they also bring in the beef, onions and all the other ingredients, so what you will taste is exactly the same thing as the one in the USA.The bread will be coming in November, the ones the are currently using are local rolls approved by the The Cheese Steak Shop.
A little tip we found out at the end was the option to order extra cheese sauce to drench over your Philly Cheese Steak. I think I will be back just to try that option out as well as get more of the Spinach cheese steak. The Cheese Steak shop’s entry into the market makes me want to try all the cheesesteaks to compare.
To give you readers a chance to try it out for yourselves, I will be giving away 20 coupons to ten winners.
Each coupon is good for any of their 7 inch Premium Cheese Steak Sandwich and a regular soda.
Just follow the simple mechanics below:
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- One entry per person only.
- Contest period is from Oct. 11 to Oct. 25, 2011
- (10) Ten winners will each get (2) Two coupons
The Cheese Steak Shop
G/F The E-Hotel Makati
906 A. Arnaiz St. (for. Pasay Road)
San Lorenzo Village, Makati City