TUS Clay Pots and Skillets is a fairly new family restaurant in Westgate Center, Alabang that serves European fare. This was our third stop in our gut stretching weekend food adventure in the South that started in Orange Whisk then moved to Swiss Deli in BF and finally ended in Tus. I’ve been told that this place used to be where Carvery was located before TUS took over.
The restaurant has high ceilings and a bi-level seating area. The atmosphere is homey and comfortable, there are interesting pictures the owners took while they were renovating the place.
You might be wondering what “Tus” means, it is yours in Spanish and is owned by Maricar Sason and Chef Krsna Algenio. They generously invited us, through Jane, to drop by and try out their food.
They first met in high school playing softball, you can see their framed uniforms hung on the wall by the entrance together with some playing equipment.
They served some complimentary garlic bread while waiting for our food to arrive. The name clay pots and skillets is not for naming purposes only as they serve them in cazuela (Spanish clay cookware) and ceramic skillets.
Chicken Caesar Salad (P290). Romaine lettuce and chicken breast tossed in garlic and anchovy dressing finished off with cheese, croutons and some bacon.
For drinks we had a a pitcher of Lemonade a pitcher of Pineapple Float (P390). The Pineapple float is pineapple juice with scoops of vanilla ice cream, a weird combination if you think about it but it works. The ice cream will melt so it’s best to mix it into the pineapple juice to add a creamy mouthfeel to your refreshing drink.
Spinach Dip (P220). Spinach in white cream sauce, topped with cheese and served with bread. A nice appetizer dish for sharing but nothing extraordinary taste wise.
Spinach Pasta Lasagna (P270). Sirloin beef with tomato white cream sauce, sheets of spinach pasta and topped with melted cheese. This is a twist on the usual tomato based lasagna and it’s quite enjoyable.
Chicken Ranch Pot Pie (P360). This is Tus’ version of pizza, served in a cazuela also but we asked them to move it to a ceramic plate to take a nicer picture. Pan seared chicken tossed with buffalo sauce and drizzled with ranch sauce. Not your usual pizza but nicely flavored and very cheesy.
Margherita Pot Pie (P380). The classic pizza dish of tomatoes, basil and cheese. There’s an interesting thing that happened at TUS, Irene was asking the waiter if they had Margaritas, to which the waiter said yes. He went and asked the kitchen to prepare, but what came out was the Margherita pot pie since they don’t serve alcohol at TUS.
BLT Calzone (P430). The mother of all calzone (folded pizza), it’s so huge that even if they had cut it in half it was still as big as my face. This calzone is stuffed with bacon, lettuce and tomatoes and served with aioli sauce. The menu indicates that this is good for two people but I reckon it can feed more.
Full Slab Tender Rack of Ribs (P1180). A full slab of ribs slow cooked in their wood fired oven for 5 hours. The meat is smoky and tender with a sweet barbecue sauce with a tinge of sourness.
I was expecting the skillet steaks to be served in cast iron skillets but thy only use ceramic ones at TUS. We tried the Spicy Lemon Pesto (P630) and the Herbed Butter (P580). These skillet steaks are served with your choice of buttered or sauteed corn, smashed potatoes or french fries. I’m not sure what kind of beef the use but it had nice beef flavor and a meaty bite. Of the two, I enjoyed the unique citrus and spicy lemon pesto, the flavors are not something you usually associate with steak but they work really well.
Half Baked Cookie (P160). A big and gooey chocolate chip cookie served with vanilla ice cream. This should delight chocolate and cookie lovers. I just had teensy little bite as I was beyond stuffed by the time this arrived.
TUS Clay Pots and Skillets serves pretty good food in nice surroundings. If you love cheese, then you’ll enjoy TUS even more as they love adding it to their dishes. I recommend the Lemon Pesto steak, Chicken Ranch Pot Pie and the Spinach Lasagna. So if you are looking for a new place to try out this weekend, you should check out TUS Clay Pots and Skillets in Alabang.