La Cabrera Grillado and Bar is an Argentinian parilla/steakhouse that opened in 6750 in a what used to be jinxed space. I suggested this place for my brother’s birthday dinner because he wanted to try a new place and I’ve been eyeing La Cabrera since they opened. We made sure to book a table ahead so we won’t have traveled there for naught. I think this should be the norm for eating in all places that accept reservations.
The interiors have a rustic feel to it with many different pieces of mismatched decor on the walls that seemed to work together to give its own brand of charm.
There is outdoor sitting for people who want to smoke but I would not recommend it for other people as there is a lot of vehicular traffic in the area.
We were seated at the end of the restaurant in this charming area near the grill. The aroma of the cooking really got our appetites working.
Complimentary baskets of bread was served together with butter, and two other spreads.
The menu is simple and concise and consisted mostly of beef with one pork and two chicken mains. If you are looking for fish then you’ve come to the wrong place as La Cabrera is all about meat. My mom and Irene both don’t eat beef so they ordered one chicken and one pork dish to share.
The mains at La Cabrera is served with an array of appetizers that you can get as much as you want. We tried out the appetizers and found some that are really good like the balsamic mushrooms and cherry tomato salad.
After a little wait, hot appetizers were served together with our main dishes. The mashed potatoes and the bbq corn and bean salads were the hits.
The hands down best appetizer there is the Humita, baked pureed corn topped with cheese and pimineto. This is pure love especially for our corn crazy family.
Ojo Di Bife (P2680/500 grams). This is the Angus rib eye steak, (they us US beef here because of import restrictions on Argentinian beef). Thick, cooked to specifications and aromatic. My dad found this too fatty for his taste and in hindsight we should have gotten him a tenderloin.
Our other steak was the Bife de Chorizo (P1880/500 grams). This is the striploin, although not as tender as the rib eye because it had less fat it was superior in beef flavors.
Bondiola Al Chimichuri (P550/450 grams). A big slab of pork grilled to perfection slathered with chimichurri. My mom loved this as did I, and I think this is the best deal in La Cabrera.
Pollito con Queso (P650). Grilled chicken with smoked cheese and tomatoes. Irene liked this one more because of the cheese and also because she’s not too fond of chimichuri.
For dessert, we tried the El Rogel (P200). A dessert made with layers of dulce de leche and thin and crisp pastry crowned with meringue. I tired a tinsy bit because I knew it would be too sweet for me and the little taste I had confirmed it. My brother who adores dulce de leche (he eats it straight from a bottle) enjoyed a bit and had it wrapped to enjoy it more at home when he was less stuffed.
After getting the check, a wooden tower of sorts was placed on our table filled with different lollipops.
La Cabrera Grillado and Bar does not served the best steaks ever but they do offer great value with the unlimited servings of hot and cold appetizers to accompany the steaks. The steaks can readily served 2-3 people, so our four orders were way too much for our group of 7 considering we had our fill of the bread and appetizers.
La Cabrera Grillado and BarG/F 6750 Ayala Ave., Ayala Center, Makati City Philippines Contact No.: (0905) 290-0703 Operating Hours: 11 am to 11pm daily
Facebook Page: La Cabrera Manila
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