Makati Shangri-la’s Sage Bespoke Grill welcomes new Chef de cuisine Sebastian Barcudes with a taste of Argentina. The Argentinian chef gives diners a taste of his home country with Bolzico beef steaks.
Chef Sebastian also brought an assortment of knives from Argentina to assist in enjoying the fine steaks. Each one was hefty and slightly different so pick one that catches your eye.
Makati Shangri-la executive Chef Nicola Canuti locally sourced unique knife holders made from bones which add a touch of the frontier to your table.
Home made bread and addicting sweet potato crisps started off our journey to Argentina.
Scallop Ceviche. A bright and sweet starter to prepare our taste buds for the meaty main course. The scallops had the perfect thickness to still give it a good bite but thin enough to absorb the citrus and spiced easily.
We had a trio of Bolzico steaks cooked in Sage Bespoke Grill’s signature josper grill.
Tenderloin (P1,800++). I’ve eschewed fattier steak cuts now but the treatment of this classic was a big surprise. Chef Sebastian coated the tenderloin in “vegetable charcoal” which sealed the juices and flavor whilst giving the steak a contrasting texture and taste. Vegetable charcoal is carrots, onions, zucchini, and eggplant, grilled to black, ground and seasoned with salt and pepper.
Oyster Blade (P1,400++). At first glance, the meat looked dry and tough but it’s been slow cooked for 24 hrs for maintain tenderness while extracting optimum flavor. This had the “beefiest” flavor among the trio we sampled.
Rib-eye (P1,900++). This is probably the most popular steak cut nowadays with its abundant marbling. Cooked to a perfect medium to enjoy and highlight the appetizing meat.
A trio of sauces, chimichurri, criolla and smoked red chili, was served with the steaks. My favorite was the criolla, an Argentinian salsa made from onions, bell peppers and tomatoes.
Pair your Bolzico beef steaks with Argentinian wines, the chardonnay was very easy to drink.
Josper grilled salmon for those who don’t eat beef like Irene, perfectly cooked with a juicy center.
Molten Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice cream. Gooey dark chocolate with a side of fruits and a lovely quenelle of vanilla ice cream to end our trip to Argentina.
Sage Bespoke Grill2/F Makati Shangri-La Manila Ayala Avenue corner Makati Avenue
Makati City 1200, Philippines Contact No.: (632) 813-8888
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