Saturday, December 27, 2014

First bite at Chef Resty's Roast Beef Carving Station

Place: Clean and well lighted. Some tables though were a little wobbly and uneven.

Food: Generally not good, disappointing. We ordered the Roast Beef Combo # 2 and the Beef Salpicao.

The Roast Beef Combo # 2 (Php 170): slices of roast beef, served with gravy and two side dishes. For our sides, we chose the Basil and Garlic pasta and Tortilla Chips with Cheese. The roast beef, the restaurant's specialty, was [allegedly] slow-cooked and marinated with herbs and spices. The slices served to us though were cold, tough, and bland. Good thing there was gravy to add some flavor, although its flavor was one we didn't expect. The gravy had hints of anise not found in your classic gravy. The Basil & Garlic pasta was teeming with basil flavor. The noodles however were bland; maybe they forgot to add salt when they boiled them. The Tortilla chips tasted like bread sticks. Weird.

The Beef Salpicao (Php 190): cubes of beef with gravy and fried garlic bits. This one was also a letdown. The meat was tough and salty. Really salty actually. And the dish didn't have the classic buttery-garlicky taste of authentic salpicao.

Price: Considering taste and serving size, food here is a little pricey for regular folks and mall rats.

Service: Bad. The cashier didn't issue a receipt (because they didn't have receipts). The waiter wasn't knowledgeable about the background of the restaurant, and another waiter served somebody else's meal to us.

Chef Resty's Roast Beef Carving Station is on the 1st floor of SM City Marikina.

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