Steak Town by the Lake, Tagaytay

When I was little, I used to see a place called Steak Town along West Avenue, corner of del Monte Avenue in Quezon City all the time. It looked like an old-timey Western saloon and I was really eager to check it out, but I didn’t really know how to invite my family to eat there, or even if they would like it.

Fortunately, when I was in sixth grade, my sister and my mother took me there for lunch, and I was immediately hooked. That was when I realized that I’m a bit of a carnivore, ordering a filet mignon and finishing it off all on my own. I also loved the place itself, because there were signs that look like the usual “Wanted” signs in Western shows and movies, lots of quirky decor, and a toy train that would pass on the track over our heads from time to time. Since then, we ate at Steak Town fairly regularly, even when they moved to Quezon Avenue and then back to West Avenue. There was even a time in high school when I made sure to save my allowance religiously so I could blow it on a post-quarterly exam steak lunch.

Eventually, Steak Town moved to a building in Sgt. Esguerra. Tj and I ate there a couple of times, and he fell completely in love with their London broil. Then a few years ago, it was gone and was replaced by Wil’s Steak Town, which is owned by Willie Revillame. Wil’s Steak Town is decent enough, but it’s no Steak Town.

Fortunately, I soon heard that Steak Town was setting up shop at The Lake Hotel in Tagaytay. We only got the chance to eat there a couple of weeks, though, and I’m glad I finally had the chance to see Steak Town alive and well again.

Steak Town by the Lake

Steak Town by the Lake

Steak Town by the Lake

The place looks a lot more sparse than its previous incarnations. The main highlight is the ever-present salad bar, which offers the usual salad ingredients, three types of dressing, potato salad, and macaroni salad.

Steak Town by the Lake salad bar

The main dishes come with unlimited soup and salad, and you also get a scoop of ice cream for dessert. My mother ordered Beef Steak Tagalog (P450) and I had a filet mignon with pepper sauce (P650+).

Steak Town by the Lake, beef steak

Steak Town by the Lake, filet mignon

In my book, the place can still do no wrong. Who could ever be disappointed by tender, flavorful beef? It’s also a plus that the price hasn’t leaped up as much as I had expected. I suppose the only complaint I have is that the food presentation could be better. That, and the fact that Steak Town seriously needs more Metro Manila branches.

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