The iconic restaurant, Wolfgang Steakhouse, has recently launched its new pop-up store in Alabang, which features a “to-die-for” roast beef sandwich, thick (but tender) bacon and eggs, and a special set meal which features 1.5 kilos of USDA Prime Dry-Aged Porterhouse steak with all your favorite sidings.
I remember New Year’s Eve 2020 very well. It was the first big holiday where I didn’t see my older brother. As the only member of my immediate family who doesn’t live at home, we wanted to be responsible (COVID cases were expected to surge after the holidays), and my parents kindly asked him to sit this one out. Our only form of communication was our usual Viber chain and Facebook messenger chat, where we like to send each other funny videos, movie suggestions, and most importantly—food recommendations.
For dinner, that evening, my brother and his wife decided to dine-out at the Podium branch of Wolfgang Steakhouse. I had never eaten there before, but I began to salivate whenever he’d send me a photograph of what they were eating. Our chatbox looked like a magazine spread of juicy steaks (with sizes fit for a caveman), a generous amount of interesting-looking side dishes (like creamed spinach), and of course, an abundance of different wines. I decided then and there, that when the pandemic is finally over (or when it’s safer to eat out), I will be going to Wolfgang Steakhouse myself. Thus, I opened up the notes app on my iPhone, and quickly jotted down the restaurant’s name, along with a list of other eateries I’ve been dreaming about since March 2020.
The Best of Both Worlds
Since Wolfgang Steakhouse opened its doors in the Philippines several years back, it has become a go-to restaurant for many Filipino diners. Their gorgeous interiors (reminiscent of New York City steakhouses), delicious food, and stylish atmosphere were all the things people raved about after dining there. Wolfgang also has a very impressive marketing team behind them—one who always reminded their clientele about their new offers through well-produced content on their social media pages. I can’t even recall the last time I went to Facebook and didn’t see a post or advertisement for the eatery. In short, they’ve always had themselves together.
It was no surprise that when the pandemic came around, Wolfgang seamlessly integrated themselves into the new world order. Their brick-and-mortar restaurants did operate in a smaller capacity, but they continued to reach out to their diners through different avenues: such as their Wolfgang Exclusive cook-at-home sets, their impeccable catering service, and their numerous pop-up stores that have sprouted all around Metro Manila. Their most recent pop-up, which is located at the high-end Alabang West Parade, even caters to diners in the south who are looking to tickle their taste buds with Wolfgang’s premium dishes.
The newly-opened location looks stylish and cool—featuring wood and gold accents reminiscent of their indoor restaurants. They also offer al fresco dining with limited seating, which lets diners feel safer during the pandemic. I like the idea of this open-area setting, mainly because I really can’t see myself eating in a restaurant with too many people while the virus is still out there. At Wolfgang Steakhouse’s pop-ups, you get the best of both worlds: your favorite dishes in a clean, safe environment…with lots of fresh air!
Darn Delicious and Mouthwatering
When Wolfgang Steakhouse reached out to me this past month to do a story on their food selection from the pop-up menu, I was a little bit hesitant. I explained to Paula (Wolfgang’s marketing representative) that I needed to decline the offer because I was still afraid to go out. Instead, she graciously sent the food to my house.
However, even when the boxes arrived at my address, I was scared for a reason that surprisingly didn’t involve COVID. “Doesn’t beef get hard right away?” was the first thought that ran through my mind. As somebody who cooks for a living, I was aware that some dishes really don’t travel well. Because of this, I always avoid beef on my deliveries. To be sure I wasn’t going to promote something I wasn’t enthusiastic about, I quickly told Paula that if I didn’t like it, I probably wouldn’t write about it (as I’ve been doing with all the brands I’ve written about since this column launched). When I opened the first box, I took a whiff of the food.
“Yummy,” I thought to myself. I then took my first bite and did a double take: it was darn delicious. I just bit my tongue, and told myself to never doubt Wolfgang. Ever.
Additionally, the restaurant generously sent me a number of their food items from the All-Day Menu, which includes lighter options than the usual Wolfgang Steakhouse fare. To be completely honest with you, dear reader, there wasn’t a single dish that day that I didn’t enjoy. Something as simple as their Loco Moco (or burger steak, in Pinoy-slang), was a very winning dish. They used USDA Prime ground sirloin (dry-aged for 28 days) for their patties, before grilling it to perfection and setting it atop a fluffy cup of Japanese rice. It is then served with a faultlessly-cooked fried egg and mushroom sauce. To have breakfast for champions like this every day would very much be my dream life.
Another dish that stuck out was their Extra Thick-Cut Bacon—also served with rice and an egg. I remember that this was originally part of their ready-to-fry food items early last year, but is now available in their pop-up store as a dish. The bacon has just the right amount of sweetness, while still exploding with savory flavors. I also have to mention that it was extremely tender—the travel from Alabang to Quezon City did not compromise this dish one bit.
A Spotlight on Roast Beef
Can we talk about roast beef for just a minute? The absolute star of the food Wolfgang Steakhouse sent me that day was their Roast Beef Sandwich set, a meal that I still think of from time to time. It took me less than five minutes to gobble up the entire thing up (more like inhaled, actually). The roast beef sandwich came in a cardboard box with insulated lining, as well as reheating instructions. I was lucky enough to receive my sandwich still warm, and I didn’t have to put it in the toaster oven as suggested. I took a bite—the juice dripped on my lips, the beef was so soft and flavorful, the bread had that ideal toasty crunch, and the cheese perfectly complemented the entire dish.
The set also came with bottled Negroni, house-made potato chips (that crunch!), along with their Old Fashioned Sauce (which is another obsession I need to save for another day. I will share this though—they gave me a 304-gram bottle of this, and I ate it with EVERYTHING for several days). This roast beef set was heavenly, and I need to stop talking about it before I start drooling on my keypad.
Also available in the pop-up are the usual Wolfgang favorites such as the 28-day dry-aged USDA Prime Steak paired with all those scrumptious side dishes. They also offer something called the Alabang Porterhouse Set Menu (exclusive to the location), which includes 1.5kg of USDA Prime Dry-Aged Porterhouse steak, Sizzling Canadian Bacon, Mashed Potatoes, Steak Rice, Creamed Spinach, New York-style Cheesecake, and Pecan Pie—all of which in total is set to the tune of P11,888. Finally, the eatery also offers a selection of drinks from their outdoor bar. Spontaneous Happy Hour moments are best enjoyed with cocktails such as a Negroni, an Old Fashioned, or even a Moscow Mule.
After all of this, you may be asking: “Am I now comfortable or willing to eat out?” No, I am not. But I don’t spite those who do, as long as they follow the right safety protocols. COVID-19 is here and will continue to be here for a while. That’s why the best we can do is to live with it responsibly. A meal in a restaurant (especially places like this—outdoor with limited seating) is recommended for celebrations, or simply because your mental health requires you to go out ever so often. I, myself, haven’t eaten out since March 2020, but after tasting Wolfgang Steakhouse’s pop-up food menu, as well as knowing the safe environment their venues have to offer, I definitely have to say that when I am ready to eat out again, I’m coming for that Roast Beef sandwich.
Take a bite of the roast beef sandwich set at Wolfgang Steakhouse Pop-Up, which is located at Alabang West Parade. For reservations and inquiries, please phone 09956102361 or email [email protected] Pick-up and delivery services are also available for those who want to enjoy the food in the comfort of their own homes.
Chino Hernandez is a former editor at Lifestyle Asia, who left publishing to start his dream of owning a food business. His brand Delicachino serves Spanish-Filipino favorites inspired by Pinoy family meals. He is a foodie who enjoys sinful, decadent eats. Chino’s other hobbies include collecting physical home media, and recently, working out and staying healthy.
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