There's not much info on how Steak Station began (at least, as far as Google Search is concerned). However, the same search engine reveals that this fast food steakhouse has, as of this writing, seven outlets all over Metro Manila. Two of them — the Cash & Carry and Landmark branches — are in Makati City. For this post, we will review the one in Cash & Carry.
As shown above, Steak Station is already feeling the spirit of the Christmas season. (Incidentally, the steakhouse is partnered with Coca-Cola, which helped shape the image of Santa Claus as we know him today.) So, without further ado, let's see if their meals continue to live up to the Yuletide spirit, just as they have over the past several years.
Burger Steak (With Egg)
As for the meal itself, it's exactly what you'd expect from a fast food outlet. The patty may be a little too thin and burnt, but it's still tolerable. Overall, if you compare this with similar offerings from other fast food outlets, this is already good value for money.
Speaking of "value for money," you can simply get a free glass of water from the Food Circle counter if you need a drink. Otherwise, you can order a large Coke (or a similar drink) for Php40 to wash everything down.
Pork Steak (With Egg)
Like the Burger Steak patty, the Pork Steak slices are also thin. This may or may not be a good thing, depending on your food preferences. If you prefer something you can slice up without a knife, then this will be all right. But if you want something that's a little more filling, then this may fall short for you.
Arguably, the gravy is what makes Steak Station's meals stand out. Because of it, the various flavors and textures of the meals come together and melt in your mouth. The sizzling, fresh-from-the-kitchen presentation also helps.
On the downside, the amount of carrots, green peas and corns could be increased, especially for health-conscious eaters. Also, the Java rice feels like it's been stored for a long time before being served — as opposed to being cooked on the day itself. Granted, the management could be doing that for practical reasons beyond the scope of this blog post, but still.
Finally, as with other restaurants, you wouldn't want to order a drink from Steak Station unless absolutely necessary. With at least Php40, you can already buy a 2-liter bottle of your favorite softdrink from the supermarket. Can you imagine what their profit margin must be like?
At any rate, "fine dining" isn't really something you expect from establishments like Steak Station. If you're looking for a place where you can have a (relatively) filling meal for a little under Php200, then this steakhouse will suffice. Otherwise, pickier foodies will find plenty of steakhouse restaurants in Makati that are more suitable for their taste.
Other Bits and Pieces
- This Steak Station outlet is in the 2/F Food Circle of Cash & Carry Mall. It's only a few blocks away from Timezone — specifically, between Adobo Connection and Baliwag Lechon Manok Atbp.
- Since Steak Station is in a "Food Circle," expect to eat in a place where people from all walks of life lurk. That means you need to keep a very close eye on your valuables while eating to your heart's content. If you notice anyone suspicious hovering nearby, report him/her to the "sekyu" (Filipino shorthand for "security guard") as soon as possible.
- The best time to eat at Cash & Carry's Food Circle is before 11:30 AM and after 1 PM. Between those hours, you'll have to deal with a hefty crowd.
- If you love desserts, we suggest you try out the halo-halo from Razon's of Guagua. Yum!