October 05, 2010
Most of the time we find ourselves at steakhouses when there's a special occasion. When October strikes 1st, its birthday celebration time - my wifey's birthday. It's also time to find out if the raves we've been hearing about new restaurants are true. This time, our destination is Cru Steakhouse at the Marriot.
Cru is a French wine term that stands for "growth place" or the terroir of the wine (vineyard). The restaurant is named after it because it specializes on the pairing of cru wines and the best cuts of Australian and US Prime beefs.
The ambiance is actually on the romantic side. It has a modern cool aura (not intimidating at all). They have an open grill kitchen located at the center of the restaurant. Seeing the chefs cook the steak through the glass will whet your appetite.
CRU MENU: Soup, CRU Raw, CRU Plates | Appetizer, Salads | CRU Grill, CRU Signature Super Prime "Wisconsin" U.S. Beef | CRU Signature Burger, Sides, Desserts | Chef's Recommended Menu (We don't recommend ordering the set menu)
The bread is firm and crunchy outside but surprisingly soft inside. It looks like you are eating mushrooms because of the shape. Dipping the bread in the black olives tapenade (very salty) or herb butter gives a totally different eating dimension. The best part is the toasted taste of gruyere which you'll savor in every bite.
- Fresh Chevre. French style cheese with pink peppercorn and thyme. A good balance between creamy and being tarty. Develops in about three months.
- Blue Goat Cheese. A young goat cheese, midly aged, with blue mold that suits the Filipino taste.
Cheese made from pure cow milk (100gr P294 +10% service charge).
- Blue Pepato. Midly aged, with whole green pepper corn.
- Blush. Semi-soft sweet tasting cheese. Aged with both white and blue mold.
We ordered the sampling service of their artisanal cheese. The best overall is the Blue Pepato which presents a balanced combination of blue cheese and parmesan. Coming in second best is the Blue Goat Cheese. (Ateneo winning the UAAP basketball didn't influence our palate, mind you; but congratulations to the Blue Eagles for the three-peat).
Although there is only one grilled baby octopus in the serving, each small slice is well marinated and tasty. I personally like to eat it with a slice of juicy tomato, a little bit of olives and some greens.
The corn-fed chicken breast is very flavorful for a white meat part. It also has a nice texture. What makes this dish awesome is the creamy rice grains soaked in black truffle sauce. The tomato sauce surrounding it provided the right amount of sweetness that compliments the chicken and the risotto. Order this!
U.S. Prime beef has the highest quantity of intramuscular fat. Only 2.0% of this protein is graded as prime.
Australian beef offers both angus and wagyu cattle variety. It is known for its marbling characteristics that makes it very delicious due to its naturally enhanced flavor, tenderness and juiciness.
Cru Steakhouse serves both Australian Beef and U.S. Super Prime Beef. We recommend to go for the best and order their 21-day aged Super Prime beef!
The steak is not too oily perhaps because some of the fat is trimmed. The meat is very tender. The remaining fat and even the ligaments are very soft too (not chewy). The meat itself is flavorful . You don't need any sauce to go with it -- it's that delicious.
You have the option to order two sides. You can choose from:
Potato (Whipped Potato, Oven Roasted Marble Potato, Potato and Onion Gratin, Hand-cut Chips, Smashed NY Potato, Spicy Wedges, or Roasted Sweet Potato)
Vegetables (Buttered corn cobbs, grilled portabello mushrooms, green beans and pancetta, creamed spinach, steamed asparagus parmesan, butter, baked pumpkin, steam brocolli)
We recommend the sweet and gelatin like grilled portabello mushrooms.
Sauces (Forest mushroom sauce, black pepper sauce, bernaise sauce, spicy tomato and onion, rosemary herb sauce)
Our lovely waiter Joen Hermonio asked if we want additional sauces like mustard or A1 sauce, but honestly you would just ruin the flavor of the steak if you add anything to it.
We ended the meal with their cheesecake. It is perfect! It is soft, creamy, not too sweet, and sprinkled with some nuts on the perimeter. The strawberry salad that accompanied the cake is also very good -- it has the right sweetness that will push you finish the entire dessert. Sinful talaga.
We just walked-in so we were not able to reserve a special birthday cake. Joen was resourceful enough to serve an ice cream with a candle. It is really a nice and lovely touch to end the entire birthday dinner! Thank you Joen for making that extra touch of service :)
We love it not only because of the way the super prime US beef steaks is cooked to perfection but also because of the other dishes we ordered like the spinach bread, octopus salad, and the corn-fed chicken. It has the right romantic ambiance. The service is topnotch. Best of all you can budget P2,000/head for a really nice steak experience.
No.10 Newport Boulevard, Newport City Complex, Pasay City
Telephone: +632 988-9992
Fax: +632 988-9946
Mondays - Thursdays & Sunday: 6:00pm to 10.30pm
Friday & Saturday: 6.30pm to 11.30pm
Dress Code: Smart Casual, Closed-in Shoes
Disclosure: Nothing to disclose. We paid for our meals and we are not connected with the owners in any way.
P.S. You can park at the basement parking of Marriot Hotel and get a complimentary car pass. Cru is in the ground floor at the back of Marriott Cafe.