Chef’s Burger Set Menu (P1,100 +10%sc)
. All Beef Meat Patty with Bone Marrow and Truffles, served with soup or salad, dessert, and coffee or tea.

That fateful day started with an Ateneo vs. La Salle game betting with Spanx, and ended with the celebration of La Salle’s win with Chef Adrian Cuenca’s Chef’s Burger. The burger is starting to get a cult following even if it is usually off the menu. You have to order it two days in advance (because of the bone marrow). It is carefully prepared when you arrive at Elbert’s Steak Room.

Was it worth the P1,100+ price tag? Read on.

Elbert’s Steak Room is always quite elegant, be it lunchtime or nighttime. For lunch, you can order Elbert’s Prime Rib Lunch (P1,200+ up) or the standard Elbert’s Lunch Set Menu (P750+).

They still don’t have a signboard or name outside the dilapidated building where New Bombay Canteen is located in Salcedo. Elbert actually wants to keep it that way. In fact, he does not entertain any magazine or TV feature about the restaurant to keep the privacy of the place and its guests.

It is always lovely to sit on the Eric Paras leather chairs while waiting for your friends to arrive. Its interiors transport you to a zen-like ambiance, perfect for that slow and relaxing lunch. It’s quite charming, intimate, and laid-back.

The set menu begins with a fresh serving of soft rolls with butter.

You have a choice to start your meal with:

Soup of the day. Usually a light soup, good for one person.


Salad of Tagaytay Greens with Asian Vinaigrette. Fresh greens with a light dressing.

You can opt to wait for the burger to arrive to match it with the salad.

Chef’s Burger. It is cooked medium rare like steak, but just served in burger form. The burgers are served with well-fried and dried fries. The glazed onions are sweet and juicy.

What makes this really yummy is the generous serving of big bone marrow pieces that look like bits of fat that melt in your mouth due to the creaminess. Combine that with the lingering taste of truffles — you can’t help but close your eyes to relish and imagine the flavors playing around inside your mouth.

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The serving size is perfect for one. It is not too overwhelming and it gives the right satisfaction to your meat craving. We savored each bite and were pleasantly surprised to discover that the taste was consistent throughout.

They say that a good 100% beef burger has a good “burp factor” — that is, it is just right and not offensive in smell. This one felt and smelled right. 🙂

Pannacotta and Chocolate Ice Cream Dessert.

The dessert was a satisfyingly sweet finish to the Chef’s Burger Meal. You can also order coffee and tea to end your lunch. Allot about 90 minutes to enjoy your lunch @ Elbert’s Steak Room.

Thank you to Chef Adrian Cuenca for the awesome Chef’s burger! I’ve never tasted a burger this good — Spanx and I agreed it was worth every peso we paid for the Chef’s burger meal experience.

Perfect for a romantic occasion or for a celebration like La Salle’s win over Ateneo. 🙂

Elbert’s Steak Room
Unit 3A, Sagittarius Building II
111 HV de la Costa Street,
Salcedo Village, Makati City, Philippines 1227
Telephone: +632 339-3363

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P.S.This definitely beats the Foie Gras Burger of Lusso… What’s the ultimate burger for you?