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There’s a new steakhouse in town…

Found in Greenbelt5, CHOPS Chicago Steakhouse boldly claims that it is a steakhouse for steak lovers. It is a collaboration restaurant between the Raymund Magdaluyo group and the Banana Leaf group, led by Peter Ayson.

Does it live up to its promise?

Here is our CHOPS experience:

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Our group, composed of respected businessmen and notable fathers, decided to have our monthly business mastermind lunch last June in Chops.

There’s practically no crowd during our weekday lunch because the resto’s still on soft opening. Steaks + quiet environment = perfect ambiance for our lunch meet, which usually lasts around 3 hours.

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CHOPS Chicago Steakhouse Menu: American Beef Cut | Starters, Greens, Daily Bowl | Rib Eye Steaks, Porterhouse, New York Striploin, Beef Tenderloin, Other Cuts | Chops Tomahawk, Chops Non-Beef Selection, Sidings, Sauces, On Top | Signature Entrees, Temptations | Beverages

The Steak Menu can get confusing, and the waiters aren’t that much help because they just recommend the most expensive item in the menu: the Snake River Farms Wagyu (P3,750).

(TIP: It’s a resto marketing tactic to offer you the highest-priced item–not really to upsell but to make the P1,500 steaks seem relatively cheaper and to convince you that they’re the best value choice.)

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To help with your decision-making, they can present to you the different steak cuts and sizes available so that you can see the size perspective, the marbling of the meat, and help in the pricing considerations.

CHOPS Chicago Steakhouse-2.jpgThe decision boils down to these–Porterhouse or Ribeye? USDA Certified Angus Beef or Wagyu?

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If you want a steak good for 4-5 persons, maybe you can consider the 50-oz Chops’ Tomahawk Steak?

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The bread served on a chopping board is complimentary. Enjoy it because there are NO complimentary sidings, sauces, and toppings that come with the steak.

CHOPS Chicago Steakhouse-12.jpgAustralian Wagyu Porterhouse 14oz (P1,800 +10% service charge). Organic grass-fed Australian Wagyu Beef.

JoMag ordered the Porterhouse, and he loved it because the meat’s well spiced and good on its own.

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Creek Stone Black Angus (P1,550 +10% service charge). Prime grade, grain-fed US Beef. 

Siding: Truffle Mac & Cheese (P180 +10% service charge).
Sauce: Argentinian Chimichurri (P60 +10% service charge).
On Top: Balsamic Onions (P90 +10% service charge).

I enjoyed the Rib Eye I ordered. The steak had good flavor already and the chimichurri went well with it.

The Truffle Mac & Cheese was really dry and had no flavor, though. A serving of vegetables would have made a better side dish.

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The balsamic onions were a really good, sweet treat, complementing the meat.

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Make sure to order your steak MEDIUM, cooked with a hot, pinkish center to make it deliciously soft and flavorful.

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Ardy, JoMag and I loved the CHOPS steaks primarily because they tasted well. No need for sidings or sauces to enjoy them.

On the other hand, Randy (a lover of American Burgers) did not like their burger.

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If you’re looking for a good steak place with a hotel-like ambiance and friendly service, Chops Chicago Steakhouse fits the bill. It might be too early to lay down a verdict if it is really the steakhouse for steak lovers, though. (The other non-steak dishes did not make as much of an impression.)

What do you think?

CHOPS CHICAGO STEAKHOUSE
4th Floor Greenbelt 5 (in front of Peking Garden)
Telephone: +632 945-8088, 945-8188

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Full Disclosure: Nothing to disclose. We paid for our meals. We are not connected with the establishment or any organization marketing the restaurant.

P.S. Are you an avid steak fan? If yes, do you like CHOPS Chicago Steakhouse?