Sunday, September 18, 2011

Restaurant Review: Old Vine Grille

Discover fresh and exciting treats at the Old Vine Grille that range from celebrity salad, great tasting steaks, and more, that are always served fresh and sizzling hot for your dining satisfaction.

Old Vine is just one of the many creations of two of the most prolific food and dinning icons Mr. Larry Cortez and Chef Mauro Arjona Jr. These two are also responsible for putting up Chef’s Quarter where avid frequent costumer Mrs. Imelda Romualdez Marcos herself always pays a visit to.


Old Vine, on the other hand, is another food cradle Larry and Mau have concocted and which is more noted for its food innovations and combinations that would certainly make the whole dining experience a pleasurable one.

I had the opportunity to visit Old Vine’s branch at Eastwood mall last week with my wife and a few friends and had great time sampling some of the best dishes in their menu. For the initial entrĂ©e, we were served with an unusual salad with a very familiar name - the Tessie Tomas Salad. Named after actress Ms. Tessie Tomas, a good friend and a frequent client of the grille, this salad is a combination of roasted prawns, marinated salmon and roasted shiitake mushrooms with mesclun salad in creamy balsamic dressing. It is delightfully refreshing and tasty, no wonder it’s what Ms. Tomas wants in a salad.


Another salad that is quite a memorable one for me is the Pan-fried Foie Gras Salad. Foie Gras, which is actually goose liver, is the main treat of this particular dish. As much as this offering will bring you to a gastronomical high, so does its cholesterol content. So make sure to indulge in it in the barest minimum and share an order with friends.


One feature that Old Vine Grille is noted for are the “paired” dishes wherein they have a wide array of steaks combined with another main dish like the Steak Escargot made with a US Angus beef top blade steak seasoned with Cajun spices and topped with escargot bourguignon with au jus potatoes.


On the other hand, the Steak and Shrimp is a blackened US Angus beef top-blade paired with succulent shrimp barbecue.


Another best seller that Old Vine is famous for is the Baby Back Ribs American Favorite Barbecue. Served in a hot plate, this dish is so perfectly combined with deep fried potato wedges and baked beans. It is simply the perfect taste true to the American food tradition.


For those with Filipino palates, try the Steak Tagalog, a local version of the western steaks. It has pan-seared US Angus Beef slices in soy sauce with calamansi/lemon mixed with onion sauce, potatoes and aubergine (more commonly known as eggplant).


Lamb shank Pinot Noir is one of Old Vine’s masterpieces that Larry and Mau are proud to serve. The lamb is first marinated in wine then carefully grilled and braised to perfection to be served with fried potato wedges, roasted shallots and garlic. The result is a tangy spicy taste of lamb meat that is tender down to the bone.


Old Vine Grille also serves pasta which is a perfect balance to the grilled meat dishes. 


The array of desserts which include the Belgian Chocolate Fondue, the Ube Cheesecake Brulee, and the Banana-Langka Crepe Samurai are grand finale pieces that every diner should not miss trying. 




Old Vine Grille has two branches. One is at Eastwood Mall and the other one is at the Venice Piazza, McKinley Hill. If you want to have an authentic taste of great steaks and mouth-watering grilled barbeque dishes, visit Old Vine and amaze yourself with these amazing dishes which are testaments to Larry and Mau’s skills in always coming up with delectable food creations.

For reservations and inquiries check out www.chefsquartergroup.com or call 706.5573 for the Eastwood branch and 836.4966 for the Venice Piazza branch.


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