Empire Steak, Teacher’s Village Quezon City

BY the time we got back to Manila from Tagaytay, it was already dark. E and I decided to go to Teacher’s Village in Quezon City for dinner. We ended up at a small, unassuming shop called Empire Steak, which was filled with customers (>people = good food, right?)

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It was already 8pm and we were both very hungry since our last meal was at 1pm. Look at the tired faces! The wait for seats took about 15mins.

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Basic decor, simple tables and chairs that could fit about 15-20pax max. We placed our orders and waited eagerly, our stomachs rumbling….

 

…..and waited

 

……and waited

 

 

…..and waited

It took a whole hour for our food to arrive. It wasn’t just us as the other patron who arrived before us was also getting impatient. I mean, how long does it take to cook for a group of 20pax in your shop? I can’t imagine how long the waiting time would be if there had been more.

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To be fair, their steaks are cheap (PHP250)  – I got mine with rice, their ‘premium gravy’, some stir fried beans with onions and runny eggs atop a slab of steak, done medium rare. The gravy wasn’t good as it had an odd, ‘soapy’ taste; like it was trying to hard to be mushroom or black pepper and failing at both.

The steak was okay; a little overdone….but I’m definitely not waiting a whole hour for a steak that tastes meh.

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E skipped the eggs. He was pretty annoyed too lol and that’s saying something, since he’s the patient one among the two of us.

Reviews on the net have been positive; it was even touted one of the best places to get steaks under PHP500. I don’t deny it’s cheap, but the service and waiting time leaves much to be desired.

EMPIRE STEAK

154-D Maginhawa Street Brgy.

Sikatuna Quezon City, Manila, Philippines

Phone: 63 917 612 2912

Opening hours: 11am-3pm, 5pm – 10pm – 11pm (Fri-Sat).

 

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Author: Luna

Bibliophile/foodie. Drop me a line at erisgoesto@gmail.com

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