Rache and I went on a date in wagyu heaven last Friday. We decided to try the Premium Rib Eye 8oz Grade 8 Wagyu of House of Wagyu in Podium. Most of the wagyu we tasted before are only Grade 5 and these are usually the ones available in Manila. The highest grade is 12 or 13 (I think) which is only available in Japan. We were so excited to try out a Grade 8 wagyu for the first time in our life!
House of Wagyu serves Wagyu steaks exclusively and associated with Melo’s steakhouse. The wagyu steaks are imported from Australia. If you are a Wagyu fan like me, you should try the House of Wagyu in Podium.
Wagyu (和牛 wagyū?) (source: Wagyu on Wikipedia)
” refers to several breeds of cattle genetically predisposed to intense marbling and to producing a high percentage of oleaginous unsaturated fat. Also known as Kobe beef or Mishima beef, the meat from wagyu cattle is known worldwide for its marbling characteristics, increased eating quality through a naturally enhanced flavor, tenderness and juiciness, and thus a high market value…. Because of the wagyu cattle’s genetic predisposition wagyu yields a beef that contains a higher percentage of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids than typical beef. The increased marbling also improves the ratio of monounsaturated fats to saturated fats.”
Walking Tour of Wagyu Beef Fest & the P120,000 Wagyu Fantasy Meal
Malcolm’s Place and Wagyu Rib Eye Steak!
I must admit it is very intimidating to go to House of Wagyu because of the steep prices of the steak and other dishes. If you decide to go on a date here, please check out the menu in advance so that you already know what you will order. (and importantly, your budget 🙂
The House of Wagyu ambiance is formal with an imposing poster of the Wagyu breed at the back. Since it is inside the mall (ironically), you need to dress smart casual at a minimum.
Check out this huge chiller of Wagyu Beef!
All of the cliches about Wagyu is true. It is soft and it melts in your mouth. You don’t need a sauce anymore because the meat itself is tasty. We shared one steak and it was enough for both of us. Slice the beef thinly and savor each bite.
After finishing our meal, we were in Wagyu heaven and we both agree that it was worth it.
The prices in the menu are VAT inclusive. They would charge 10% for service and you won’t regret it because the service is friendly, professional and worth it.
Text and Photos by Anton Diaz. Copyright 2008.
P.S. (Tip: This is perfect dinner place before watching West Side Story on Sept. 6, Saturday 8pm — just plugging our show)