In a gastronomic quest to find interesting, unique, and even outrageous dishes, having a wasabi steak made it to my list.
I was walking in SM North EDSA Annex in Quezon City and saw the menu of Brickfire Restaurant. I thought the steaks they had were too affordable and maybe that meant the quality would be compromised. But, when I saw an interesting item, I knew I had to try it. The Cowgirl Annie Wasabi Steak.
That’s how they call their T-bone, Cowgirl Annie. It came with three flavors: original, honey-mustard, and wasabi.
I ordered my wasabi steak medium-rare. When they served it, I looked for charred portions, but there were none. One of Brickfire’s owners, Aaron Macalinao, said there weren’t any charred parts because the steak was cooked in their brick oven, thus their name, Brickfire.
The wasabi steak was served with rice, corn, Kikoman soy sauce, calamansi, wasabi sauce on top, and wasabi on the side.
When I had my first bite, in all honesty, I was amazed!!! It was packed with flavors to the core. It was so tender and very moist. The wasabi, though, was too subtle for me. Aaron said when they first came out with the wasabi steak, some asked that it be toned down. So they did. But for those who want the extra kick like me, we can always request for extra wasabi.
I put more wasabi on top and dipped it in the sauce made of calamansi, Kikoman, and wasabi. It was perfect with rice!
Aaron recalled how they came up with the wasabi steak.
“For our second anniversary, we wanted to make it a little different. I wanted to come up with a new flavor, which is the wasabi. It gives you a little east meets west. I tasted many steaks until we came out with the perfect one. It’s not too complex and the flavor is still there. The wasabi gives you a little spice that’s not the hot sauce taste,” Aaron said.
All their steaks are prepared with salt, pepper, seasoning, and they use a secret technique to make it more tender.
The wasabi steak’s just Php164, so that meant, not all affordable steaks sacrifice quality. Aaron revealed a secret. He’s also the meat supplier and this enables him to keep the prices this low.
Two other bestsellers you may want to try are the Bully Burger and Salpicao Supremo.
The Bully Burger is 100% ground beef, with cheese inside the pan-grilled burger patty. It’s juicy and comes with fries. You can also request to enjoy this burger patty with rice and gravy instead of the bun and fries.
The Salpicao Supremo is tasty, garlicky, and let’s put special emphasis on tender. You can never go wrong with Salpicao Supremo.
Brickfire opened its branch in SM North EDSA in 2013.
Oven-Roasted Steaks & Chops
Address: Upper Ground Level, SM North EDSA Annex, Quezon City
Mobile: 0998-2612851 | 0927-5231130
Email: [email protected]
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/brickfiresteaks
Hashtags: #brickfire #bullyburger85
PS They also have another branch with this address – 2nd Flr. #48 E.Abada cor. R.Alvero St. Loyola Heights, Quezon City Tel. Nos.: (02) 426-2254 / 0917-3547318
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