We decided to have our Christmas / New Year dinner at The Fireplace. Since we know that the holiday season will surely make Manila so traffic, we agreed to push our dinner date to January where the road situation was light and easy breezy. The deal is inclusive of a Wagyu Tasting Plate which consists of Australian Wagyu Beef Tajima, American Wagyu Snake River Farm and our very own Kitayama Philippine Wagyu Beef Striploin 6+. The set also comes with one order of sidings and the choices were: oven-roasted vegetables, marbled potato, risotto or the popular potato gratin.
After getting our orders, we were served a loaf of complimentary Walnut Bread and butter. I was so happy to see that they made use of Beurre D' Isigny butter at The Fireplace! It's one of my favorite butter brands after having it for the first time at Impressions a year ago. The bread had tiny chopped walnuts in it making it even yummier. I just love biting into the tiny chunks of nuts as it made a good contrast to the silky and creamy butter that I've generous spread on top of it.
Sadly though, we were not too impressed with the Kitayama Bukidnon Wagyu. The meat was too dry and it was quite tough too. It also paled in comparison in terms of flavor when compared to the other two. This was the only steak wherein we made use of the three sauces that were served to us. Paul literally covered his with Red Wine Gravy!
What a fun dinner! We were initially supposed to have a double date with friends J & K who suddenly couldn't make it. That would been even more fun had they were able to join us. Well, maybe we can have our double date on our next return to The Fireplace hopefully soon.
The Fireplace is located at the 5th floor, Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila, 1588 Pedro Gil cor M.H. Del Pilar in Manila City. Call them at +63 (2) 245-1234. I highly recommend that you make a reservation before going.