Thursday, January 1, 2015

Thursday, January 01, 2015
Grilled Tomahawk Chops

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Where to get a hefty meal of chops and more for lunch or dinner in the delicious strip of Pasig City's Barangay Kapitolyo? There are a lot of dining venues that have recently opened in this gustatory neighborhood of bustling Metro Manila, but the compromise between good pricing and great quality have sometimes been a problem. Dining visitors from neighboring cities would try anything once and then move on to another new restaurant.

One new restaurant to give your discriminating attention is Tomahawk Chops and Grill (TCG). With a facade that's as narrow as a typical cellphone repair shop, the venue for cowboy-oriented meals is a different world inside. There's even a spacious extension upstairs that can be rented for special occasions for a consumable rate.

Hanger Steak
Grilled Tomahawk Chops

Grilled and Fried

My recent visit for brunch one weekday a few weeks ago led me to sample Tomahawk Chops and Grill's bestseller called Grilled Tomahawk Chops that's worth no more than P300. A popular competing restaurant with the same theme has dishes priced above P400 which makes TCG appealing. I also tried the fried version that's actually the same house specialty. Served with clean rice, seasonal vegetables and an extra side, both were inch-thick bone-in pork loin chops with TCG's signature sauce. The former was memorable. The latter served me better. The fond memory of its crunchy, deep-fried perfection lasted more than just as a memory. It was a first great impression that lasted.

Hanger Hangover 

Since I was on a roll, I detoured a bit to a seldom ordered piece called Hanger Steak which is normally considered a butcher's cut and one that's only served to intrepid diners. It's known among the cooking community as a beef steak that's prized for its unique flavor. Friends say the more red the meat, the better. I was willing to try anything once and this was that moment at TCG.

Pre-Meal Snack

I also enjoyed a pre-meal snack of Chili Cheese Fries. Its hand-cut fries were topped with TCG's homemade beefy chili. There was a generous smothering of melted cheese sauce that mimicked the messy ritual of eating tasty nachos.

Chili Cheese Fries; photography by Dennis Dolojan
Fried Tomahawk Chops
Lasting Tradition

Tomahawk Chops and Grill prides its plethora of bestsellers with secret spices, hand-selected ingredients and tender meat which is also called the cowboy steak. The the tradition of TCG can be traced from along the Rio Grande in Texas where cowboys preferred to tear into their meat with spices.The bone from the so-called tomahawk chop was the handle that they used.

The modern world may have overlooked the fact that the old American cowboys and Indians did co-exist peacefully on specific terms, but the symbol of the tomahawk chop can be considered as the testament to those rare moments of feasting over delicious food.

Tomahawk Chops and Grill

Address: #56-A East Capitol Drive, Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig City, Philippines
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Sunday
11:00am - 2:00pm
6:00pm - 11:00pm
Phone: 09155135908


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