I was invited by the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), together with Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) to visit a few of the top restaurants around the metro to taste their dishes using Australian Grassfed Beef.
What is Australian Grassfed Beef? It is meat from cattle raised on natural pastures. It may also be called "pasture-fed" or "free-range". 97% of the cattle in Australia are located in a grass-fed environment. Grassfed beef has a yellowish fat tone, less marbling, and has a complex flavor due to a varies pastoral diet. This kind of meat is naturally low in fat and cholesterol with a higher level of Omega 3 fatty acids, which is known to lower blood pressure and reduce the risks to certain types of cancers.
For our trail, we were able to visit four restaurants that serve this healthy type of beef.
1. Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie (closed)
At the Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie, we were served the Australian Grassfed Top Blade Salpicao and the new dishes, Australian Grassfed Beef Striploin in Morel Sauce and Roast Australian Grassfed Beef Sandwich with Homemade Country Fries.
|Australian Grassfed Top Blade Salpicao|
|Australian Grassfed Beef Striploin in Morel Sauce|
2. A Steakhouse at Acacia Hotel
We went to the South for our second stop at Acacia Hotel's A Steakhouse. We were served the Australian Grassfed Beef Special Menu priced at Php 950. The special menu includes Creamy Spinach Shrimp Soup, 150-gram Australian Grassfed Tenderloin, or 160-gram Australian Grassfed Ribeye and Profiteroles con Matillas for dessert.
|Creamy Spinach Shrimp Soup|
|Australian Grassfed Tenderloin|
|Australian Grassfed Ribeye|
|Profiteroles con Matillas|
The Australian Tenderloin is served with Honey Marjoram Roasted Pumpkin, Sauteed Brussels Sprouts and Roasted Fig-Dolcetto with Sherry Vinegar Steak Sauce while the Australian Ribeye is served with grilled asparagus, roasted potatoes, and Chianti sauce.
3. Lucia Ristorante (closed)
We got to try the Bistecca Con Salsa Tartufata (Php 1100) and the Paglia E Fieno (Php 390).
|Bistecca Con Salsa Tartufata|
|Paglia E Fieno|
Bistecca Con Salsa Tartufata is seared 300-gram Australian Grassfed Ribeye steak with cream truffle sauce while Paglia E Fieno is bicolored Paglia pasta with beef ragout with herbed butter aromas.
For dessert, I had a scoop of Nocciola Gelato or hazelnut gelato made by the executive chef, Chef Lombardi.
4. Sala Bistro
At our last stop, Sala Bistro, we had the Australian Grassfed Mulwarra Beef Tenderloin Tartare (Php 580) and the Rigatoni with Australian Grassfed Beef Shortrib Ragout.
|Australian Grassfed Mulwarra Beef Tenderloin Tartare|
|Rigatoni with Australian Grassfed Beef Shortrib Ragout|
Get a chance to win dining privileges worth Php5000 or roundtrip tickets for two to Australia via Qantas Airways when you order Australian Grassfed Beef at any of the participating restaurants. This promo is ongoing until August 23, 2015.
Other participating restaurants include 100, Arya, Blackbird, Carpaccio, Casa Roces, Chef Jessie Rockwell Club, Chesa Bianca, Cravings, Cyma, Epicurious, Ilustrado, Kitchen 1B, One Way, People's Palace, Prime101, Sala, The Blackboard, The Breakfast Table, The True Grill, The Urban Farm and The Wholesome Table.
Thanks to Austrade and MLA for having us.
Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie
34th Floor, Citibank Tower,
8741 Paseo De Roxas Street,
Salcedo Village, Makati City
A Steakhouse by Acacia Hotel
5400 East Asia Drive corner Commerce Avenue,
Filinvest, Muntinlupa City
2 San Lorenzo Drive corner A. Arnaiz Avenue,
San Lorenzo Village,
Level 1, Greenbelt 3,
Ayala Center, Makati City