I adore those hole-in-the-wall types of cafés and restaurants. It’s even nicer if there’s a unique concept behind it. And here’s a recent discovery, about two jeepneys away from my crib, the Red Baron Ribs and Steaks.
It was late afternoon when some friends and I were invited to try out this new joint in Quezon City. Tuck in the not-so-busy area of D. Tuazon, the gang went to this unpretentious café that promises good food and good times. No gimmicks, no huge signages and not even loud music, just a simple café inside a carwash, yes, a carwash.
Our very young and hippie host, one of the owners, Ms. Joyce, gladly welcomed us inside the modest space. The café is cozy and can fit in up to 20 persons. A wall dedicated to some of the favorite international brands of beer caught my attention immediately; the urge of getting one was so intense, but we have yet to try some of the bestsellers on the menu.
First in order was trying out their Frizzy coffee and non-coffee based drinks. The group had Nutella (155 pesos), Speculoos Cookie Butter (155 pesos) and Kitkat Matcha (138 pesos) Frizzy drinks. Everything was so distinct that I kept on sipping and spooning it out until I get to taste every speck of it. I really adored the Nutella concoction by the way.
|Nutella and Kitkat Matcha Frizzy drinks|
Next was the Nachoriffic (238 pesos) which is basically a nacho platter. If we practically grew up together, you’d know my love affair with nachos. I’ve tried almost every nacho platter in the world but I still love my own version (you have to try it).
Going back, the Nachoriffic looked plain but when you get to taste it you’ll forget about everything you’ve tried and just dream about this one (and that’s from your nacho expert). The nacho chips are crispy and unsalted (which is the way to go), the cheese sauce is on the sweet side while the ground beef toppings are tasty. And it’s that simple, no olives, salsa, and whatnots but it really works. I so love it that it became instantly my favorite from all of the dishes (and we’ve not yet tried the steaks and ribs).
Next were the Volcanic Bacon Mushroom Melt (255 pesos) and the Brunch Monster Burger (245 pesos) that turned everyone’s faces into a sort of a panic and disbelief look. Oohhs and aahhs roared around the café and then silence. We didn’t know where to start digging in to these wonderfully crafted dishes.
|Volcanic Bacon Mushroom Melt|
|Brunch Monster Burger|
The Volcanic Bacon Mushroom Melt is your good old burger with a twist. The burger buns are like bagels with a hole in the middle that appears to have an explosion of mozzarella cheese from the inside with some French Fries hanging on to it (move over twister fries). The burger patty is made from Angus beef while the flashy bacon and veggies are pure rock stars. It looks really yummy that you wouldn’t even wanna try it for you might end up finishing the whole thing (which happened to one of our mates, ugh).
And then the Brunch Monster Burger which resembles that old-school feel of a Clubhouse Sandwich devoid of the ham; they use Angus beef patty instead. The eggs, bacons and the dressing complement everything. You get to taste the entirety in just one huge bite, and I mean really huge bite.
And then the Herb Crusted Heavy Porter House (1,959 pesos | Herbed meat aged for 22 days), Blue Marlin Steak (289 pesos) and Red Baron’s Rib Eye Steak (289 pesos followed. Honestly, I don’t really know my steaks very well and as long as it’s not rare or medium rare (what’s the difference exactly?), I’m fine with it.
|Herb Crusted Heavy Porter House|
|Red Baron's Rib Eye Steak|
|Blue Marlin Steak|
I was digging the Porter House. The huge serving can actually feed up to five persons. It was huge and the tenderness of the meat is just perfect.
And now let me tell you about the star of the steaks, the side dishes. Call me a bummer but I really love Red Baron’s Wild Sides. Actually, if you order a steak or rib platter there’s always a wild side included in it. And if you’re longing for more, you can do so by ordering a la carte (69 pesos). You can choose from; buttered corn, mashed potato, curly fries, Red Baron Signature Rice, Creamy Eggs Benedict, pork and beans, mac & cheese, garlic rice and crispy fries.
We were served the buttered corn, pork and beans, mashed potato and the Red Baron Signature Rice. And I just love everything that I finished the entire plate of the Wild Sides.
|Red Baron's Wild Sides|
I love Red Baron. That nice concept of a café-in-a-carwash is totally working, very cool and funky.
Red Baron Ribs and Steaks
143 D. Tuazon corner Calamba Street,
Barangay Lourdes, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Contact Numbers: (+63) 2.354.5970 | (+63) 905.400.2138
Open Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily