Friday, April 29, 2016

In a Lone Star State of Mind: At Texas Roadhouse...

Fresh baked bread, margaritas, Buffalo Wings, and hand-cut premium steaks...easy, Cowboy. It's all here at Texas Roadhouse.

Round up the posse and head on over to Texas Roadhouse, now open at the new Uptown Place Mall in BGC for a taste of The Lone Star State in the metro.

Outside Texas Roadhouse, you'll find a mechanical bull (L), and if you're up for it, go for a wild ride and bring out your inner cowboy. At the entrance, guests were warmly greeted by the friendly staff, including the international crew from Texas Roadhouse (R) for that good ol' fashioned Texas style welcome. 

Since it first opened back in 1993 in Clarksville, Indiana, Texas Roadhouse has established itself not just as a family restaurant and a great steak restaurant, but a place for everyone to enjoy a great meal, great service, great fun, all at a great price. At Texas Roadhouse, their philosophy is simple. It's all about "legendary food, legendary service, all with lots of legendary fun." And it's a formula that's working, with over 450 restaurants across the US as well as a growing international presence. And now, Texas Roadhouse opens its first Southeast Asian location in Manila in partnership with The Bistro Group (the same group behind Italianni's, TGI Fridays, Watami, Bulgogi Brothers and many more) with more branches planned for the region in the pipeline as part of an aggressive expansion program. At the opening, Texas Roadhouse VP for International Operations, Hugh Carroll, was also present to welcome guests to their first Southeast Asian location.

The Texas Roadhouse staff performed to the delight of the crowd (L), adding a festive and celebratory vibe to the evening, followed by the formal ribbon-cutting ceremony by key executives (R). And Texas Roadhouse was formally opened, ready to serve its famous hand-cut steaks and other signature dishes...

As you enter Texas Roadhouse, the buttery and fragrant aroma of freshly baked bread (R) greets you, baked every five minutes and served directly to your table. The premium selection of hand-cut steaks (L) are also displayed on the chiller, a preview of what you can expect at Texas Roadhouse.

At the table, the freshly baked bread is served with a side of Honey Cinnamon Butter. The bread is soft yet firm and dense, with a mild chewy texture and a lightly crisp outer layer, releasing a subtle hint of buttery richness and sweetness that pair well with the Honey Cinnamon Butter. This is one of those bonuses that make a visit to Texas Roadhouse such a pleasant one, with a complimentary tray of freshly baked bread made with a proprietary recipe, including the flour, from Texas Roadhouse.

And here's another. Also at each each table is a bucket of complimentary peanuts, best paired with a refreshing Original Frozen Margarita (P 165-10 oz/P 275-18 oz) while waiting for your orders. The Original Frozen Margarita gets you in that Southwestern Texas vibe, chilling you down with every sip.

The classic Buffalo Wings (P 295-5pcs/P 495-10 pcs/P 225-Boneless), fried golden brown chicken wings tossed in Texas Roadhouse's signature wing sauce with your choice of mild or hot, served with celery sticks and blue cheese dip, was then served. The special seasonings and spices come through with bite, with the tender and juicy chicken releasing its flavors capped by a light crunchy outer layer. Bold flavors, and really juicy, the Buffalo Wings are a great starter, and it's probably a good time for a second round of Original Frozen Margarita.

Bit it's the premium hand-cut steaks that made Texas Roadhouse one of the more popular family restaurants in the US, with its extensive selection including US Sirloin, Fillet Medallions, Dallas Fillet, and their signature Ribeye. The Fort Worth Ribeye (P 1,295), a 10 oz slab of premium beef served with one their popular Made-From-Scratch Sides, the Loaded Sweet Potato, topped with marshmallows and caramel sauce, is the real deal. It's an interesting combo, a savory and sweet pairing, and it works. Other signature made-from-scratch sides include Steamed White Rice, Seasoned Rice, Steak Rice, Mixed Vegetables, Mashed Potatoes, Buttered Corn, Coleslaw, Baked Potato, Steak Fries, House Salad, and Caesar Salad.

The Fort Worth Ribeye, perfectly grilled to medium rare with a juicy pink center, is also perfectly marbled with just enough fat for even more flavor. Texas Roadhouse offers steak sauces too, but for steak this good, you don't need any sauce at all to enjoy the rich beefy flavors of the ribeye. The salt and pepper seasoning added before grilling is all you need. And that's how I like my steaks. And Texas Roadhouse does it so well.

But save room for dessert. Cap your Texas-style feast with an indulgent Cheesecake topped with fresh strawberries.

The richness of the cheese is perfectly balanced by the tart and sharp notes of the strawberry for balanced flavors, capped by the tasty graham crust. It's the perfect ending to a great dining experience at Texas Roadhouse.

And there's just so much more to try at Texas Roadhouse, like their Award-Winning Ribs, Rattlesnake Bites, Burgers, Oven-Roasted Chicken, and Texas-Sized Platters. So round up the posse and head on over to Texas Roadhouse, now open at Uptown Place Mall.

Texas Roadhouse is located at the Fourth Floor, Uptown Place Mall, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City or call 776-2654 and 776-2656 for inquiries. 

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