Holy Cow! Steak Ranch and American Grill

Holy Cow! Steak Ranch and American Grill
Level 3, West Lane, Robinsons Galleria
Tel: (02) 706-5768

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Contrary to the Indian culture that cows are sacred, this restaurant lures you to consume them, and they mean it up to the last bone!

Nestled in Level 3 of Robinsons Galleria (among other branches), Holy Cow gives an aerial perspective of the EDSA Flyover, a bit of Corinthian Gardens/Meralco building, and the bustling traffic along Ortigas Avenue. Servers are donned in cowboy apparel to balance the ranch feel of its interior – Texan lamps, hanging cart wheels, cobblestones, wooden tables, rustic chairs, and a display of cowboy scenes and pictures. For a complete package though, you would need a lasso, saddle and a horse, and a thunderous scream of the familiar expression “Holy Cow!” from which the restaurant was actually coined after.

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Every patron is presented with several choices in the menu – Soup, Salad, Pasta, Seafood, Steak, Ribs, Dessert, Shakes, and coffee to top it off. The menu displays an array of pictures for an easy pick.

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For starters we had the Cowboy Combo Platter P295.00 (No Service Charge, VAT Inclusive), a marvel of squid, onion rings, fries, chicken strips and dip. It was a crunchy choice, an ideal treat for a party of five. Unfortunately coming late for the blogging event that night proved to be prejudicial as we were unable to see, take a shot, and taste what co-bloggers ordered. The selection was ok, probably similar to what other restaurants offer. Among the four choices, I liked the chicken tenders the most.

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The Waddie Wagon Pasta P160.00 was a mixture of cheese and tomatoes, nothing fabulous except for the colorful pasta and uber cheesy-ness.

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For our main course we ventured on Ranch Steak and Prawn P445.00 and

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Ranch Steak and Fish P420.00, both with 2 sidings of our choice – buttered vegetables and mashed potato/potato croquet. Had they been served warmer, it could have tasted better. The fish was ok, the usual battered dory, it was not crispy. The Tiger prawns were ok, it was not that big but one of the bigger ones. Not much going on on the flavor department though. Now, the meat, the Ranch Steak. Honestly, It was tough, and it was not perfectly cooked, some parts were well done, some parts still pink. And Like I said, it would have been better if the plates were really sizzling hot! At least the gravy was good (and bottomless), I was able to try both variants, the Peppercorn and the Red Wine Reduction.

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As some of the Steaks may come tough and not perfectly cooked, The soft and flavourful Chief Pot Roast Beef P495.00 rescued our expectations of the restaurant, and a good (and safe) recommendation to a newbie. This thinly sliced roasted beef was very tender and flavorful, the beef fats almost melts in your mouth. A very good choice! This was our second choice actually since the rib-eye was already sold-out. I wonder if we will ever regret not having a chance to try that one.

I am sure that Holy Cow’s Steaks won’t pass the standards of a Steak Connoisseur but for most people (like me), It can pass the standard – barely. It is considered a mid-priced steak but if I had paid Php950 and It came out tough and not perfectly cooked, I would probably return it and order something else.

It was nearing closing time and most of our picks were no longer available, including dessert. Hence we settled on Midnight Black Forest Cake (P95.00) – chocolate cake with chunks of cherry and syrup. Good thing the Wranglers Shake (P95.00) and Cowpokes Choco Milk Shake (P85.00) could pass off as desserts nonetheless.

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Looks can be deceiving… Red Ribbon’s Black Forest is Way better…

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I guess the trick of the trade is really choosing the right order, if and when available. I am not sure if this happens often (The lack of choices) but if it does, especially if there are events, they may have to address this issue ASAP.

A lot has been said but the management informed us that they will be offering new set of dishes and will do a menu clean-up soon. I hope it will be something to look forward too.

Here is the Menu of Holy Cow!

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Thanks to my blogging partner/Co-writer for this event, Atty. Kirby Javier. Who’s face appears below… :p

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City Kart Racing is now Open in Makati!

City Kart Racing Makati
7th Level, Parksquare 1, (facing Dusit Thani Hotel) Ayala Center Makati.
Tel: 856-9155 | Mobile: 0917-6169987, 0939-7666994
Email: christine@citykartracing.com or sharon@citykartracing.com
website: www.citykartracing.com


Vroom! Vroom! Good news to all Kart Racing (Go Kart) Enthusiasts out there! City Kart Racing has a new branch in Makati. Now, you can fulfill your need for speed anytime!

Even during lunch hours! :p

You just have to go to Parksquare One and Off you go to a Thrilling and Adrenaline Pumping Experience! (OA!) :p

I have tried Kart Racing Several Times before in Enchanted Kingdom and I really enjoyed It.  I haven’t tried City Kart yet. But now, since it is just within Makati, It is more convenient.  Maybe I will drop by the tracks sometime before going home. :)

City Kart Makati Rates and Inclusions:

Php450 (adults) for 10-minute session including the rent of the suit and helmet.

They require a one-time racing license fee of Php150 for first timers to ensure that you will attend the safety briefing before your session. 

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So there you have it! See you at the tracks! Have a Safe Race! :)

(Photos courtesy of www.citykartracing.com)

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Shangri-La Boracay Resort and Spa

Shangri-La Boracay Resort and Spa
Barangay Yapak, Boracay Island Malay, Aklan 5608, Philippines
Tel: (+63 36) 288.4988
Or, you may call Makati Shangri-La at (+63 2) 813.8888 and ask the operator to connect you to the Shangri-La Boracay’s Office.

To conclude my Boracay posts for this super hot summer, I present you, Boracay Shangri-La.

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I have seen this resort featured on different shows on TV (I Specially Like ANC’s Executive Class Feature). I am really curious and intrigued on how the resort actually looks and feels like. So, One day Before Leaving the Island of Boracay, We went to Shangri-la Boracay Resort and Spa to inquire about their rates, and of course to look around :) So  on our resort’s golf cart we headed to Shangri-La.

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By land, the the place is a bit far from the rest of Boracay, it is located at the northern part of the island. Going there, we passed by the Eco Village and the Boracay Convention Center. Then there were the uphill and downhill drive. Then after a few minutes, we made it and it was Breathtaking.

Superlatives! Hands Down!

When the features on TV says its good, it was an understatement. It was Awesome!

I have been to wonderful resorts before, Plantation Bay, Hilton Cebu, Fort Ilocandia, etc. But Boracay Shangri-La has a league of its own. I mean really! :p Luxury at its finest!

Shangri-La Boracay is well known for its Exclusivity, Excellent Service, and Great Sunset. The construction was made as green as possible. The rooms and Villas were created around the trees and cliffs so that the guest can enjoy nature at its finest. Moreover, most of the Rooms and Villas have front row seats to the Magnificent Sunset of Boracay. One small thing though, the sand here is not that fine compared to the white beach of the island. But I don’t mind! :p

Here are some pics :) Thanks to Kuya for Showing us around :)

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Shangri-La was so Peaceful, Quiet, Relaxing, Perfect for  A Vacation!

But of course, all of these comes with a hefty price tag. So Get Ready! Inhale, Exhale!

Shangri-La Boracay Room and Villa Rates:

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I could say that this is probably the highlight of my trip! A lot of people have been to Boracay at only a few have been to Shangri-La (Kahit sa labas lang :p)

I wish makapag check-in ako dito!!! WISH! :p

Kahit Pang pinoy ang rates mahal pa din! I need a Sponsor!!! :p

Hanggang Sa Muli! Paalam! :)


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Jonah’s Boracay, More than just FruitShakes!

Jonah’s Fruitshake and Restaurant
Station 1 Beachfront, Boracay Island (near Guilly's Island)
Tel: (036) 288.3281

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Jonah’s Fruitshake and restaurant is Located in Station 1 of Boracay Island. It is very famous for its Mango Shake among others. Finding it is easy, It is very hard to miss if you were on the island and strolling by the beach. Currently, they have 2 branches, One is on the beach and one is located beside Crown Regency Hotel and Resort. You can access Jonah’s via the beach or via the Boracay road (Balabag Road?).

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Made from the traditional Nipa Hut, Jonah’s by the beach is very homey, colorful inside and out the atmosphere is very relaxed, fun, and laid back. Most of the decorations were made from indigenous materials like shells. Often times, Jonah’s is packed with people (The best place to hang-out if you like people watching :p). A lot of walk-in customers order shakes to-go. And if you are not so lucky, you will have to wait to be seated.

The gang in Jonah’s were very warm, welcoming, and friendly too. If there is one room for improvement though is they should have a little bit more product knowledge. Why? Here’s why. I asked one of them who is Jonah, and she did not know, She asked here colleague and she just said, “Anak ng May-Ari”, ok, fair enough. Again I asked why is the food is called “Army Navy” and she told me she also had no idea, again, she asked on of her colleague, and just the same, no idea. They probably need some re-orientation? :p Anyway, that is just for me, who else asks questions like these anyway?! :p But it would probably be better if they were a bit informative for an Usi diner like me. :p

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They said that when you come to Boracay, you must try (Try meaning, It is a  MUST) the best Mango Shake on the Island – Jonah’s.

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Mango Milk Shake P75 (+10% SC)

And I could not agree more. What can I say, you had me at “Mango”.

Truly, their Mango Shake (And some other fruit concoctions) was one of the best, if not the best I have tried so far. How come? Hmm.. Let me think, probably it is the combination of a Sweet Ripe Mangoes, Milk (Which is an Option), Sugar Syrup, and the Best part, The Beach! :) The Mango Shake was super smooth and creamy, tastes a lot like a smoothie.

But as I discovered from eating at Jonah’s for 2 days was they were more than just great fruitshakes. They offer more, a lot more good stuff! :) As extensive as their Shakes Menu is the Food Menu of Jonah’s, they have a lot to offer Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks they have it. And I have tried some of their Dishes.

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Filipino Breakfast P150 (+10%SC)

Choice of Tapa, Tocino, Longganisa, or Boneless Bangus served with egg, plain or garlic rice, and coffee or tea,

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Tuna and Cheese Omelet P100 (+10%SC)

Don’t get me wrong, The Omelet was good BUT if I had known earlier that the bulk of the filling will be chunks (Chunks, as in Big Chunks) of Tomatoes and Onions instead of the Tuna and Cheese, I would have asked to have the Tomatoes and Onions removed. :) you have the option if you want the omelet to be served with Rice or Toast.

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Army Navy Sandwich P100 (+10%SC)

One of the Best Selling food Items of Jonah’s. Essentially, Jonah’s Army Navy Sandwich is just a ham and Egg Sandwich topped with their special cheese sauce which is soooo goood!! I mean, just by looking at it, you can really tell that It will taste good. On the picture below, there is a similar looking sandwich, that one was the Hot Stuff Sandwich P100+. It looks like the Army Navy but instead of the Egg, it was a Ham and Cheese Sandwich which was Equally Delicious.

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Mango Melon Shake P90 (+10% SC) and Chocolate Shake P90 (+10% SC) in their To-Go Bottle!

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Mango Pancake P80 (+10% SC)

Big, Fluffy Pancake topped with sliced Ripe Mango drizzled with Pancake Syrup – By the Beach!! Need I say more?!

Overall, Jonah’s is a great place especially if you cannot decide yet on what to eat. They have Rice Meals, Curries, Grilled Items, Pizza, Pasta, Sandwiches, Pancakes, Shakes, Crepes, among others. For the Price, I can say that it is reasonable, be prepared to spend at least P250 if you are going to eat something with a fruitshake :)

Here is the complete Menu of Jonah’s Fruitshake Boracay:

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So if you happen to be in Boracay, Pay a Visit to Jonah’s It is a MUST! :)

Hanggang Sa Muli! Paalam! :)



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