6.059 TERNWPPD-8 PP-4 : New York-Style Strip Steak


5 (Thu) March 2015

New York Strip Steak


at Pacific Lounge (The Pan-Pacific Manila)

-Malate, Manila-

with TL, CT

TERNWPPD (Try Every Restaurant in New World Manila Bay HotelPan-Pacific Manila, and Diamond Hotel Philippines).

In search of higher quality fare than the joints on the streets of the neighborhood typically offer, I’m eating my way through the three 5-star hotels within walking distance of my apartment.  One meal per restaurant, 9 in all, not including lounges, bars, coffee shops: 3 in New World, 5 in Pan-Pacific, 2 in Diamond.  Bound to be expensive but maybe worth the hassle of going to Makati or Bonifacio.  However, I may fold the project if the on-going returns suggest that I’m wasting my time/money/energy/concern.

This is the 8th restaurant to be covered, the 4th from Pan-Pacific.  2 of 10 remaining.

The view of Malate from the 21st floor.

The following tiers (“Would I go back for more?”) are based on the overall dining experience, including all the dishes sampled, cost, ambiance, cleanliness, and any other factors that may apply, cumulative through multiple visits (if any).

Tier 1 (looking forward to it):

Tier 2 (sure, but not enthusiastically):

Tier 3 (only under dire circumstances):

Tier 4 (to be avoided at all costs):

Inside, with the air-conditioned temperature maintained at around 1 degree centigrade.

Pacific Lounge is an American restaurant.  The only one operated directly by and situated within the hotel proper itself–other establishments, independently owned and run, are in a segregated mall, part of the main structure.  On the menu, a standard range of grilled meats and seafoods, pizzas and pastas, salads and appetizers, plus a few local dishes.

Outside, patio seating on the 21st floor roof, far and away from the stink and clamor of Malate below, pleasantly cool in the current “winter” temperatures hovering around the mid 20s.
Visible in the distance, my apartment building and unit.

The steak wasn’t too bad.  Just so-so in terms of taste, rather bland, even with the “light peppercorn sauce.”  But the 300-gram cut was a full inch thick, as any steak should be, providing an appropriate contrast between the crispy crust and juicy interior, which did, however, have an odd waxy texture, possibly due to the “garlic marinade,” reminding me of the steak at Casa Armas (see 6.05 Lentejas con Chorizo).  In any case, the best for-value steak that I’ve had in the area thus far.

Gambas al Ajillo (2.5)
Thai Beef Salad (3.0)

The masochistically gluttonous “Try Every” series: (i) TERRP (…Restaurant in Robinsons Place) (see completed 5.247 TERRP 85 KFC : Original Recipe Fried Chicken…);  (ii) TEITY (..Item at Tao Yuan) (see most recently 6.055 The Penultimate); (iii) TERNWPPD (…Restaurant in New World, Pan-Pacific, Diamond) (see most recently 6.052 Omurice); (iv) TERSK (…Restaurant in St Kilda) (see completed 5.339 Roasted Squid); (v) TEKREM (…Korean Restaurant in Ermita/Malate) (see most recently 6.056 Chung v Chung); (vi) TEIBR (…Item at Bistro Remedios) (see most recently 6.053 Chicharones).

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