CHOPS Chicago Steakhouse: Executive Lunch Special

Sunday, February 03, 2013
While I've recently found myself very much into fitness, there are still some things I can't and won't ever give up, like milk tea, desserts, pasta and of course, meat. So when I received a lunch invitation for CHOPS Chicago Steakhouse in Greenbelt 5 last January, you can already expect that I didn't think twice before replying with a resounding yes.
Chops Chicago Steakhouse in Greenbelt

CHOPS Chicago Steakhouse is located in the upper-most floor of Greenbelt 5 to give diners their needed privacy. During our visit, we spotted friends hanging out for a quick lunch, corporate executives holding a meeting, and a few couples on a steak lunch date. And while we didn't necessarily required the privacy, I appreciated that there weren't a lot of passersby which means I can take as many photos as I want without being stared at.

Dining Area at Chops Chicago Steakhouse

Just like how sophisticated the facade looks like, the interior at CHOPS Chicago Steakhouse also offers the same modern posh infused with a slight gentlemen's club feel. And despite my aversion towards dim lighting due to food photography purposes, I actually found myself enjoying the dim, cozy vibe that this steakhouse exudes. It reminds me of most steakhouses my family and I have been to back in the day.

Booth Seating at Chops Chicago Steakhouse Corner Banquet Seating at Chops Chicago Steakhouse

Most seating at CHOPS Chicago Steakhouse offer the usual table and couch set-up. However, they also had round booths and a corner nook which don't only provide comfort, but also more privacy. They also have bar stools at the counter for those who'd visit for a drink. And for bigger meetings, CHOPS also have a function room to offer.

Non-meat eaters, look away and scroll further down!

One special feat I love at CHOPS Chicago Steakhouse is their "steak board" which comprises of choice cuts of meat -- rib eye, striploin, porterhouse and tenderloin.

Steak Board

They show this "steak board" to guests both for amusement and as an aid to decide which cut of meat one would like to have for his/her meal. Personally, I'm more of a rib eye steak girl 'cause I love love me some flavorful and beautiful marbling of fat.

Tomahawk

Another cut they presented was the "tomahawk" which is definitely the biggest steak I have ever seen in my entire life! This axe-like steak is actually a USDA Prime Black Angus Rib Eye with the bone attached. It can feed about 4 to 5 hungry steak lovers, but I think the beau and I can down this 50oz. of pure carnivorous goodness if we try to.

CHOP'S Executive Lunch (P888)

Non-meat eaters, I think you've scrolled down enough. It's safer now, I promise! Anyway, before we started off our power lunch, we were given complimentary Ciabatta and Whole Wheat Rolls with Whipped Butter served on a chopping board.

Complimentary Ciabatta and Whole Wheat Rolls with Whipped Butter
Cream of Asparagus Soup

I loved that the breads complement the first course of the lunch set -- soup of the day which in our case was the Cream of Asparagus Soup, a bowl that's not only very creamy but also delicately tasty. I finished everything off, asparagus stalk included.

Caesar Salad

Next, we had the Caesar Salad which had crispy Romaine lettuce leaves, bacon bits, generous amount of herbed croutons, Parmesan cheese, black pepper, and of course, the classic Caesar dressing. As a salad lover, I say this version is one of the good ones I've had. It's flavorful, had nice color and texture, and definitely very appetite-whetting.

Wisconsin Beef Tenderloin in Medium

The main event for the lunch was the Wisconsin Beef Tenderloin served on a chopping board. This entrée came with a Chops House-Made Steak Sauce, but you can always ask your server if you want to have your steak with a different sauce. It also comes with your choice of siding which I'll detail later on in this post.

Wisconsin Beef Tenderloin Inside

For now, let's all enjoy this beauty of beef succulence, cooked between medium rare and medium -- the perfect doneness for my palate and stomach's preference. Even without the sauce, this tenderloin was juicy and flavorful. But of course, the tasty sauce takes it to another level, complementing its juiciness and meatiness. And even if tenderloin isn't really my preferred steak cut initially, a forkful of this beauty retracted all my skepticism.

Dark Chocolate Cigar

A sweet ending to this power lunch set is the Dark Chocolate Cigar. At first I thought this dessert was only named as such for its shape. But lo and behold, you really have to puff in the Bourbon mascarpone cream cheese filling before biting through the dark chocolate-cover barquillos, then finally licking off the melted chocolate from your fingers.

A pair of Dark Chocolate Cigar

For this set, you'd be getting 2 sticks of this creamy and chocolatey treat. I think that's more than enough Dark Chocolate Cigars to satiate one's sweet tooth craving, while keeping your sugar level and calorie in-take in check. For me though, about 4 sticks is enough. Anyway, I loved this dessert so I'll try replicating this sometime soon! *wink*

The Sidings

The Executive Lunch Set lets you choose one siding to pair with your steak. I won't be detailing anymore every item here, but rest assured, everything was good in its own right.

Skillet Buttered Corn
Skillet Buttered Corn
Beer Battered Onion Rings House Fries
Beer Battered Onion Rings and House Fries
Potato Overload
Potato Overload
Parmesan Creamed Spinach with Organic Egg
Parmesan Creamed Spinach with Organic Egg
Steamed Asparagus
Steamed Asparagus
Smoked Bacon and Garlic Broccoli
Smoked Bacon and Garlic Broccoli
In case you want another siding to go with your set, you can avail of any of these for just P180. Oh, and if you're wondering, my choice of siding was the Steamed Asparagus. I know I'm boring, but I got to try the other sidings as well, and loved them to bits!

More Meaty Treats at CHOPS

We were served with these meal starters to help whet our appetite and satisfy our carnivorous craving. However, I didn't get to taste any of them because unfortunately, none of them made it to my side of the table. *sad*

The Bone Marrow P270
The Bone Marrow (P270) -- roasted beef marrow, toasted crostini and parsley salad
Charboiled Slab of Bacon P320
Charboiled Slab of Bacon (P320) -- smoked bacon, pomegranate honey mustard and black pepper
Barbecued Pork Ribs P625
Barbecued Pork Ribs (P625) -- smoked chopped baby back ribs with sweet Bourbon barbecue sauce
Everyone who got a taste of these treats were oohing and ahhing in delight though, so I guess they were really good. I guess this just gives me more reason to return to CHOPS Chicago Steakhouse. I must conquer these 3 sinful dishes soon!

THE VERDICT

Everything I got to try at CHOPS was of really good quality. And with its promise of both comfort and privacy, fast and free wi-fi and courteous service, I'd say CHOPS Chicago Steakhouse is one must-visit restaurant in Makati, especially for meat-lovers like me. Oh, and whether you're working in the area or just passing by, make sure to pay CHOPS a trip as its Executive Lunch Set is available all-week long. So CHOPS, till we meat again!

Taste - 4/5
Ambiance - 4/5
Service - 3.5/5
Price - 3.5/5
Overall Value - 4/5


CHOPS Chicago Steakhouse, Greenbelt 5
4/F Greenbelt 5, Legazpi St.,
Legazpi Village, Makati
Metri Manila, Philippines
(02) 945-8088
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19 comments:

  1. my hubby would love to come here for valentine's day cause he's one heck of a meat lover! and the ambiance looks so nice! :)

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    1. Ooh.. Then bring your hubby to Chops for Valentine's! :D Chops actually has a set menu for V-day ;)

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  2. Dream Lunch , Dinner for me, Steak!!!

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  3. You just don't say no to good food. :) That's the cardinal rule. :P


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  4. yum delicioso!

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  5. wow! seldom do I see such meaty treats that are easy on the pocket. My cute sister-in-law to-be would definitely be excited!

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  6. Sa greenbelt lang pala to...
    So cozy ang sarap sigurong kumain dito,
    mabisita nga one time...
    thanks

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  7. congrats sis! i saw that you won 2 spiral buffets from Vince Golangco..great job! hope i win too from the raffles where i've joined! more powers on your blog!

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    1. Thanks sis! I actually didn't think I'd win, but I guess I got lucky. Anyway, continue joining to get more chances of winning. Oh, and make sure to join my giveaways too ;)

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  8. i wanna eat at CHOPS Chicago Steakhouse their steaks are so good! especially the Barbecued Pork Ribs

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  9. You're killing me with this post! I have saliva dripping all over the place! EEEWW! hahaha Seriously though, everything looks delicious. That is one juicy looking steak. I wanna gobble it up!!! Even the sides look delicious. I'm craving for it noooooow! I wanna go there!!!

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  10. A must visit!

    I love meat! And so do my dad! I'll definitely bring my dad on a father's day (maybe next year?) and of course I'll bring my mom along even if she's not into it. I think Chops Chicago Steakhouse will change her mind ;)

    - Sarah A. Peralta

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  11. I tried the place before when it just opened and the food was really of high quality, the place was peaceful and the steak was really delicious.

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  12. the marbling of the meat looks sublime! however, i prefer my steak medium well as i cannot stand my food bloody.

    we must go home by the end of the year *crossed fingers* to sample a lot new food places in makati! :D

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  13. It was nice to finally seeing you in person Sumi. Sayang wasn't able to chitchat, ang layo ng pwesto mo eh, would've loved to pick your mind regarding food photography :)

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  14. i was so disappointed w/ this place, i have wanted to try it for a very long time good thing i didn't on my own (had a chance to try it on a business dinner), the baby back almost had no meat, i was left hungry, all my other colleagues weren't satisfied as well w/ just a few bites' serving --- too small! the desserts were usual, the taste was ordinary...good thing i didn't spend my own money on this!

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  15. I love this place! At least we had a nice experience here...loved the steaks with the sauces and even without. Not much on the sidings. They were okay. But some friends have mixed experiences here. But people should really go for the steak, especially the Angus Rib Eye!

    -flynbabe

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  16. All I can say is that the foods are superb. Great plating and I like looking at it. I soo love to try it there too! Nice pics, btw.

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