I got my Valentine’s Day surprise much earlier this year. Okay, it wasn’t much of a surprise — my husband isn’t exactly the adventurous type (peace!) This was more of a gastronomic exploration, the kind that we hadn’t had the time nor energy to do in recent years. There’s not much you can do, you know, when you have two toddlers running around and 24 hours everyday never seems to be enough to get everything done.
We didn’t make excuses this year though. Thank goodness we didn’t. Had we made those lame, “I have no time” excuses again, we would have missed out on one of the most mouth-watering treats around town that couples can enjoy this month of love: Melo’s, The Home of Certified Angus Beef and Chilled Wagyu.
While waiting for our orders to be served, we were treated to delicious, freshly made buns served with Emborg butter and a small bowl of clear soup.
Alright, so before I tell you more about the delicious beef we had over dinner, let me tell you first about my choice of salad, the Fisherman’s Salad, Php 420.00. It’s a combination of crab stick, mussels, white cobbler, shrimps, scallops, squid, eggs, cherry tomatoes and romaine lettuce tossed up in Melo’s homemade mayo. This is not the kind of salad that you can order anytime, anywhere. Great choice.
There are other salads on the menu: Classic Caesar, Php 380; Citrus Medley Arugula, Php 360; Premium Grilled Norwegian Salmon with mixed greens, Php 680; and, Foie Gras, Php 880. We skipped the appetizers to make room for the heavy tummy loading about to be served. If you feel like having some appetizers to go with your wine, your choices include: Oyster Sampler, Php 780; Barbecue Chicken Wings, Php 440; Gambas, Php 520; Escargot, Php 580; and, Shrimp Cocktail Php 520.
Now, on to the main course. We settled for the Porterhouse, Php 238/oz. For my husband and I, an 18-ounce serving was filling enough and just right. It is a cut below the prime portions at Melo’s. Here’s what you need to know to make your best choice:
- The “Certified Angus Beef” (or, CAB) label commands the highest prices in beef. That’s because these grades of meat satisfy the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) criteria for the top two meat grades: Choice and Prime. Then, CAB goes further to satisfy 8 other criteria.
- At Melo’s, you can help yourself to an 8 oz serving of Prime Grade Certified Angus Prime Tenderloin, Php 3,380; Certified Angus Tenderloin, 8 0z, Choice Grade, Php 2,580; and, Ribeye, Choice Grade, Php 238/oz. You may also ask about the Dry-Prime Grade.
- There are lower grades of beef available. If you’re not sure, you can ask your waiter about which order of steak will best suit your meat preferences. They are very well informed and are knowledgeable of the cuts that they’re selling.
- Then, you need to make a preference how you want your steak done. We always have our steak ‘Medium Well’ – no toasted sides, no bleeding and just the right kind of cooking we like.
So, what if you or your date is really not into steak? There are more choices on the menu, including Wagyu burger, pasta, seafood and lamb chops.
Have a pleasant Valentine’s Day dating experience. Enjoy the food but, most of all, enjoy each other’s company.