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Weekend Food Choices Week 38: Celebrating One Year of Food Loving & Learning

Weekend Food Choices has turned 1 year old and hubby and i wanted to celebrate

Bistecca is a small restaurant at the corner of La Joya building

We had seen this place one night, going home from our weekend dinner and hubby thought that it would be a good place for our celebration

The minimalist interiors were definitely unique and I absolutely loved their chandeliers!

The interior’s simplicity seem to be a prelude to Bistecca’s uncomplicated menu; a couple dishes per category of starters, soups, steaks and side dishes

It didn’t take us long to decide what to order

Hubby and i were enjoying the complimentary bread and herbed butter when our dishes were served

Our celebration started with the Spicy Caesar Salad

Crisp greens garnished with croutons and bacon bits sprinkled with Parmesan
The saltiness of the bacon and Parmesan gave the crunchy greens that familiar flavor but a mouthful of this salad interestingly ended in a subtle spicy surprise.

Truffle and Parmesan Fries

this is definitely french fries love…

I would come back to Bistecca just for these fries! Delicious!

Bistecca 122

Now, I’m not quite sure why this is called Bistecca 122 (after the address of the restaurant) because i wasn’t able to ask. You see, when i saw the 1 kilo aged USDA Choice bone in rib eye, all my curiosity for information suddenly vanished and left my gustatory curiosity to dominate

USDA Choice is the second highest graded beef and although it has less fat marbling than Prime, it is considered a quality steak if its a cut from the loin and rib areas of the beef like the tenderloin fillet or rib steak

After our waiter presented our medium rare steak to us, he took it to the carving station while hubby and i excitedly waited at our table

however when our steak was returned, i was a bit surprised that it was actually “rarer” than we expected.

Bistecca is a favorite in Tuscan cuisine. A steak grilled over a wood or charcoal fire, seasoned with salt and olive oil. They are thickly cut and very large, so that they are often shared between two or more persons thus the warning

Bistecca is invariably served very rare but i didn’t know that then, hence my surprise

Generally USDA Choice will be slightly more coarse versus the finer texture of Prime so that the medium rare bistecca was great because i could imagine it would probably be too tough if it was well done.

On our table were 3 glasses of sea salts, plain, truffle, and garlic

Hubby and i both enjoyed the garlic flavored sea salt sprinkled on our steak with a drizzle of olive oil

Although nothing beats the Wagyu steak, the choice cut bistecca was not all that bad and i must admit, i definitely learned a lot about steak with this dish

Coffee and dessert would have been perfect after all that meat but Bistecca did not serve coffee that night (?!)

well, dinner may not have been perfect but it was definitely a lovely way to celebrate one year of weekend food choices and to look forward to many more years of discovering new food places together!

122 La Joya Building
Rockwell Center


June 11, 2010 - Posted by | Affair to remember, Gastronomic experience, Weekend Food Choices


  1. Yey! Happy bday WFC! Cheers! šŸ™‚ Hmmm truffle fries? That must be yummy and expensive haha! Okay I just had my dinner and I am still drooling to that steak! Knife and fork pls? Haha! šŸ˜›

    Comment by dyanie | June 11, 2010 | Reply

  2. OMG! one kilo of beef for dinner!? how do you stay so thin doc?! the steak is bit rare for my taste, but i bet that steak is sublime. Doc Mitzi, what made the ceasar salad spicy? was it in the dressing? a sprinkling of pepper flakes? cayenne pepper?

    Comment by urbanmudra | June 11, 2010 | Reply

  3. this steak shop is haunting me, LOL! yours is the 3rd blog that i’ve visited this week that featured bistecca. it must be that good but pricey, i guess.

    Comment by docgelo | June 12, 2010 | Reply

  4. What a wonderful looking restaurant, that beef looks absolutely to die for!
    *kisses* HH

    Comment by Heavenly Housewife | June 16, 2010 | Reply

  5. Kudos on WFC’s first year!

    The steak looks really, really yummy. (And it’s cooked just the way I like it!) I remember reading a feature on Bistecca in last weekend’s Sunday Inquirer – and now I really want to go there!

    Comment by Midge | June 16, 2010 | Reply

  6. Thanks everyone! i’ve been pretty busy lately so i haven’t had the time to reply sooner or even load our new food finds but we’ll have some exciting posts soon from our out of town trip =)
    Hi HH, the restaurant was pretty nice, a good place to dine with fellow carnivores! *snicker*
    Hi dyanie, doc & midge, yes, i’ve been reading a couple of articles about bistecca since we visited too. the steak is definitely a looker =) the price is not so bad for a steak dinner.
    urbanmudra, the ceasar salad had red specks in it, and hubby and i were thinking it might be something like that japanese seasoning shichimi togarashi because the greens had that sweet yet spicy flavor, but then again, the sweetness might be from the salad dressing.

    Comment by mrs lavendula | June 20, 2010 | Reply

  7. Wow. The place looks so elegant. I wonder what that spicy surprise really is at the end of tasting that salad. And those fries look like a work of art. I reckon that their coffee machine or stock of supplies failed them that night.

    Comment by Fine Life Folk | June 28, 2010 | Reply

  8. sorry I DO NOT recommend this resto. They told us it would take 30 mins to cook our steak but it took an hour and worse….when the steak came it was not only rare, it was COLD!!!! They should serve their steaks on a hot plate. We had it cooked which took 5 mins so I suspect they popped it in a microwave! To make up for it, the manager said he would give us 2 FREE desserts but when we got the bill we were charged for it.
    The place though is very nice and the waiters were very attentive but I would not recommend it.

    Comment by rca | July 3, 2010 | Reply

    • Oh my rca, im sorry you had a terrible experience! i would be fuming too if that happened to us, hopefully they get their act together so that what happened to you will not happen again.

      Comment by mrs lavendula | July 5, 2010 | Reply

  9. congrats on your 1st year. more happy eating
    been to this place. it was a good carnivore restaurant

    Comment by mike | July 11, 2010 | Reply

  10. […] actually given up on eating fries except for a few, namely the truffle fries of Bistecca and the parmesan fries of Stratta and now, these…i mean why accumulate additional calories if […]

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