Tomahawk Chops & Grill is one of the newest restaurants in Kapitolyo, Pasig City's most exciting dining destination. They opened on June 13, it is so new that only very few people (the owners' friends and Kapitolyo residents) know about it. Now the secret is out! This casual dining restaurant specializes in, you guessed it, Tomahawk Chops. But what are Tomahawk chops exactly?
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First, let us give you a tour of their place. Don't let the first look fool you. It may look like a small restaurant that can only accommodate less than 20 guests, but they have a bigger dining section concealed at the back of the restaurant. The interior has a modern design dominated by the bricked walls, wood panels and the solid black wooden beams on the ceiling. The space is well air-conditioned and the warm lights create a cozy dining ambiance.
Trivia: Tomahawk Chops are said to have originated from the Rio Grande in Texas. They are called as such because they resemble the shape of a tomahawk axe used by the Native Americans as a general tool and as a weapon.
Here's what we had for dinner. We munched on some Onion Rings while waiting for our mains to be prepared. Edgar loves onion rings, but I am quite picky when it comes to this appetizer. Tomahawk's onion rings got my approval. First of all, they are not oily. Second, the batter perfectly coated the onions, and lastly the overall flavor is just right, enough to jump-start your appetite.
|Onion Rings (P140.00)|
Without further delay, here's the Tomahawk Chops! Notice its unique shape? A bone-in pork chop is used in this dish where traditionally, cowboys would use the bone as a handle when eating it. Another distinctive characteristic of the Tomahawk Chops is the variety spices used to flavor the meat, just the way Texan cowboys like it!
|Tomahawk Chops (P295.00)|
You can have the Tomahawk Chops grilled or fried. In the US, they are traditionally grilled so that's what we ordered. An order of their Tomahawk Chops comes with a serving of rice and one extra side dish. For an additional P25.00, you can have your rice "upgraded" into their special "Dirty Rice" which like the chops are very rich in earthy Indian spices.
|served on a bed of "Dirty Rice"|
For the side dish, you can choose among the following: Fries, Garlic Mushroom, Buttered Corn, String Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Plain Rice and Dirty Rice.
|Inch-thick and smothered with sauce|
What's really amazing about their Tomahawk Chops is how thick the meat is. They are an inch thick! They are perfectly grilled so that the meat is tender, very easy to chew on, and they are moist. The flavor of the spices and the grilling bring out the natural flavor of the meat, making each bite a truly memorable experience.
|tender and moist meat|
We also tried their Grilled Steak, a slab of beef grilled to your personal preference. Edgar had it Well-done. I would have had it Medium or Medium-Well to keep some juiciness into the meat. Though grilled well-done, the steak was tender and not dry at all. The gravy that comes with the steak tasted really good and matches well the natural flavor of the beef. The steak is also served with mashed potatoes plus one extra side dish of your choice.
|Grilled Steak (P295.00)|
Finally, we also tried their dessert. Their Cake in a Jar was on a buy-one-take-one promo during our visit so we were able to sample both flavors: chocolate and red velvet.
|Cake in a Jar (P105.00 each)|
Their menu is quite simple and uncomplicated, which makes it easier to decide what to order. They have a good selection of starters which are perfectly paired with their imported beers. Check out what they have on their menu:
Tomahawk Chops & Grill Menu
Overall, Tomahawk Chops & Grill is a great addition to the growing list of restaurants in Kapitolyo. They offer new flavors, fresh ambiance and a unique dining experience that keeps Kapitolyo an exciting dining destination in Metro Manila. On your next visit to Kapitolyo, do drop by at Tomahawk and don't be the last to try their Tomahawk Chops!
Tomahawk Chops & Grill
56-A East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Opening Hours: 6:00pm to 11:00pm (Soft Opening)