Lunch yesterday was at I'm Angus with R and E. Many people have been raving about this newly opened Restaurant in Yakal St. owned by the Santis group, so I was curious to try it. We arrived around 12:15 and there were only 3-4 tables occupied. The interiors were very appropiate for a Steak Restaurant, including an 'open' kitchen with a glass divider.
We started out with appetizers and a bottle of Pinot Grigio. Incidentally, corkage is 800 pesos (I find this quite high) but if you buy a bottle of wine right beside (Santis) you pay 300 (still doesn't make any sense since they are the same owners). Back to the food. We had Mahi Tuna Loin with Wasabi Mayo, Gravelax Salmon and of course: Steak Tartare.
The Tuna was correct, seared outside and raw inside, served with wasabi Mayo. The Salmon was not what I was expecting. As per my understanding, Gravelax is raw Salmon cured in salt, sugar, and dill. This was just thick Salmon cuts, served with a dill sauce. It was still quite good, but not what I was expecting and I may have just misunderstood the menu. As for the Steak Tartare, we ordered the full order and I must say it was quite good, although I think the Chef added too much Perrins since taste was quite strong. I liked its creamy texture and the Caper Berries on the side. Nice touch.
We then proceeded to our main courses: E and myself had each a 300 gram cut of Prime Angus Rib Eye and R had the Turkey Steak since he was avoiding red meat. The Turkey Steak actually looked moist and very appetizing...it was served with Mashed Potatoes and Cranberry. A very healthy alternative if you are watching your weight..
As for our Rib Eye, I asked mine rare while E had his medium. It was actually very tender and the cooking was just how I wanted it: medium rare but no blood. I would have wanted it to be a bit more Char grilled on the outside, but the inside was perfectly pink and tender. I normally don't have any sauce with my steak since I like to enjoy it as simple as it is: a good steak with good wine. Since we did not think we could finish another bottle of wine, we just decided to order a glass of Chateau St. Jacques, the second label Chateau Siran, from the Maurgaux region of Bordeaux. The bottle was newly opened so it took a while to open up, never the less, a great match for the Steak.
Over all a good place, service was spot on and ambiance was OK. I'd come back here again for the Steak Tartare....