We somehow found ourselves on the way to Tikling, Taytay (Rizal) and just as we were about to head up to Antipolo, we realized we hadn't tried out the steaks at Tender Joe's yet. We drove back to the gasoline station where it was located (where the old Shakey's Ortigas Ave. Extn. branch used to be) and we were relieved to find that it was still open. It was almost 10pm when we parked.
There were only two (2) other customers there at the time so parking wasn't an issue.
Here's what we looked like after we placed our orders:
We weren't exactly wearing date night garbs. Hahaha! The Memet was wearing a basketball jersey and shorts, and I was wearing a tank top and shorts. It was cool though, because the atmosphere at Tender Joe's was pretty laid back - plus, there weren't a whole lot of other people there that night. Hahaha!
Here's what we ordered:
|Black Gulaman and Sago (P60)|
The Memet ordered the Black Gulaman and Sago. He has a thing for that kind of drink. He liked it well enough. Me? I just ordered a bottle of water.
|Steamed Broccoli & Young Corn (P150)|
It was pretty good. I'm not sure what was in the creamy sauce, but it went well with the broccoli and young corn. We loved the garlic bits on top of the dish too.
|Angus Ribeye (P699)|
This was The Memet's. I took a bite of it and it was really tender. Quite juicy too! I liked it even without the gravy. The corn and mashed potato were a bit cold though. It would've been great if everything was served warm.
If you're only after the steak though, this one's really good. The best part? They have an ongoing promo. Instead of P950, it only cost P699. Not bad for a hunk of steak that size!
|Bacon-Wrapped Tenderloin (P320)|
If you don't want to pay a hefty amount for your steak, you might want to try out their Bacon-Wrapped Tenderoin. It's still steak, though a bit smaller. But it's wrapped in bacon, and who doesn't love bacon? Haha!
The thing was, it was a pretty thick chunk of steak. So even though I asked for it to be well done, the center of it was a bit medium rare. I don't like rare or medium-rare, so I just left that part of it on my plate. But the rest? Again, tender and really good. I didn't bother with the gravy much. Haha!
The corn and mashed potato on my plate were pretty cold too, but the steak more than made up for it.
If you're looking for affordable steaks in the Rizal area, Tender Joe's is a must-try. The place has a really laid back vibe, so you don't have to worry about dressing up when you want to go eat there. If you want everything on your plate served hot, it might be something worth mentioning to the waiter since the side dishes that we got along with our steaks were pretty cold. Other than that, it was all good.
Tender Joe's Rancho Grill
Ortigas Ave. Extn. Taytay, Rizal