After watching Despicable Me 2 last Sunday, Louie and I had dinner in Kangaroo Jack Steak & Grill. Since 2006, this diner has been busy pleasing patrons who are mostly lovers of delectable tenderloin, T-bone steaks, sizzling meals and grills.
I’ve eaten in their SM North EDSA branch with my mom – four years ago. It was difficult to pass judgment immediately because I haven’t been to a lot of restaurants then and I’ve only “converted” myself into a “foodie” about two years back. 😀 Here I present my honest and humble review of Kangaroo Jack:
Review of Kangaroo Jack Steak & Grill (Robinsons Place, Manila)
I don’t know if the ambiance of a typical Australian restaurant is anything similar but clearly, the place was an epitome of a common grill house. The restaurant’s vibe was lively and the decors were all consistent to the theme.
Two things turned me off: (1) We saw a small cockroach on our table that we quickly shoo-ed away. (2) The upholstery of the sofa we were seated on was badly torn and obviously worn out but otherwise still comfortable.
Efficient staff did their best to mitigate the “worth-it” waits here. Wait staff were responsive and attentive, willing to assist customers anytime.
Many diners subscribed to the promo buffet (offered from 2PM to 5PM). At the buffet table (most likely consisting of snacks), I saw the following dishes: soup, nachos, rice, adobo, meatballs, pastas, and banana fritters. The buffet came with unlimited iced tea, so one can be truly satisfied with the promotion for only PHp 169 pax.
We arrived at past 6PM and didn’t intend to catch on the buffet time anyway; we were too sure that portions of a la carte dishes would suffice. Kangaroo Jack is most famous for its steak, grills and sizzlers, but our minds tend to gravitate to order entrees for the “health conscious” instead because we’re that kind of couple. 😛 So…
For the appetizer, we had the Nacho Jacko (PHp 145) which was crisp corn tortilla chips topped with Kangaroo Jack’s meat sauce, tomato salsa and grated quickmelt cheese served with marinara sauce. Packed with flavor and flair, the nachos were crispy and the toppings and sauces tasted remarkably. This is the kind of dish that feels like it’s been going steady since eons ago and shows no signs of ever changing. It’s a hit that I couldn’t stop going back to, though I’m not much of a nacho-person.
The main dish was the Bangus ala Kiev (PHp 160) which was stuffed banugs belly with cheese and carrots in bechamel sauce, served with java rice, veggies and corn on a cob. It was a fine selection I’m glad we tried. But the fish caused an allergy attack to Louie. Apparently, he’s allergic to some fish, making his tongue feel thicker and numb for a short time.
Because of that, I had to finish 2/3 of the entree and felt super full. 😯 This Bangus ala Kiev with name so chic was seriously great stuff! Each bite transported my taste buds with the cheesy fillings.
Price for Value: ★★★★★
There’s no shortage of accolades about this restaurant and hey, prices of food here are surprisingly easy on the pocket! Kangaroo Jack caters to the general public as its prices are much lower than that of the big brands currently available in the local fast-causal dining segment.
Service was good and the enticing environment further makes Kangaroo Jack a “bargain for the quality” – translation: book for a reservation when you decide to eat in peak dining hours or wait in the queue.
Kangaroo Jack Steak and Grill
G/F Robinsons Place Manila, Padre Faura Wing, Adriatico Street, Ermita, Manila