If you’re in for baby back ribs and steaks, Red Baron Ribs and Steaks is one of the better choices in the area of Banawe. This restaurant is situated next to a car washing station. The entrance may not be facing the street and its neighborhood may be quiet, but the buzz is still going very strong. We were surprised to find that it’s jam-packed when we arrived and until we left. Word about it must have gone viral. Food here is best suited for a group of friends or family hanging out to chill or to dine together for a decent but not necessarily expensive meal.
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Review of Red Baron Ribs and Steaks (Banawe, Quezon City)
The space is apparently not as big as we expected but this doesn’t stop the streams of customers coming in. The setup looks simple and the interior design is nothing sophisticated, but this place has the feel of community comfort. Arranged for practical use, the wooden tables and chairs are put closely next to one another, suggesting a more casual and intimate dining ambiance.
At home, we’re used to boil raw peanuts in salt water for a salty, shell-shucking-worthy treat. The Big Bowl of Dried Peanuts in Shell (PhP 69) turned out to be a good appetizer.
Sometimes, simplicity rules the nacho game, and this rings true for Red Baron’s Nachos (PhP 153). Bathed in cheesy sauce that’s smooth and silly without tasting too overwhelming, these nachos are great for a hearty snack or an easy weeknight meal. Each chip was individually topped then baked, ensuring you get full crisp and flavor in every bite.
Smoky, sweet, and tangy, the Smoked Baby Back Ribs (PhP 295) had a massive dose of savory flavor. The Solo set came with a wild side (corn kernels) and rice. The baby back ribs were fall-off-the-bone tender, with a substantial bark, smoky character and sweet undertone. This dish is a keeper!
The Rib Eye Steak (PhP 329), one of the house specialties, came out also properly tender. The flavor was quite satisfying, a definite standout. Think beefy and deeply savory. In terms of texture, the succulent steak tore apart with almost no effort. Cheesy garlic mashed potatoes, which was served as the perfect side dish, helped balance out the saltiness of the gravy.
Finally, we had the Crunchy Flauta Steak Pure Meltique Striploin Goodness (PhP 473). Absolutely no rub necessary. The Meltique Beef was pretty good as it was well done. It’s an indulgence to be experienced if you have not had it before. Love the curly fries on the side!
For drinks, we had Guyabano (PhP 142), Apple Berry (PhP 158), Strawberry Banana (PhP 138), and Kitkat Matcha (PhP 138) and tasted them all. Our verdict? The guyabano hands down stole the show. We happen to like fresh fruit juices. 🙂 If you prefer something cold and tart, with essence of berries, order either the Apple Berry or the Strawberry Banana. The thick and creamy Kitkat Matcha didn’t taste too much of matcha, but it’s a refreshing break from the fruity drink variants.
Price for Value:
Ribs and steaks are not particularly hard to find in Metro Manila. Almost every city here has a handful of local joints that serve up their own great rendition. Those that offer good value for money, on the other hand, require some digging. Red Baron Ribs and Steaks in Banawe is one of those. I highly recommend booking via BigDish, not only to get discounts, but also to make sure you have your sure seats especially when you plan to visit during prime dining times. 😉