I hear from a lot of people that you can’t find good meat in the Philippines! Some people say that a good steak doesn’t exist here. Well, I am here to tell you that you are wrong if you feel that way.
I have thought for years that the best steak in the Philippines can be found at Cawayanon Clubhouse in Bukidnon. Cawayanon is the Clubhouse at the Del Monte Golf Course in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. The specialty at Cawayanon is Steak! And, I mean some serious steak!
Last week when I went on a Mindanao Tour with John Grant and Migs Bassig, on our last day, before headed back to Davao, we made a stop at Cawayanon. We left Iligan City in the morning, and I told John and Migs that we just would not eat breakfast that morning. Instead, when we got to Cawayanon, we would have an early lunch. Cawayanon is about 2 hours to 2 1/2 hours drive from Iligan. John and Migs were kind of skeptical, but I told them that if we ate breakfast we would not be able to eat the steak, because they were so big! Luckily, they agreed.
When we got to Cawayanon, I ordered a medium Porterhouse, medium rare. All of the steaks are available in Small, Medium or Large. The Medium sized Porterhouse is close to 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds!). It is huge. The large is over 1 Kg. When you first see the prices on the menu, they can indeed be shocking. The Medium Porterhouse that I ordered was P1,090. But, it’s a huge piece of meat, and that price also included soup, salad, two huge slices of home made bread and a fruit salad dessert. I think that overall it is a good value, especially if you consider what that meal would cost in the West! John ordered a T-Bone (Medium) and Migs ordered a New York Steak (Medium).
When they brought the first steak to the table, it was mine. I couldn’t wait to see the look on John and Migs’ face when they saw it, and they didn’t let me down! I think that John’s eyes almost popped out when he saw that slab of meat! It was huge, hanging off the plate in fact, and about 1 1/2 inches thick too! I could see saliva running from John’s mouth to his chin! John commented, “I thought those prices were high, but my God, that is a steak!”
When John and Migs’ steaks came, they were not disappointed either! John commented that it was the best steak he had ever eaten in his life too! I have to agree, I’ve never had a steak better than what is served at Cawayanon myself. The flavor is so good because the cows are fed pineapple at Del Monte! The pineapples gives the meat a slightly sweet flavor, and also tenderizes the meat while it’s still alive and on the bone! It is indeed excellent!
I finished up my steak, except for some of the fat. There wasn’t a bit of meat left, though. It was a big meal, but it was brunch, and it covered us for two meals, and some snacks too! We just couldn’t eat anymore! As a matter of fact, after finishing off our steaks, we had to sit there for a while and rest before headed back up the road. I mean, actually, we were unable to move, we were so full!
So, next time you think that there is no good meat in the Philippines, swing by Cawayanon, in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. It’s worth the trip!