Originally Posted by raypin
mmm.....nakakagutom. Gotta' try Green Pastures. I hope it's not one of those farm-to-table b.s. resto. I just need a resto joint that serves really good food.
It is, actually. One of the most hilarious exchanges about it was when I told my aunt about the duck fat fries, and she went "I thought it was healthy food," to which I replied "I said organic - that doesn't meant it's healthy when I'm stuffing my mouth with duck fat and short rib-stuffed burgers." Actually one of the reasons why I love the burger is that they grind or mince it when you order (so it takes a while), and ask you how you want it cooked (you have to describe medium rare as "seared on very high heat then rested off the heat, still pink inside," otherwise they serve it medium or medium well).
8 Cuts used to ask how well (or not ) cooked I want my burger, but at some point they stopped asking and I don't specify anymore, as I noticed at that point that they had too many of the meat already prepped as raw meat balls (and then squished before frying) on the resting pans. The problem with their brisket+hanger blend no matter how delicious is that, since they can't keep the interior pink, the lack of fat in those cuts will have that patty shrink when well done, and you get a patty that's smaller than the bun. And the thing is, apart from smoking or braising brisket, the best way to enjoy its beefy flavor is to grind it and eat the burger medium rare (medium at most), so it doesn't shrink and you're still getting mostly meat, not fat (not to mention you have duck fat on the fries, so might as well cut the beef fat). Clean Plate by Twist in TriNoMa also has a great brisket burger that they can serve pink, but they don't serve fries with it (youhave to order it separately), much less season it with duck fat.
I've been meaning to try their steaks but everytime I'm in Shang I likely just passed by for something and already packing steak from Rustans (the one in Gateway is just horrible - their steaks look like sorry pieces of meat, even the Katipunan branch has better steaks). I actually have two things always hidden in my car's trunk: a beer cooler (that I use to transport meat) and my cast iron skillet (because the Hobbits walked all over Middle Earth packing theirs, might as well have one in the car).
Oh and get coffee there too (unless you really need to smoke with it as they don't have an outdoor area) as they have beans from Mt.Province. Skip the Barako since that's available in many other places, like Figaro.