At first, my officemates and I were under the false impression that we had no choice but to have lunch at fast food restaurants located within walking distance from our building. Eventually, the more experienced seniors introduced us to alternatives like the eateries hidden like gems in narrow roads that serve home-cooked viands with rice and free soup and the packed lunches that include one meat dish, one vegetable dish, a cup of rice and the occasional dessert (usually a ripe banana).
Following a few months of this cycle, we were getting increasingly bored with the choices and found less and less joy in the meals that we were having. We were craving a change but seriously doubted if we could afford it on account of the fact that we had a very limited budget. Thankfully, we chanced upon a place called Slice N’ Dice Steakhouse
at Pasig Kapitolyo that proudly offers char-grilled steaks for only P99.
It didn’t take long for us to realize that many others were also enticed by the promise of relatively cheap food as the restaurant was soon filled with groups of young professionals on an hour-long lunch break engaged in lively conversations. Worried that we would have to wait an unreasonable amount of time for our orders because of the number of customers, we were surprised that our food was served in around fifteen minutes.
The T-Bone Steak, Garlic Steak and Steak a la Pobre
are all available for less than a hundred pesos each but I chose the Steak Pack (P135) featuring char-grilled steak, mashed potatoes, steamed rice and red iced tea.
Hungry as we were and mindful of our limited time (since our lunch break was about to end in twenty minutes), we couldn’t wait to dig in our respective plates. As soon as I took my first bite, I found the smoky, salty and savory flavor of the meat to be just what my weary taste buds needed after growing tired of the usual fast food fare. Sadly, the texture left much to be desired as it was too dry and rubbery for my personal preference. The creamy mashed potatoes and thick gravy with the cupful of white rice was regrettably forgettable but pleasing, nonetheless.
By the end of the meal, our table (along with the other people in the restaurant, I could only presume) of friends were rubbing our stomachs contentedly and excitedly making plans to pay this place another visit.