Last Saturday we headed to Venus Parkview Hotel for a little change of scenery, and by that we mean chandeliers, grand staircases, fancy tables and seats, and live piano and sax in the background. And as much as we would have enjoyed a Baguio staycation at the hotel, we were actually there for the launch of Brazilian Grill Night at Olive Cafe.
That’s right. Brazilian. Now, you may be wondering, what’s so Brazilian about their barbecues? According to Head Chef Clyde, it’s all about the size. These Brazilian barbecues aren’t like your usual Pinoy-style BBQs on tiny sticks. Instead, They’re threaded on these huge metal skewers with onions, pepper, and corn.
Welcome to the Grill Station! Here, the barbecues are grilled live in front of your very eyes, as the cooks put on a little fiery show. There was a meaty, smoky aroma wafting through the air, making our mouths water. We were definitely excited to try them.
For one order of P499, we got to choose three from five options of what to put on the skewers – beef, pork, chicken, shrimp, and squid. We went with beef, chicken, and shrimp. This would also come with an unlimited serving of java rice.
There was a Mongolian station, which we wanted to try to add some greens to our dinner course. For P180, we got to choose from a wide selection of vegetables to be sauteed with two special sauces, also prepared live.
While waiting, we enjoyed a complimentary bread basket which came with an interesting salty sauce and palaman which tasted like liver spread. But it didn’t take long before our Mongolian vegetable dish was served, and we immediately started digging in.
Soon, our barbecues arrived and they looked just as appetizingly fantastic as we hoped they’d be. But we did the math and factored in our stomachs. We felt like one order of barbecue wasn’t enough to divide between the four of us, so we asked for another order of beef, pork, and chicken.
Our thoughts: The meat was really juicy and tender. The barbecues are done medium rare, so it’s still a little pink inside. It was a new kind of flavor for some of us who have never tried medium rare cooked meat. Of course, if medium rare isn’t really your thing, it’s perfectly fine to ask for your barbecues to be well-done. Though the chef warns that it may be drier and less flavorful that way.
Speaking of flavor, we also didn’t need any sauces because they were richly marinated. And surprisingly, by the time our second order of barbecues came, we were almost full, and we weren’t sure how much more barbecue we could stuff ourselves with.
But we did it! The four of us were able to finish two orders of barbecue and two Mongolian dishes (which were also fresh and crunchy and well seasoned with just the right amount of spice.)
Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough room left in or tummies for dessert, which is sad because we really wanted to try the decadent-looking cakes in their display. The Oreo Cheesecake and the Chocomoist cakes were calling to us! But maybe we’ll try those some other time.
We at Where To Baguio believe that Saturday nights are best spent filling yourself up with food, so Mission Accomplished! But if you like your Saturdays with a little bit of alcohol on the side, Olive Cafe also has a special buy-one-take-one promo on local beers.
So mark your calendars and celebrate your next Saturday at Olive Cafe, Venus Parkview Hotel at Kisad Road. Have yourself a Brazillian date! And who knows, maybe you’ll be seeing more and more different international cuisines at Olive Cafe. (But you didn’t hear that from us. *wink*)