Ask my wife. I’ve been hoping for a decent steakhouse here in Lipa City. Sure, there are steaks available in places like Casa Marikit and Uncle Cheffy, but I’m looking for something that’s more on the affordable side. You know – the steak that you can enjoy on a normal day?
Imagine my smile when I received word that there’s a new steakhouse in Barangay 4 right here in Lipa City. Needless to say, I immediately made plans to visit.
Ilang taon mo hinintay tapos pag andiyan na paghihintayin mo? Hindi na pinapatagal yan! #steakhugot
I was constantly in touch with one of the owners, Charlene Soriano, via text. I know that parking can be a problem in the area so wanted to make sure that there’s a place where I can park. For those who share the same concern, they have free parking available about 20 meters from the restaurant. You can contact them for parking inquiries. Contact details at the end of this post.
The restaurant is at the back of the owners’ house. This is why you can expect a homey feel. There are a couple of huge trees that make you want to take your order and have a picnic underneath the trees, but the restaurant itself has its own charms.
Now, what you see is the unfinished interior. According to Charlene, they’re still in the process of finalizing the interior. The bare walls will be covered by bricks along with some more improvements. For now, take some time to check out their art wall and convince yourself that being a vegetarian is a huge MISSED STEAK!
I like how the place is set up even right now before the improvements are made. It’s not confusing and assuming. The owners wanted an accommodating place that doesn’t intimidate. It’s not an air-conditioned place which is not a problem now. I’m not sure how it’s going to feel like in the summer, although the trees do provide shade and the place is well-ventilated.
My wife and I were welcomed by the smiling and pleasant Charlene. Right now, she handles the operations side of the business and sure has the resume to make her qualified for it. She has more than 10 years of experience in the food industry, opening and handling well-known restaurants in Manila. Lipa City is privileged to have someone with her experience operating a restaurant here.
My wife ordered the Porterhouse steak. It’s affordably priced at just Php 155. Considering that the steak is around 200 to 230 grams, that’s a good deal. Throw in a couple of sidings of your choice and you have a winner of a deal. You can choose from mashed potatoes, fries, buttered vegetables, garlic rice and steamed rice. My wife went for the mashed potatoes and fries combo (carbo loading!). The mashed potatoes are obviously made using real potatoes. That’s a huge plus in this day and age when instant mashed potatoes are used by a lot of restaurants.
I also wanted steak, but wanted to try their Persian offerings. Besides, I know that my wife won’t be able to consume the whole steak so I know there’ll be some left for me.
I went for the beef chelo kebab. At Php 118, you get 2 big kebabs drizzled with yogurt. The menu says that the kebab is flavored with 8 spices. Now, my palate is not that sophisticated to detect all 8 spices, but the important thing is the combination works. I’m not a kebab expert, but my taste buds enjoyed the experience. It’s not like those similarly-priced kebabs that are more like elongated burgers.
Charlene also recommended the chicken kebab which is more affordable at Php 105. It’s pretty juicy and offers some surprising spices.
I was trying to guess the spices used for both kebabs but failed miserably. Charlene mentioned that some of the spices are regularly flown in from New York, so that explains it. Charlene makes everything from scratch, even including some of her secret spices.
Just like with the steak, you get 2 sidings for the kebabs. I wanted hummus but they’re out, so went for Biryani rice and eggplant and yogurt.
Wouldn’t you say that this dish is worth more than Php 118?
Charlene also made me taste the keema that she ordered for herself. It’s the first time I tried keema and was tempted to order for myself, but thought that there’s always next time.
Here’s a copy of their menu:
Speaking of next time, yes, we’ll be back. I’m a fan of value for money offerings, and Fourth Steaks & Kebabs offers amazing value for money for their dishes. I’m also excited to see the improvements since they’re just on their soft opening. Of course with the prices, you can’t expect a 10 ounce steak or a 100% authentic kebab cooked by a Persian chef. But overall, we enjoyed our meal here and we’ll be back.
Fourth Steaks & Kebabs
Located at No. 82 Mabini Street, Brgy. 4, Lipa City, Batangas (near Kap. Simeon Luz Street)
Landmark is the Lipa City Panciteria. Just go there and you should see a sign to Fourth Steaks & Kebabs.
Call (043)981-10-36 / 0995-521-84-73 for inquiries and parking
Open from Monday to Sunday
Operating Hours: 10:00AM to 11:00PM