Burgoo is a lot like Friday's -- American food with American family-sized servings.
Quite unknown to many (even to me until recently), Burgoo is actually a stew dish made from a hodgepodge of ingredients. Essentially, it is a coalescence of at least 3 components: (1) the meat, which can be beef, pork, chicken or even venison and mutton, (2) the vegetables such as potatoes, lima beans, okra and corn, and (3) the thickening agent like cornmeal, potato starch, whole wheat or ground beans. Today's post however focuses on Burgoo's (the restaurant) other American style food apart from their eponymous dish.
Let's start with the Grilled Steak Ala Pobre (P595). Fragments of beef tangled with dices of mushroom frolic in a carpet of oil bespangled with garlic. It's garlicky taste tickles the tongue, its tender beef soothes and comforts one minute and enlivens the palate the next. A scoop of mashed potato with a smooth and slightly creamy texture is ameliorated by the garlic bits as well.
The Chicken Steak (P375) comprises three fillets, its meat charred where grill marks are eminent in its striations. Varying shades of golden yellow paint each grain of rice, a heap of which is juxtaposed with the fillet that is dabbled with onion mushroom gravy and sprinkled with herbs. The poultry was submissive to a knife's slice, though it was mainly due to its macilent meat more so than its tenderness.
I love a good steak sauce, but spare me the overly acidulous ones. I prefer the smoky barbecue style with a tinge of sweetness such as honey. Unfortunately, the Oklahoma Baby Back Ribs (P595) was swathed in a dark brown marinade that shouts acerbity; my only salvation was a globe of slightly vapid mashed potatoes cloaked with a light brown hue of gravy.
Don't let this large piece of meat fool you. Take away the bones and flimsy fat, and you'll be left with an inadequate amount of lamb meat. I say inadequate because the Grilled Lamb (P595) is one uber juicy morsel with which you'd have a hard time restraining yourself from consuming, and hankering for another (hopefully bigger) portion. As you bite into the lamb, all the juices from the meat infused with the rosemary seasoning just flow like floodgates being opened, straight into your mouth. It's an orchestra of hefty flavors; a glorious carnivorous celebration.
Spot: 3rd/F Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati
Contact Nos.: 898-1815 to 17