Premium ‘steak-cation’ only at Clark – Manila Bulletin

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Heaven awaits meat lovers in Angeles, Pampanga

SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE Aerial perspective rendering of Clark, Pampanga (BCDA)

Top quality steaks served not just with the sides, but with a smile.

It’s the kind of “steak-cation” steak lovers will enjoy in Clark, the new investment hub, tourist and family destination, and soon to be, modern Singapore-like metropolis in the heart of Angeles, Pampanga.

Everything a steak lover needs to do when they crave the juiciest, most tender, perfectly seasoned, flavorful, melt-in-the-mouth (in any cut you want – ribeye, tenderloin, striploin, tenderloin, brisket, etc.) flown in daily from the US, Australia and other steak capitals of the world , is to draw a map and draw a path to over 21 restaurants that offer the most delicious steaks inside Clark.

Steak Crawl will bring you and your appetite to the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) brand of “steak-perience” in several international hotel chains and restaurants within Clark.

Clark, a sprawling complex of over 30,000 acres, has 140 dining establishments you can choose from for a gastronomic treat. And other catering establishments are expected to open.

With Clark International Airport attracting hundreds of tourists, local and international, and truckloads of steaks, it’s no surprise that Clark is slowly gaining a reputation as the nation’s second-best steak destination.

CDC Vice Chairman Dennis Legaspi said the Steak Crawl was designed based on a recommendation from former Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Benjie Defensor for the CDC to “design a map where to eat steak at Clark” instead of doing it in a hurry.

The “steak menu” we followed just recently brought us to these places.

With Clark International Airport attracting hundreds of tourists, local and international, and truckloads of steaks, it’s no surprise that Clark is slowly gaining a reputation as the nation’s second-best steak destination.

Olive Restaurant – Hilton Clark Sun Valley

If you’re craving a huge slice of Australian Black Angus OP ribs (aka Tomahawk or Cowboy Steak), the king of all steaks, absolutely juicy and succulent, this is the place for you. Executive Chef Robert Davis pairs your steak with grilled asparagus and mushrooms, fried sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes – his own version of mashed marble roast potatoes, tossed with bacon bits and other ingredients lip smacking. The location is a bonus with the greens outside blending into the dining area. In addition, the staff are smiling and helpful, led by their general manager Denise Molintas, who is very practical and efficient.

THE KING OF ALL STEAKS A huge slice of Australian Black Angus OP ribs, also known as Tomahawk or Cowboy Steak, at Olive Restaurant at the Hilton Clark Sun Valley

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Café Midori – Midori Clark Hotel and Casino

The American rib eye steak here is tender and succulent and the sides are artfully presented so you end every meal with a sigh of satisfaction. The café’s cakes and bread are also a feast for the eyes. The hotel’s Toscana Dining also offers the best Chinese dimsum. Midori’s Sales and Marketing Manager, Sophia Lin, is always there to make sure your dining experience is superb.

ART ON THE PLATE Steak is the star of the palate at Café Midori!

*****

Smoki Moto – Clark Marriott Hotel

The best view, the romantic ambiance, but above all, the Wagyu steak here has to be the most tender, delectable and flavorful, which the ladies at the tables next to ours had no choice but to say “yes!” to the marriage proposals of their boyfriends. If you want a different kind of “high” with your experience of steaks, a live band, soju bombs, and delicious Korean food with plenty of side dishes, this is your place. Nica del Puerto of the Marriott Marketing and Communications team gets the heart thump for this dining experience.

THE STEAKS ARE HIGH Smoki Moto at the Clark Marriott Hotel offers tender, juicy, perfectly cooked steaks and Korean dishes

Amare by Chef Chris – Hotel Royce

It’s a gem among Clark’s restaurants serving authentic Italian dishes and perfectly cooked, flavored steaks. Chef Kristine Lou Baltazar prepares the best Rollizza or rolled pizzas with alfalfa sprouts, arugula and four kinds of cheese.

PIZZA LOVERS Rollizza to die for Amare at Royce Hotel

*****

Galactic Dough Pizza House, Big Bang, Loop Bites, Sub Zero – Aqua Planet

If it’s pizza or burgers, fries, ice cream, plus all-American, Asian, and fusion goodies you crave, these are the go-to spots. Located in one of Asia’s largest and most modern water theme parks, Aqua Planet features 36 different slides and attractions.

Burn the calories inside Clark Safari and Adventure Park as you hop on ATVs, go-karts, and safaris. You will also have the chance to feed the baby tigers and have your picture taken in several thematic kiosks.

SAFARI FUN The author (second from left) feeds a baby white tiger at Clark Safari with (left to right) DZRH’s Milky Rigonan, Manila Standard’s Joyce Panares, Inquirer’s Linda Bolido and Philippine Star’s Marichu Villanueva

Clark International Airport is also a major gateway located within Clark.

Steak Crawl runs through October, in time for Oktoberfest. There will be a two-day “steaksperience” from October 29 to 30.

Add to your list of places to visit and experience Clark Museum, Dinosaur Islands, Distinct Street Food of Mangan Tamu Culinary Capital, Decawake Clark Ropeway, Clark International Speedway, Clark El Kabayo Stables, bikers routes and choose from four courses to play golf: Air Force City Golf Club, FA Korea CC, Clark Sun Valley Resort and Mimosa Golf Club.

The CDC is the implementing arm of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) to manage the Clark Freeport area. It is now headed by a former government official, former Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) chair Agnes Devanadera, who took over from the retired P/Gen. Manuel Gaerlan.

For steaks and smiles, make Clark your next stop. visitclark.com.

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