It was a rainy Sunday evening and Mrs. MM, The Kid and I wanted to have a simple but satisfying meal out. We had gotten rave reviews of a Wagyu burger at the new Myronâ€™s at Greenbelt 5 so we decided to head over and check it out. I didnâ€™t bring a camera, and wasnâ€™t intending to do a post on them yet, but here is an early heads up for readers. First of all, the place is quite stunning. Rarely do I take note of a restaurantâ€™s interiors but this Myronâ€™s was a notch above most new restaurants we have tried in Manila. Designed by Noel Bernardo, it was upscale without being excessively fancy. I liked it much better than say the work he did at Chelsea CafÃ©. A judicious use of stone counters and tables, lush and comfortable seats, interesting lighting and a well designed outdoor seating area. The floor to (high) ceiling windows with a view to the gardens outside were a real plus compared to staring at a mall hallway. We felt underdressed in our t-shirts and jeans but when we got the menu we were happy to see it was just what we had expectedâ€¦
Some of the items at this Myronâ€™s are the same as their other branch at Rockwell, best-sellers like oysters, ribs, pastas, beef, etc. But there are some new dishes on offer as well. The price points were less than you would expect for such a pleasant space, and we proceeded to order, Mrs. MM asking for some Risotto Balls with Chorizo which were delicious, albeit a bit soft (most of the time, you would expect the balls deep fried and a bit crusty). I had a nicely executed salad though I note with some dismay, a strong riptide of local taste and preference for sweeter salads and obliged by restaurant owners by using fruity vinegars, or creamier dressings and lots of fruitâ€¦ I tend to prefer more bitter, more bracing concoctions of greens and other ingredients, but that is just me. Mrs. MM had the corned beef for her main course and this is comfort food for her, always done well at Myronâ€™s. If it came with English hot mustard instead of a Dijon, she would have been even happier. The Kid had the Mesquite Baby Back Ribs and that hit the spot as well, tender and flavorful, exactly what she was craving for all afternoon.
I had the Black and Blue Wagyu Burger which was encrusted with pepper and served with blue cheese, mushrooms, onion rings and French fries. It was very good. Itâ€™s hard to find a decent burger in Manila but this one was worth the PHP425 price. Juicy and flavorful meat, not overpowered by the cheese or the pepper. The onion rings were excellent though the fries were a bit soggy. Again, I am probably swimming against the local tide by wishing for one improvementâ€¦ the bun! I have never had a burger in Manila with a nice crusty, substantial Kaiser like bun. Instead, many of the burgers here come with a soft bun that tends to fall apart when you eat it, or get incredibly soggy due to the liquid from the burger. The Kid had a dessert, and we had several soft drinks and the total tab was roughly PHP2,100 with service charge. The service was good, but the place was only half full at the time we placed our orders. It filled up half an hour later. For a place that is just a week or two old, we were very pleased with the meal overall and shall return whenever we get a hankering for some beef, burgers or ribs in a particularly nicely done setting. They have a private room for 12, nice for a small dinner party, but no view. Myronâ€™s Place, Greenbelt 5, 757-9898 or 757-8898.