Antipolo is slowly creeping into the food scene, crawling to catch up with the booming foodie strips in the nearby Marikina city. With the addition of Tuscan Resto Bar, Antipolo now has a cool nightcap place in the area.
Recently, RJ and I decided to prioritize small restaurants and cafes in our foodie checklist. (Yes, we do plan our food trips! Haha.) Despite not knowing what awaited us, I was able to convince RJ to have dinner in the restaurant I kept eyeing behind Shakey’s along Marcos Highway: Tuscan Resto Bar.
When we arrived, we were the only customers inside the restaurant, with only the sounds from the TV filling up the room. Despite the silence, the place felt cozy given the friendliness of their servers.
With such a name, Tuscan, I initially thought that the restaurant only serves Italian food. Though they do have pastas, their best sellers are actually their T-Bone Steak and their Tenderloin Steak. Following the waitress’ suggestions, we ordered their two steaks, medium rare.
I noticed that the restaurant had indoor plantation of lettuce growing in cups. How organic can you get? We then decided to also order their Tuscan Organic Salad.
Service was quite quick. I just went around the resto to take a few snapshots and soon, our Tuscan Organic Salad landed on our table. True to its name, the vegetables they used were bright and fresh. The drizzle of dressing was ample to flavor the salad. Not too heavy or overpowering, just right.
Tuscan Organic Salad (Php179)
Shortly after, our steaks arrived, T-Bone steak for RJ, and Tenderloin for me. Cutting through the meat with Gordon Ramsey’s visual cues to determine the steak’s degree of doneness running through our minds, RJ’s steak turned out well done and mine was medium. They missed the mark on the steak’s cooking time, but both were well seasoned. Since the T-Bone was well done, it was quite tough to cut through and chew; but RJ didn’t seem to mind as much as I did when I tried his dish.
T-Bone Steak (Php175)
Though mine turned out to be Medium rather than Medium Rare, the tenderloin was still incredibly soft, juicy, and oh so meaty-licious! (Yes I’m inventing my own words now. Haha.) The steak is moist, glistening under the warm lights of the restaurant. It was so good, I shared a photo of it on Instagram right away. As my knife glided through it, its pinkish inside revealed itself, igniting a quiet “oooh” from me as I gazed at it with much affection. It was one hella of a steak. I highly recommend it!
Tenderloin Steak (Php250)
Though I think Tuscan still has an identity crisis in terms of its menu and what it wants to be (unique selling proposition), as it is, the food is awesome, truly a value for money. The ambiance is also quiet, which is perfect for introverts like me and RJ, haha. I’m definitely coming back for more, probably to try their pastas next time. I’m thinking of dropping by their Friday acoustic night soon for a nightcap.
Cheers to the slowly growing food scene in Antipolo! Here’s to more foodie adventures in this part of town.
More details on Tuscan Resto Bar:
- Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/tuscanrestobar
- Operating Hours: Mon-Sun 11:00AM-10:00PM
- Payment Methods: Cash
- Cuisine: American, Asian Fusion, Barbeque, Italian, Seafood, Steakhouses
- Landmark: Behind Shakey’s Marcos Highway
- Menu: Page 1, Page 2
- Friday acoustic night
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