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The Old Oven Art Cafe

USDA Prime.  Ribeye.  600 bucks.  Do you really need any other reason to visit this place?  Old Oven Art has been getting some publicity over the past few month and apparently, this little shop along White Plains is said to serve a mean cheese steak as well.  And what deranged bastard does not like a fucking cheese steak?

Things started off great.  This quaint little space had a good vibe about it — plus, how can you go wrong with Beatle music?

Interior

To start with, we got the Chonburi Spicy Wings, which is their best seller.  You can have it mild, spicy, or super spicy.  These babies are one of their best sellers and deservingly so.  They weren’t all that spicy, but pretty good.  Like I said — pretty good start.

Chonburi Spicy Wings (P180.00 or $4.00)

But it was pretty much downhill after that.

First of all, that USDA Ribeye I had been thinking about all day?  Not available1.  Imagine KFC running out of fried chicken – -SMH.  I just went for the USDA Steak Salpicao to get my fair share of USDA beef.  Flavor-wise, it wasn’t bad at all.  They had garlic bits and the right amount of seasoning, but the meat was a bit tough2.  It went really well with their rice, though.  Moist, even a bit wet3 — almost like a risotto.

USDA Steak Salpicao (P195.00 or $4.30)

At the very least, the Old Oven Cheesesteak Sandwich was available.  Not very memorable for a signature dish — in fact, it wasn’t very good either.  The baguette was a bit tough and the flavor of the meat didn’t exactly sing.  It’s no Elbert’s that for sure.

Old Oven Cheesesteak Sandwich (P165.00 or $3.65)

Every sandwich comes with fries.  But at another 50 bucks, you can upgrade them to Chili Fries.  It wasn’t bad, but nothing spectacular IMHO.  For 50 bucks, it’s worth a try — or you can order them ala carte for 145.

Ala Carte Chili Fries (P145.00 or $3.20)

For another 35 bucks, you can complete the meal with a glass of Iced Tea.  They blend their own, but honestly, I can’t remember if it’s good or not.  I just know it wasn’t bad.  If you want a bigger glass, get the Jar Iced Tea.

Jar Iced Tea (P60.00 or $1.25)

I did try the Old Oven All Beef Cheeseburger as well, and I thought this was pretty awful.  I know, I know.  It’s not USDA beef, but I didn’t expect this shit.  Quality was one thing, but it just wasn’t cooked well.

Old Oven All Beef Cheeseburger (P175.00 or $3.75)

And did I mention that it took forever to come out4?  I was wondering why they had all these puzzles and games on the table and by the end of the night, it was pretty clear why they were there.  You’d go nuts waiting for your dishes5.

Puzzles

After waiting for almost 30 minutes, our Peach Berry Crepe finally arrived.  I was actually pretty happy with this.  The crepe itself was cooked pretty well and the flavors worked.  They used berry syrup, which was too fucking sweet, but other than that, this was actually a great end to the meal6.  For 80 bucks, you can add a scoop of ice cream, which I think makes a lot of difference.  Definitely go for it.

Peach Berry Crepe (P135.00 or $3.00)

In some ways, you can probably say the place is over-hyped.  Still thoroughly disappointed that the ribeye wasn’t available, but I thought we had tried enough dishes that I probably won’t make a return trip just for the steak — USDA or not.

address-overlay 136 Katipunan Road, Barangay St. Ignatius, Quezon City

phone-overlay (02) 345-1243

email-overlay oldovengourmet@yahoo.com

icon_facebook https://www.facebook.com/OldOvenArtCafe

hours-overlay Tuesdays-Saturdays: 3PM-11PM; Sundays: 6PM-11PM

SDA Prime.  Ribeye.  600 bucks.  Do you really need any other reason to visit this place?  Old Oven Art has been getting some publicity over the past few month and apparently, this little shop along White Plains is said to serve a mean cheese steak as well.  And what deranged bastard does not like a …

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Summary : Over-hyped a bit. Nothing special about the dishes, especially the execution. Dishes took way to long to come out. Shitty parking as well.

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About Lester

Lester likes red meat, white meat, and is allergic to vegetables. He thinks PETA is for pussies, and his favorite basketball player is Robert Jaworski.

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