Ruby Jacks: The High Rollers’ Steakhouse

When Jason Go invites you to dinner, make sure you come hungry. Because the guy, although skinny as a matchstick, sure knows how to eat.

We had the pleasure of eating at the recently opened Ruby Jacks, a new restaurant at City of Dreams owned by Frederick Siy and where Jason is an partner, last Thursday … and indulged in a tremendous spread that progressed from healthy tomatoes to a heart-clogging Tomahawk steak!

I quickly noticed that at Ruby Jacks, the dishes served are far more sophisticated than they sound.

These tomatoes, for instance, were from Fukuoka, Japan. They were fresh, incredibly juicy and sweet. As if it wasn’t good enough on its own, the chef, Matthew Crabbe, serves them with a dollop of Gorgonzola cheese underneath. They were so good, though, I ate them sans cheese – incredible, considering my love for cheese!

Caesar salad is drowned in strings of Parmesan cheese. This is the most cheese-laden Caesar salad I have ever had!

caesars salad rubyjacksThis was served alongside these scallops from the US. Plump, juicy … what’s not to love?
As if that wasn’t enough, we got to try the restaurant’s various takes on oysters. Our host joked that these oysters covered in roe are “virgin” oysters. Hmmm!

They also have oysters served with a jalapeño tartare and oysters baked with spinach and cheese.

But being a steakhouse, Ruby Jack’s is all about the steak.They have Platinum John Dee Wagyu with a marbling of 8 or 9. But what I love about Australian meats is that while they get the best Japanese cattle, they serve it the Western way so it’s still more meaty than melt-in-your-mouth fatty.

They offer imported steaks from Australia (John Dee), the US and Japan. From Australia, they are proud of their John Dee premium steaks. If you are a big group, highly recommended is the Tomahawk. Check it out (we had 2 kilos):

IMG_1439IMG_1438For dessert, don’t miss out on their siganture cheesecake; It is not heavily creamy but, made almost with a Jap touch – very light! The restaurant also makes their own ice creams.

This is the first Ruby Jacks outside of Tokyo. How lucky is Manila!

Ruby Jack’s Steakhouse
Upper Ground, City of Dreams
Reservations recommended.Tel. +632 801 8888.
Open daily from 10:00 am to 2:00 am.
Champagne brunch promos on weekends from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm.
Private dining room seats 14 pax. Major credit cards accepted.
Accessible by elevator via Hyatt or Nobu Hotels (quite a distance though).

Sandy Daza is new ambassador for Canadian beef 

So proud of our friend Chef Sandy Daza who is now ambassador (naks!) for Canadian beef.

Canadian beef was launched last Monday at New World Hotel (Makati on Pasay Road across Greenbelt 3), which will be carrying their beef for the month of June.

It was explained at the launch that Canadian beef is graded like American beef (prime, choice, select) but that all Canadian beef is table beef and all their cows are accounted for via RFID tag. I guess this is just like Japanese beef so at any time you know a cow’s origins and lineage.

If you prefer steak that is still meaty, unlike Jap Wagyu that is sometimes too soft while excellent, get Canadian beef.
Sandy Daza, Canadian beef

What was also interesting in the New World Hotel presentation is how they will use the Canadian beef with their Chinese menu at Jasmine!

Check out this sosyal na siopao! 

Or this stir fried diced beef tenderloin … Yum!

This simple beef steak was also good. Was surprised to find goose liver on top!

Chef Sandy also gave a tip that as opposed to US beef, the quality is at par but the prices are more affordable! (Shhh let’s keep that tip between us 😜)

Canadian beef is available at Rustans.