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Steak Your Claim! March 23, 2008

Posted by Alex Sawit in Food & Drink.

By Alex Sawit

23 March 2008



Cyrano friends know what great steak is all about, so I’m not surprised that many of you are already blissfully familiar with Fire Lake Grill in Tagaytay. Overlooking Taal Lake from its Santorini-esque perch inside the popular Cliffhouse Tagaytay commercial compound, Fire Lake has been our undisputed favorite steak place in this vacation town for quite a while now. To this day, I still hear nothing less than superlative comments from those of you who make it a point to go there for the grilled U.S. “CAB” (Certified Angus Beef) that the restaurant is deservedly famous for (on my part, Fire Lake is where I found the most memorable, nirvana-inducing meld of beef and fat in a perfectly grilled rib-eye that I’ve had so far in this country).

But I’ve only now realized that many of you are still not aware that chef and owner Paul Huang is also a Cyrano friend.

Paul and I have been comrades going back to when he was still a manager at San Miguel Corporation and I was with their ad agency (yeah, good times with the San Miguel beer brands!). He doesn’t get to visit the shop much since his restaurant is a full-time job and he doesn’t exactly live next door (the last time he visited, he and a friend ordered a nice bottle of Casillero del Diablo Carménère, which they happily shared with me). So by all means, please introduce yourself to him as a fellow Cyrano friend. He’ll get a kick out of that and you’ll have found a new foodie you can count on for cuisine and conversation in this quaint, cool weather town.

Long live Cyrano friends!


POSTSCRIPT: If you’re in need of Steak and Eggs, there’s a slight snag in that Fire Lake Grill doesn’t serve breakfast (they open at 11 a.m.). But Paul has no problem calling it a late brunch if you’re willing to wake up much later in the morning. And while Steak and Eggs would actually be an “off menu” item, worry not. I just asked Paul about it and he says it can be done (yup, he confirmed it in his text message yesterday). For a Cyrano friend, that is.



Unit 3 Cliffhouse Tagaytay
Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo Highway
Tagaytay City, Cavite
Telefax: (046) 413-2069
Mobile: (927) 914-4604


Driving Directions

From Makati, take South Luzon Expressway. Exit right at any of these three: Southwoods, Calamba or Sta. Rosa Exits. Follow the signs leading to Tagaytay. When you reach the Tagaytay Rotonda, follow the road along the crater ridge for another 2 km (the lake view should be on your left) until you reach Cliffhouse Tagaytay on the left side of the road.





1. Sam The Man - March 29, 2008

Great place. The food was so good that forgot what I ordered. 😀

For some reason, the name Road Kill Grill comes to mind when I am reminded of this place *chuckle*

2. Alexander Sawit - March 29, 2008

Hey, this means Janet knows where Road Kill Grill is too! I hear it’s in Tagaytay. LOL

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