Kristin’s steakhouse is one of the old restaurants in Bacolod. I remember when it first used to be located in front of Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Hospital and its storefront had a sign with a picture of a happy little dancing chef holding a covered tray.
We’re glad the new Kristin’s has reopened along Lacson’s street right in front of Mushu where the old Gerry’s grill used to be! Of course we had to go check it out!
We went inside and we took a look around. The interior is very nice with a lower open-air area for smokers and an upper area which is airconditioned. The lower area also has a “western themed” area with a sofa and stuffed animal heads which is sure to be very popular with the kiddies.
We got there in time for lunch and we browsed through the menu before deciding to order.
Two things caught my eye: Crocodile steak and Ostrich Steak! I immediately placed an order for the crocodile steak. It’s not everyday one can chow down on Gator!
We asked the waiter where they get their imported steaks from and he went back to the kitchen and got us a steak.
Our food began to arrive. It was quite a long wait since we ordered the steaks well done and there were lots of other diners. Still it took 15-20 minutes so one has to have a good amount of patience!
First to arrive was their kinilaw which was surprisingly good (for a steakhouse kinilaw!).
We ordered spareribs (local beef.) The meat was soft, cooked just the way we liked it (well done) and well marinated.
The piece de resistance was the Crocodile steak. It was a round cross section of crocodile tail and it looked remarkably like a slice of fish but with an interesting musculature.
I took a bite of the croc steak. It reminded me of chicken meat, only more firm and it had intramuscular fat running through the meat! Very fascinating! Some people say that croc meat is fishy but I couldn’t detect any hint of fishiness in the meat.
“Oh my God, I’m eating lizard..” was all I could mumble to the other amused members of the Bacolod Food Hunters.
How was the croc steak? It was pretty interesting. It’s not everyday one gets to munch on a lizard species that can potentially grow up to munch on YOU in return.
Kristin’s is a great place to go to for the adventurous and for those who want a really good steak. They’ve just opened so there’s still some questionable elements like their male comfort rooms that look like a public cr (unflushed floaters complete with a water pitcher that doubles as a water dipper) and their dubious choice of bathroom decor (Seriously, an Albatross poster?)
Hopefully they’ll work out these problems soon! Bring your friends and family to try their steaks and have a good time!