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Highlands Prime Steakhouse Now Grilling at Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons

Ribeye Steak 14-Ounce from Highlands Prime Steakhouse at Estancia Mall Capitol Commons

“Is this the same Highlands as the one in MOA?” asked one of the four undecided women who walked into the restaurant while I was busy taking pictures for the blog. After the server who opened the door said yes, the ladies promptly requested for a table for four. – Well, that’s the kind of marketing no money could ever buy!

Highlands Prime Steakhoust at Estancia Mall in Capitol Commons

Highlands Prime Steakhouse at SM Mall of Asia has already established its name as one of the best steakhouses in the Metro, so it’s no surprise that expectations were ridiculously high when they decided to put up a second branch. Fortunately, their newest branch at Estancia Mall in Capitol Commons, Pasig City did NOT disappoint.


Highlands Prime Steakhouse at Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons

The new place is not as spacious as their MOA branch, but they both sport a laidback country house vibe. It has no direct entrance from inside the mall, so you have to brave the heat outside to get to their restaurant – a minor inconvenience easily compensated by their great food and service.

Interior of Highlands Prime Steakhouse at Estancia Mall Capitol Commons

Their dining area is divided into 4 sections. Coming in from the main entrance, you will be welcomed by tables with cushioned seats on the left and a big display of imported wines on the right. At the far end of the room, stands a fireplace that adds to the modern cabin theme of the restaurant. If you take a left turn from the main entrance, you’ll find a small dining area where the restroom and the kitchen are located. The wall leading to the kitchen is made of glass, which gives you a good view to leisurely watch the chefs in action.

Show Kitchen at Highlands Prime Steakhouse at Estancia Mall Capitol Commons

We chose to sit at the bar area for it had the best lighting in the restaurant – the perfect spot for taking food photos! At daytime, the place looks like a regular family restaurant, but from dinner until 01:00 in the morning, the place transforms into a hip hangout place with darker lights and even louder music.

Bar Area of Highlands Prime Steakhoust at Estancia Mall Capitol Commons

Highlands Prime Steakhouse has 3 function rooms, which all can be combined to accommodate up to 80 persons. (For inquiries, you can reach them through the contact details you’ll find at the bottom of this post)

Function Rooms of Highlands Prime Steakhoust at Estancia Mall Capitol Commons


The Bestsellers at Highlands Prime Steakhouse

We munched on some homemade complimentary bread with herb butter while waiting for our food and drinks to arrive.

Complimentary Bread from Highlands Prime Steakhouse at Estancia Mall Capitol Commons

Mhel didn’t get enough sleep the night before our lunch at Highlands Prime Steakhouse, so she ordered their Frozen Cafe Mocha (PHP 140). It was surprisingly refreshing and the coffee had a mellow bitterness that will compel you to take another sip. My Nanay made the right choice when she asked for their Fresh Ripe Mango Shake (PHP 140). One sip and it was obvious that they use only fresh mangoes for their shakes instead of taking a shortcut by mixing in mango concentrate. Without looking at their menu, I tried my luck of ordering some Freshly Squeezed Lemonade (PHP 140). Imagine my delight when I found out that they offer it. I even got to choose if I wanted it mixed with plain water or soda. Of course, I went with the soda and it was perfection.

Beverages from Highlands Prime Steakhouse at Estancia Mall Capitol Commons

One popular non-steak menu item is the Mushroom Soup with Puff Pastry (PHP 180). It’s a bowl of thick and flavorful puree of mushrooms, enclosed in a dome of flaky puff pastry. I took comfort in watching and smelling the steam that escaped the dome after I punctured it with a spoon.

Mushroom Soup with Puff Pastry from Highlands Prime Steakhouse at Estancia Mall Capitol Commons

Finally, my month-long craving for spicy wings have been satiated with Highlands’ chili and tangy Cowboy Buffalo Wings (PHP 400). It came with a small plate of fries and bleu cheese sauce that did nothing but complement the spiciness of the wings.

Cowboy Buffalo Wings from Highlands Prime Steakhouse at Estancia Mall Capitol Commons

We initially wanted to order their Roast Beef Salad, but we decided to settle for the Arizona Summer Salad (PHP 350) when we realized we’ll be eating big slabs of meat as our entrée. We needed, at least, one healthy dish on our table. Haha! The salad was a mix of crisp greens and citrus fruit, all tossed with a sweet and delightfully sour strawberry vinaigrette.

Arizona Summer Salad from Highlands Prime Steakhouse at Estancia Mall Capitol Commons

When time came for us to select a pasta dish, all intent of limiting our meat dishes failed when we saw that they have Roast Beef Pasta (PHP 400) on the menu. We simply had to try it! Slices of US prime roast beef, mushrooms, oven-dried tomatoes, and al dente pasta, all slathered with Highland’s special barbecue sauce made up this dish. It, honestly, needed a little more seasoning, but the doneness of the pasta and the flavor of the beef were both on point.

Roast Beef Pasta from Highlands Prime Steakhouse at Estancia Mall Capitol Commons

I accepted defeat when Mhel and my Nanay both decided that they will order the Prime Rib. I had no choice but to settle for the 14-ounce US-certified Angus Ribeye Steak (PHP 1,930 or PHP 1,480 for the 10oz), served with a sauceboat of black peppercorn gravy. I can’t consider it a loss, really, because the thick slab of meat that landed in front of me was equally flavorful and tender as the slabs of prime rib that my mom and sister have received. I paired my steak with a serving of Rice Pilaf (PHP 100), which was a little too buttery for my taste but was exceptionally well-seasoned.

Ribeye 14-Ounce Steak from Highlands Prime Steakhouse at Estancia Mall Capitol Commons

The pride and joy of Highlands Prime Steakhouse is their US-certified Angus Prime Rib Steak (10oz – PHP 1,630 | 14oz – PHP 2,200), also served with black peppercorn gravy by default, but you can easily swap it with mushroom gravy if you want something less spicy. My sister coupled her steak with Steamed Rice (PHP 80), while my Nanay opted for some Garlic Rice (PHP 90) and Garlic Mashed Potato (PHP 100).

Prime Rib 14-Ounce Steak from Highlands Prime Steakhouse at Estancia Mall Capitol Commons

Each prime rib is part of a whole rib that has been slow baked in low temperature, portioned, and then grilled to perfection. There’s nothing much you can say about the plating of the steak. It was simply laid on a bed of sautéed vegetables and, on its side, two pieces of corn. But why would you need an intricate plating with a piece of meat this beautiful? Even if it was served solo on a plate, without any garnishing or side dishes, I would love it no less.

Perfectly Medium Prime Rib Steak from Highlands Prime Steakhouse at Estancia Mall Capitol Commons

We were already full after devouring our steaks and had little room for dessert, so we just decided to share a slice of Cheesecake (PHP 220/slice). We were asked if we wanted it to be flavored with mango, blueberry, or strawberry sauce. We chose the mango sauce. It was exactly how we liked our cheesecake – thick, creamy, and has that irresistible melt-in-your-mouth feel.

Mango Cheesecake from Highlands Prime Steakhouse at Estancia Mall Capitol Commons

I was expecting their Chocolate Lava (PHP 200) to come with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. To be honest, I was a little saddened when I saw that it only came with crème anglaise and a swirl of whipped cream. A simple scoop of ice cream would have provided a good contrast in temperature to an already warm and flavorful chocolate lava cake.

Chocolate Lava Cake from Highlands Prime Steakhouse at Estancia Mall Capitol Commons

We ended our meal with a tall glass of Iced Coffee (PHP 90). Actually, it was Mhel’s order, but it was so good that the three of us ended up taking turns in sipping. It came to no surprise when we learned that coffee bean they use is Douwe Egberts coffee, the same coffee beans being served at KFC and Sofitel Hotel.

Iced Coffee from Highlands Prime Steakhouse at Estancia Mall Capitol Commons


Celebrate Father’s Day at Highlands Prime Steakhouse

Come celebrate Father’s Day on June 21, 2015 (Sunday) at Highlands Prime Steakhouse. All dads will get a free glass of imported wine! Ah, steaks and free wine, it makes me wish I were a dad, too! Haha!


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Kenneth is the chef in the family (he studied Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Art in GCHA). He's responsible for most of the more complicated recipes featured here, and loves preparing pastries and desserts. Aside from being a chef, he's also a Registered Nurse and Midwife. His love for cooking led him to pursue a culinary career.



  • random thought

    I expect the service to be lackluster when I go to low end

    restaurants, but I went to Highlands expecting good customer

    service and left with a bitter taste in my mouth. My family and I

    went to Highlands in Estancia to celebrate my nephew’s fifteenth

    birthday. He is an avid fan of steak and we thought we would

    indulge him by taking him to a place that came very highly

    recommended by a friend.

    The experience started simple enough, with the usual fare of

    bread and butter served and menaingless pleasantries

    exchanged between the staff and patrons. The service crew

    seemed nice enough and very accomodating, which is expected

    especially on the Sunday post-Church lunch rush. They took our

    orders and it seemed simple enough. We had ordered our

    drinks and we were informed that their iced tea was bottomless.

    Us being Filipinos and always enticed by the idea of bottomless

    drinks, proceeded to change our drink selections. We had also

    ordered some appetizers and salads to come before we ate our

    main course. Again, all standard fare for a restaurant that came

    highly recommended.

    The drinks came and we were surprised at the size of the

    glasses. We were even wondering why they would serve us such

    gargantuan sized glasses when we could routinely ask for refills

    whenever we wanted to. The time came and we did eventually

    ask for refills… and were subsequently denied because

    apparently their iced teas weren’t refillable. We shrugged, and

    although we were a bit perturbed, we continued with our meal.

    For starters, we had ordered scallops and were assured that it

    was four pieces to an order. We had ordered three because

    there was twelve of us on the table, and each of us would have

    the opportunity to sample the dish. The appetizer came and

    each serving had three. Again, they apologized for the

    inconvenience and we were slowly starting to get irritated with

    the service. It was my nephew’s birthday, and we didn’t want to

    cause a scene, so we soldiered on hoping that the rest of the

    meal would go smoothly. We had hoped it would, but were let

    down again.

    For a restaurant that calls itself a steakhouse, you’d think at least

    their steaks would be half decent. They were not, and aside from

    having the consistency of chewing a rubber tyre, their food and

    service are the worst piece of garbage my family and I have ever

    had the displeasure of having. You’d think that when a patron

    orders a medium rare steak, the least they could do is not

    charbroil the carcass until it is gray and unappealing. There were

    twelve of us at the table and none of us got our steaks the way

    we had ordered them. All of our steaks were cooked well done. I

    repeat; all of our steaks were cooked well done. This hell hole

    who has the gall to call themselves a steakhouse can’t even get

    the one item on the menu they’re known for correctly. Anyone

    who wants to have good steak in the Capitol Commons area,

    please avoid Highlands like the plague, lest your dining

    experience and your day be completely ruined.

    • We’re so sorry to hear about your experience at Highlands. We’ll forward this to their team.

  • I can’t help but be fascinated with the resto’s great decor and ambiance. I wish I explored Pasig more when I was there. 🙂 Great read, Ken.

    • Thanks, Issa! It was actually our first time to visit Capitol Commons. I never knew the place existed. Haha!

  • the food looks so good! and i love the way you write ..really nice blog.. ♥

    • Aw. In behalf of Ken, thank you, Leny. 🙂