A Super Lunch at Outback

WHO LIKES BIG meals at great deals? We all do! 🙂 The other day, I was treated to a delightful (and heavy) lunch at Outback Steakhouse with my friends. Now, I don’t usually eat out during the workweek because of the tight office hours but it felt good to finally take a break from my usual baon and/or cafeteria food selection. 
As it turns out, Outback has a lunch special that is too good to miss out on. They have combo meals from 33SR, 44SR and 55SR. Each includes a choice of the soup of the day, salad with preferred dressing and refillable drinks of iced tea/softdrinks. 
Here’s what we had:
Starter Soup: Chicken Tortilla
Fresh Salad
Apart from their usual service of bread and butter, the lunch special begins with your choice of their soup of the day. We chose between Potato Soup and Chicken Tortilla Soup and ended up with the latter. It was a clear soup of tomato and chicken bits but with a homey feel to it — and it was almost like tasting Mexico in a little cup. 
Their salad is pretty basic but they do have a generous serving of your selected dressing. I had the honey mustard while my friends had the blue cheese and ranch. We also ordered an additional starter by the way (NOT included in the Lunch Special):
Fried Mushrooms, 19SR
Big and juicy!
This seemed to be a very simple and straightforward recipe for fried mushrooms and it appears that the secret is about being able to keep the outside crispy enough to bite into and the mushroom moist enough to drip juices from. That’s how it was and every mushroom was a mouthful. The garlic dip that accompanied it was a good match and there were so many of them, we even chopped some and topped it over our salads.

At this point, our stomachs’ were rightly warmed-up for the main course. Here they are:
Outback Special 55SR

You can try out the Outback Special, cooked to your liking (in my friend’s case: medium rare) and remember what Outback is most famous for. You can also select your preferred side dish.

Tuscan Smothered Chicken, 44SR
Oh it’s smothered alright. Can you see it? ;P That’s two pieces of well-seasoned chicken breasts hiding behind a blanket of mozarella cheese topped with sun-dried tomatoes. It was gooey and yummy as expected. This would be a basic, safe choice. 
Mum’s Chopped Steak, 44SR
Believe it or not, the main reason I ordered this in particular is because of the word “Mum” in the menu. (Shoutout to my Mum, Shirley Mamita! Hahaha!) Anyway, this dish is basically a “burger steak” as we Pinoys know it; but amped up to about 10 times. The big piece of hamburger patty seems to disappear from this picture because it was smothered (then again) by the uber-generous serving of peppercorn sauce. This is a bit on the spicy side because the taste of the peppercorn sauce really overpowers the rest of the flavors in the dish and if I were to do it all over again, I’d tell them to go easy on the peppercorn sauce. Nevertheless, it is a flavorful choice with a guaranteed burp ten minutes later (make sure you have some mints with you).
Overall, the servings were incredibly ginormous! I honestly think that the main course is actually enough to feed two people. And the constant refill of our drinks were as if there was no tomorrow. 
The service was amiable and it’s quite a shame that within the hour that we were there, only three to four other customers came in in the Family Section. I sure hope that more people can discover about their Lunch Specials because it is truly, value for your money. 
Outback’s Lunch Special is available from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM and please note that they close their restaurant TEN minutes before the scheduled prayer time, so if you don’t want to be bummed out by waiting outside, make sure you check the prayer times on the day of your visit and plan your arrival accordingly. 
Here’s their Lunch Special menu for your further reference:
For a review of their dinner menu, check out our previous review on it here.
Happy, Hearty, Healthy Eating to All!
xoxo,
Eyecandy
Outback Steakhouse
Localizer Mall, Tahlia St.
T: 011-217-4633

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The Communications Editor loves rock n' roll, food trips and is a self-proclaimed, arbiter of taste.

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