When in Manila and you’ve got some serious hankering for good ol’ Philly cheese steak, head over to The Cheese Steak Shop to fulfill your cravings.
Established in California, The Cheese Steak Shop, home to the beloved Philly-style cheese steak, has 31 branches in the United States but has recently opened up shop in the Philippines. Mai Uy, owner and certified cheese steak lover, just wanted to have a franchise for The Cheese Steak Shop in the Philippines because, well, she loves it so much she wanted to own one! What Mai bagged instead was the exclusive right for franchising in Asia, after repeatedly asking the guys from The Cheese Steak Shop to allow her to establish an outlet in the Philippines. This means that The Cheese Steak Shop will be opening more branches in Asia to cater to cheese-steak lovers outside the US and the Philippines.
The writer with The Cheese Steak Shop team of Margaret “Mai” Uy and Gerald Ong.
Following the success of the first The Cheese Steak Shop in Makati along Amorsolo St., Mai recently opened another outlet in the metro at the Fort Strip in Bonifacio Global City. Although the Fort Strip branch is still on its soft opening status and will have its grand opening in August this year, the restaurant already offers its full menu of cheese steak sandwiches and appetizers.
The eye-catching bright red facade of The Cheese Steak Shop. Plus the bell on the signage that beckons.
It’s not easy to miss the restaurant in the Fort Strip because of its vibrant red facade and eye-catching signage. Walking into The Cheese Steak Shop is reminiscent of being in a fast food movie scene in the US because of the wall posters and knick-knacks displayed inside the restaurant. Don’t miss out on the condiments bar located outside the restaurant where you can get as much condiments to your heart’s content (a big plus for people who drown their food in ketchup!). Although the space is a bit cramped, the place still gives off that homey vibe as the crew happily greets you once you step in.
Things to love about the decor: the condiments bar, the stack of board games, and the beer line-up.