The Morato area has long been a favorite haunt for eager diners. And why not? The selections are nice and the prices are usually much lower than those in Makati. It can be quite a drive or a ride away though especially for those who live in the South but at times, you stumble upon a place that’s worth the trouble. Could 145o be one of those?
Lagal[og] said: I like the interiors, what I call modern yet “comfy-cozy”. The lighting is spot-on, not too bright for intimate dinners and not too dim for casual eaters. The service is not at all intrusive but rather discreet.
Ironwulf said: The furnishing is classy. The open kitchen is a delight as you could see how they prepare your food. The exhaust seems to be doing well. Wine bottle racks and refrigerators are well placed as if they are part of the interior design.
The food & the wine
Lagal[og] said: Just the place for a meat-eater like me. The specialty of the house is prime steaks and they’re really worth the trip. We tried the US Wagyu Manhattan cut seasoned with French sea salt. It was served with a four-inch section of beef bone with marrow and cooked medium-rare. I found it really flavorful with every bite.
Ironwulf said: We had to try their New Zealand Mussels which came in 8 pieces with a slice of lemon in the middle. Served with a reduction of balsamic vinegar and garlic, I could easily say I really enjoyed the rich garlicky taste. Squeeze some lemon on them to get that dash of citrusy taste.
Lagal[og] said: The house salad of romaine, red garnet, misuna, seedless red grapes olives is served with a dressing of French raspberry vinaigrette. The greens were crisp and fresh, being delivered fresh daily from the farm co-owned by one of the chefs. I really liked the twist of using raspberry vinaigrette, not too light nor not too heavy either.
Ironwulf said: All eyes were on the Chocolate Mousse with Caramelized Banana when it was served warm. It was simply delectable. We dug in and sampled the dark chocolate flavor. It was very good. And the added caramelized banana gives it a sweet fruit flavor that also acts as a neutralizer to its rich flavor.
Lagal[og] said: We sampled the Zinfandel, which goes so well with the Wagyu but there are 90 varieties available in the restaurant, most of which are from California vineyards. Nice to know you can order wine by the glass but getting a bottle ain’t too bad, considerably lower than Makati prices.
Ironwulf said: I wondered of course what the temperature has to do with their name. We found out the 145o Fahrenheit is actually the ideal internal temperature of a medium rare steak. Price range can be a steep when you dine in alone as it could range from P700 or more but it’s really worth it when you dine with a group as P3000 is already good for four persons.
145o Fahrenheit Prime Steaks and Seafood
Upper Ground Floor, Il Terrazzo
35 Tomas Morato cor. Scout Madrinan
Quezon City • Tel. No. 7032725