A Cut Above the Rest by Soo Eelee
We love beefing it up, but finding a perfectly out of the ordinary cut can be quite a challenge. Here’s our pick on something special, something nice.
A New Tradition
Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk #01-161/162
Mon – Thu: 12pm to 11pm,
Fri – Sat and Eve of PH: 12pm to 12am,
Sun and Public Holiday: 11am to 11pm
Tel: 6376 9262
Aiming to bring a breath of fresh air to the food scene by offering an array of international dishes with a contemporary spin, the folks behind Wooloomooloo Steakhouse has brought their savvy gastropub concept to Singapore. Carrying a more casual and urban vibe, this waterfront outlet is very much like a big brother to one of the neighbourhood dive bars you are probably familiar with. Featuring a spacious seating arrangement that can fit up to 160 diners, you are guaranteed an experience regardless if you are sitting in the cozy indoors or the breezy alfresco area.
While the menu can be huge and daunting, it wasn’t difficult to pick out some of our favourites with well-thought recommendations by the hospitable servers. Using only high quality ingredients sourced from around the world, one must not skip the steak if you’re looking for a satisfying affordable cut, in a laidback space. For the more adventurous, go for the Berkshire Pork Chop that showcases a more tender and juicy breed of pigs in its full glory.
Standing out from other steakhouses, The Chop House places as much emphasis on their food as on their booze. Offering a variety of artisan beers, draughts on tap, a brilliant selection of crafted cocktails, whiskey and wines, the establishment has gone to great lengths to make the restaurant booze-friendly. One thing not to be missed, pull your own pint of beer with a stored value card at Singapore’s first SelfTap Beer system. Tap away!
When we heard about Fordham & Grand, the fancy restaurant serving unsophisticated bistro food, we knew we had to check it out. Turns out, Fordham & Grand is a bistro and bar that offers great food, delightful cocktails and a handsome concept styled after the speakeasy bars of the 1920s. Delightfully intriguing, the front door is barely noticeable to passersby while the interior is framed with dark wood, black leather and a soundtrack of jazzy lounge tunes.
Cuisine-wise, you will not find any pretentious multi-course meals, molecular gastronomy, or world-renowned platters; just rustic dishes and good old comfort food. Helming the kitchen is Chef Fong Kean Hun who has had an illustrious career working in restaurants such as SANTI and Joel Robuchon Restaurant at Resorts World Sentosa. While most of the dishes were delightful, what impressed us most was the simplicity of the Minute Steak and Fries. For just $20, you get a nicely done steak that is slightly pink to the touch of your knife, yet still easy to slice up. The crispy golden fries add points to the satisfying meal with just enough comfort to end the night. Best of all, they serve steak till 2am daily, who does that?
Also impressive is the eleven-page drinks menu comprising of selectable wines and a range of traditional cocktails with a modern twist. So regardless if you’re heading here for dinner, cocktails or a late supper, Fordham and Grand certainly punches above its weight when it comes to quality, service and price point.
Besides being one of the oldest steakhouses in Singapore, Morton’s The Steakhouse continues to be the benchmark for steak lovers across Singapore. Offering the classic American dining experience, the elegant setting is accompanied with crisp white table linens exuding a certain air of exclusivity without being all that pretentious. With an open air kitchen, be prepared to be entertained all night.
The tempting steak list at Morton’s The Steakhouse features premium grain-fed aged beef along with sumptuous sides that are great company at any time of the day. Try the very sublime Center Cut USDA prime rib eye which was both succulent and flavourful. Every slice revealed the tenderness of this well-marbled meat that is caremelised to perfection for an even more aromatic contrast to the juicy center. While this might not be the most adventurous choice, it promises a nice balance of beefy flavours along with the right amount of fat for every steak lover.
Of the sides, we really enjoyed the sautéed Brussel sprouts and the traditional mac and cheese. Just a word of caution, the servings are huge so if you plan to try their famed selection of desserts, go slow on the sides. Overall the price tag might be a tad too hefty, but the chances of you leaving the restaurant unsatisfied or even slightly hungry are non-existent.
This Japanese-inspired restaurant is all about serving luxurious fares of beef; in this case, it’s a selection of the highest grades of Wagyu in the world. Unassumingly tucked away at one of Singapore’s private hospital – Camden Medical Centre – the steakhouse has a nice soothing vibe with a modern Japanese appeal signed across it. Also equipped with an open concept kitchen, you will definitely be entertained by the atelier chefs as they prepare your food.
Sitting down to a swanked out table at Fat Cow is akin to having your personality captured on a plate. From weight to cooking style, your steak will basically be tailor-made specifically to your every liking. Prices go by marble scorings which can vary from A3 to A8+. While all are good options, the real star of the show has to be the Kuroge Washu (Matsusaka Wagyu). If money isn’t an issue then give it a try.
Head over to the bar and you will find a respectable selection of new and old world wines, not to forget the predictably Japanese sake and sochu. Also serving some of their signature cocktails, some things are definitely worth the exorbitant prices.
Offering an impressive selection of cuts sourced from Australia and USA, we almost forgot to try the restaurant’s signature SKIRT cut – a cut that is usually we were definitely not left disappointed. The Blackmore Australian Wagyu appears succulent, and is tender under the knife, yet maintaining plenty of bite; typical of its cut. Most importantly, the meat was done just right, complementing the original flavor of the meat with a lightly-salted treatment and accompanying rosemary.
Before you leave satisfied, don’t forget to pop by SKIRT’s slick bar, which is nicely tucked at one end of the restaurant. Besides offering good old whiskey, the charismatic bartenders will easily win you away with the best of their bespoke cocktails.