Category Archives: Steak

Braserio

Back from a long hiatus!

We had our monthly girls’ night at Braserio, a new grill place along Joo Chiat (near Scanteak, for those familiar with the area). The place was totally empty when we got there at 7:20pm which got me slightly worried. They did fill up later in the evening (maybe we were just the uncool early birds).

IMG_5566.JPG They put us on the second floor, and whilst the exclusivity of having the whole floor to ourselves was entertaining for a bit, it got little difficult to get prompt service with the servers stationed downstairs. Our server was a young, earnest and shy boy who tried very hard so we played nice.

The menu went easy on brain cells. For $19,90++, you choose from beef steak, beef skewers, roast chicken or the monthly specials (prawns for this month) and it comes with free flow of fries and salad. Both A and C commented separately that it should be the other way around – greedy buggers.

There are also a few appetisers and desserts but none too compelling. For alkies, you may want to try their speciality Caipirinha, Brazil’s national cocktail of sugar cane hard liquor, sugar and lime.

The flavour of the night was beef steak, medium rare. The steak was juicy and tender, but perhaps underdone (almost raw) at parts. A liked it but I thought it was too barbaric for me. Can’t ask for too much at this price point – so won’t comment on marbling but there were enough fatty bits to make one happy.

IMG_5569.JPG The fries were literally cut potato sticks. Very rustic; I like the pieces with the skin still on – I guess they were crispier. Somehow fries done this way are not as addictive; we didn’t need refills. The salad was lettuce and tomatoes tossed together, also no refills required.

IMG_5568.JPG The meal came with their 3 house-special sauces – BBQ, Mango and Mustard. I like the mustard best – sourish and slightly spicy; adds punch to the fries and meat.

IMG_5567.JPG This may sound a little harsh, but my honest opinion is that I am not too sure where this may fit in with the competitive F&B scene. It does not have the warm Latino overdose-on-meats vibes of a Brazillian Churrascaria nor the all-too-popular industrial-chic hippy set-up. It felt a little more like Grill meets Ikea. Whilst the meat was good and price reasonable, there are just too many options out there and nothing too unique to draw me back.

333 Joo Chiat Road
Open 6-11pm
Braseiro Restaurant Singapore

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Luke’s

B and I were discussing steaks, and it somehow ended with a plan to go to Luke’s with him and S. It was a superb meal!

Prime ribeye “naked” style (400g) with confit garlic ($88++)

20140421-114508.jpg (1/3 of the 400g portion which they divided in the kitchen for us)

Ooooh, the steak… it was “melt-in-your-mouth” tender! It was perfectly done, seared on the outside and pink inside, with sweet iron juices oozing with every bite. I am salivating just thinking back about it. The side of confit garlic gave the dish a rustic and earthy flavour.

Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes ($47++)

20140421-114707.jpg This was S’ mains which she shared with us. (For those wondering, the steak was split 1/3-2/3 and non-meat-lover-S had the crab cakes to herself.) Another excellent dish, packed full of sweet crab meat.

Old Style Hash Browns ($20++)

20140421-114838.jpg We ordered this without knowing what exactly “old style” was – Macs’ style? Small round potato balls? It turned out to be rosti! Rosti is usually my “vehicle” for sour cream but in this case, it was good even without! Crisp on the outside, warm and creamy potato on the inside. Definitely a star dish.

Lobster Mac & Cheese ($26++)

20140421-115008.jpg The M&C paled next to the other dishes. It sounded like something I would love – pasta with cheese and cream, textured with ritz cracker crumbs. But somehow, the flavours were not intense enough and despite the crumbs, it was a tad mushy overall.

Double Fudge Chocolate Brownie ($16++)

20140421-115102.jpg Together with the peanut butter ice cream, this dish was power-packed with chocolate, nuts and overwhelming sweetness; a little too overwhelming for me.

Grandma’s Apple Pie ($16++)

20140421-115309.jpg I enjoyed this dessert better than the brownie – warm baked apple bits topped with maple pecan ice cream, and accompanied by freshly cut apple shreds.

Overall, an excellent place for steak but be prepared to spend.

20 Gemmil Lane
Open Mon-Sat 12nn-12midnight
http://www.lukes.com.sg

Salta

For one of our monthly girly night outs, C had a list of steak places and J found a superb deal on http://www.deal.com for Salta, an Argentine grill, and off we went for a 3-course $35++ meal.

Appetizer

“24 months” aged Jamon Iberico Ham Salad with Holland Vine Tomato, Mesclun Salad & Green Olives

20140417-144129.jpg The salad came together very well – chewy and salty ham with sweet tomatoes and crunchy greens, laced with balsamic vinegar.

Beef Empanadas with Lentil Portage, Sun Dried Tomato & Arugula Leaves

20140417-144808.jpg In short: beef curry pok.

Side Order
20140417-145237.jpg We shared a side order of the sweet corn cake ($14++). I was expecting something similar to the Kenny Rogers’ corn muffin but it was more interesting than that! It was served warm; crumbly (like a cake), sweetish (from the corn) but slightly cheesy/creamy at parts. The parmesan custard served on the side was like a panna cotta, but in cheese form. Worth a try!

Mains

280G Charcoal Grilled Grass Fed Rib-eye Steak with Grilled Vegetables, Pink Chat Potatoes & Salsa Verde

20140417-145416.jpg It was a thick chunk of meat, very generous given the price; and it was meaty and juicy, though not super tender. I found my steak to be underdone for a medium order and it was only when A commented on a bloody piece I couldn’t bring myself to finish did we realize that they got our orders mixed up! So there was C struggling with my order whilst I was avoiding the pools of blood in hers. Not too impressed with the service at this point – the servers really ought to have checked but I guessed we could each have spoken up sooner as well.

Desserts

Minty Cantaloupe Gazpacho with wild berries & raspberry sorbet

20140417-145837.jpg This was an interesting dessert with the little bits of fruits in the sweet cantaloupe puree contrasting with the sour raspberry sorbet. I didn’t finish it cos’ it was too sour for me but nonetheless, quite a refreshing dessert after a hearty meaty meal.

Overall, an average steakhouse.

12 Gopeng Road, Icon Village #01-56
Open Mon-Sat 12nn-2:30pm/6-10:30pm
http://www.saltaparrilla.com.sg/