Whether you fancy staring romantically at your partner over a juicy tenderloin, or want to tuck into your T-bone with a whisky chaser, here’s our shortlist of steak restaurants in Singapore for your wish list: Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse, Bedrock Bar & Grill, Fat Cow, L’Entrecôte, Morton’s The Steakhouse and SKIRT. Read on for our reviews!
Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse: Best for Italian romance
25 Mohamed Sultan Road
The scene: Though this atmospheric shophouse’s romantic lighting, leather seats, dark wooden panelling and subtly risqué artwork (of the leggy-maiden-rides-antlered-beast genre) make Bistecca ideal for a seduction scene – perhaps even involving one’s husband – it proves just as good for a long and enjoyable tête-á-tête with a girlfriend.
The food: Having judiciously saved our respective appetites all day, it’s hard not to fall upon and polish off the fragrant basket of Italian bread with olive oil and a smidgen of chicken liver pâté. And though an enormous steak is in the offing, who can resist pan-roasted octopus ($22) served with tangy Sicilian tomatoes and rocket ($22), or the wagyu beef tenderloin tartare ($20) recommended by charming restaurant manager Enrico?
Not us, fortunately. The octopus has exactly the right degree of succulent chewiness, and the tartare has been properly chopped and lightly flavoured – though you might ask for a dash more seasoning to bring out its subtle depths.
After succumbing to a plate of creamy mushroom risotto ($35), rich with parmesan and fresh black truffle, one of the smaller steaks might suffice at this point – but no. We’ve seen the signature Florentina wagyu T-bone ($188 for 1.1kg, serving two to three people), one of Bistecca’s “traditional Tuscan sharing steaks”, at the neighbouring table of a smoochy South African couple, and it’s utterly irresistible.
All steaks come with horseradish, a pepper and balsamic reduction plus Dijon and English mustards. For sides, we choose char-grilled asparagus ($15), beautifully fresh baby-leaf creamed spinach ($13) – and a bowl of kipfler potatoes exquisitely fried in herbs and Parmesan ($13).
Arriving ready-sliced on a board, the T-bone fulfils every expectation. Prepared in classic Tuscan style over a very hot wood-fired grill, we’re told, it’s well charred on the outside; yet its deep-red flesh is so tender and so well-rested that even Geri – who usually orders hers well-done – tucks in with relish.
Bistecca’s desserts are Italian, naturally, so it would be rude to say no to either a creamy tiramisu ($12) or a nutty semifreddo ($16) garnished with berries and an unusual pistachio sponge.
The drink: Sipping by the glass and sticking to the classic order of things, we start with a flute of Zargetto Extra-dry Prosecco Veneto ($20; bottle $95), go on to a glass of
La Scolca Gavi Oro ($21; $90) and another of Valpolicella Sartori DOC ($22; $120), and round off an indulgent feast with Enrico’s favourite dessert wine ($19).
Bedrock Bar & Grill: Best for red meat and whiskey lovers
96 Somerset Road
#01-05 Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard
The scene: The number of times I’d scrambled past Bedrock’s alfresco bar frontage on my way to meetings made me quite curious about its interior. Inside, it’s cosy with modern furnishings and dim lighting – an ideal spot to chill with friends or impress clients with hearty, top-notch grub and liquor.
The food: Where to begin? I’m not sure which starter had me more hooked. Was it the Caesar salad ($22) pimped out with a glorious fried and poached egg? Or was it the smoked tomato soup ($16), which can best be described as Heinz’s older and much sexier cigar-smoking cousin? I opted for the Bedrock pepper steak ($79), a cap of ribeye with tangy peppercorn sauce. Stunning. We also tried the dry aged ribeye ($96), aged for 21 days and all the more flavoursome for it. For sides, the mac ‘n’ cheese ($20) was cheese nirvana, while the creamed spinach ($18) had the perfect consistency. Finally, if you can muster space for dessert, the freshly made apple crumble ($26), served with a dollop of vanilla ice cream, deserves a review of its own.
The drink: Aside from a full beverage list, Bedrock specialises in whiskey. Not your thing? Their whiskey sour ($19), a refreshing cocktail of Irish whiskey, fresh lemon juice and syrup, will have you singing a different tune. For connoisseurs, there’s an eye-boggling list – four pages of the stuff, if we’re counting! – sourced from all over the Scottish highlands, lowlands and the rest of the world over. Epic sampling awaits.
Fat Cow: Best for wagyu virgins
1 Orchard Boulevard
#01-01 Camden Medical Centre
The scene: Don’t be put off by its “clinical” location; as soon as you walk through the doors of Fat Cow, you’re in the heart of a sophisticated Japanese restaurant. Walk past the bar’s vast array of Japanese whiskies and sake, then past the table seating and private rooms, and you reach the show kitchen and counter seating at the back, where we get to watch chef Fukashi Adachi craft our dishes. Funky geometric timber frames adorn the ceiling, and the lighting is subdued and cosy.
The food: Our appetiser of Momotaro sashimi salad ($16), consisting of thinly sliced Japanese tomato, fresh herbs and ginger ponzu, was a welcome palate-cleanser, along with the amazingly well-balanced appetiser of sliced bream with black truffle and seasoned kelp ($38). Generous slices of truffle adorned each slither of bream, without overwhelming it.
Determined not use the phrase “melt-in-the-mouth” during dinner, I fell foul at the first taste of our wagyu mains. We devoured both the Ohmi Grade A4 ribeye and the Saga Grade A3 sirloin (both $120 for 150g). The former has more marbling than the latter, but both were sufficiently succulent, and, yes, melt-in-the-mouth.
Rounding off with a citrusy light yuzu ice cream ($8), we were done – although taking a look at the reasonably priced lunch set menu ($26 for spicy salmon donburi, miso soup, salad, chawanmushi and ice cream) and we were already planning our return.
The drink: What else but sake? Our server Nora recommended the well-rounded Dassai 50 from Yamaguchi ($55 for 300 ml), served cold. Not a sake fan? The full-bodied Terrazas Altos Del Plata Malbec can hold its own against the steak, and is priced at $16 for a glass.
L’Entrecôte: Best for a casual lunch date
#B1-128/129 Suntec City Mall
3 Temasek Boulevard
The scene: L’Entrecôte clearly realises it’s catering to the Suntec office worker lunch crowd and post-spree shoppers, and offers a relaxed atmosphere suitable for a lunch date or a quiet business tête-à-tête with a colleague. The dim lighting, long red velvet banquette and small tables with red tablecloths are reminiscent of a Parisian bistro.
The food: We tried the set lunch menu, available daily from 11.30am to 6pm ($30.90), starting with a green walnut salad. The salad is beautifully tossed in a French mustard dressing, but very simple – if you don’t eat walnuts, you’ll just be having lettuce.
L’Entrecôte serves only the cut of the steak between the sirloin and the ribeye, which is the traditional definition of an entrecôte. The tender signature entrecôte steak came with a tasty secret sauce and crispy, moreish shoestring fries. It’s the restaurant style to slice up your steak before bringing it to your table, so you can get stuck into the tender meat straight away.
The dessert of the day was half a poached pear with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce – unpretentious, if not hugely exciting. A soft drink or a glass of house red completes the set menu, which also comes in a “light” version for $10 less: no dessert, no wine and the steak is smaller .
This branch of L’Entrecôte boasts a larger menu than its Duxton flagship and offers other plats principaux such as le canard (duck leg confit; $20) and l’agneau (lamb cutlets; $24), along with desserts, priced from $9 to $12.
The drink: The house red, a 2012 Cuvée de L’Entrecôte Bordeaux, is $12 a glass.
Morton’s The Steakhouse: Best for a romantic special occasion
5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square
The scene: Half-price martinis and free beef sandwiches at rowdy Morton’s Bar happy hour are a Singapore institution, but the adjacent steakhouse is a different experience. In January, the restaurant received a stylish makeover: plush upholstery, comfortable booth seating, soft carpeting and low lighting make for an elegant atmosphere. Along with business travellers, expect to see many couples enjoying a special night out.
The food: I’m prepared to admit that this was close to the best steak I’ve ever eaten, which is a big call considering I’m passionately patriotic about Australian beef. No worries that it was American, the six-ounce centre-cut fillet mignon ($80), about the size of my palm, was cooked to perfection. We took up the restaurant manager’s suggestion and tried it with the excellent peppercorn sauce. Equally top quality was my husband’s 16-ounce prime ribeye ($99.50), although be warned, it’s the equivalent in size to three palms.
Luckily, we started out light with the chilled ocean platter ($90), a selection of fresh seafood, but you might want to skip that if your appetite isn’t huge. Don’t miss the steak sides though, especially the creamed corn ($22), spinach and button mushrooms ($22) and divinely salty parmesan and truffle fries ($24). Do save room for the legendary hot chocolate cake ($30), served with vanilla ice cream, and perfect to share romantically between two.
The drink: Morton’s has an impressive wine cellar, and there are some great cocktail options to kick off with. From the wine by-the-glass menu we enjoyed a Mark West Pinot Noir ($34) with the entrée, and a full-bodied Cape Mentelle Shiraz ($30) that paired beautifully with our steak.
SKIRT: Best for a cosy date night
21 Ocean Way, W Singapore Sentosa Cove
The scene: SKIRT’s interior is classy-contemporary with a whimsical, ranch-y twist throughout, from the bull horns artfully suspended from the ceiling to horned salt and pepper shakers. Leather cut-out chandeliers, light fixtures fashioned from dangling silverware, leather placemats and rustic, hammered cutlery further enhance the quirky-chic theme. SKIRT’s centrepiece, the marble open kitchen complete with a parilla grill, almost resembles the marbling of the meat itself. And, while the vibe is cool, it’s still a quiet place to enjoy an intimate meal with family or friends; a great place to snuggle up with your sweetie in a leather booth to share a steak.
The food: Though steak’s the main attraction here, don’t miss out on starters and sides like the addictive crab cakes, cucumber and spiced foam ($22), super-flavourful, liberally sized truffle, goat cheese and onion toasties ($14) and basic-sounding but oh-so-delicious green salad ($8) dressed with wine vinaigrette – you need some greens to go with all that gluttony!
There are seafood offerings for non-carnivores, including a daily fish main ($68) with vegetable nage and bouillabaisse; my pescetarian husband loved his trout. Rather than the skirt, I chose the Hereford grass-fed John Stone Longford tenderloin (250g, $76); a tender and juicy, generous portion served with a choice of garlic and rosemary salts.
We finished with the signature warm chocolate mud with poached strawberry popcorn ice cream ($24); while it didn’t seem to have even a hint of popcorn, it was still scrumptious and I highly recommend it.
The drink: The French75 ($20) is the steakhouse’s most popular cocktail, and for good reason; it’s made from Hendrick’s Gin, lemon juice, vanilla syrup and Veuve Clicquot champagne, and is absolutely delicious.