It’s a new year but I haven’t gotten round to reminiscing and sharing about resolutions. So please indulge me this one time.
Over the past several months, I’ve come across many places that served delicious meats at value prices. But more than that, my hunt for the best steaks in Singapore has been riddled with good fortune. I’ve had the opportunity to meet new fellow meat lovers, develop new friendships and reinforced existing ones. When I think about the support showered upon me by my family and friends, the warm fingers of gratitude embrace me, firmly reminding me that I’m not alone on this journey.
My resolution is to therefore continue this trip and bring objective and informative reviews to all meat lovers who appreciate not just a good steak, but one that’s been treated right and delivered with value in mind. To the small but remarkable people who have supported this humble blog, you have my deepest thanks.
Now, let’s get to the first steak that opened my new year with a satisfying bang.
Our favourite Swiss foodie, Roli, for some reason was captivated by Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse and suggested that we give it a try. I was a little apprehensive because of the price but as shared in earlier posts, price isn’t the only factor to consider when measuring value.
The one and only steak we ordered was a 1.1 kg Australian 420+ days grain-fed, F1 Karoge Washu Bred Wagyu & Tajima Bloodline, MBS 6, Fiorentina Steak ($188). It was served as a thick-cut in the traditional Tuscan manner. A mouthful, I know. A little research showed that an F1 Wagyu steak is the first cross of a Wagyu fullblood 100% bull over another breed.
The steak was truly a magnificent sight to behold. Evenly charred on the outside yet a perfect medium-rare on the inside, the generous slab of beef was very ‘clean’ in look and flavour. The larger side of the T-bone is a sirloin that was sliced into nice, thick strips that contained just the right marbling of fat. The beefy flavour was bold while the texture, tender and succulent.
The smaller side of the ‘T’ was the tenderloin and even though it’s smaller and leaner, the done-ness was a perfect medium-rare. I’ve had T-bone steaks before and usually the tenderloin side gets a little more cooked than the sirloin, but in this case it was perfect. The flesh was less beefy than the sirloin but the texture was superbly tender. Roli was thoroughly impressed with this section of the steak and yet, I didn’t find the heart to let him have a little more than what’s fair.
There were four sauces made available to us and while I can’t remember all of them, I can say that each and every one went well with the steak. My favourite was the black-pepper sauce.
When I took the proverbial ‘step back’ and considered what I just ate, the steak was simply perfection on so many levels. The meat to bone ratio was generous, the done-ness was even and the flavour was just right. In addition, I just had one of the best sirloins AND tenderloins in one steak!
Now, does that mean $188 is completely justifiable? When I consider other factors like the service, atmosphere and satisfied grins spread across our faces, I have to say yes. It’s completely worth it and of very good value. So with a very light heart and a happy belly, I give this dish a 9.6/10.
Before the mains, we were ‘treated’ to a small pile of fresh foccacia bread with what I think was olive oil and butter. It was airy, fluffy and a pleasant start. Didn’t finish it for fear of losing appetite for the main.
Aside from the steak, we ordered a side of fries which were very nice. I think they were double fried because there was a lovely crust while the fries maintained a soft, pillowy centre. I know it’s a very typical accompaniment but the other choices were mainly vegetables.
As shared earlier, several other factors were done well. The service was friendly and prompt while the atmosphere was very conducive for conversations. The lighting was the romantic kind with dim lights so my poor photography skills couldn’t get a quality shot (which is why I had to borrow the pic from Bistecca themselves) Even the outdoor section was setup to deliver a very warm and cosy feel.
Should You Try It?
Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse
26 Mohamed Sultan Road
Mon – Sun: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Tel: +65 6735 6739
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