This week, Roli and I decided to have a laugh after dinner and after some thought, Blu Jaz Cafe won as the promising choice to deliver such a combo. The plan was to explore the steak options they serve, then head to the comedy club on the 3rd floor for some giggles.
When I read about their beginnings as a modest 16-seater burger joint at Dunlop Street, it was pretty inspiring, especially since I’ve witnessed their current state. They now have at least 30 indoor seats and many more outdoor, all lined alongside Ophir Road with at least 80% of them occupied with customers. When we were done with our dinner, I could see that more customers had arrived and this was on a weekday evening! Our charming server (his name was ‘trainee’) shared that during peak hours, the seating would reach all the way to the cross junction at Ophir Road and Beach Road.
I think their mission of becoming a significant provider of food, art and music for the soul has been well accomplished. Now, let’s talk about their steaks!
I am delighted and excited to share that yet another beefy surprise awaits fellow meat-lovers. Unfortunately, I didn’t order it. Fortunately, Roli did. Their Striploin Steak ($18.90) was a true gem in my opinion. Surprisingly priced below $20, the taste, texture, appearance and done-ness were well above average.
Prepared at a tantalising medium-rare, the lovely piece of beef was a simple sight to behold but a deep vessel of flavour. It had a texture that we associated with well-marbled beef and the beefy flavours were highly prominent. While it wasn’t melt-in-your-mouth standard, it was so good! The textures and seasoning were consistent throughout the steak and we found ourselves attacking it without stopping. Every bite was a delight and it was a perfect match with the drinks. Presentation was far from classy but it’s a steak dinner that any value-loving carnivore would appreciate. 9.5/10.
The other steak we tried was the Ribeye Steak ($18.90) and when I saw that it was priced similar to the striploin, a sense of trepidation arose within. In my experience, the ribeye is a more tender cut as compared to the striploin and is often – if not always – priced at least a little above the striploin. I know that they’re both prime cuts but they just aren’t the same. But as it turned out, the ribeye was significantly less tender than the striploin.
My steak was tougher than average (I ordered medium) but the flavour was still there. The marinate and black pepper sauce were consistent with the striploin so that’s good. Towards the end, it was noted that it got a little more tender so maybe there was a bit of ribeye cap that redeemed the steak. I won’t argue that it wasn’t value for money but it definitely wasn’t a gem worth shouting about. In this informal comaprison, the ribeye unfortunately lost to the beautiful striploin. 7.5/10.
I have to say that despite having only two steak options amidst countless other menu choices, this place was outdone the average steakhouse by far. So happy with what we stumbled upon.
For our starters, we didn’t want to repeat the burning sensation on our tongues and so we stuck with the original Chicken Wings ($12.90). They were brilliantly simple and fried to perfection. The exterior was dry and crispy, while the flesh inside was juicy and steaming hot. Achieving this contrast in texture without having to use thick layers of batter is always appreciated in my books. Each bite was satisfying as your teeth cut through a layer of crispy skin while your mouth gladly envelopes the juiciness within. And…there were no bloody, red / brown pigments on the bones!
As for the price, I say that at 3 chicken wings per serving, it’s not amazing value for money. 8/10.
The atmosphere is pretty much what you’d expect when sitting alfresco and beside a busy road in Singapore. What I’m impressed with is their service. Despite being seated at the table furthest outdoors, we almost never had a problem getting timely service. The servers were prompt in responding to our requests and always exuded a welcoming attitude.
Blu Jaz Cafe is one of those no-frills places where you can find very decent beef and grub. The dinner made our comedy session just that much more enjoyable.
Should You Try It?
Yes. Especially if you’re a value-loving meat-hunter just like myself. Start with the striploin and share your experience with fellow meat-lovers here!
Blu Jaz Cafe
9 Bali Lane,
Historic Kampong Glam,
Mon – Thu: 12:00 pm – 1:00 am
Fri: 12:00 pm – 2:00 am
Sat: 4:00 pm – 2:00 am
Sun and PH: Closed
Tel: +65 6292 3800 / 9199 0610
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