For those who have already read my earlier entry on District 10, you’ll know that their Black Angus Cheese Burger is an awesome fix for any meat / burger enthusiast. In this entry, I’m very excited to share my review on at least five other dishes with two of them being ‘beefy’ choices.
My family and I decided on this place for an early celebration of Father’s Day because we wanted something that’s tested and proven. And being the picky eater that my dad is, it’s rare to find a place he likes, much less recommends. The fact that it’s near our home is another huge plus.
Alright then, shall we talk about the food?
Dad decided on the Grilled Argentinian Ribeye with Fries ($32) quicker than a heartbeat but since we already had some fries while waiting for everyone to be present, he changed his serving to mashed potatoes. The sauce was mushroom, served on the side. It was a pretty good looking slab of meat but without prominent and consistent grill marks. I liked that the ribeye cap was included, so that added tremendous value and flavour to the steak.
The meat’s texture reminded me of Black Angus steaks, and it was definitely quality beef. Done at a brilliant medium, the flesh had that bright red hue without being raw. I’ve always heard about the legendary flavours of Argentinian beef but this time, I can’t say I experienced it.
The mushroom sauce was flavourful to say the least and a great companion to the beef. Wasn’t sure what the vegetables taste as I didn’t bother trying, but the mashed potatoes were not too bad. They had a coarse texture with a rustic starchy feel. A ‘manlier’ version when compared to the finely mashed versions. 8.5/10.
Next beefy option we had was the Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Mushroom and Bernaise Sauce ($15.50). The picture shows tenderloin skewers doused in bernaise sauce and the very idea of it makes the mouth water. Since it was a tapas dish, the family knew that we could easily share it and when the dish arrived, it brought with it the look of impending beefy goodness.
I’ll go ahead and state that the meat was definitely great quality. Though it was almost cooked through, the tenderness was still present. The taste unfortunately, quickly turned the tasting into a love-hate affair. Somehow, the mix of the sauce and the beef created a taste that was almost unbearable. The teeth and mouth know that they’re enjoying good beef but the tongue is confused with flavours that taste like cooking gas. Darn. When I doused the skewered steak into the onion sauce however, things started to make sense all over again. The beautiful mushroom sauce turned the tenderloin into a more logical, peace-making experience. 6/10.
Next meaty item was the Fried Spicy Buffalo Chicken Wings ($12) and it was very good. Evenly coated in fluffy, crispy batter, the wings delivered a satisfying experience with every bite. The sauce had a tinge of spiciness and the mayonnaise that came with it was hardly needed. The flesh was hot and plump, with no red tinge on the bones. A great tapas, snack and partner for drinks. 8.5/10.
Our final meat item was the Quesadillas with Chicken and Melted Cheese ($12.80) which certainly made an impression on me. The brown sauce that the chicken is coated in was actually curry or at least curry-flavoured. Since quesadillas originated from Mexico, I was expecting spciy flavours from chili or jalapeno. But instead I found a little bit of India within. At first bite, it was a show-interrupter but after recovering from the shock, I quickly got into it and appreciated the flavours. The chicken was decently succulent and the combination with melted cheese and warm and soft tortillas made it a satisfying snack. Definitely deserves points for being an unexpected treat. 8/10.
The Mushroom Soup ($12) is a classic starter – at least in my family – so it was no surprise to see it on our table. It’s positively authentic stuff and thankfully not from a can. I could tell because of the freshness in the taste of mushrooms and cream, without that obvious MSG, flavour-enhancing feel. I would have liked the texture to be a little thicker and creamier though. A nice starter, just not a satisfying one. I also don’t agree with the price. $12 for mushroom soup just didn’t seem to make sense, especially when you consider that the tenderloin skewers cost the same! 6.5/10.
The ambience and setting are still as comfortable as the first time I was here, very suitable for dining with family and friends. The cordial service seem to have taken a hit but nothing that would dampen the mood. The servers were prompt in responding to diners though. The overall experience was pleasant and the family had a good time.
Should You Try It?
Yes. Food range and quality is well above average in my opinion and though not superb in value, the prices do correlate with the quality. So for meat lovers, I definitely recommend their steaks and chicken.
District 10 Bar Tapas Restaurant
1 Vista Exchange Green,
The Star Vista #01-42/K3
Mon – Thu: 11:30 am to 11:00 pm
Fri and Eve PH: 11:30 am to 12:00 am
Sat, Sun and PH: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Tel: +65 6694 2884
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