As I started going through a bit of meat-hunting history, I recalled trying iSteaks when they were still operating as part of a ‘coffee shop’ in Holland Village. Fast forward a couple of years and these guys now have their own cosy diner. Despite the shiny new venue, the people here are still serving up delicious meats at value prices. And as a fan of value dining, there was no way I was going to leave them out of this blog.
After about 3 seconds of considering my options, I went with the 200g Australian 100-Day Grain-Fed Ribeye ($20) and man was I surprised with what I got.
The steak was unfortunately overdone, without even the slightest of pink found in the meat. Sent it back and the second time was better. Not spot on but I wasn’t going to nitpick at this point. The meat was tender as expected and the beef flavour was good. It wasn’t anything outstanding but for twenty bucks, it’s a good deal.
For those who are curious, I enjoyed their steak better during the coffeeshop days. The meat was fuller, juicier and that much more satisfying. Maybe it’s a one time thing but being a steakhouse, I would expect them to get their meat right the first time, every time. Otherwise it’s just a waste of precious meat.
As for the sides, I got Buttered Corn Kernels and French Fries. Even though the fries lacked that golden brown appearance, they had enough texture and were reasonably fluffy.
My partner had their Pepper Chicken ($9) and for the starter, we both shared an order of Calamari Rings ($5).
The chicken was alright. It tasted fresh enough and the meat was rather juicy so pretty much a regular chicken chop. I found the calamari’s batter a little dense but thankfully, the squid wasn’t chewy.
Aside from the steak, I did like their Iced Lemon Tea beverage. It was a generous portion and tasted very homemade. A great pairing with value-priced food in a diner setting, I believe.
The ambience reminded me of Billy Bombers, with simple setups that included no-frills furniture. There was a great vibe as people there were more interested in stretching their dollar than hoity-toity dining – a feeling I can relate with very well. Service was very friendly and the staff had decent product knowledge, which is a huge plus for any value steakhouse.
If you’re ever visiting them during peak hours, then brace yourself for a long queue. Due to their quick service, it moves rather quickly but there will be some patience required.
Should You Try It?
If you love value options like the next meat-lover, then I say go for it. The meat’s decent and the pricing is enough to qualify as good value in my opinion. As shared above, I recommend starting with their steak and iced lemon tea first, then move on to other options from there.
iSteaks Diner (Holland Village)
17A Lorong Liput,
Mon – Sun: 11:30 am – 12:00 am
Tel: +65 6463 3165
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