One of the reasons that sparked my fascination with finding the best steak in Singapore is my father, who is a steak-enthusiast himself. His favourite cut is ribeye and when it’s done a perfect medium, he becomes one happy carnivore. So whenever he recommends a steakhouse, I’m more than game to try it out.
Just a few days back, he had a craving for steak (big surprise) and suggested we head down to Le Steak by Chef Amri. He told me it’s great value and when I saw the price listed on the menu, I had to agree. We already knew we wanted ribeye steaks, so we placed our order with the waitress within less than a minute after seating down and in about 10 minutes, two beautifully grilled slabs of meat were staring us in the face.
The first impression this PS Ribeye (I believe PS stood for pan-seared) created was stunning. Firmly set, the piece of meat boasted a tantalising brown that any meat-lover would drool over. This was further accentuated with deep-set grill marks, egging me to just dive right in. The plating was entirely without frills, with the steak accompanied only by thick-cut fries and a ramekin of black pepper sauce.
Upon cutting into the steak, I could see the tenderness respectfully giving way and revealing a brilliant pink. Unfortunately, they gave me a medium-well when I asked for medium. While this is a mistake that usually ends up with me sending the steak back, the quality of the meat was good enough for me to soldier on. As I cut out a bite and put it into my mouth, the meat immediately cooperated with my palate. The steak was juicy and well-rested, with the full flavour of beefy goodness delighting all the taste buds in my mouth. I tried the second piece with the black pepper sauce and it was a delicious combination of flavours. The beef still shone through while peacefully mingling with the tasty enhancement. The fat was well-rendered, adding awesome salty magic to the meat.
The side of fries were delicious in my opinion. The crunchy exterior hid a soft and satisfying centre, with some fries still bearing pieces of the potato skin. Definitely freshly prepared and a fitting partner to the meat. After devouring all of them, I was left entirely contented…with only a sliver of thought headed towards desserts. My dad and I decided to head elsewhere for a teh tarik instead, so maybe I’ll share about their desserts next time.
Like their plating, the setting is simple and sincere. It reminded me of an American diner but with a little more class, I guess. The service was prompt and reasonably friendly, especially when you consider that no service fee was charged. The washroom was actually very well-kept or maybe it was still early in the day.
Should You Try It?
Diners looking for great value steaks are definitely encouraged to give this establishment a shot. While I understand that prices have gone up from $16.90 to about $21.90, I still find lots of value in this. If the steak was prepared a proper medium, I would not think twice about eating here.
Nevertheless, I might give their ribs and USDA Prime cuts a shot next time.
Le Steak by Chef Amri (Mackenzie Rd)
19/21 Mackenzie Road
Mon – Thu: 12:00pm to 2:30pm (Lunch)
Mon – Thu: 5:30pm to 11:00pm (Dinner)
Fri: 3:00pm to 11:00pm
Sat & Sun: 12:00pm to 11:00pm
Tel: +65 6238 0609
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