When it comes to dining, what I look for first and foremost is value. This usually incorporates a balance between taste and price. But that’s when I let my brain decide in a logical and practical manner, which regularly happens during those bustling weekdays. During the days where I just require complete meal satisfaction though, logic unfortunately goes out the window and my heart takes over. This was one of those days.
After catching the film, ‘Dawn of Justice’, we naturally went through a round of critiquing. During this time, questions were thrown to and fro, with comments (both informative and sarcastic) following closely behind. Not too long after, my stomach starting asking questions and I was keen in answering them. So even though most of the group wanted to go for drinks at this point, I personally wanted a complete (and if possible, smashing) meal. Fortunately, one other fella didn’t have his dinner and decided to join me for a complete meal.
Accompanied by my trusted ally, we eventually landed in Lenas and gave it a shot, since it wasn’t packed to the brim like several of the other western options in the mall. After a friendly waiter brought us to our seats, we glanced at the menus (yep, they had two: Asian and Western) and made our choices within minutes. I had to say that the photographs in the menu were really appetising and I was tempted to go for their all-day breakfast options, but decided to add another notch to my hunt for the best steak in Singapore while at the same time, creating a memorable end to the week. And boy did I find the satisfaction I was seeking.
I went straight to browse their steak section, found the New Zealand Grilled Ribeye Steak and placed my order.
The ribeye steak arrived in a generous, smile-inducing portion. I suspect it’s around 220 grams, with the ‘usual’ half-inch thickness. Pronounced grill marks, nicely rendered fat and a well-tanned complexion provided for an almost alluring appearance. Thankfully it arrived after my friend’s order so I didn’t have to wait a second before sinking my utensils into the meat, which were closely followed by my teeth.
Meat was tender and juicy, with the done-ness (asked for medium) done just right. The fat had the familiar saltiness that comes with any decent ribeye, and I made sure to finish what I could. The accompanying brown sauce was alright in taste, but nothing worth dipping the lovely steak in.
For the accompanying side, I got the Crisp Parmesan Fries. This dish was in essence, crisp criss-cut cheddar fries tossed with parmesan cheese, served with cheese sauce…and it was good stuff! Nothing gourmet about it though. It was simply pure, deep-friend and sinful goodness in a basket. The fries aren’t too heavily seasoned or battered, so you can still feel the starchiness as you bite through the crunchy exterior. The cheese dip was thick and cheap-tasting, so I’m guessing it’s one of those instant mix stuff. Paired together, you get this extremely comforting sensation with every crunchy mouthful.
No regrets in ordering this dish whatsoever!
Atmosphere wise, I would say it’s your bustling family joint that’s instead frequented by friends catching up. It’s location in a mall allows for plenty to do pre- and post-meal times, which for me was a quick catch-up after a movie. The service was prompt and the servers while young, seem pretty knowledgeable with the menu. Waiting time was less than 10 minutes if I recall properly so all in all, it’s a bunch of little things combined that provided for a great feel.
Should You Try It?
Yep, definitely. The food is decent at least, and their ribeye steak was easily one of the better value meats I could find. So meat lovers looking for a catch-up spot with other carnivores can give this place a shot. The variety available is amazing, but I can’t say that all is good since my companion and I only tried a couple of dishes. There does however seem to be something for everyone in their menus.
Lenas (NEX Mall)
23 Serangoon Central,
#02-01/02/03, Singapore 556083
Mon – Thu: 11:30 am to 10:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Sun: 11:30 am – 22:00 pm
Tel: +65 6634 4610
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