During this meat hunt, I thought we should stay on the path of finding more affordable options. Previous finds like the cheap and good striploin steak at Blu Jaz Cafe and ribeye steak at Astons Express really created a sense of satisfaction in this personal hunt for the best steaks in Singapore. After all, the only thing better than a tasty steak would be one that’s wallet-friendly as well!
I therefore hope to at least bring in a couple of cheap and good finds before seeking another restaurant standard meat option. This brings us to Steakout, a no-frills steak joint that believes in delivering simple, good old comfort food. When I read about them, keywords like loving care, fresh ingredients and beef from Australia went straight to my ‘good steakhouse’ list. Another point that caught my attention was how they never freeze and only chill their steaks, because they wish to maintain freshness for all meat-lovers and customers alike.
So Roli and I thought we’d drop by to see just how well they lived up to their promises.
When I read how Steakout kept harping on simplicity, I expected one or two choices for steaks, and more options for things like lamb, chicken and pork. But I was glad to see four prime cut options made available for diners. After a little deliberation, we decided on the Premium Grade Australian Porterhouse ($31.50). I’m familiar with prime-, choice-, A1- to A5- and even Japanese-grade beef but I’m always a little apprehensive when people use ‘premium grade’ to describe their beef. There’s just so much ambiguity and so little meaning behind it.
Considering that a porterhouse steak is bigger than the already large T-bone steak, I found that 400 grams wasn’t a daunting size at all. And when you factor in the bone mass, it appears even less of a challenge. So when we received our steak, it was no behemoth BUT…it was pretty good looking.
Prominent grill marks made it look appetising and I loved the lack of bone mass – there wasn’t a large vertical bone between the tenderloin and sirloin sections – which means more meat. This porterhouse also let me do side-by-side comparison between these two prime cuts. The tenderloin part while soft like butter, definitely lacked the beefy flavours that were tastily present in the striploin area. I’ve known and heard about this but having the two ‘cuts’ beside each other really brought the contrast into perspective.
Accompanying sides were french fries and buttered rice. They were so-so. The red wine sauce went well with the steak though I used them mainly as a dip for the fries and chicken chop which I’ll talk about more later. $32 for the steak is considered decent value but the taste and quality were above average. So I’ll give it an 8/10.
The other meaty option Roli and I went for was the Black Pepper Chix ($9.90) and it was really average. The flesh was a little dry though the skin was pretty crispy. The black pepper sauce tasted like it had the same base seasoning as the red wine sauce, just with black pepper as the main flavour instead of wine.
We got the potato salad and coleslaw for our sides. I didn’t try the coleslaw because that would be anti-meat but the potato salad was decent. I liked that it wasn’t over slathered with salad dressing / mayonnaise. Overall, the dish was of ok value. 6/10.
We both ‘upsized’ our dishes to the Deluxe Set, which included Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup, a drink, a cake and some ice cream. Now surprisingly, this was the part that added a great amount of value to our meals. While the soup tasted suspiciously similar to something I’ve had from a can and the drink was mostly ice with sweetened tea, the dessert was very good.
Dessert was a Chocolate Lava Cake with Ice Cream and it was a lot better than we expected. After getting average chicken and so-so sides, the dessert was a real eye-opener. The lava cake was soft and the molten chocolate inside was thick and bold. It oozed out as we cut into it and the rich taste of chocolate made up for the really frozen scoop of ice cream. I don’t think it’s something that’s freshly baked like what you’d expect from a classy establishment but remember…the idea of this place is simplicity. And we loved the simple yet delicious dessert. 7.5/10.
Considering that they don’t include service charge and GST in the bill, I was very happy with the service. The servers were patient and had a smile for most times. The ambience is, like their menu, simple and comfortable on the eyes. I think diners seeking a steak dinner and quiet conversation time will find that Steakout makes a good choice.
Should You Try It?
I think it’s worth a shot if you’re just looking for cheap, decent steaks. I also recommend going for the Deluxe Set but see if you can request for less ice regarding the beverage.
89 Victoria Street,
Mon – Sun: 11:30 am to 10:00 pm
Tel: +65 6720 8103
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