great steaks – and for incredible value – in this steakhouse located just outside orchard parade hotel. let’s start this darn monday off with something simple – one of my favorite restaurants in singapore, and a regular family hangout. we’ve been coming here for ages – and while the prices have risen a little in that time, it remains one of the best (and only) places for a good, satisfying meal in town – not something easily said these days.
in a food climate that allows fancy restaurants to masquerade as steakhouses, serving exorbitantly-priced steaks without even the comfort of sides to lubricate the deal (paying for sides that ought to be there is one thing – and what are these double-digit figures for a mound of mash and a few skinny beans), this place is a godsend if you love your meat and have a beef with those newfangled places. it’s a return to true old-school american steakhouses where you sit down to an expertly-cooked slab of meat and sides, no fancy-schmancies.
and if there’s something this place can teach those ephemeral-fleeting-as-air restaurants that come and go, it’s that good food really is all you need. the restaurant is done up in true old-school american, with a cosiness that belongs in your (american) grandma’s house, and service staff who are both effiient and terrifically friendly. it’s a homey type of place – paper napkins and dim-lit booths, and large plates of beef. I love it.
we always start off with a couple of appetisers – the breaded mushrooms for sure, a crispy outside holding in really moist and flavourful insides; and a rotation between the cheesy garlic bread or zucchini fritters. all good. the one thing I haven’t ever managed to try – but have a burning curiosity for – is the fried onion ‘flower’: essentially a whole onion sliced so it looks like a blooming chyrsanthemum (how poetic, eh?), dipped and fried. anyone else think that sounds fantastic?
but really, the beef is it. there are a choice of meats on the menu – different cow cuts, chicken and seafood – all attestably good; but I come for the beef. I’m pretty simple – always a medium-rare sirloin – but there are a range of cuts to suit your fancy. it’s not the sort of restaurant where you get a diagram of a cow from which you pick a favored cut, but what they have will keep most of us happy (finickies aside, of course).
each order gets you a starter of salad or soup – a thick potato or a stew-y beef one: both great, but watch out for how filling the first one is – as well as a choice of potato alongside al-dente boiled greens.
steakhouses of this sort aren’t really in vogue at the moment – they lose in exoticism and hullabaloo in comparison to those newfangled spanish places we see everywhere – but this place remains my favourite; reliably good food and great fuss-free service. the beef is pink as you order it – juicy and beefy and tender and wholly satisfying, the potatoes fluffy and delicious, and the vegetables bright green and simply salted.
we’ve never made it to dessert here – usually too stuffed, but there’s a mud pie and chocolate fudge cake calling my name on that menu. if you like your beef, and aren’t looking for schmancy cuts of overly-pedigreed cuts, give this place a try. and let me know if you ever reach the dessert bit – because if that works, this place will reach the pinnacle of restaurant-aspiration in my estimation.
Black Angus Steakhouse
Orchard Parade Hotel by Far East Hospitality
tel +65 6734 1181