Thursday, February 2, 2012

Angus Steak House - Fabulous Set Dinners!

Thursday, February 2, 2012
Angus House
Angus Steak House

As a child, there were certain restaurants I dreamt about. Sometimes, I read about them, other times, I walked by and just couldn't seem to take my eyes off them. Angus Steak House is both. Almost everything I've read about it has been all roses and no thorns. And it's the sort of restaurant that looks so classy and pretty on the outside I can't help but dream about how perfect it must be to finally dine there - I loved that the walls of the restaurant were all washed in white, with colonial style windows that lent me a sneak peak into the "world" inside. But somehow, in the blur of growing up, this and other dream restaurants of my childhood retreated to the back of my mind - I was too busy worrying about a million other things. So many new restaurants sprang up, too. But when my parents asked me where I wanted to go for my birthday dinner two weeks ago, Angus Steak House suddenly came to mind. After renovating last year, apart from the ambience remaining perfect for dinner dates, the restaurant is now a lot more modern than what I remembered, complete with plush, cream-coloured chairs and elegant dark wood tables.

Prawn Appetizer, Angus Steak House
Hors d'oeuvre - Lightly Battered Prawns with Broccoli and Cracker in Seafood Sauce

The most amazing part about dining here is the choice of making any a la carte charcoal grilled mains a set by topping up $10, which would include in your meal a hors d'oeuvre, freshly baked bun, salad, soup and dessert. Completely irresistible. It used to be even more of a steal at $6 and included coffee or tea, but I guess I chanced upon the scene too late! The hors d'oeuvre of the day was a plate of two lightly battered prawns, thin cracker and a wonderful, orange-pink sauce full of crustacean notes. It was such a fantastic start. The prawns were excellent - crunchy, firm and absolutely delicious with the sauce. The cracker was not as crisp as it could have been but still perfect for mopping up more of that delectable sauce. The appetizers change every fortnight, which mixes things up quite a bit. Check out the past hors d'oeuvres here, they all look fabulous!

Freshly Baked Bread, Angus Steak House
Freshly Baked Bread

The buns were next and they were fantastic as well. These buns are freshly baked every day and served warm! It was crusty on the outside and so soft on the inside. I knew I didn't need an additional bun to fill me up but it was gone pretty quickly as soon as I slathered on some butter.

Soup of the Day, Angus Steak House Soup of the Day, Angus Steak House
Soup of the Day - Cream of Corn

The soup of the day was corn soup, which isn't exactly my favourite, but tasted surprisingly good. It's the sort of Japanese-style western soup that's really creamy but at the same time very well balanced so you wouldn't find yourself leaving the soup unfinished.

Salad, Angus Steak House Salad, Angus Steak House
Green Salad

Salad was next! It's easy to say that the salad was nondescript, but the meticulous preparation deserves praise! They were probably well spun in the salad spinner - you won't find any of that uninspiring puddle of salad "water" at the bottom. It was also doused in a Japanese dressing, which in normal circumstances would sit well with me, but I found it a little over-salted that night.

Charcoal Grilled Mixed Seafood Set, Angus Steak House
Charcoal Grilled Mixed Seafood Set, $33.50

My mum had the Charcoal Grilled Mixed Seafood Set, which came with king prawns, cuttlefish and scallops. Those were some gigantic scallops! Wonderfully fresh and so tender. It was a little bland on the inside, which couldn't be helped given its size. It wasn't a problem though since all grilled items came with a smear of golden-brown grainy seasoning on the hot plate that went well with everything. The cuttlefish was alright and the prawns were tasty and pleasantly smoky, though a tad overcooked. Dad had the grilled codfish, $37.50, which was very well executed. I guess grilling fish is a lot less tricky than prawns and cuttlefish that won't stay flat!

Tenderloin Steak, Angus Steak House Tenderloin Steak, Angus Steak House
Tenderloin Steak, 150g, $45.50

I had the Tenderloin steak at medium rare, which was absolutely fantastic. This is what steak is supposed to look like! Every bite was so tender and juicy, I didn't really need the seasonings on the hot plate. I haven't had the ones at Morton's or Lawry's but this is definitely great quality stuff for a good price. If you're thinking of something more luxurious, the Wagyu and Kagoshima steaks start at $76 and $142 respectively.

Dessert of the Day, Angus Steak House
Dessert of the Day

I was pleasantly surprised when the desserts came. How refreshing to see a set meal dessert so thoughtfully made, along with a few cuts of fresh fruits! Gotta give it to the Japanese - they make everything exquisite! The cake was lovely - the hazelnut cream was addictive and I finished everything even though I was filled to the brim by then. Overall, it was definitely one of the best set dinners I've ever had at this price point. Service was marvelous as well! Other than steaks and grilled seafood, they also serve up pretty interesting renditions of spaghetti. I am really tempted to give the sea urchin and scallop spaghetti a go the next time - the combination sounds fantastic!

Angus Steak House
391 Orchard Road,
#04-25 Ngee Ann City, Singapore
Tel: +65 6735 6015
Dinner Menu Prices here
Lunch Menu Prices here

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