It’s been almost 2 years since our first and only trip to Angus House. It’s amazing that it’s been around for ages, and seems to be still going fairly strong. It seems to do consistently decent business – no thronging crowds like at Crystal Jade, but at least they don’t seem to be deserted either.
When S and KH suggested meeting for lunch here on Saturday, we were quite keen to give some of their pastas a try. They have an entire page of their menu devoted to pastas, and besides only 3 generic types – Seafood, Carbonara and Bolognaise, all the remaining 20-over options are unabashedly Japanese. Salmon, salmon roe and scallop feature heavily, and there are some with sea urchin and eggplant as well.
(Spaghetti with salmon and scallop in miso sauce)
(Spaghetti with Pollack roe and scallop)
A and I shared the salmon and scallop with miso spaghetti, and S ordered the Pollack roe and scallop one for all 4 of us to share. Opinions were definitely divided on the spaghettis – I actually quite liked the Pollack roe one; it was quite interesting compared to the safe, tasty but rather boring miso. S on the other hand found the Pollack roe one a bit too bland, and much preferred the miso. To be fair, the Pollack roe one was still no where near as good as the mentaiko spaghetti from En Dining.
The both of us also shared a rib-eye steak – the same one that I had the last time, but I remembered that they serve their meats on a hot plate, so I ordered it rare this time, and it came out perfect. I must say the steaks here really are amazing. The lime butter adds a different and very fresh dimension, and the sauce made from pureed daikon is very good too. The steaks here are very delicate and refined, so don’t come expecting huge hunks of seared, bloody meat. The cuts here are dainty, and the steak is barely seared before it’s placed on the hot plate so no charred or smoky flavour, but the meat is so fine, sweet and tender that this is probably the best way to serve it without masking its natural flavour.
Now that we’ve tried the pasta here, I’d definitely recommend this place for the meats, but I think better Japanese-style pasta can be had elsewhere. Still, nothing beats the extensive and sometimes just plain weird selection, so it may be worth seeing if any of the bizarre combinations catch your eye.
Our pastas came out a bit watery and I prefer thick sauces. They are very cheap compared to the steaks though.
The steaks here aren’t very big, but they are really good. If you have a steak craving but don’t want to over eat, this is the place I recommend.
#04-21 Ngee Ann City
391 Orchard Road
Weekdays: 11.45 am to 2.30 pm; 6 to 10 pm
Weekends/PH: 11.45 am to 3 pm; 6 to 10 pm