Sunday, March 25, 2007

Stuart Anderson’s Black Angus

C says:

My brother treated us to dinner at Stuart Anderson’s Black Angus Steakhouse at One Fullerton on Sunday night (Happy birthday, bro!). There are two outlets in Singapore – at One Fullerton and Orchard Parade Hotel. Having been to both, I think the food as well as the ambience is nicer at One Fullerton. It’s brighter and more spacious; the Orchard Parade Hotel one is a little dark and dingy.

From Sundays to Thursdays, there’s actually a Couple Set Menu that’s pretty good value. For S$48+++ (not sure how many pluses) per couple, each person can choose between – Starter: Garden Salad or Soup, Main: 5 to 7 ounce Prime Rib or 5 to 7 ounce Baked Cod, and Dessert: ice cream, or a small wedge of their famous chocolate fudge cake.

A and I would have ordered the set, if not for the fact that we’d been dreaming of a huge hunk of prime rib all day (and most of the day before too), so we ordered a 12 ounce (3/4 pound) prime rib to share, and had two Wild West Onion starters between our family of 12 (including 2 kids).

The Wild West Onion is a huge white onion that’s cut almost all the way through, dipped into a flavoured batter and deep fried, so that it looks almost like a rose. It’s served with a thousand island-esque dipping sauce, and I must say this thing is addictive. We were all hungry and it was the first thing to arrive, so we all ended up eating way more of this than we ought to. It’s important to check that the onion is properly cooked all the way through. Sometimes it’s not fried long enough, and the bottom half of the onion is barely cooked and packs quite a punch, but when properly done it’s soft and sweet. My brother always checks it when it first arrives, and sends it back to be re-fried if it’s too raw.

After having the Baked Potato soup, we were already half full when the prime rib arrived. Still, that didn’t deter us and except for the rather frightening chunk of fat at one corner, we still finished the whole steak….and had some of the baby back pork ribs that my grandmother couldn’t finish as well. While the steak was nice and sweet, to me it lacked the oomph of a seared or grilled steak. I think I need the charred caramelised flavour; a slow roasted prime rib, while probably the best way to showcase the flavour of beef, just doesn’t have that requisite hit of flavour. The garlic mashed potatoes were amazing, though.

Surprisingly, the ribs are actually better than the prime rib here, even though it’s a steakhouse rather than a rib joint. The ribs are meltingly tender, with the meat practically falling off the bone, and the barbeque sauce just the right tanginess. Way better than Tony Romas, I say.

Even though we were about to explode, we just had to have the Big Mountain Chocolate Fudge Cake. One main motivation not to get the Couple Set, is that the cake in the set doesn’t come with ice cream – crucial in your enjoyment of the dessert. The a la carte cake comes with a massive scoop of vanilla ice cream and a dish of fudge, which surprisingly doesn’t go with the dessert as well as I expected. The fudge was a tad too sweet, and the cake with the ice cream is delicious enough that you don’t need the added fudge. The cake is moist yet light, and chocolate-y without being overpowering. We finished every last morsel.

We’re now quite gung ho about the onion, ribs and chocolate cake – we’ve got our order all planned for our next visit.

A says:

This meal totally changed my impression of the place. The prime rib has always been not bad, but I’ve been let down by the steaks. Now that I know the ribs are good (way better than Tony Roma’s or Dan Ryan’s), I can order those. According to those at our table the cod was very good too; although I find ordering fish at a steak house just a bit strange.

Very large main course portions (and most come with soup or salad). In fact, that might be a bad thing since that means not being able to order starters. And if I had to choose, I’d definitely skip the starters in favour of the cake. It rawked!

Note to self: Coffee is strong but not really good. Skip it.

Black Angus – One Fullerton
1 Fullerton Road, #01-02/03 one fullerton
Tel: 6220-1191
Monday to Thursday: 11.30 am to 3 pm; 6 pm to 11 pm
Friday: 11.30 am to 3 pm; 5 pm to 1 am
Saturday: 6 pm to 1 am
Sunday: 11.30 am to 11 pm

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