I didn’t realise that Aston’s has slowly but surely been expanding its reach beyond just the East. They’ve opened up a few Aston’s Express outlets in heartland coffeeshops – similar to the Botak Jones concept. There’s one in Serangoon Gardens, Bedok, Prince George’s Park and the latest one which only opened on 20th April – at Jurong East Central, right across the road from A’s parents place, woo hoo!
We had dinner there on Friday night and, expecting some teething problems, were very pleasantly surprised. We ordered a Porterhouse steak to share, as well as a spaghetti bolognese because strangely enough we both had a craving for it.
At $25.90, the steak isn’t cheap for neighbourhood coffeeshop standards, but then again the quality is also clearly in a different league. It was cooked medium-rare, as requested, and both the sirloin and tenderloin sides of the T-bone were equally sweet and tender. I dare say that this was actually better than the T-bone we had at Pasta Brava. Each main comes with 2 side dishes – we had the corn on the cob and onion rings. I would highly recommend the corn. It was wonderfully juicy and oh-so-sinfully buttery.
The Spaghetti Bolognese was an incredible deal. It was only $5.90 AND it comes with a soup of the day! The soup was a pretty tasty clam chowder, and the pasta was objectively very good. The spaghetti was al dente, and the Bolognese sauce was very hearty and chunky, with a good balance of sweet and sour.
The only downside to opening outlets in heartland food courts is the clientele that you sometimes attract. I don’t mean to sound atas, but while we were in the queue to place our order, we were standing behind the most annoying girl who kept going on at length about whether, if she ordered her ribeye medium-well, it would be too tough. I felt like telling her "er, wanna know how to avoid having a tough steak? DON’T order it medium-well!" Yeesh…
Exceeded all my expectations. Highly recommended if you don’t mind eating at a neighborhood kopitiam.
Update: Click here to read about our subsequent less positive experience.
Block 134 Jurong East Central