Monday, September 21, 2009

The Prime Society

C says:

I’m not sure which of A’s atas friends suggested this place, but we found ourselves here on Monday night (Hari Raya Puasa). We were a bit apprehensive because before dinner, we were checking out the website, which is quite frustratingly smart-ass.

Still, we went with an open mind, and dinner was generally better than expected. Our table of 12 was seated right in front of the open kitchen, which meant we could see our steaks being cooked, but also meant we ended up smelling of steak by the end of the night.

It’s certainly not cheap – a decent cut of steak starts at around $45, which prices slowly increasing depending on the cut, origin and whether the cow was grain or grass-fed. Most of A’s friends had the rib fillet; A and I shared a whopping 750 gram rib on the bone.

This was a huge hunk of meat, but much of the weight was in the bone. It was grilled really well, with a nice charred exterior and quite rare inside. However, we weren’t raving about the meat as much as those who had the rib fillet. I guess there was less fat in our cut, so the meat, though well cooked, tasted a tad one-dimensional.

Dessert was an absolute rip off. The chocolate trio consisted of a crème brulee, chocolate tart and ice cream. The tart was the size of a 50 cent coin and tasted like it was store-bought. The texture of the crème brulee was like pudding – not very pleasant at all.

Comparisons with Morton’s are inevitable, and I think what this place has going for it is that it’s less intimidating than Mortons, and it’s cheaper. You don’t get the whole Morton’s experience though. Service was pretty slow, though I guess to be fair to them, it can’t be easy catering to a table of 12. It was worth a try, but I don’t think it’ll be the first place I think of when I have a major craving for steak.

A says:

I wasn’t blown away by the meat. But at least it’s cheaper and less stuffy than Morton’s. I must say the service is very friendly and efficient. If only the prices were equally friendly.

Note to self: skip the desserts.

The Prime Society
10 Dempsey Road
Tel: 6474-7427
Tues to Fri: 12 noon to 3 pm
Dinner:Daily: 6 pm to 10.30 pm
Sat and Sun: 11.30 am to 3 pm

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