Category: Steaks

The Steakhouse @ Changkat Bukit Bintang, KL

What should you do if you want to promote your restaurant? Simple. Just send out mass emails to bloggers asking them for ‘food reviews’, that’s how. It doesn’t even matter if your restaurant specializes in steak and yet the invited blogger prefers the meat to be ‘well done’. Best of all, it usually works too.
I was one of the invited bloggers to ‘review’ The Steakhouse but I turned down the request because of my no-invitation policy. If you are wondering why the need for me to clarify this, simply because I want to emphasize the neutrality of this post, unlike of the tens and twenties of sugar-coated write ups you will find on the Internet.

Steak

OK, now that is out of the way – The Steakhouse does serve delicious steaks (choose between Aged Black Angus and Australian Grain Fed, price ranging RM68-RM108) and they know what they are doing. The steaks are well-cooked and properly rested before being delivered to you so it’s tender and juicy. One thing to note about the steaks here is that they have minimal to no seasoning or spice and the sauce is served separately. Great if you like ‘honest’ meat in its natural flavor, but could be slightly annoying for those with stronger taste preference.

What should you do if you want to promote your restaurant? Simple. Just send out mass emails to bloggers asking them for...

Read More »

Angus House Japanese Charcoal Steak @ Starhill Gallery, Bukit Bintang KL

Compared to Publika’s branch of Angus House Japanese Charcoal Steak, Starhill’s seems awfully quiet. Maybe because Starhill gives the impression of being expensive and exclusive. But if you are willing to pay a little extra, the food here is worth going for – honest and consistently good, better than some pretentious restaurant that self-claim to be the best.

Rib-Eye-Steak

300g Rib Eye Steak @ RM130 – Meat doneness is not an issue here as the chefs know what they are doing. In our visits thus far, our steaks have always come out a perfect tender medium rare without fail.
Our experience here actually mirrors the one we had at Publika last year. So you could say it was overall a pleasant meal and I actually liked the radish and mirin sauce this round. Somehow it did not taste out of place as the flavor complemented the meats quite nicely.

Compared to Publika's branch of Angus House Japanese Charcoal Steak, Starhill's seems awfully quiet. Maybe because Starh...

Read More »

Ril’s Steakhouse @ The Warehouse, Jalan Tun H S Lee

Based on my two visits to Ril’s Steakhouse, my conclusion is that the food coming out of Ril’s kitchen is just consistently inconsistent. And no, I am not going to sink any more money into this place when there are better alternatives in town. It almost feels like you are taking a gamble just to eat here, it might be good or bad – you will never know.

Rib-Eye

Rib-Eye-Steak

Anyway, we actually had this meal at The Warehouse even before our visit to their Bangsar branch. Remember when I said I seem to have bad luck with steaks? Well my Wagyu Rib-Eye @ RM168 is overcooked no where close to medium rare (and at Bangsar branch as well) while my wife’s Rib-Eye was perfect. Couldn’t they at least get the more expensive meat done right?
I would have been more forgiving if Ril’s is a normal Western food restaurant, but the fact is that they are a premium restaurant specializing in steaks and their main starts at RM76 the cheapest! And let’s not forget again they advertise themselves as the best steak restaurant in KL too. So it is just simply disappointing to be served dry and chewy meat amidst all the hype and expectation.

Based on my two visits to Ril's Steakhouse, my conclusion is that the food coming out of Ril's kitchen is just consisten...

Read More »

Ril’s Steakhouse @ Jalan Telawi 5, Bangsar

For a restaurant that claims to serve ‘the best Steak in KL‘ I expect Ril’s to the very least, be able to prepare my meat properly according to my specified doneness. I don’t know why but the steaks I have had recently all have been less than satisfying due to overcooking. And the fact that they always get it right for my dining partner but not for mine only makes things even more frustrating.

Complimentary-Bread

Complimentary buns baked in house, fresh and fluffy. Nice and all but honestly I think just some normal salted butter would do – maybe even better than the fancy ones they provide.

Black-Angus-Rib-Eye

Just for the record I have been to Ril’s Steakhouse at The Warehouse and this post is about their newly opened branch in Bangsar. Since we already tried their grass fed and prime Wagyu in our last visit we decided to give the others a try. I had the Australian Angus Rib Eye (grain fed 300g, RM152) while SL had the Sticky Beef Short Rib @ RM72. Because the latter does not look very appealing I am not going to show it but it was delicious alright – the meat was so tender it falls off the bone literally.

Medium-Steak

Proof that my steak was overcooked, this was nowhere near medium rare. Thinking back, I regretted not sending it back to have it replaced.

For a restaurant that claims to serve 'the best Steak in KL' I expect Ril's to the very least, be able to prepare my mea...

Read More »