The Place Opened since 2012, Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse recently moved just next door along Mohamed Sultan Road to a brand new space. The exposed brick walls, together with the dark wooden tones are meant to evoke a warm Italian farmhouse vibe, and we have to agree that it does bring diners into a different world as you walk into the restaurant.
The first half of the restaurant has natural light coming through the rooftop opening, a common architecture feature of shophouses in Singapore, and four standing red lights in each corner completing a sophisticated look. Beyond the sliding glass doors, you enter a more serious dining space complete with over-sized chandeliers. Bistecca’s new look ranks amongst one of the nicest restaurants to open in recent months in Singapore.
The Food With the same focus as an Italian steakhouse like before, with Bistecca (which is Italian for ‘steak’) famed for being the first restaurant to bring the 1kg Florentine Wagyu T-Bone Steak into the Singapore steakhouse scene. Unfortunately for us, we didn’t manage to try the 1kg T-Bone as we were not hungry enough to savour it during our visit.
For antipasti, we picked the Capesante (S$35) for our love of scallops. The pan-seared Japanese scallops are complete with roasted Shimeji mushrooms and saffron celeriac puree. The fresh scallop does the trick here, with the touch of saffron on the celeriac puree lending the dish a more elevated flavour profile.
Another dish I strongly recommend is the Risotto (S$30). One of the most satisfying risotto we have had for awhile, this version is done with Asiago Cheese which provides a more creamy profile to the risotto. The broth is enhanced with Japanese Shitake Mushrooms, and when completed, topped with Roasted Wild Porcini Mushrooms and Black Truffle. We will return to Bistecca Tuscan just for this risotto.
Since we are unable to enjoy the T-Bone, we decided to go for the 420-days Grain Fed MB6 Australian Tenderloin Beef (S$65 for 200g) and the Grass Fed Black Angus 45-days Dry-Aged Scotland Rib-eye Beef (S$68 for 300g). As we all know that grain fed beef tends to have more marbling due to the higher sugar and fat content of grains, which is also how the Pandas like our beef to be.
Conversely, grass fed beef tends to have a more complex flavour due to their pastoral diet.
At Bistecca Tuscan, we much prefer the grain fed tenderloin beef we ordered, with the meat being more fatty and sucuuclent.
To accompany the meats, some sides we had are the Asparagus (S$16) and Bagna Cauda (S$15). The former being chargrilled asparagus with salsa bernese, retaining a crunchy texture and a mildly char taste which makes this side dish rather enjoyable.
The latter is a rendition of the traditional Italian dish done with cauliflower, complete with romanesco, anchovy and chilli. This was recommended to us by the staff here, and while it is on the saltier end, we feel that it complements the heavy flavours of the beef perfectly.
To cap off the meal, we went simple scoops of Gelato (S$6 per scoop) here, with Hazelnut and Vanilla being our choice of flavours. Both scoops are served with biscuit crumbs.
Rants The prices for the antipasti are on the high side. The weekday set lunches look like great deals though, at S$38++ for two courses and S$48++ for three courses.
Will I Return Again? We heard generally good reviews of Bistecca Tuscan prior to our visit, and the restaurant does meet our expectations. The newly renovated space makes the restaurant now an establishment to adore. A restaurant that takes its meats seriously, and while the menu ain’t exhaustive, they mean business. We will be back.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
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Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse
26 Mohamed Sultan Road
Tel: +65 6735 6739
Lunch: Tuesday to Sunday noon to 230pm
Dinner: Daily 6pm to 1030pm
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