Admittedly, for a restaurant called “Bull and Butcher”, I did expect much more from the steak dishes. Though this new steakhouse at the freshly-renovated Plaza Singapura (taking over the old Café Cartel) does have a range of appetisers, soups (such as the Baked Onion Soup) and sides that leaves a deeper impression on the taste buds.
I like the interior. It has a brickwall and woody country edge that makes you feel like you are in a traditional Australian steakhouse, though there are furniture, a wall and elements which suggest modern and sleek.
Prices of the meats are mid-range when compared to your down-town or hotel steak restaurants, with a 280 grams Australian Wagyu Beef Tenderloin priced at $75, Australian 150 Day Grain Fed Ribe Eye at $38, and Argentinean Grass Fed Sirloin at a more wallet-friendly $29.
Recommended the off-the-menu Petit Tender ($28 for 160gram), I did not know how to answer when I was asked by the waiter if I enjoyed the charcoal grilled meat.
I think I said “It was okay”, when in mind, it was probably “ordinary” and nothing to shout about – could be a tad more flavoursome, a tad juicer, a tad tenderer. (I had eaten it on its own without any sauce.) Of course he gave a puzzled look when the two of us could not even finish a petit piece.
Bull and Butcher’s Braised Australian Beef Cheek ($38) was smoking hot, generous in portions and a pleasure to savour down with the mashed potato and sauce. It did not have the ‘beefy’ after taste, and almost quite easily tore apart with a push of the fork and knife. (Check my #instavideo @DanielFoodDiary for evidence)
The PR recommended me the Creamed Spinach ($8) even though I was hesitant and asked if they had a more photogenic dish. We had it in the end, and turned out it was the best item of the day, considering I was never a fan of creamy vegetables.
Crowd seems sparse for a weekday lunch, though my sense is more people would come night time to enjoy some desserts like the Pear and Chocolate Crumble ($12) and Banana Toffee Pie ($12) along with pitches of beer.
Bull and Butcher
Plaza Singapura, #01-32/33/35, 68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238839 (Dhoby Gaut MRT), Tel: +65 63383820 http://www.bullandbutcher.com.sg/ https://www.facebook.com/bullandbutchersg
Opening Hours: 11.30am-10pm (Sun-Thurs), 11.30am-11pm (Fri, Sat and PH)