I had been craving for a good steak for quite some time already, but I couldn't find an occasion to celebrate at The Prime Society @ Dempsey, where I first dined on Mother's Day and the price wasn't exactly friendly. So when Dad's birthday came, I finally had the chance to book a table for the family!
Housed in an old britsh barrack, the high ceiling, restored foundations and wooden furniture brings about an elegent class for the restaurant. Yet the ambience wasn't of too serious with jazz music playing in the pipeline and casual diners having the occasional laugh-out-louds. And oh, do ask for Mr Marcus Chua to take your orders as he is very helpful, friendly, informative and entertaining. Waiter of the year!
Note: Do pardon me for the bad quality of some of the photos. I'm still learning how to apply ISO mode correctly on my compact camera and I hate using flashlight for overkilling results most of the time.
The bread was warmly toasted and came with 3 different types of sauces, a tomato one (red), and the other two which i suspected to be egg york & cream-based (yellow) and olive & herb-based (green). All three were appetizing but i particularly like the light veggie taste of the green one.
The two pan-fried prawns were crunchy and topped with lemon sauce, but slightly pricey for my liking. The foie gras was slightly cheaper than Pontini, but was fairly larger and cooked with better control. The apple and raisin sauce was a perfect sweet compliment to eliminate heavy aftertaste.
Australian Wagyu Ribeye Grade 9 (160g I think) ($75.00)
The wagyu ribeye was the most expensive celebrity item on the menu and I just persuaded my dad to go for it. Served medium, the ribeye was very well-marbled, simply melting in your mouth with a buttery aroma and full of natural beef flavour. You could even eat it without a knife! My dad's appetite wasn't very big so the portion was just nice for him.
Ribeye 250g ($42.00)
This was served on a wooden oak plank (to retain natural flavouring as claimed), served with daily veggies and the best fries I had yet.The thick cut fries was slightly salted and buttered, arrived hot and remained crispy throughout the meal. The crunchy skin and powdery inside made it a class above all other fries.
I had a larger portion of the normal ribeye and though not as well-marbled as the wagyu, it was still skirted with a nice layer of fats in the centre and side, tender when cooked medium and rich in taste . A damn good steak overall!
Filet Mignon 160g ($36.00)
My mom chose the thick cut filet mignon for its pink centre and chewy texture. Though oozing with quality, i preferred the fattier ribeye to this. The ladies portion was still too much for my mom though.
Clockwise from left: Mushroom Cream, Blue Cheese Avocado, Herb Butter, Pepper, Red Wine
Instead of having a sauce for each of our steak, we chose to have a sampler of a few of their best sellers. The blue cheese avocado was the most exotic one, I rather liked the intense flavour but I guessed not everyone can withstand the taste of blue cheese. The mushroom cream and herb butter was milder and more creamy, while the pepper and red wine tends to be more watery but still flavourful. Personally, I will recommend not dipping any sauces first so that you can fully enjoy the excellent quality of the steak itself.
We skipped the not so impressive desserts menu and later went for Ben & Jerry's next door. Total cost was $331.91 after GST with a bottle of Devils Creek Merlot. Ouch for my wallet.. but hey, its for my dad! Do consider the place for special celebrations and a must-try for steak lovers!