Astons Specialities are sprouting everywhere, thanks to their affordable prices and tasty treats. Despite patronising many times myself, I had never tried before their upmarket branch Astons Prime, which sells quality cuts at a higher price. So it was one evening when four of my best friends gathered, I suggested dinner at the steakhouse!
House Red Wine ($43 per bottle)
Tucked at Joo Chiat Road near their first specialites outlet, the decor was about the same as the rest, but with better funishing and cutleries. The 5 of us had a semi-private partition to ourselves, delighted with the arrangement and started off the dinner with a bottle of their fruity smooth house pour.
The crab cake was fantastic! None of that cheapskate stuff with thick flour and potato, but bursting of succulent crabmeat! Great for lazy people!
The oysters weren't of too much surprise, but decently done with crispy coating and pipping hot juicy inside. Even a friend who's afraid of raw oysters liked this!
Long Fed Ribeye Extra Cut ($22.90)
The sheer size of the red meat with gleaming fats was enough to make us salivate. I had mine medium grilled, and it was just nice with a pink center. The bbq sauce was a good addition but trust me, you should savour the outstanding beefy flavour on its own! Came with a selection of sides such as house specials Mac N Cheese and sauteed buttered mushrooms.
King Salmon Steak ($23.90), Kurobuta Pork Rib ($29.90)
Salmon was fresh and delicate, thumbs up from my friend who preferred not to have red meat.
The black gem among pigs, US breed kurobuta pork was even more expensive than our steak! One bite and you would know why: Soft and tender, it was like nothing else you tried and just somehow don't feel or think its possible for grain-fed pork to reach this kind of level. Nice!
Kobe Beef Burger ($16.90)
And the greedy boys couldn't resist the temptation to share a burger. The minced kobe beef simply melted like butter in your mouth. Ahh.. Top-notch!
To conclude, we had their recommendations of mud pie and fruit sorbets, which was interestingly served in the fruit that they were made of. Intensively flavoured, we preferred the pineapple for its more memorable taste, not that the others were bad!
Total bill for 5 was $230.50, exempted from taxes! A very good place to go for quality grills at wallet-friendly price, while extra points go to warm services and the toasting, merry-making company I was with. Will be back for my steak craving!