My family is always game for a good steak, but most of our hunts are limited to American-styled ones that are huge and chunky, marinated with nothing more than a little salt and pepper. So when I heard of this place that served Parisian steak and fries, I know its time for a family visit!
Located near Flor Patisserie at Duxton Hill, L'Entrecote seemed empty on a weekday dinner, but soon I was thankful that I came earlier as the charming place was full house a little over 8pm! I was about to suggest this place for romantic dates but paused as I remembered how noisy it could get with the closely packed tables.
Now if you have the luxury of choosing seats, opt to go all the way and sit under the spectacular 3-storey open ceiling, something I discovered thanks to Phoebe! Service here was very pleasant, with the manager making frequent rounds to crack jokes and genuinely care about your satisfaction.
House Red ($49.00/bottle), Welcome Drink, Complimentary Bread
Pardon about the crude description, but I actually thought that their complimentary champagne tasted like sparkling ribena. Well it was made with blackcurrant after all! Meanwhile, Dad thought they picked a rather good supplier for house wine.
The baguette served was slightly different with a denser, more chewy texture. It got even harder to tear apart after leaving it in the open, though I really put them to good use with appetisers!
They didn't have pan-fried foie gras on the menu, but the terrine version was still very nicely chilled with a creamy texture, releasing that unmistakable burst of flavour with every mouthful. Goes really well with crunchy toast and caramelized onions!
A classic french appetiser, the escargots are sinfully soaked in butter and garlic. We mopped up every drop of it anyway!
Roasted Beef Marrow ($14.00)
This got me salivating just by looking at it again! Most of my friends will probably know I got this mad fascination with sinful, fatty food, and this was almost over the top. Just almost. Cubes of whitish semi-solids that melted so wonderfully in the mouth, then hit by the aftertaste of rich butter. Sprinkled lightly with pepper and sea salt to further bring out the flavours, oh my, this became the best find of the meal!
The most struggle-free menu for choosing mains, no? Still have to indicate your level of doneness though!
L'Entrecote Steak with Fries and Walnut Salad ($29.00)
Served with a huge stash of crispy, hot shoestring fries (refillable!), the medium steak was done to a lovely pink, with each bite being so tender and juicy. But I guess for L'Entrecote, the highlight was its butter-herbish sauce rather than the beefy flavours, as it was both exotic and addictive for me. Mom, on the other hand, didn't like the sauce too much as it reminded her of Indian spices, which she wasn't a fan of in the first place.
Salad was clean and simple, served with walnut and drizzles of olive oil. Balanced the heaty steak and fries nicely!
Oh yes, steaks here are served in half portion first as the other half is thoughtfully warmed on candlefire. If you are not a big eater, like my parents, they are also kind enough to split a full portion into two for you!
Waffle with Ice Cream ($14.00), Profiteroles ($14.00)
Full we might be, there's still a little space left for desserts! The waffle was excellent with dense texture and crispy exterior, served with vanilla ice cream and very yummy caramel sauce.
Sandwiching more ice cream between a light pastry puff, the wonderful mix of icy profiteroles and hot, thick chocolate sauce was just amazing. Somewhat like how lava cake and vanilla ice cream are meant to be served together. Very good endings!
Bill for three was $214.21 after taxes. Being my maiden meal of Parisian steak, I am most pleased with how it turned out. The overall experience was sweetened with impressive quality and wonderful services, while one particular dish shone even brighter than their signature mains. Marrow oh marrow, I'm coming back for you!
L'Entrecote 36 Duxton Hill Tel: 6238 5700 (Walk-in Only)