Steakhouses in Singapore are aplenty and many old time favourites are a mainstay in Singapore’s fine dining scene. From Morton’s The Steakhouse, to Lawry’s The Prime Rib, it is reasonably easy to find a good cut of steak in Singapore whenever you have a craving.
Two of us decided to try this place out in view of my birthday and were well rewarded with beautiful cuts of beef that would tantalise any discerning taste bud. Tucked away in a surreptitious corner of 313 Somerset’s al fresco dining annex, The Bedrock Bar and Grill carries in its name an award winning menu that is an aggregation of gastronomy trends from around the world.
The allure of the steaks is equally matched by the elegant grandeur of its interior design. It exudes a sense of meticulous luxury that is neither ostentatious nor pretentious, and the simple richness in its decor complements the richness of its steaks. Artfully designed by New-York based design AvroKo, this steakhouse offers grass-fed and grain-fed prime beef cuts with delectable sides that manage to stand out despite the rich meats.
Although the French Onion Soup (S$18) is a popular draw, we strongly recommend the Bedrock Smoked Tomato Soup (S$16) as it simply drives home a sense of comfort and contentment that is enhanced by the smokiness (grilled prior I suppose) of the tomato flavours. Served with a dollop of basil mascarpone, the soup tastes tangy, fresh and deep, and will certainly whet your appetite beforehand. We recommend sharing one portion between two or you might find it impossible to chow down the sides and steaks. A mark of great service was the staff offering to split the portion between the two of us even without us prompting.
While the steaks are incontrovertibly the main stars of the show, we strongly recommend the bedrock mac n’ cheese (S$20) as an awesome starlet to provide the right bit of variety to your dinner. Rich and tasty and extremely complementary to the steaks and red wine, this favourite among diners is best shared between friends.
Wagyu beef for the astute (taste) buds
The Bedrock Pepper Steak is an absolute must-try, and at S$89, the 300grams Wagyu NY steak is an absolute mouth-watering experience. The only thing we would advise diners about is the black peppercorn sauce that comes on the side, which we find unconvincing as a condiment. A gentle carve with the serrated knife parted the perfectly cooked Wagyu and it tastes divine simply in its natural juices – the peppercorn sauce did not seem to have a role to play in the dish. #donotmesswithyoursteak
And no, the conspicuous piece of pan fried foie gras you see on top of the steak is not a visual illusion. It is one of the four premium toppings that are optional, and at S$20, the foie gras was certainly gratifying to the senses.
My dining companion chose the Australian Grass-fed Porterhouse (S$89) for his steak that comes only at 500-gram (including bone) portions. Unfortunately, given that the T-bone is a large piece to cook through, the moisture was not well-maintained in our piece of Porterhouse steak. It came slightly dry, but was nonetheless satisfying to the tummy.
The sides were hearty accompaniment to the mains and the flavours of the various dishes blended well with each other. However, we thought the choice of mushrooms (S$18) was questionable and the taste was rather flat for a side dish that is supposed to be teeming with umami.
All in all, the meal displayed strong honest flavours that are unadorned by excesses. Complemented by quality service standards, our experience at the Bedrock Bar and Grill was unequivocally enjoyable.
Review Rating: 8/10
96 Somerset Road, #01-05
Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard
Tel: +65 6238 0054
Lunch: Mondays to Sundays, 12pm to 3pm (last order at 2:30pm)
Dinner: Mondays to Sundays, 6pm to 11pm (last order at 10:30pm)
Bar: 12pm to 12am (last drinks order at 11.30pm)
Nearest Station: Somerset MRT
Reservations: Either online or via phone