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December 6, 2010

Las Vacas @ Mon’t Kiara

Ribeye Angus

My dad used to tell me that if I go to a restaurant, I have to ask for my steak “well done.” Otherwise, I’d get raw beef and mad cow disease. I should have known he was pulling my leg, after falling for his “If you swallow watermelon seeds, a tree will grow in your tummy” and “If you don’t sleep early, the boogieman will come and catch you.”

For many years, I asked for well done steaks until a friend ordered his steak medium rare and asked me to try it. Only then, I realised my dad was just joking — took me almost 10 years to figure that out. =_=
“Medium rare, please,” I said to the lady at the counter as I picked my cut of meat. Rif echoed the same thing for his steak. We were at Las Vacas, Mon’t Kiara last week, after hearing good things about the steaks there. It is a mini butchery that doubles up as a casual dining place. You can choose to buy the meat and grill it at home, or have it at the restaurant (more expensive) like we did. The ambiance was minimal with chalkboards of their specials on the wall. Not an ideal place for a romantic date but for a fuss-free meal, this will do just fine. A lady bought the last few pieces of wagyu, so I settled for the ribeye grain fed (RM23 per 100gm). rif ordered the ribeye angus (RM28 per 100gm).

Ribeye Grain Fed

My steak had a nicely seared crust on the outside, which gave each bite a little crunch. Inside, the meat was moist, tender and bursting with flavour.

Ribeye grain fed – cross section

Between the two steaks, I liked the Angus better. The meat was more tender, had plenty of beefy flavour and boasted a higher fat content. I didn’t care much for the garden salad and garlic bread – both were average tasting.

Ribeye angus – cross section

We ordered a plate of fries (RM5.50) to munch on while waiting for our steaks. While it was freshly fried and crispy, it was of the frozen variety. They don’t serve water by the tap, so be prepared to fork out at least RM4 for a bottle of water.

Tango sparkling apple (RM6)
Iced peach tea (RM5)

Dinner came up to RM158.65. rif’s Angus (about 275gm) cost RM77.30 and my grain fed steak (about 280gm) was RM64.85. I wouldn’t consider this cheap, but it’s definitely more affordable compared to most steakhouses. We would probably buy the steaks and take them home to grill…since the uncooked version is cheaper at about RM13 per 100gm.

Ambiance: 5.5/10
Price: 6.5/10
Food: 6.5/10 (pork-free)
Verdict: Come here for good quality steaks at reasonable prices.

LG, Lot 1A,
New Wing @ Mont Kiara Shoplex,
next to Baskin Robbins
Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara,
50480 Kuala Lumpur

7 Responses

  1. "Joe" who is constantly craving

    wow that wagyu is 4500 per kg? makes me love australia so so much now. bought a piece of very good piece of marbled wagyu (almost like in that picture) for 16 aud (on 50% disc).

    a very good ribeye angus retails for around 50aud per kg.

  2. J

    (re. Joe's comment) Must be a decimel missing there? Well, maybe anyway – cos I roughly remember the wagyu being about 45 bucks per 100 g?

  3. Julian Si

    Wah, your steak looked rather rare 🙂

    I chuckled at comment on watermelon seeds + tree!!!

    Hugs from Abu Dhabi …

  4. Bangsar-bAbE

    Julian – I asked for medium rare. 🙂

    Ya lar…don't do that to Vera!

    J – Yeah…the decimal is missing. LOL

    Joe – No la…it's RM45 per 100gm. It's quite affordable IMHO. 😉

    Regarding your good buy for 16AUD….I hatechu!! >.<

  5. Julian Si

    Hehee… yes, I can now do that to Vera. When she can understand what I say anyway! Now all she understands is … MILK 🙂

  6. AugustDiners

    the lady bought the last few pieces of wagyu << u sure that's not my mom? haha, she was there around the same time as u were i think, and they all had the wagyu.

  7. Bangsar-bAbE

    AugustDiners – Hahaha…I'm not sure! I don't know how your mum looks like…but it might be her. =P

    Julian – Count your blessings my friend. Soon, she'll grow up and outsmart her daddy. I know I did. Muahahaha….

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