My father said the darndest things when my siblings and I were growing up. There was this thing about not eating watermelon or orange seeds because a tree would grow in my tummy. And then there was one where he insisted I ate my beef well done so I wouldn’t get mad cow disease and die. :shock:
I spent more than 10 years eating beef that was cooked to death before discovering the wonders of medium rare (and sometimes, rare), and never looked back since. It was by chance that we dined at Beato Steakhouse in Bangsar so all pictures were taken using my Samsung S4.
Beato comes highly recommended by many of my readers, all singing praises about the dry-aged beef. Upon seated, the waiter came by with a chalkboard of the types of steak cut and weight available that night; I made my choice and stated my preferred doneness.
The bruschetta (RM15) comprised white country bread slathered with cream cheese and topped with cherry tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and honey. This was good stuff – creamy and rich in flavour with tangy accents from the dressing.
I initially ordered a 280gm ribeye, which came medium done as opposed to the medium rare I requested. Second time around, it was beautiful. 330gm of juicy and tender goodness (RM38 per 100gm), served with a side of honey, wholegrain and sweet mustard.
The aging process allows the fat to oxidize and levels of umami to increase, so you get a steak that is tender and flavourful. I had my meat with a side of sautéed mushrooms (RM15), and the garden salad (RM19) was complimentary from the chef for the initial glitch.
While the steak was good, it was rif’s main course that stole the show. This was a really good lamb rack (RM55) – seasoned and crusted with breadcrumbs, and cooked to juicy perfection. The meat was fork tender with a tasty rim of fat. So good, I tell you!
Service was attentive and polite but the staff could use a bit more training. All the above came up to slightly less than RM250, without alcohol. Pretty reasonable considering the portion and quality.
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Food: 7/10 (pork free)
Verdict: I really enjoyed the ribeye and lamb rack. And the bruschetta is pretty good too!
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