Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Outback Steakhouse @ Orchard Gateway


I wonder what took the world largest steakhouse chain so long to open a second outlet in Singapore. Outback Steakhoue, the American chain with an Australian inspired concept established its flagship store in 2000 at Millenia Walk. With the opening of Orchard Gateway, Outback Steakhouse has finally opened its second outlet on the fourth floor of the new mall on 30 June 2014.

Fruit Cocktail 4/5

Starting with some pre-dining drinks, we tried a trio of fruity cocktails from the bar. From left to the right we have the Strawberry Basil Lemonade ($13.90), Absolut Citron vodka, fresh basil and strawberries, fresh lemonade, sprite. In the centre is the Apple Mojito ($12.90), Bacardi Silver rum, diced red apples,limes and mint. Lastly the Watermelon Margarita ($14.90), fresh watermelon, Jose Cuervo Silver Tequila, citrus juices, served in a sugar rimmed glass. I really enjoy the freshing and fruity cocktail with my favourite going to the strawberry basil lemonade.

Spinach Artichoke Dip 4.2/5

I was trying to control myself from going back for more of the freshly fried corn Tortilla chips with the Spinach Artichoke Dip ($13.90). The warm dip melange of spinach, artichoke, Monterey Jack cheese and Paramesan cheese was creamy and cheesy which goes very well with the chips. Perfect as a snack to go with a couple of drinks or appetizer.

Alice Springs Chicken 4.5/5

Although it is a steakhouse, the menu also offers a selection of other mains. The Alice Springs Chicken ($25.90) served with Aussie Fries was surprisingly good. I thought the piece of flame grilled chicken breast looked kind of over done but it was the opposite. The moist and tender flame grilled chicken dressed with sauteed mushrooms, crispy bacon strips, melted Monterey Jack cheese, Cheddar and honey mustard sauce was packed with abundance of flavours that complemented the chicken excellently.

Tilpia with Pure Lump Crab Meat 3/5

From the sea, we have the Tilpia with Pure Lump Crab Meat ($27.90) served with seasonal vegetables. I thought the dish was mediocre. It needed more character to it.

New York Strip 3/5

Mashed Potatoes 4/5

As a steakhouse I was quite disappointed with New York Strip ($36.90/10oz) seasoned with a secret blend of 17 spices. The cut of beef which is prized for its flavour and tenderness was a tad over cooked and tough. All steak orders come with a choice of two sides from an extensive list of nine that includes Corns on the Cob, Mashed Potatoes, Baked Potatoes, Aussie Fries, Rice Pilaf, Sweet Potato Fries and Sweet Baked Potato with honey butter and cinnamon sugar. Worthy of mentioned is the mashed potatoes that was well seasoned, buttery and comes with potato skins for the extra crunch.

Baby Back Ribs 3.8/5

The Baby Back Ribs (half 19.90, full $32.90) laced with a tangy house made BBQ sauce and accompanied by Aussie Fries were cooked with fork tender. If the baby back ribs could be more charred or smoky would be perfect.

Carrot Cake 3/5

Moving on to the dessert menu, I tried a huge slice of the Carrot Cake ($9.90). I have to say this is the most moist carrot cake I have ever eaten.

Chocolate Thunder from Down Under 4/5

The Chocolate Thunder from Down Under ($14.90) is pretty impressive with its three tier of sweetness in the pecan brownie, vanilla ice cream and whipped cream drowned in a bed of warm chocolate sauce and topped with chocolate shavings. A perfect ending to a night of flavourful food and friendly service.

Outback Steakhouse
Orchard Gateway
277 Orchard Road
Singapore 238858
Tel: +65 67026842
Nearest MRT: Somerset (NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 1130am - 1030pm

1) Alight at Somerset MRT station. Take Exit C. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

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