The love for a good steak has brought me back to Origin Grill & Bar at Shangri La Hotel Singapore. If you have not known, you can savour the Shiro Kin Wagyu and the Snow-aged Full-blood Wagyu that are exclusively available at Origin Grill.
Tuna Cracker 4/5
Before starting on the mains, we have a couple of starters. First we have the Tuna Cracker ($28) which comes with fresh raw sashimi grade tuna on top a light crispy vegetable flat bread. What is interesting is the nuttiness from the thin flat bread, which consists of golden flax pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds. It has the interesting play of textures and flavours.
Octopus Charred with Smoked Paprika 4/5
Grilled to a beautiful char is the Octopus with Smoked Paprika ($32). It has an delectable bouncy bite, served with Morrocan inspired sweet and sour tomato jam, and citrus salsa with lemon undertones.
Pan-seared Hokkaido Scallops 4/5
Plump, sweet and juicy is the Pan-seared Hokkaido Scallops with chilli jam ($32). Completing the dish is a garden of Asian herbs salad, crunchy dry roasted peanuts and kaffir leaves.
Spaghetti Tossed with Heirloom Tomatoes and Basil 4.2/5
Sometimes fresh and simple is the best for me. Take for example the Spaghetti with Heirloom Tomatoes and Basil ($24). Nothing fancy and complicated. Well cooked pasta tossed in freshly made rich tomato sauce, olive oil, heirloom tomatoes and cherry tomatoes.
John Stone Grass-Fed Dry-aged 35 days 4/5
Moving to the meat which is the highlight at Origin Grill, we started with the John Stone Grass-fed Dry-aged for 35 days. It comes in either Striploin on the bone ($98 for 400g) or Ribeye on the bone ($138 for 500g). It is a good piece of Black Angus beef, beefy and rustic in flavours.
Snow-aged Full Blood Wagyu A4 4.5/5
The priced meat has to be the Snow-aged Full Blood Wagyu A4 (Striploin $168 for 200g). I related it to having Tuna. This is the Otoro of the beef. I associated the fatty marbling of the beef to that of the otoro. Instead of the melted in the mouth texture like the otoro, the beef has a slight crunch to it. The beef is aged using snow as its natural refrigeration or better known as Yukimuro, an centuries-old aging process used by the residents in Niigata, Japan.
Shiro Kin Full Blood Wagyu 4.8/5
While the snow-aged wagyu is extraordinary, my favourite actually goes to the Shiro Kin Full Blood Wagyu. $148 for 250g of Striploin and $198 for 250g of Ribeye. Apparently the cattle is direct descendants of Japanese Wagyu and fed a specially formulated Japanese diet for minimum of 500 days. It even won 6 grand champion awards. Compare to the earlier 2 steaks, this is distinct for its tenderness and sweetness. Its like sipping a good glass of red wine, that is full bodied but yet smooth and pleasant drinking.
Carrot Walnut Cake 4.2/5
Chocolate Fudge Cake 4.5/5
Not to be missed is the desserts at Origin Grill, especially the cakes. Both the Carrot Walnut Cake ($14) and Chocolate Fudge Cake ($14) are awesome. Being not a dessert person, I am surprise that I could resist going back for more of them. My only regret is that I didn't save more space for dessert.
Note: This is an invited tasting.
Origin Grill & Bar
Shangri La Singapore Hotel
Lobby Level Tower Wing
22 Orange Grove Road
Tel: +65 62134595
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line)
Daily: 12pm - 230pm, 6pm - 1030pm
1) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit E. Walk towards Wheellock Place via ION. Exit Wheellock Place and turn left towards Liat Tower. Cross the road at the traffic light junction and turn left towards Royal Thai Embassy. Walk down to the end of Orchard Road. Turn right onto Orange Grove Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 23 minutes. [Map]