“The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook” ~ Julia Child.
If you are not on a diet, or not a vegetarian, it is highly likely that you are a fan of steak. If you’re not, chances are you’ve never tasted a good one!
No, we’re not talking about those steaks which cost less than RM15 which you can find at regular mamak or roadside restaurants. A high-quality steak is a myriad of flavours exploding in your mouth. It hits your taste buds so hard, they’ll surrender and bow down to the divine savouriness of the mighty steak. It is juicy, tender, and has plenty of flavourful fat. The level of fat present in a steak is called “marbling” and usually the higher its content, the more flavourful the steak.
The level of cook on the steak is also important. Professional chefs don’t recommend you order a well-done steak as it has lost most of its juices and flavour. Instead, go for a medium rare or rare cook. Don’t be frightened by red juices that flow out of these types of cooks. They are NOT blood. In fact, they are myoglobin, a protein which delivers oxygen to the muscles.
So, where can you go to find a good steak? Here are 5 steakhouses in Malaysia that you should definitely check out:
1. Me’nate Steak Hub (halal)
This particular chain of restaurant was thrust into the mainstream spotlight a few years ago due to a controversial tweet involving a local celebrity. The founder of Me’nate Steak Hub, Mustaffa Othman, has some serious credibility, having previously served as the master butcher and chef to Queen Elizabeth II in Buckingham Palace.
So far, they have four outlets scattered around the Klang Valley with plans for more locations in the near future. There is also a variety of meat choices for your steaks here such as Wagyu, Angus, grain fed, grass fed, lamb, and ribs. Other offerings on the menu include pasta, burgers, roasted chicken, salmon, sea bass, pizza, sandwiches, meatballs, and much more.
2. The Beato Aged Steakhouse (pork free)
One of the more expensive types of steaks is the dry-aged steak. Using conditions that tightly control the levels of moisture and bacteria, the meat is dry-aged from seven to 120 days. The most common timeframe is 30 days. This process causes the meat to be more tender and flavourful.
According to their website, The Beato Aged Steakhouse was the first to introduce dry-aged steak in Malaysia. With an outlet each in Publika and Bangsar, they offer you tantalizing choices to whet your appetite. If you are a steak lover, then you should definitely check them out!
3. Marble 8 (pork free)
If you don’t mind forking out some extra cash for luxury, then head on over to Marble 8. Located on the 56th floor of Menara Petronas 3, it offers you the chance to dine with spectacular views of the Kuala Lumpur skyline.
They use the finest Wagyu and Angus beef which are flown in from Australia. Their dry-aged beef is aged in a state-of-the-art cellar for a minimum of 21 days while their wet-aged beef is vacuum-sealed for the same minimum period of time.
4. Tamaruya Meat Master (pork free)
Most of us already know that Wagyu beef originated from Japan. The word itself literally translates to “Japanese cow”. So it is only fitting that our next outlet is located inside a Japanese store such as Isetan.
At Tamuraya Meat Master, you get to pick and purchase your own cut of meat from the counter. It can be anything from a grain fed striploin to a Wagyu ribeye. The prices are rather affordable and a fixed cooking fee or RM10 is then charged after that.
5. PRIME @ Le Meridien (pork free)
Located at the Le Meridian Hotel, PRIME serves some of the finest halal certified imported beef (the restaurant isn’t halal certified because it also serves wine). The restaurant boasts multiple awards including ‘Best Place for Meat’ by Time Out KL Food Awards 2014.
The extensive menu features a large variety of steaks in different cuts such as the highly regarded Wagyu Prime Ribs with a marbling of 6, in addition to Black Angus 200 days grain-fed beef and Australian 120-day grain-fed beef.
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