Morton's - the Steakhouse
Ahh yes, Morton's of Chicago: evidence that God truly exists, and that He's gracious enough to keep one open for us in Singapore, of all places. I have a ritual there now - start with the beefsteak tomatoes with blue cheese, move to the "bone-in" ribeye, maybe add some sauteed wild mushrooms on the side, and finish it with the Godiva chocolate cake. Everything else on the menu looks so good too, but I never seem to find the ability to break away and try something new.
The food tonight was actually a bit substandard compared to other nights: the beefsteak tomato wasn't as firm as it had been in the past, the ribeye was a bit dry (and it's still Australian beef due to the Singapore ban on US mad-cow-scare beef), and the Godiva chocolate cake has actually recently been renamed the "World Famous Chocolate Cake" as they stopped using Godiva (globally).
But in the end, it's still nothing to complain about. Morton's is Morton's, bar none. The blue cheese still had all the requisite stank, the ribeye still had all the aged goodness, and the chocolate cake was still oozing in pleasure. The mushrooms were still drenched in butter (with the huge crouton sucking it all up), and the service was also impeccable, which is definitely refreshing to find in Singapore. Don't forget of course the piping hot onion loaf at the beginning of the meal too.
It's interesting though - I've found Morton's to be a bit inconsistent from location to location. I had a fantastic meal at the Las Vegas location, but the San Francisco one always disappointed. The Singapore one had always been consistent in the past (even when they had to switch to Australian beef), but they seem to have lowered the bar a bit tonight. It doesn't matter though. I'm still coming back. This is a nice little pocket of American excess and extravagance in this little island on the equator. Now I'm ready to collapse.