Outback Steakhouse, Singapore
It's rather interesting to see that Outback Steakhouse, an American chain restaurant serving faux-Australian food (it's really American food), runs a shop in Singapore (Millenia Walk #01-114, 6837-3242), where there are so many Australian expats around. Then again, it looks like they are so bold as to actually have a couple shops in Sydney too (whoa...do the locals take it seriously down there?). And no, it wasn't my intention to eat at two American chain restaurants in such a short period of time (both with variations of the deep-fried onion too, mind you); this venue just came out of convenience today before I scrambled off to a nearby meeting. Actually, I'd never even eaten this stuff back in the States, so I figured I'd try to see why there are always lines forming at these places back home.
As expected, this place was screaming American chain restaurant all over, from the wood panel decor to the plasticky names of the dishes on the menu (cue: Office Space). And the food was pretty much as I expected, if not worse. Some steak-on-a-salad lunch special that I got was just a disturbingly salty and almost too-perfectly-uniform (i.e., seeming a bit pre-fabricated?) steak, sitting strangely upon a bed of lettuce that made it hard to cut the steak with a knife and fork. The Walkabout Soup consisted of crudely cut onions in a rather tasteless cheese base, while the bleu cheese dressing that came with the salad seemed like it came from a bottle. And while the cheese fries were probably the best of the bunch today with thin and crispy bacon bits, it was pretty stingy on the cheese.
OK, enough writing - this really is boring and something I'd prefer to forget if I could. Ugh...I should have known better than to come to a chain restaurant.