The Tavern - with US Beef!
Singapore officially lifted its ban on US beef today, so what better way to celebrate than to get a nice bloody steak? The venue tonight was The Tavern (229 River Valley Road, 6737-6995). This was a quaint and cozy little wood-paneled place, complete with Continental European menus written on a wheeled chalkboard that are pushed by to your table. Almost as if Morton's and Lawry's joined forces, this place pushes the raw meat over to your table, and then carves it in front of you (before cooking though), where it is weighed in order to calculate the charges. To be honest, I didn't know that US beef was available already, but when I noticed it on the menu, I was a bit surprised, and the waiter told me that this was the first day. The dish selection was a no-brainer then!
It was pretty good: tender, rich, and full of that flame-broiled taste. They underdid by "medium" a bit, but I didn't mind so much, as it sure is better than being overdone. I also got the goulash to start, which was piping hot and full of little diced ingredients. I've never been to Hungary, so I can't really say if this was authentic or not, but it was pretty good, even if it didn't seem as spicy as some others that I've tried (I was quite addicted to Soup Central's until they closed their International Plaza branch). Finally, I finished this off with the "Mango-Mango," which was basically just sliced mango with mango sorbet.
I heard that long ago, this place would feature beef from Niman Ranch back home, but no one seemed to know a thing about it tonight (I guess they haven't served US beef in so long that they forgot). This place came with Morton's-like prices though, so for that kind of money, I'd admittedly still rather go to Morton's instead. The Tavern does have a bar next door, billed as a "Wine, Tapas, & Music Bar," so I thought it might be nice to come back to try the tapas one of these days (and they seemed to have some "All-Night-Long, Drink All You Can" special for only S$30 or US$17.65 on weekdays). But I looked at the menu very quickly before leaving, and alas, it wasn't Spanish food - it was just random bar snacks, complete with mini hamburgers and tandoori chicken. Hmph. Oh well. I heard that Lawry's was going to throw some sort of US beef reunion party or something tonight. I wonder how that went.