Nestled amidst the Mohammed Sultan enclave, Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse makes an exciting new addition to the semi-fine dining scene in Singapore. This 6-month-old restaurant claims to be the first and only Italian restaurant specialising in steak. How does it fare against other steakhouses in Singapore? Is it worth a try?
Besides steaks, the menu is extensive with a selection of 8 different appetizers ($15 – $38) and a variety of pastas ($22 – $25) and mains ($28 – $45), so much so that we eventually gave up on deciding and left our orders to the discretion of our host.
We knew we were off to a good start when the bruschetta al pomodoro con burrata e olio al basilico ($18) was served to us. We adored the curls of milky burrata cheese with the accompanying tart tomatoes delicately laid atop a crisp toast, making for a simple dish with a clever play on taste and texture.
The stellar appetizer was probably why the tortellini ripieni di mortadella con crema di piselli e pancetta ($25) fell short of expectations. Each parcel was perfectly al dente, but we secretly wished for more a more robust flavour in the beef and sausage stuffing.
The piece de resistance, a 1.2kg Fiorentina Wagyu T-bone steak ($178), would make any meat lover weak in the knees. Lightly seasoned and cooked over a wood-fired grill, the meat came charred around the edges with a luscious, pink interior oozing with beefy goodness. Bistecca’s one year search for the perfect beef was not unwarranted, for this was one of the most flavourful and well-marbled beef we’ve ever had. Ditch the accompanying sauces, which we felt were simply distractions and savour the beef in its most natural form.
For sides, we ordered a portion each of the crema di spinaci ($14) and patate arrosto in erbe ($10), the latter of which had us head over heels. It was hard to fathom how potatoes can taste so good, as if there was a secret recipe that went into creating these smoky little morsels. So tasty were these that for a fleeting moment, it diverted our attention away from the steak.
We’d advise passing on the traditional desserts and head straight for the more unique offerings; what the tiramisu tradizionale servitor con crema al caffe ($12) lacked in alcoholic flavours, the sbriciolona al pistachio con Vin Santo ($14) more than made up for. Served with a sweet dessert wine, these biscotti-like polenta and pistachio biscuits were a great way to end a satisfying meal.
Prices are no where near cheap, but Bistecca Tuscan Stakhouse is definitely worth your while if you’re looking for quality food and personal service amidst a stunning setting, just for that special occasion. If anything, don’t miss out on the steaks. The beef is, after all, in their beef.
Words by Sarah Lim, photos by ladyironchef
Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse
25 Mohamed Sultan Road
Tel: +65 6735 6739
Tue to Fri: 12pm–2pm, 6pm–11pm
Sat: 11am–4pm, 6pm–11pm
Note: This was an invited media tasting.