Locating the largest steakhouse chain in the world down in the city’s shopping and dining strip may prove a challenge itself, with a high possibility of getting distracted by the range of fashionable apparels along the way. Yet even without a compass, trusting your keen sense of smell would suffice, leading you to the exciting aroma of flame-gilled beef and fried sweet potatoes. Outback Steakhouse’s second outlet at the new Orchard Gateway is endowed with floor to ceiling windows spanning across the restaurant, employing the use of natural light through the glass during the day, and illumination of Orchard Road’s magical flare at night. Adorned in versatile and generous wood accents, warm lightings, and tasteful voguish wood floors, the ambience is soothing and inviting, ideal for a casual evening of food and drinks.
Outback Steakhouse sources its supplies from ranches, poultry farms and fisheries for quality and freshness. Dips and sauces are earnestly whipped up from scratch and served among the appetising spread of dishes. The cocktail selection is gentle with hints of freshly squeezed fruits like strawberry, watermelon and apple, smooth and free from the burning sensation of the alcohol concoction.
A popular favourite drink for both gents and ladies, the Strawberry Basil Lemonade ($13.90) is a blend of Absolut Citron vodka, fresh basil, strawberries, fresh lemonade and sprite.
The Watermelon Margarita ($14.90) is composed of fresh watermelon juice, Jose Cuervo Silver Tequila and citrus juices.
The refreshing Apple Mojito ($12.90) comprises Bacardi Silver rum, diced red apples, limes and mint.
The Spinach Artichoke Dip ($13.90)
For starters, the fried corn tortilla chips accompanied by an outstanding dip made of spinach and artichokes in Monterey Jack and Parmensan cheeses is highly addictive. Creamy, rich and full of texture, this is possibly one of the best (if not the best) dips for tortilla chips in Singapore’s records.
The Typhoon Bloom ($14.90) is essentially hand-cut onion rings arriving in a cyclone-like structure with a little space in the middle for the signature Bloom sauce. This is the perfect finger food to keep conversations going.
Tilpia with Pure Lump Crab Meat ($27.90)
Of the many flavours of Australia, one of the most relished would be the fresh taste of seafood, lightly seasoned and carefully seared. Here, thick tilapia fillet is generously layered with crab stuffing, sautéed mushrooms and another handful of lump crab meat, before a final dressing of house-made lemon butter Chablis sauce.
Alice Springs Chicken ($25.90)
The Alice Springs Chicken features a moist and tender slab of flame-grilled chicken breast richly coated in Monterey Jack Cheese and Parmesan Cheese with crispy bacon partially concealed in between. The accompanying honey mustard dip would often be overlooked since no further flavour-amplification is needed.
The New York Strip ($36.90) is marinated in Outback’s secret seventeen-spices seasoning blend and calmly seared over a red-hot grill. This would not impress finicky steak eaters who are used to the likes of premium steaks or wagyu. The steak selection comes with your choice of two sides: Mashed potatoes, Baked potato, Aussie Fries, Rice Pilaf, Sweet Potato Fries or Sweet baked potato topped in honey butter and cinnamon sugar.
The Baby Back Ribs (half $19.90, full $32.90) arrives overlaid with a rich house-made BBQ sauce and matched with Aussie fries. While Outback Steakhouse specialises in steak, we find that the other mains fare better than the steak.
The richly decadent Chocolate Thunder from Down Under ($14.90) features a pecan-studded brownie topped with a massive scoop of vanilla ice cream of stunning quality, drizzled in warm chocolate sauce, accompanied by whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
Another dessert worth ordering is the sweet and moist Carrot Cake ($9.90) laced with pecans, coconut, and vanilla cream cheese icing.
Outback Steakhouse at Orchardgateway
227 Orchard Road, #04-01
Monday – Sunday: 11.30 am – 10.30 pm
Outback Steakhouse at Millenia Walk
9 Raffles Blvd, #01-114,
Monday – Saturday: 11.30 am – 10.30 pm
20% discount for Citibank cardholders
Complimentary soup and soft drink with a lunch entrée (prices from $12.90)
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