Monday, November 28, 2011

First Food Review..Ahem

For starters, I've never been a fan of meat. With this I mean authentic 100% beef and not those beef burger patty kind.
And if I do order real meat, it'll be so well done, it's crispy on the outside and inside, taste nothing of beef and salty. And there's a particular place in Kampung Baru we go to every now and then to get this daging bakar.
Other than that, I usually avoid beef dishes.

They kinda have that strong smell especially really fresh beef. It's worse if I see the actual animal before being slaughtered off because sadly I'll be too squeamish to ever be able to stomach it. In short it's okay if I don't see it alive beforehand. So every AidilAdha, I'll be that sad loser moping around poking at my nasi impit and kuah kacang while everybody else is polishing off the 'so-called' delicious beef rendang and sup tulang and rubbing it in my face.

But after watching show after shows of Gordon Ramsey marveling on how delicious a good piece of steak is, I felt that I gotta be fair and give a real good steak a try. A. Real. Good. Steak.

And not the ones you usually get from your local restaurants listed in the menus under 'western food' and their idea of a steak is a thin piece of beef, cooked to the core and is so tough that it distorts your fork while you cut into it. Or a tiny piece of beef that tastes like what my husband calls  slipar berperisa black pepper. Or as they sometimes spell it 'Black Paper' or 'Black Pipper'.

Alas, when we heard about this quaint little restaurant called Me'nate Steak House that promises real fresh wholesome steaks and that their beef are fresh from the farm, chilled not frozen, we thought we ought to give it a try. Somewhat in an attempt to restore my faith in locally prepared steaks.

Masuk je , ambiance ok. Some patrons even took the liberty of dressing up to eat at this place. Which to me is kinda weird. Tapi mungkin they dress up like that on a daily basis and I'm just an out of town hillbilly so who am I to judge.

Layan Gambar :
This arrived first, Curly fries. A whole mother load of them

 Next: Real fresh beef sausages. No beef smell ! Presentation-wise: could be improved. They look more like kopok lekor. Taste great though.

 WW's wagyu tenderloin .
Cooked medium. Cost a bundle. Worth every penny.
And no, for the record ,the wagyus here are not fed beer. 
I could never in my life imagined I could stomach meat with a little redness oozing out but surprisingly this tasted great and without the beefy smell. Hurrah!
The beef was really, really tender. And you get to choose your meat before they cooked it for you.

 My grain-fed ribeye. Besaunya mak ai. 
Cooked well done la, apa lagi.
It was so tender and tasted really good even without the brown sauce.
Perfect. Almost converted me into a beef lover. Almost.
I couldn't finish the whole portion because it was too large and I was getting dizzy from all the beef.
That's what husbands are for.

The kids' beef Olio. Big portion
Sorry, sangat kusyuk makan sampai lupa snap gambar bila mula dihidang. 
Sedap but I imagine my mom would've commented that we just ordered an overpriced plate of fried noodles.

 Some coffee to finish it all off. 
Best thing is the beverages are, get this..FREE.
And they're free flow. With the condition you finish it or they'll charge you RM 8 per glass.

My verdict 8 out of 10. Layanan Ok. The Executive Chef goes around to ask about the food. The waiters are helpful enough. You have to get your own drink at the drink station though, but that's okay for me.  It's quite pricey tapi bukan tiap-tiap hari nak makan a great good slab of meat kan?

But if you're a little bit on the queasy side like my son and I, better avoid looking around as the walls are full of pictures of cows. Real, big fat cows. And you might want to have a seat facing the main entrance because you wouldn't want to eat facing a large meat chiller stacked full of fresh bloody meat, of all size and portions.
But then if you're not a wuss like me, then feel free to be seated anywhere and look at everything.

Tapi at the end of the day, after all that juicy delicious steak that made me finally believe there is such a thing as a melt in your mouth piece of beef ( and I thought Chef Ramsey was always bullshitting), I still prefer my Kampung Baru daging bakar. Well, well done, Crispy from the outside and inside, taste nothing like beef and salty.

(with this, my husband slaps his forehead) 

***Hey, wait a minute, you might say. Sejak bila dia ni jadik food blogger? Saje je. Sejak ada handphone that allows me to discreetly take pictures of my food and it would look like I'm just nonchalantly texting. Hehe
 I'm shy shy like that.

And with that I end my one week holiday. 
Back to working out. 


  1. Amek gambar dgn DSLR bagak la baru power buat food review. Kasi staff kat kedai tu ingat u reporter. kakaka

  2. Kat mana la the steak house tu?

  3. i love meat hehe .. kat mana nie??

  4. Ye la. Kat mana Me'nate nih? Bikin ayaq liuq ku bertakung :]

  5. Lina: Ngak mau. Rasa cam nerd la pulak bawak kamera besau-besau pi makan.
    Anon, KJ ngan Diket: Sabaq no. Chek lupa plak nak boh. Thheeheehee ( sheepish giggle).
    Ada dua cawangan. Kami pi Me'nate cawangan Ampang kat Jalan Kerja Air Lama Satu. Satu lagi cawangan kat Wangsa Maju kat Jalan wangsa Delima 12. Korang Google ek coordinate dia utk GPS korang.

  6. The same reason I don't like daging kambing... bauuuu :)

  7. Zarin: Ya btol. Except beef I can still tolerate. Kambing tak makan kecuali termakan..haha

  8. Thanks Dr. I heard of one more worth trying steak place in Hartamas, Las Vacas or Carvas something, apparently it's a buthery cum steak house. Kambing is my favorite kinda meat, the smell tu la yang buat sedap (smell bila dah masak ek, bukan bau kambing belum masak lol!)

  9. Anon: I heard about the Las Vacas place too. Maybe one day we'll have a try.
    Haha, no boleh kawan ngan my father ni. Suka bau kambing, but he likes the smell cooked and uncooked..ha

  10. Menate? hahahahahahaha (it's binatang in Kelantan) kahkahkah

    Keep blogging the delicious food review.

  11. Syah: Yup, tau. Tu yang meyakinkan kami it's 100% halal. hahah.
    But my poor son pronounce it as Minutes.