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Take your pick and make the cut, Cafe Etc. might sound like a vague proposition, but this bistro bar along the Sin Ming stretch of Upper Thomson Road is a shrine to the mighty steak. Founded by Singapore restaurateur Alam Shah, Cafe Etc. offers a relaxed and casual dining experience in a chic interior or al fresco on the terrace. There’s craft and imported beers available to wash it all down and (here’s the etc.), you can also grab an all-day breakfast, Italian pizza and pasta here, too.
While the star of the show at Cafe Etc.’s Upper Thomson Road outlet (along the Sin Ming stretch and close to Marymount station) is undoubtedly their specialty steaks, there’re plenty more on offer. Chef’s specials marked out on the appetizer list include the delectable truffle oil-drizzled fries, sprinkled with parmesan and served with aioli, pan-fried foie gras with seasonal fruit and aged balsamic, and the breakfast essential of perfect eggs benedict. Show a little flesh and grab yourself a so-called topless burger (okay, an open sandwich), with either prime Wagyu or Angus beef, and eye up the fish and chicken dishes on offer – Norwegian salmon steak, confit chicken – but try as you might, you’re not going to be able to resist Cafe Etc.’s specialty steaks, some of the best in Singapore.
Cafe Etc.’s steaks all come with a side of mesclun and garlic mashed potato, as if you really care. Admit it, you irredeemable carnivore, what you’re really after is 200 grams of Australian, grass-fed New York striploin, ribeye, filet mignon (with or without foie gras), or the grade 5 Wagyu rump grain-fed for 400 days plus. But this sizzling Singapore steakhouse doesn’t stop there. There’s a massive 400g rack of Australian, 150-day-grain-fed short ribs, too, tender lamb T-bone steaks, and a classic Surf & Turf platter of grilled salmon, tiger prawns, and Australian striploin for the more omnivorous types. If this sounds up your alley, remember to book, and remember that Cafe Etc.’s Upper Thomson Road bistro can also lay on the steak for private parties.
The food display was lovely, from the appetizers to the main dish, each dish was served at the right pace. The steak was of course standout
A very cosy place.. nice for family outing.. however portion could have been slightly bigger for e meat and seafood platter. Otherwise a nice place.
Seeing the $39+ set dinner for 2 offer on the website, we decided to give Cafe Etc a try. Lying along Thomson Road close to many other eateries and restaurants, Cafe Etc was a nice, quiet retreat due to its lack of a crowd on a Friday night. Perhaps we were there a little early at around 6.30 pm. The place a clean and spacious thought our area was a little warm at the start. When we enquired about the set dinner offer, we were told by one of the servers that the promotion was no longer available. However, a senior staff member said that they would be willing to honour the deal since it was still on the website and that we have come because of that. The set dinner included 2 soups of the days, a main of the striploin steak, any pasta, any fish or any chicken main and 2 lemon teas. We ordered a striploin and a chicken confit. The striploin steak was nicely seasoned and had a nice even sear on the outside and remained tender and juicy. It came with a side of mash potato and mesclun salad. The confit was crispy on the outside but still tender and juicy inside, with the meat falling easily off the bone for easy eating. The food is quite decent and the service staff were very friendly and helpful. Definitely a place worth trying if you like somewhere quiet with a decent steak.