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The brains behind Singapore’s Cafe Etc., Alam Shah, has expanded his repertoire with the opening of steakhouse Foodster along Novena’s Balestier Road. Here, the focus is on homemade burgers and Australian steaks with a properly international range of good draught beers (Pure Blond from Australia, Japanese Asahi Dry Black, and the strawberry-flavoured Belgian Fruli, for example) to send the food on its way. Beer aside for the time being, the day starts mid-morning at Foodster, at least on the weekends, with a popular brunch menu to warm things up. From there, it’s Oz-style barbecue and grills (with a few extras) weeklong and all the way.
Singapore’s favourite way to partake in pommes frites, truffle fries, are the inevitable beginning to a slap-up meal at Foodster’s slick Balestier Road steakhouse restaurant. Grab some chicken or beef satay skewers, calamari, Cajun chicken wings with chilli mayo or the nachos grande with a variety of Mexican dips and you’re beginning to get a feel for the hearty fare on offer at Foodster. People wanting to keep it a little light might opt for a salad or soup, but guests at this Singapore steakhouse are probably going to go for the 100g striploin steak salad, truth be told.
Now we’re at the main event, diners should be warned that there are more premium Australian (and Japanese Wagyu) steaks on offer from Foodster’s menu than you can shake a T-bone at. The Ozzie comes with crispy bacon and a fried egg, but purists will drool over the grass-fed New York striploin, ribeye, fillet mignon, or the grade 5 Wagyu rump, grain-fed for over 400 days. Or, try a little tenderness with the Australian grass-and-flower-fed lamb T-bone, or hang ten with the Surf ‘n’ Turf. The burgers are undoubtedly some of the best down Balestier Road, all using primal beef mince and served with turkey bacon, mustard, cheddar, lettuce and tomato with caramelised onions and pickles on the side. The luxurious Wagyu beef burger is a treat, while classic beef and spicy chicken burgers do battle with the mint chutney lamb and barramundi stacks. A novel addition to the restaurants in Balestier, you can also get yourself a dish of Italian pasta, a plate of fish ‘n’ chips, Norwegian salmon, or chicken cordon bleu if the meaty main event isn’t enough. Either way, it’s always best to book at this popular spot.
We ordered the following: Mushroom soup - very tasty Truffle fries - good Calamari - good Salted egg carbonara - very good New York Strip - average Fillet Mignon - average Wagyu Rump - average Apple crumble - good We were a little bit disappointed with all the steaks. The doneness were done right, but the portions and the texture of the meat were not good, and did not justify the price. We spent a total of $200 for five persons.
Good service because the server was very friendly and joked with us. Food was great because Chef had full attention on our steaks because we were the only ones there at that time. We ordered Fillet Mignon and New York Strip. Go if you want to have good steak. Truffle fries could use more truffle flavouring though.
Tried their salted egg carbonara and the Angus beef Burger. Would definitely visit again! The burger contained vegetables that were cold while the patty and bun were hot, giving it an interesting and refreshing flavour. Only problem was the service but I guess it's because they were understadfed, definitely recommended.