Sunday, July 19, 2009

Morton's The Steakhouse

My close friend who achieved patriotical glory decided he deserved a quality meat reward, self-selecting the mother of steakhouses as venue for celebration. Something straightforward yet pridefully presented. He really hecked the recession.

I am one person in least position to fuss over steakhouses. Being a beefless-tarian meant i am disqualified to join any form of intellectual discussion about that versatile cow, it's bodyparts, doneness, rawness, bloodyness blah blah blah... So just give me a decent piece of fish & dessert and i will gladly behave.

the famous, incredibly huge onion bread

I really thought i would. But certainly not when their renowned Onion Bread showed up as normal as it shouldn't be. Usually enticed by the titillating fragrance of onions baked in dough, i was buried in equal disappointment from the oversized loaf. Insipid brown spots, no aroma diffused. It failed to shut me up and instead suppressed my tendency to overnibble.

Our waitress Tracy then came to recite her piece, introducing every gem on the meat wagon as though her script came from "Morton's for Dummies". She ends off with a friendly warning, " Please try not to eat too much bread ok?"

Fret not, i won't.

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, Mustard Mayonnaise Sauce

I'd rather be off to my appetiser. My love for crabcakes developed at Whitebait & Kale (sadly have not reopened) where they came in high crab, low carb proportions. Morton's second. Neglecting price-to-price comparison, theirs is done with doubly satisfying lumps of crab. Very luscious, almost impurities-free apart from some essential breadcrumbs. Lump lump lump... perfect with a squeeze of lemon.

Maine Lobster Cocktail, Mustard mayo & Cocktail sauce

The friend had a serving of maine lobster meat shuffed in an ice-bedded glass. Chilled and fresh as anticipated since you can't quite go wrong with lobsters. All was fine except for his heart already half-set on my 2-inch tall crustacean coin. The grass is always greener on the other side.

Note: application not for entrees.

Ribeye Steak, USDA Prime

I foresaw a flying white flag when the Ribeye reached our table. At first instant i crowned it Biggest Single-portion Steak of the Year (among my encounters). But as my beef-loving friend hunked it down in smiles, he made it seem like pre-school spelling. Too good not to finish, he says.

Perhaps i should consider changing biggest to best.

Sesame Encrusted Yellowfin Tuna, Spicy Soy Ginger Sauce

On my side i thought i needed some SOS. My thick-like-i-never-had-before Yellowfin tuna fish was overdone (wanted medium well, came almost welldone) and bland if not for the toasted sesame coat & oriental sauce. The salvaging point was no fishyness!, a great indication of freshness. I tackled it s-l-o-w-l-y so i needn't activate the white flag.

Steamed Fresh Jumbo Asparagus, Hollandaise Sauce

We ordered a portion of steamed asparagus too, long gone past its optimal softness. Regretted not going for the grilled ones with balsamic glaze instead. And these are certainly NOT CHEAP for veggies.

Morton's Legendary Hot Chocolate Cake

And how to resist dessert? Morton's ensures submission of your dessert choice before the approx 40 minutes prep time. Tracy recommended the LEGENDARY hot chocolate cake, served with a scoop of Haagen Dazs Vanilla icecream. When you have scrumptiously sweet cake walls, ideally molten outflows & premium icecream coming together... the conclusion is divine.

And the place is Morton's.
Generous portions in generous pricetags.

If i could rewind time back to the start of the meal, i would say medium rare for fish and insist divine for dessert.

Morton's of Chicago: The Steakhouse
4th Storey, Mandarin Oriental Singapore
5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square
6339 3740


  1. i had their salmon done medium-rare and it was amazing!

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  3. I would have mistaken the bread for 金枕头. Singapore's curry bread.

  4. yixiao: saw it at your entry, it does look good and raw inside.. wrong choice for me this time. coincidentally, both our waitress was Tracy! =p

    patrick: yes the size is actually quite similar. but this entire thing is just bread and more bread inside haha.

  5. wow you been updating so regularly! heh u don't eat beef still go mortons? :p



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