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MediumRare Review: Saveur Opens A Steakhouse At Tampines With Steak Under $20

15th August 2019

Flat iron steak and more at MediumRare

MediumRare - Flatlay

I’ve failed miserably at attempts to be vegan, as nothing can separate me from my love for meat. So naturally I was pretty pumped up when I heard about MediumRare, a steakhouse at Tampines. Opened by the same people behind Saveur, this latest concept shifts away from affordable French cuisine to serving quality steaks in a casual dining setting.

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Food at MediumRare

MediumRare - Flat iron

At MediumRare, you simply select from their range of Australian steaks and opt for your preferred doneness. Despite presenting itself as a steakhouse, their menu includes other mains such as rice bowls, poultry, and fish. Even Saveur’s popular duck confit can be found on the menu, but my eyes were on the prize with their Flat Iron ($18++) steak. 

MediumRare - Beef slice

Deciding to have my steak done medium, the meat was pink in the centre, while evenly charred on the outside. The marbling of the beef was beautiful. The fat content coupled with the seasoning of salt and pepper brought out the natural beefy flavour in each tender slice.

Each order of meat came with one free choice of sauce, and I opted for the classic Cafe De Paris. The butter-based herb sauce was rich, further elevating the robust flavours of the beef.

Besides Cafe De Paris, other sauces, namely mushroom, black pepper, mala, and black bean, are also available. If you prefer going heavy-handed on the sauce, you can get an extra serving at $2++.

MediumRare - Flat iron interaction

The dish is completed with two free sides, which you get with each order of meat. There is plenty to choose from such as Potato Wedges, Onion Rings, and Crunchy Coleslaw. If you find yourself wanting more, each extra serving sets you back $2.50++

I decided to go for the chef’s recommendation of Creamed Spinach and Beef Fat Fried Rice. Though sounding pretty flavour-heavy, both dishes were not as jelak as expected. In fact, the beef fat fried rice was surprisingly bland. The lack of a strong beefy taste left this dish tasting like typical plain fried rice. On the other hand, the creamed spinach found a sweet spot, striking a balance between creamy and thin.

MediumRare - Grilled chicken chop

After having my fill of steak, I decided to try out their Grilled Chicken Chop ($14++) with a side of Mac & Cheese and Corn & Parmesan. The serving of chicken seemed small at first, but the taste made up for its tiny portion.

MediumRare - Mushroom sauce

The chicken thigh turned out to be thick and meaty as I cut through it. Each bite of this succulent meat was oozing with flavour, and its charred skin gave off some smoky hints. The earthy tones of the accompanying mushroom sauce highlighted the tastiness of the meat.

MediumRare - Mushroom soup

While an a la carte order of mushroom soup is at $4++, you get a dollar off when ordering it with any main. Garnished with chives and croutons, this hearty bowl of soup was rich in earthy flavours. The velvety soup and small mushroom chunks gave a harmony of textures.

Ambience at MediumRare

MediumRare - Ambience

Formerly occupied by Frapas Bar, MediumRare has retained the chic decor of their sister restaurant under Saveur. This elegant restaurant has a casual vibe, making it a great place for date nights or even client meetings. With plenty of seats, you don’t have to worry about the lunchtime crowd from neighbouring offices. If you’re dining alone, there is the option to people watch at their window seats, or chat with their staff at the bar counter.

The verdict

MediumRare - Verdict

MediumRare could have been my number one go-to restaurant for satisfying my meat cravings. However, the small portions don’t justify the price tag, even if it’s relatively cheap. If I happen to run errands in the East and feel like splurging a little, I would definitely treat myself to their Flat Iron. 

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Address: 2 Tampines Central 5, #01-35, Century Square, Singapore 529509
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 10pm
Tel: 6789 1121
Website
MediumRare is not a halal-certified eatery.

Photos taken by Cindy Yong.
This is an independent review by Eatbook.sg.

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Summary

Pros
– Well-seasoned steak
– Tasty sides
– Short walk from Tampines MRT station

Cons
– Small portions
– Some sides were bland

Recommended dishes: Flat Iron ($18++), Creamed Spinach ($2.50++)

Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 10pm

Address:  2 Tampines Central 5, #01-35, Century Square, Singapore 529509

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