Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Superfamous @ Chulia Street
I first took notice of this place initially for the happy hour free mini wagyu beef burgers that go with it a number of years back but I never had the chance to. Finally had a chance to visit the place, exactly next to OCBC Bank. Open air concept, surprisingly not crowded over lunch. Once again, the lovely company of Blamer & Leecher and another of their friend!
Beef in itself is a knowledge field...so many cuts, so many types...I roughly know ribeye, prime steak...stirloin steak...wagyu beef...kobe beef. That is about it. Here's so get-to-know about wagyu beef:
Wagyu (和牛, wagyū) refers to several breeds of cattle genetically predisposed to intense marbling and to producing a high percentage of oleaginous unsaturated fat. The meat from wagyu cattle is known worldwide for its marbling characteristics, increased eating quality through a naturally enhanced flavor, tenderness and juiciness, and thus a high market value. -- Wikipedia.
Well in common folk terms, fatty beef.
My order of Wagyu Burger handchopped with caramelized onions and aioli ($25)
The display was pleasing, generous portion of potato wedges, side salad with vinegar splashed and finally the star -- Wagyu Beef Patty sitting handsomely between two thick slices of bread sprinkled with caramelized onions. Aioli is...sauce made from garlic and olive oil. *dang!* Couldn't quite taste it anyway.
Nearly everyone ordered the Wagyu Beef Burger set.
I must admit...I can't quite taste the difference between wagyu beef and minced beef from the patty. At the very least the patty was juicy, with onions nicely blended in. Salad was normal...so were the wedges.
Maybe wagyu tastes better in steaks?
Blamer's order of Wagyu Burger handchopped patty topped with fresh Mozzarella and Pancetta ($28)
Leecher's & their friend's order of Chicken Thigh Braised in White Wine with Roasted Scallion Mashed Potato ($22)
I was kindly given a slice of it. A chicken dish with mash and cream sauce. Garlic was quite strong...the chicken chop was lightly panfried? Not sure of the way they cooked it. Did not like the skin that went with the dish.
We shared two desserts;
Tarte Tatin of Pear with Vanilla Ice Cream ($10)
Plenty of pear slices atop paper thin pastry and a generous scoop of ice-cream! Nothing fantabulous, I liked the ice-cream though.
Sticky Date Pudding with Warm Butterscotch, Honey & Fig Ice Cream ($10)
Apparently their signature...the date pudding had a strong coconut taste and dates which I didn't mind too much. The pudding tasted alot like brown sugar kueh..for some reason. The Honey and Fig ice-cream had figs in them! Awesome. Looked exactly like the vanilla bean ice-cream...
All in $126 for 4 people, for a lunch in CBD...I'd say it is acceptable. Doubt I'd be back though, the wagyu doesn't give you much reason to shout about, neither are the desserts. Marmalade Pantry instead, anytime!
67 Chulia Street