Astons serves possibly the cheapest wagyu steaks in town. It could be due to its humble origins in the hawker centres, which is why the prices of this grill eatery are so wallet-friendly. I'm a huge fan of Astons' lovable hawker-boy-made-good story, and really, you could say that the reason for Astons' success is its quality-at-reasonable-prices philosophy. Astons may not be the best when it comes to steak or particularly stand out in the world of western grill, but they do serve pretty decent fare at very-broke-at-the-end-of-the-month prices. That said, the one teensy tiny thing about Astons I can't understand is that I can never seem to find a menu that's not disgustingly oily.
I stoleaway for a long-ish lunch with Kang at Astons Specialities at Suntec. He was craving steak but still in-between jobs, so Astons was a natural choice for its very reasonably-priced wagyu steaks.
The Wagyu Ribeye Grade 6 Steak ($39.90) done to a perfect medium rare finish, was tender, moist and hearty. Grade 6 marbling is the half-way mark for wagyu marbling, the maximum being 12. The fatty content of the steak was hence, just right. Not too fatty that your calorie count would go off the chart, but not too lean that there's not enough flavour. This was served with a very generic and starchy mushroom sauce, which we stayed away from because the steak was flavoursome on its own. A refreshingly chilled pasta salad provided the carbs.
and garden veggies, which was simply steamed baby carrots and broccoli, for our fibrous needs and an all-rounded meal.
I much prefer fish to red meat, and got the Black Pepper Fish ($8.50) with baked potato and corn on the cob. The smooth dory fillet was substantial and tasty on its own with a herb rub, so I didn't touch the also very generic and starchy black pepper sauce (which I asked to be served separately). I quite like the corn here, squirt-worthy juicy and sweet.
3 Temasek Boulevard
Suntec City Mall #B1-043
Tel: 6884 8816
Open daily from 11.30am to10pm