Growing up, a night out at Mohamed Sultan meant an alcohol-hazed hedonistic all-nighter. Fast forward a decade: the drinking holes are gone, and so are the revelers, replaced by restaurants that span the casual to the fine upscale. A few doors down where Madam Wong's used to be is Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse, an Italian steakhouse centered upon Australian wagyu cattle.
The hunting lodge-styled restaurant is masculine and sophisticated, awash in blood reds and sombre blacks, and decked out in hardwoods, faux animal skinned rugs, and antler-chandeliers. Hannibal Lecter would feel right at home here, I thought. Or both George Bushes.
For a steakhouse, the pastas were flawless. You'll be remiss if you didn't try them. That said, the steaks were a must-try, get the bone-in steaks to share if you've got at least 4 persons in your group.
Service was upbeat, attentive and warm. Our water glasses were never left parched, and the wait staff sported wide grins with a twinkle in their eyes.
The Coniglio ($25), a tagliatelle tossed in a full-bodied rabbit ragout, mixed mushrooms and pancetta, was exquisite. I love bunnies (as you can well tell from my moniker), but wowoweewa, this was truly glorious. It's a little difficult to feel guilty when this was so awesomely good.
The Risotto al Tartufo ($35) with porcini, parmesan and generously littered with black truffle shavings was intoxicatingly delicious. Creamy, balanced and wonderfully comforting.
The thick-cut Fiorentina Manzo ($188), a massive 1.1 kg wagyu-holstein T-bone, was incredibly tender and juicy. I loved its full-bodied decadence, but 2 in our group found it a smidge too fat. Just look at that beautiful charring!
This was served with a quartet of Sauces - left to right: Black Pepper with balsamic reduction; English Mustard; Dijon Mustard and Salsa Verde. I didn't have any use for the sauces, because I liked the steak as is, but a swipe of mustard went a long way in cutting through the fatty lace.
We got a couple of sides to complement the steak, and the Asparagi ($15), perfectly grilled asparagus sticks imbued with a heady smoky aroma, made for excellent fibrous crunchy greens.
The Gnocchi e Funghi ($13), a mushroom medley with chewy potato gnocchi, and tossed with butter and thyme, was unfortunately laced with parsley. Good thing we had a parsley lover in our midst or we'd have sent it back.
Good rustic crusty bread sided by with chicken pate and olive oil. Simple but well done.
Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse
25 Mohamed Sultan Road
Tel: 6735 6739
Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 12noon to 2pm for lunch; 6pm to 10pm for dinner;
Closed on Mondays