Ruth’s Chris, an American steakhouse. I first heard of this restaurant years back, from my Mother. Apparently it had a pretty good reputation.
I’m finally in the bracket where I can dine at these places with or without my family/mother, so I first visited on V-day for lunch with my then-partner.
We got a window-wall seat, which didn’t make the best ‘us at the table’ photos because of the backlight, but that’s irrelevant. The service was excellent, and my partner was given a rose to give to me after our meal. That was a really sweet touch to the experience.
We ordered a prawn appetiser, which was pretty good albeit simple and nothing special. It was a good sauce.
We had a porterhouse (I think) to share. I have to say that I don’t have the best impression of their plating. However, I think that presentation is secondary once your food itself possesses great flavour and texture. Cos it won’t need to dress up – it would have a stunning personality. ;p
We were given personal plates each, with a layer of what seemed like… oil? I’m not sure what it was, some kind of butter sauce. It added flavour, which was great. The particular cut we received had a lot of fats, of which I’m not really a fan. However, the meaty parts were delicious. The doneness was good although not perfect. I must say that I did enjoy this steak, and I think I ate more of it than my partner. Heh. It was pretty filling for both of us (but then my partner wasn’t a big eater).
We finished off with dessert – we chose a classic creme brulee.
100% no regrets. Maybe the love in the air coloured the experience, but it was the best creme brulee I’d ever had in my life. You could see the little dots from the vanilla beans in the custard, the crack from the brulee was perfect, and the proportion of custard to sugar was excellent. It came with a pieces of fruit, like a strawberry or two and a couple of berries. We thoroughly enjoyed our dessert. 10/10 would be willing to go there just for the dessert. It wasn’t even exorbitantly priced. May I emphasise that the custard was divine?
These three dishes and one glass of red came up to a ballpark of around $300, including service charge & GST. We also received a $50-off voucher for a following visit. It was probably a special-occasion kind of offer.
The second time I visited Ruth’s Chris was for my mother’s birthday. We ordered several dishes. Service was, again, great.
We had crab cakes, mushrooms, and fries for sides.
The crab cakes were pretty good! It even came with a lemon wedge in a little fabric bag (in the background of the photo) so you wouldn’t get rogue lemon juice droplets flying out of bounds. Yummy.
Your regular sauteed mushrooms, but these were big!
From what I recall, this menu item was neither ‘wedges’ nor ‘fries’ but it was something to the effect of… steak potatoes? They were delicious. Perfectly baked and perfectly spiced! Would recommend.
We ordered several mains, of course.
They served it all at the same time, which I honestly appreciated. One of the more awkward dining moments is having your food getting cold while your companions wait for their dishes or, worse still, eating first and finishing far earlier than your company.
My brother and I ordered tenderloins/filets, my mother had a ribeye, and my grandmother had tuna.
I’ve only had tuna as sashimi, so this was an interesting sight. However, Ruth’s Chris is a steakhouse and it wasn’t all that shocking when my grandmother commented that their tuna was nothing special. As far as personal taste goes, she preferred it to be a little more cooked.
Look at that gorgeous pink. Thick, juicy, and perfectly done. All hail great steak.
Mother had ribeye, which she said wasn’t all that great. It was good, but she’d had better (to be fair, she has expansive experience with fine dining so there’s that). I had a piece, which I did enjoy. So I would say it’s pretty decent either way.
Then came dessert. I convinced the family to order two creme brulee dishes, because I am a maniac. And we had a lemon cheesecake thing, to cut the sweetness (for them at least – I’m a sweet tooth). We also received a birthday dessert for mother! That was a nice touch. This place goes the extra mile for sure.
I’m still not entirely sure what this was. Some kind of scone, I think? Personally I found it a little dry, but I’ve honestly never come across a free birthday dessert that was impeccable. So this wasn’t all that surprising.
It was a little too citric for me, but I also generally don’t appreciate sour cutting into my desserts. If you like something more tart for dessert, this is your guy. I’ll say that I did like the texture of the cream, though.
Ah, here we go. My love. Ruth’s Chris did not disappoint. I finished almost all of one of these. Oops. #SorryNotSorry
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Marina Mandarin Hotel
Raffles Blvd, S’pore 039594
Daily 1130AM to 3PM, 530PM to 11PM