01 May 2015 • 367 reviews • 55 followers
Full ISteaks Diner review here: http://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.sg/2015/04/isteaks-diner.html
ISteaks Diner at Serangoon Gardens has been in operation for over half a decade now. Starting out as a small stall within a corner coffeeshop, selling affordable yet tasty hawker western food, ISteaks Diner saw quick success and popularity, so much so that they've since upgraded to a air-conditioned store of their own within Serangoon Gardens MyVillage shopping mall.
Ambience at ISteaks Diner is modern, functional, and slightly garish, with colours of red and silver against white and black. The atmosphere is akin to a casual dining place, with functional furniture that isn't too comfortable for long periods. As an upgraded former hawker stall, the level of cleanliness of the interior is also below par of other cafes, there is typically a slight sense of uncleanliness here. However, ISteaks Diner has the benefit of lots of natural lighting during the day, as well as some semblance of a view of the street.
Service at ISteaks Diner is largely self-service. You'll have to queue, place your orders, and make payment over the counter. Purchase of drinks is also done self-service, but at a separate counter. Collection of utensils and setting the table is also done by yourself. However, staff will help to clean dirty / empty plates and tables, though they don't perform it thoroughly. Orders are still served to your table. Staff interaction is very minimal, and on rare occasions, the wrong orders are served to your table, so do check before eating.
Food at ISteaks Diner is standard western food hawker style. Portions are large, and rather generous, with each order of a main, 2 sides dishes are provided. The menu is varied, with a good selection of options for both main dishes and side dishes. Taste is pretty good as well, I find each component of every dish I tried to be well executed so far. Prices are affordable and wallet friendly, budget about SGD $20 per person for a meal at ISteaks Diner, including drinks.
The Beef Steak With Chopped Green Salad & Crunchy Potato Salad (SGD $19), or NZ Striploin 250g, features a thick slab of beef steak, done to your liking. I got it medium well, and it turned out well executed, with a slight pink center and nice grill char on the outside. Savoury, meaty, thick, and still juicy, although slightly more resting would help the meat retain the juices better, when cut, it flows right out. Served with a slightly salty, but spicy, black pepper sauce on the side. The chopped green salad of lettuce, carrots, and cherry tomatoes lend a bright, fresh burst to the plate, and a nice textural crunch. The crunchy potato salad is aptly named, the small round discs of potatoes crunch loudly, and the thin slices keep it light so you don't feel too full.