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This time I decided to try out the lunch set which they still offer over weekends. Surprise Surprise, I thought usually lunch sets will only be available during weekdays.
The price for a lunch set which includes steak is $58++, I thought this price was really reasonable for the quality of beef and get an appetizer and dessert of my choice. For non-beef eaters, it is $38++ for non-steak dishes – Chicken and fish were available. They just updated their menu slightly last week so I was pleasantly surprised when I got there.
Char Grilled Baby Gem
I ordered this and it turned out delightfully refreshing with balsamic vinegar. The slightly charred roasted baby gems added a punch on top of its crunchy juicy leaves. I liked the overall flavors mixed together with the grilled bacon. Indeed yum.
Presentation was simple with the Ribeye lying atop a bed of sauteed mushrooms. The Ribeye was well seared on both sides, tender and easy to slice. It was succulent and juicy with every morsel. I managed to finish the entire dish myself, which is rare for me when it comes to steak. I highly recommend this.
I always love Sticky Toffee Pudding and this one was accompanied by cool Ginger Nut ice cream. I bit into the warm soft sticky pudding, and the cold ice cream dancing around in my mouth as it melted. The ginger taste added a punch which I thought was really interesting. I cleared this plate within seconds! Truly a comforting dessert!
With so many hits, unfortunately the Lobster Bisque was a miss. It had a bitter after-taste after having a few spoonfuls.
The Woodfire Grilled NY Steak was also very well seared on both sides, with a pinkish-reddish hue when sliced open (she ordered medium). The NY Steak was tender but still not as tender as the Irish Dry Age Ribeye. My friend opted for the mashed potatoes instead of fries. That decision was the best decision ever as we both enjoyed the creamy mashed potatoes so much.
My friend also thoroughly enjoyed the Chocolate Profiteroles with coffee ice cream. And even though she was full from her steak, she managed to finish her entire dessert.
Paying $58++ for appetizer, main and dessert I thought this was a really good deal considering the serving portion wasn’t small and the quality of steak was great. I would definitely come back again for their lunch set if I have another chance. The service staff were very attentive and were constantly checking on us and asking us how the food was.
Been here a few times for dinner and once for lunch. Definitely prefer dinner, as lunch menu is limited, at least for now. Tomato soup is great. Steaks are great. Seabass is even good if you must have fish at a steakhouse. Enjoy the desserts too. Love the decor--nothing like it in Singapore IMO. Service is well-meaning but not always seamless. All around, quite a comfortable place.
Had dinner plans with WF and was wondering where to head to when I thought of the new makan places at Pan Pacific Serviced Suites. However when we reached, we initially wanted to not spend so much. But Oriole was packed and we were only left with Bedrock. We ended up hecking it and just splurged instead.
Bedrock has blinds all around and the interior has a very heavy use of wood. Upon entry, one will see an open kitchen concept for preparation of items such as bread and salads and wines lining the walkway from the entrance. We were seated in the booth seat, with a superb view of the open kitchen. Besides catching up, we were enjoying the view of the chefs prepping the dishes.
The staff explained the small menu and highlighted some of their specialities such as Panko Salad, Smoked Tomato Soup and Pepper Steak.
We started off with the complimentary freshly baked flat bread (think: naan) served with butter and cloves of roasted garlic. The bread was soft and warm. Butter was nice with the bread but frankly, the roasted garlic was BETTER! Served in cloves still in the 'skin' with a bit of the top chopped off, the garlic whole was easily eased out of its jacket. But it was soft enough to be a true blue garlic spread on the bread. Its palatable for non-garlic lovers too. WF can attest to that! Hee.
We shared the Smoked Tomato Soup ($12) and the bread also went very well with the soup. The soup was sweet and not sour. As we were sharing, the staff helped us split the soup into 2 portions for us. Nice.
I had the Aussie Ribeye - medium rare ($42) from the steak/beef section of the menu. For this ONLY the ribeye is served, no sides. I only get to make a choice of the sauce served on the side, in this case, I opted for the Mustard Seed Sauce. The ribeye was served on a hot plate and nicely done. Meat was tender and the mustard seed sauce was nice.
WF had the Duck Confit ($36) but it only garnered an 'ok' from her. Guess she will elaborate further in her review.
We also had a glass of Montes red wine each ($12 each).
Overall, the food and ambience was not bad. Just that prices are really on the high side. For the few items we had above, total damage was about $123 after discount from Citibank.
So I did make it back,
What can i say....These guys are getting their gig together, they should be ready to rock 'n' roll in no time.
We sampled a different variety this time round, except for this repeat: Hokkaido Scallops and Chorizo, we had the smoked tomato soup, sauteed mushrooms, Asparagus, Snapper & Scampi, Cheeky beef pie. It was all good, unpretentious simply prepared, I was satisfied. They hit the right note this time round. I especially enjoyed the pie, simple but tasteful.
Final Verdict - I'll be back
The Title says it all, SLOW ROCK...
This new kid on the block hasn't got its groove together yet. Our meal started @ 830 ended almost 1100.
The intervals we had kinda mellowed the appetite so....not the best experience.
The folks at bedrock were sincere with the service but somehow couldn't manage the time and delivery. They were generous with their inhouse bread which was good. The starters were good as well, we had the Hokkaido scallops with chorizo and some Sauteed mushrooms and for mains I had house signature - Dry Aged Sirloin. It was mediocre for that price. Had better in the U.S so there is a benchmark for reference.
However, my wife had the duck and she loves it. The other folks in our party had the Black Pepper steak (Not the usualy kind), they we pleased with their meat. Desserts were fine, apple crumble scored it for me and the Lime merigne cream was decent.
Wrap it up, Bedrock has my thumbs up and they deserve a 2nd tasting, I'll be gunning for the other stuff so this is not final.
verdict akan datang!
I'll be back...
Yup, it's a New York style steakhouse, alright. It has the requisite dark interior, booth seating and racks of wine and whisky on the way in. The walls seem to have been covered in a deconstructed shed, which looked a little odd at first but I soon got used to it. The tables are a hint close packed and two of the booths are situated like theatre boxes with an enfilade view of two of the larger tables. While I'm not averse to eavesdropping on others' conversations (sorry...), a foot more space between tables would reduce the feeling of over familiarity with other diners. The booths are definitely the option to go for if you can get them and there aren't too many of you; what you lose in table space you gain in gen-yoo-wine New York steakhouse experience.
The menu is fairly self-explanatory, so it's curious that you get a guided tour through it when you arrive. The useful feature is the recommendations, I suppose. We skipped the starters, correctly guessing that doing anything else would leave insufficient room for macaroni cheese and pudding.
Two of us had the substantial pepper steak, which was cooked just right, although like Contrarian, I prefer ribeye or t-bone myself. The fries were pretty much perfect, being crispy and light and staying that way until we finished them. The tar-like pepper sauce, which I didn't use in the end, was the pepperiest thing in the universe. I was literally gasping after dipping my fork in to try it. Happily, it comes on the side so I wasn't obliged to tangle with it further. The other diner liked the pepper sauce, though, so hooray for individual choice.
The missus has the twice cooked duck; it was okay - the skin was quite crispy - but the texture and flavour of the duck itself wasn't overwhelming. Probably best to stick with the steak.
On the side we had the macaroni cheese, which was excellent thanks in large part to the oodles of truffle oil that had evidently gone into it. (Edit: the wife says I underplayed how good the M&C is, apparently it's "effing amazing and everyone must order it or face my wrath"). We also had creamed spinach, which was good, and mushrooms in garlic. Sadly, I forget what the other two thought of the mushrooms and I hate mushrooms so I shall have to create an air of mystery as to their quality: there are mushrooms and you may order them; it will be a journey of discovery...
Drinks: a Russian something-or-other and a mojito met with approval and relatively swift inebriation from my dining chums - they obviously don't skimp on the measures. We picked up a very good 2001 Barolo for 120 dollars from the decent wine list.
Puddings: I had the apple crumble and was no less happy - it comes with super-crunchy walnut and crumble topping (although I'd prefer something other than walnut as I've never been a fan) rather reminiscent of what Cedele puts on top of its blueberry muffins. As always, I wanted more ice cream but I think largely because I'm a gluttonous wretch. The salted caramel and macadamia nut biscuit sandwich was also good - especially the macadamia biscuit, apparently.
Service throughout was friendly and attentive - and if I'm to be super-critical too attentive at times: we were asked several times whether we were enjoying our meal. That might be because as a confirmed early-diner, especially at weekends, we had the place to ourselves when we started and it was still only half full when we left, but they seemed sincere so I'm assuming they are generally going to be good. They even pointed out - without being asked - that there's a 10% discount on food if you pay by Citi card (sadly half of our bill was drinks so we only got 18 bucks back...)
The other two - I've never been - said Bedrock is "a high-end Jack's Place" but told me not to say so because Bedrock would go out of business within a week if it ever got out. I have no idea if that's a fair comparison but I'm almost minded to try Jack's Place as a result.