|The Market Grill|
A Steakhouse with No Reservation Please!! The first time I heard about this, this statement really sticks. Of course, Aston's has been practising this policy, but we are talking about different class of steakhouse altogether here. So intrigued by it, we decided to give it a try after a quick browse of their menu online.
The Market Grill ('TMG') is the brainchild of Executive Chef Colin West, whose kitchen stints include Les Amis, Le Saint Julien, Braise and Swiss Grill. The collaboration with Loh Lik Peng's Unlisted Collection Group even proves further that we will be expecting a quality meal.
|The Chef's Recommendation Board|
We rocked up about 8PM and we were lucky that we manage to get a seat. The last table at the back, however we did not mind at all. We got to see the pit master working the grill and preparing the food.
|1/2 doz Pacific Oyster|
Starter was Lobster Bisque ($25), Frog Leg ($24) and 1/2 doz Pacific Oyster ($18). The fresh Pacific Oyster was huge, juicy, firm yet slippery. Although there was the vinaigrette dressing, I still prefer mine with a squirt of lemon juice. The Lobster Bisque is not part of the actual menu, instead it was in the Chef's Recommendation Board Menu. Robust, creamy with bitter taste at the end. They put the Gruyère cheese, croutons and butter on the side for you to add based on your preference.
|The Meat in Lobster Bisque|
Frog Legs are cooked with garlic and butter. It was so much bigger compare to the frog leg that I normally had in my frog porridge, almost to the size of the leg of a mini spring chicken. While the legs are covered with garlic and other herbs, the taste was not overpowering. The meat is springy, succulent and tasty. I would not order this but LD insisted. Good choice dear.
|Frog Leg - Check out the size|
For salad, we had Better Than Classic Caesar ($16). A bold declaration but it does delivery in taste. Using mini Romaine, it was quartered and crunchy. Each of the ingredients are well coated in the dressing and bind the croutons and cheese well. We ask them not to include the quail egg, as it was not our thing. The spiced rub chicken breast is average and the salad is just fine without it.
|Better Than Classic Caesar|
Of course dining in The Market Grill, you must try the steak. We had Wagyu Chuck Rib – 600 gram ($72), with sides sautéed field mushroom ($11) and mash potatoes ($8). The chuck rib was quite thick, served on a wooden plank and cut to a few slices. We asked for medium rare,but it turn out to be medium. However, the meat is tender and succulent, especially the cut in the middle. Seasoning on the meat was the humble salt with sweet caramelised onions on top. Yum Yum
|Wagyu Chuck Rib – 600 gram|
The mashed potatoes was thick, solid and goes well with the meat. Unfortunately the garlic on the sautéed mushroom was just to overpowering and missing the buttery flavour. We personally feel that sautéed mushroom and garlic just does not goes hand in hand. Butter, salt and pepper are good enough.
We decided to skip the desserts as we were stuffed. Service in TMG is excellent. It is casual, friendly and attentive just like atmosphere in TMG. The décor is simple with industrial flair. It is no fuss steakhouse where the food are the stars here.
|The Open Kitchen & Bench Seating|
Overall, the food, the service and the atmosphere is just great. I like the bold concept of taking no reservation. It just show the management have the utter confidence in the product. Kudos to them. We'll definitely come back to try the CW burgers. Cheers!!
Food & Drink: 8.5/10
Budget per Person: $51 - $80; $81 and above
The Market Grill
208 Telok Ayer Street
T: +65 6221 3323
Mon – Sat: 11.30 – 14.30; 18.00 – 22.00
Closed on Sunday
No Reservation - Strictly Walk In Only & No Service Charge