I passed the Bar last Friday, and a family treat to a steakhouse was in order. I knew it couldn’t be just any random steakhouses but one that must be reputable, and open on a Sunday afternoon (because we do not like heavy dinners.) After much thought and research, it had to be Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse. Morton’s and Bedrock were not open for lunch service on Sundays, and I have already been there many times. Ruth Chris and Cut were out of my budget (I am saving that for promotion to senior positions). Wooloomooloo was low on my list, I have been there twice and unimpressed plus they had some annoying and restrictive Sunday Brunch menu for $68++ per person. Forget it.
So Bistecca, it was and it was a good choice! The food was delicious and the steak was most impressive; my family were thrilled and so satisfied with the food! The best part of Bistecca was not only were there magnificent steak options on the menu, there were also pastas (which I had been craving for) and quite unusual ones too. My family allowed me to order whatever I wanted so I got for us all to share three pastas for starters, a 1.1kg Costata accompanied with four sides.
Annoyingly, I deleted some photos thinking I uploaded them onto this site but did not. Thank goodness I kept the really good dishes for keepsakes. But I still lost pictures of the Crema di Spinaci: Cream of Spinach with home-made spicy sausage, Patata: Tuscan fries rosemary crushed garlic, Beetroot Salad with Aged Ricotta, and the desserts: Tiramisu and Chocolate Tart. But without further ado, here is what we had on Sunday afternoon…
Starters: Warm bread with Olive oil. The bread was so tender and moist but the best part was the waiter happily bringing us a new tray even before we finished the two on our tables.
Orecchiette in a Parsley Pesto, Roasted Prosciutto, Cherry Tomato, Pecorino Cheese and Vernaccia
The roasted proscuitto called out to me. When it arrived, I was delighted to not see a green cheese-rich pesto. The orecchiette was wonderfully al dente.
Coniglio: Tagliatelle with Rabbit Ragout, pancetta and wild mushrooms
It was the rabbit ragout that called out to me. When it arrived, I was disappointed to see a dry-looking pasta but this was quickly redeemed by the ultra tender and juicy rabbit. It was a more tender version of chicken thighs. Very impressive.
Granchio: Squid Ink Tagliolini with crab, fennel, chili and lemon
I did not quite recall this. It left no impressionable impact on me.
Overall, the pastas were surprisingly light and unintentionally, perfect starters.
Now on the main course:
Asparagi: Charcoal grilled asparagus
This was highly recommended on the internet and rightly so. Each asparagus were large and sturdy looking to the point of SOLID. Smoky and cooked through but still retained a bite – it was a very luxurious asparagus.
1.1kg Costata, Wagyu F1 bone-in rib eye, MBS 6+
Joy. Pure joy. So so full of meat even between the huge bone. My Dad and I had the time of our life tearing off the meat from the bones because we firmly believe thats where the tendiest pieces are. Each slice was charred and crispy on the outside, pink and tender on the inside. So worth every penny of mine and I knew it was worth it when my family was still talking about it a day later; we all could not get enough of it! I firmly believe another visit will happen very very soon.
Unabashedly, I grabbed an extremely rare piece, and another that was pure F.A.T. The pure fat piece was rich and so so soft. I felt like I was floating on clouds the entire time it was in my mouth. It was the stuff of dreams, y’all!
Three sauces were served alongside the magnificent meat; Salsa verde, Gorgonzola with mascarpone fresh herb, and Pepper with Balsamic reduction. They were not very memorable but then again, with the 1.1kg Costata, it was hard to remember anything else.
The desserts were also not very memorable but I love this place! I came for steak, it delivered, and more amazingness ensued! What else could I have asked for?!