Here are some tips on how to choose the best steak when dining out, what to look for in every step from when you first open the menu, to taking that all-important first bite.
When you are in the mood for a nice steak, it is easy to get overwhelmed by all the options. Of course you want the best possible steak, but it is tricky to figure out which one is actually suitable for your needs. To avoid making the wrong choice, it is necessary to learn a little about the types of steak. As the waiter arrives, there are some hurdles to cross before your feast begins.
1. Different cuts
2. Choices of doneness
The hero items on the best steakhouse menu often focus on the most classic steak options. The tenderness of a Tenderloin and the excellent flavour and meaty richness of a Rib Eye.
They both have a reputation for being luxurious and delicious, but they are two very different types of meat.
The picture below will provide you a clearer idea on making your decision:
Tenderloin has a far less pronounced taste than Rib Eye. This is not necessarily a bad thing because many people who do not like a hearty beef flavour appreciate the more delicate taste of Tenderloin. Since it is lower in fat, this cut of beef also has a less greasy taste than Rib Eye.
On the other hand, Rib Eye steak tends to be the flavour people think of when they picture a large, hearty steak. Since the muscle of the steak is exercised more, it develops far more taste. Rib Eye has a rich, pronounced steak flavour that is strong enough to overpower anything else in a dish.
Now that you’ve decided on the steak cut, let’s move on to selecting the steak doneness. While different cuts of steak offer different flavours and textures, the doneness level of your steak determines the flavour, texture, temperature, and colour of your steak
There’s nothing technically wrong with preferring your meat a little more red or a little more cooked. However, for many chefs, they eschews the idea of a well-done steak.
So what would most chefs highly recommend?
‘Medium Rare and Medium’
The other doneness levels, especially the medium-well and well-done expose the meat to heat for a longer amount of time. This additional heat evaporates the juices and makes it a bit dry and tougher to eat. That’s why most of the well done steaks taste a bit like leather and are very hard to chew.
‘Know how you want it cooked’
Remember that you’re eating the steak, so order it the way you enjoy it, not how anyone else thinks you should be eating it.
EATING YOUR STEAK
The first cut: the steak has arrived at the table in all its glory.
Here are some tips on Steakhouse Etiquettes:
1. Pick up the steak knife with your right hand and hold the fork in your left hand.
2. Cut the meat in a single bite in a zigzag motion (remember not to cut up all the meat on your plate before eating it).
3. Finally, place the knife on the plate and transfer the fork from your left hand to right hand to take the bite (chew on it as noiselessly as possible before you cut another one).
At Maria’s, we pride ourselves in serving steaks with the right thickness, a wide range of marbling and the best parts! Make your reservation today to enjoy a great piece of steak!
Maria’s Steakcafe, best Group Dining Restaurant KL is located at:
Suria KLCC Outlet: Lot 157, First Floor, Suria KLCC Shopping Center, 50088 Kuala Lumpur (010-9020 386)
Bangsar Outlet: 58, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar Baru, 59100 KL (03-2282 2220 / 016-9020 495)
Damansara Outlet: Centre Wing, Level 3, Metropolitan Square, No. 2, Jalan PJU 8/1, Damansara Perdana, 47820 PJ (03-7725 2313 / 016-9020 490)
Sunway Outlet: 5A, Jalan PJS 11/7, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor (03-7496 6415 / 016-9020 497)
Ipoh Outlet: Persiaran Greentown 1, Greentown Business Centre, 30450 Ipoh, Perak (05-2424 133)