Few woes can’t be solved without a good, juicy affordable steak on a platter. It’s smoky, savoury, and honestly? One of my top-tier dishes to order on a menu whenever I’m feeling a little extra bougie that day.
Steaks don’t come usually come cheap, and I’m sure we’ve all walked into a restaurant, glanced at the price tag, mentally calculated the cost with service charge and GST, and thought, “maybe I’ll just eat the chicken instead.”
This changes today.
Here are 10 places to get an affordable steak below S$30 that won’t leave a hole in your wallet.
1. Uno Beef House
UNO Beef House, hidden in a coffeeshop located in the heartlands of Toa Payoh offers some sizzling steaks. Their Black Pepper Ribeye Steak ($15) comes accompanied with their signature fried potato ball, tomato and baked beans. If you’re a carb lover through and through, the fries will cost an additional 50 cents.
For a small stall in a coffeeshop, their steak quality is impressive. It was the easiest to cut through and chew. Despite the sizzling pan’s best effort to evaporate all the moisture, this beaut managed to retain a pretty good amount of juice, giving every mouthful just the right amount of satisfaction.
Other steak choices include the Black Pepper Sirloin Steak ($13) and Black Pepper Tenderloin steak ($18).
2. The Feather Blade
Its affordable price points means that you’ll be able to treat yourself to a variety of their other sides to complement your meal.
Some of my personal favourites include the Potatoes (S$7), hand smashed and deep fried in beef fat for a tantalising mouthful, and the Spinach (S$7), which boasts of a fragrant nutmeg and parmesan combination.
3. iSTEAKS Diner
iSteaks really does live up to their name with a plethora of steaks like the New Zealand Ribeye ($18 for 200g), New Zealand Striploin ($16 for 200g), and Australian Ribeye ($20 for 200g) on top of premium quality steak cuts like Australian Wagyu, Tenderloin and Porterhouse steaks.
If you don’t want to spend too much, I’d recommend getting their 250g cut of New Zealand Striploin ($19). It’ll arrive nicely seared, deliciously charred yet pink and tender on the inside. Oh you’ll get your money’s worth, trust me.
4. Steak Me
5. Bizen Okayama
Mention the word “wagyu” to any steak enthusiast, and their eyes will light up immediately. It’s become pretty popular, and you can now get an affordable fix of wagyu at Bizen Okayama, which is run by the same folks as Aston’s.
There are a variety of steaks on their menu, where you can get yourself a Round Steak (S$20.50 for 150g, S$28.90 for 220g). It even comes with two sides—take your pick from a variety of salads, fries, potato wedges, sauteed vegetables, and more. Whatever you pick, you’ll be sure to leave with your tummy full and happy.
Braseiro, a Brazilian-French influenced casual restaurant, is home to the Flame-grilled rib-eye ($19.90) for a 200g – 250g cut, cooked nicely to a medium-rare. It’s tender and well-seasoned as each bite renders a tasty burst of beefy juices.
And of course, if you ask, you shall receive. Request for that upgrade of the size of your steak: 300g – $24.90 / 400g – $29.90. What makes Braseiro even more lovable is their unlimited free-flow of home made fries and salad to accompany your delicious flame-licked steak.
Steakville is located at Sunshine Plaza and what makes it interesting is the cuts of beef are imported from various farms around the world to ensure what they serve is of the best quality.
The Signature Hanger Steak ($15, 150g) is prized for its flavour and friendly on the wallet. It came with house salad, beetroot puree, truffle mustard and sea salt.
While the steak was tender, we found it to be slightly gamey for our liking. That’s when you can sprinkle some sea salt on the beef to neutralise the gaminess of the beef.
8. Stirling Steaks
When it comes to looking for an affordable choice, Stirling Steaks will be the one to beat. No this is not a drill—the steaks here go as low as S$9.90 for a 150g cut of Hanger Steak, which is served with salsa verde. You can even opt for an add on of S$1.50 for paprika fries.
Alternatively, you can get a Striploin Steak for a mere S$30.90, and even comes with a choice of truffle fries and mashed potatoes. Every steak is slowly grilled for a savoury, tender bite, and finished off with smooth avocado butter. Go forth, and conquer!
I’ve only tried Picanhas once, but I’m already awaiting the day I can do so again. At a mere S$25 for their Queen of Steak and a S$17 Picanha Don, the prices are hard to beat, and the quality even more so.
Thinly sliced, and oozing of a flame-grilled perfection, these steaks are what dreams are made of. They use a special Picanha rump cut, and every slab is finished with Binchotan Butter, giving it a full-bodied flavour with a tender bite.
10. Meat n’ Chill
Meat n Chill’s New York Strip ($19) is 220g, and that’s pretty cheap for that amount of good steak. Their New York Strip is delightful with rich flavours, giving you a great bang for your buck.
They also offer the Grass Fed Flat Iron Steak($28). Sous vide first, then grilling, this beauty has excellent overall tenderness that leave lingering smokiness and meaty essences.
All steaks are served with two side dishes of your choice. The only unfortunate thing is that orders for steaks are limited to 10 to 15 a day as the preparation process is arduous and takes time.
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