Dec 30, 2011

The SteakCompany – Bareeq Al Shatti

The SteakCompany (Telephone 9411 6600 – Map) is a steakhouse located in Bareeq Al Shatti Mall. The SteakCompany is located in the same spot as the now defunct Abala, but it is not owned or operated by the same people. The SteakCompany is relatively new and at the time of this review the restaurant has only been opening for dinner and not lunch.

The SteakCompany has mostly maintained the look and feel of Abala and looks really amazing withs glamourous lights and sleek furniture. The SteakCompany also has a few tables outside the restaurant, which dont necessarily have the greatest view, but I guess are still an option for smokers. We went early on a weekend evening and the restaurant was not crowded at all.

The menu of The SteakCompany offers starters, salads, sandwiches, steaks, and a grilled sea food and chicken section. For the starters we wanted to try to the Carpaccio and Calamari Rings, but neither of these starters were available, so we went for a plate of Garlic Prawns (RO 2.900) – which had jumbo prawns cooked in garlic and coriander sauce, and a plate of Boerewors (RO 2.000) – which was a South African sausage dish cooked in tomato salsa.  I thought that the Prawns were good, but not very memorable, and I thought that the Boerewors on the other hand were quite special and really nice.

The steak section of menu of The SteakCompany is divided up into three categories, New Zealand angus beef, South African prime beef, and Australian black angus beef. Each of these beef types are offered in a variety of cuts such as New York Strip, Rib Eye, Filet Mignon, and T-Bone. The SteakCompany offers two sauces with its steaks, pepper mint and Argentinian chumichuri. Each steak is offered with vegetables accompanied by mash potatoes, chunky fries, or potato wedges.

I ordered a medium-well Australian Rib Eye (RO 13.900) with crunchy fries. Unfortunately my steak came as medium-rare, I informed the restaurant staff about this, and they offered to take it back to the kitchen to cook it more, but I chose to try it out as I have never tried medium-rare or rare meat before, after starting to eat my steak though I discovered that it wasn’t consistently cooked at all as it was medium-well on one side and rare on the other, which was a bit frustrating even though I liked the chumchiri sauce and the little vegetables that came with the steak.

The other three people who came with me for dinner did not have the same problem with their steak and enjoyed what they had more than I did.

For the desserts The SteakCompany offers Chocolate Fondant, Cheesecake, and Date Cake. We went for a Date Cake (RO2.200) that came with ice cream on the side which we enjoyed.

In total we ordered 2 starters, 4 steaks, 1 dessert, 2 soft drinks, and 2 fresh juices. Our bill came to RO 50.295.

Besides the incidence of not having my steak cooked well, I thought that the service at the SteakCompany was still very good. The staff seemed to be friendly and helpful and our food did not take a lot of time to arrive.

I am still willing to give the SteakCompany another chance even though my steak wasn’t cooked properly. I am hoping that the problem I had was just an isolated incident.

Have you guys been to the SteakCompany? What do you think of it?