Getting a decent steak in this country isn’t easy. In the north, the taboo
against beef restricts serving of beef to only the five-star hotels. Thankfully,
in the south, we’re not so conservative and in Bangalore especially, there are
plenty of restaurants serving beef.
But while there are plenty of restaurants serving steak, there aren’t too
many that serve good steak. In India, you don’t get a choice between different
cuts of meat like you do in the West. If you want a porterhouse or a t-bone,
good luck. The beef you get in India comes in two basic forms: a) the stuff that
takes 2 hours to cook and b) the stuff that cooks in 3 minutes. There’s nothing
Moreover, most of the mid-range restaurants in town don’t know the first
thing about cooking the steak right. Some typical abuses are:
a) Not cooking at a high enough temperature because of which the meat
"leaks" and gets very dry
b) Overcooking it to death – giving you extra well done and turning it into
leather in the process
c) Liberally slathering it with some gooey sauce so you can’t taste any of
the meat flavour
d) Totally disregarding your instructions on the doneness of the meat –
giving you well done when you ask for medium
So, dear reader, given that you cannot go into a restaurant kitchen and make
the steak yourself (or call me to do it), here are some tips for you to get the
best out of your steak dining experience in Bangalore:
- Do not get it on a damn sizzler. It splatters shit all over your
clothes and makes a mockery of cooking time. Anything you get on a sizzler
is always extra well-done. You want the steak, not the sizzle!
- Ask for a medium or medium-well steak and tell the waiter you want it
cooked for exactly 3 minutes on each side.
- If the steak is flavoured, ask for the sauce on the side and not spread
like mayonnaise all over your steak or else there goes the meat flavour. :(
- When it arrives all hot, don’t cut it open immediately. Let it sit for
about a minute. This gives it the "resting" period that the
kitchen hasn’t given it. You’ll have a better steak after that because it
allows the juices to be distributed properly.
- Don’t let it go cold.
PS: If you want to try something different from steak, try Shiok Far-eastern Cuisine, my restaurant on CMH Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore. We serve food from Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore.