Choice cuts at affordable prices
Bangkok has dozens of steakhouses. They seem to divide between wallet-busting venues and cheap joints that serve meat that’s, well, pretty tough to chew; better to skip those places and cook your own.
So if you’re thinking a really good quality steak equals a stuffy restaurant and an expensive bill, you’ll be thinking again after a night at The U.S. Steakhouse. For discerning carnivores this place gets it just right with its blood-red sofas and chairs, white marble tables, hacksaw knives, and Choice Certified U.S. Angus Beef. Being certified makes a tasty difference: the brand is a cut above USDA Prime, Choice and Select. Only one in four cattle meets these standards.
This kind of information, and a lot more about the meaty subject – marbling, cuts, grading and so on – is provided on info-placemats and by the knowledgeable and friendly owner, Don James. He is a man who takes steak satisfaction seriously.
“The stigma for US beef in Bangkok was it’s only for the wealthy. I wanted to change that; anyone can have quality meat at an affordable price,” says Don. Start with one of the winning appetizers, like a big bowl of chunky, creamy homemade clam chowder (B110); the tasty, crisp Caesar salad (B200); or the crunchy popcorn shrimp with a dipping sauce of green apple and cilantro chutney (B210).
The properly seared, flame-broiled steaks include New York strip loin, rib eye, filet mignon, and Australian T-bone. Most vary from 230 grams to 340 grams. The smaller cut of rib eye with black peppercorn sauce is succulent; coupled with a baked potato – there’s a choice of four different kinds – it makes for a delicious duet (B930). The larger top sirloin (B630) is also tender and flavourful.
Other items include thick, grilled pork chops with caramelized onions (B 450), lemon-herbed roasted chicken (B365), grilled salmon (B475), and teriyaki pork tenderloin in a wild mushroom sauce (B450).
Enjoy the meal with one of the well-chosen and reasonably priced wines. Labels include Californian, French, Chilean, Argentine and Australian options with bottles ranging from B1120 to B2180 (B225 by the glass). For dessert, dig into the decadent white chocolate cake (B125).
A lunch menu offers hefty sandwiches served thick fries and coleslaw: New York striploin (B375), BBQ pulled pork (B325) and a top ground sirloin burger (B290) with extra toppings available. “We’re the only restaurant in Bangkok selling U.S.D.A beef burgers,” says Don.
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The U.S. Steakhouse
156-158 Sukhumvit Soi 16 | 0 8799 33527 | facebook.com/theussteakhouse | Open Tuesday to Sunday
5.30pm-10pm dinner; Tuesday to Saturday 11.30am-2pm lunch