By Kelvin Tan, Editor for Men’s Health Singapore
I’ll have to admit as I’m typing this out I’m fighting off a severe case of food coma- you see, I had a big serving of roast beef don for lunch. And not just a guy-sized serving, but one that was free-flow, tastes great and wouldn’t hurt my waist-line!
Some background here- I work out at Triplefit Gym at Millenia, and had walked over to Suntec Tower 4 to run a quick errand before a sesh. As I was walking back to the gym, my eyes chanced upon this below.
Yep, you read that right- free flow of beef! And not the greasy oily variety- but Japanese-style roast beef!
The next hour at gym seemed to pass slowly as I got through my workout, and I’ll admit my mind drifted to the thought of roast-beef to come quite a fair bit. Finally, I was done and a quick shower later I found myself lugging my gym-bag back to Ginza Lion (yes, that’s the name of the restaurant) and plonked myself down and pointed at the Roast Beef Don on the menu and smiled to the waitress.
“Gimme that, thanks.”
Here’s how the meal went.
So after about a 15-minute wait, one of the staff walks round with a bowl of roast-beef don, and a bowl of miso soup. There’s a nice mould of roast beef on top of some rice, seaweed and an onsen (poached) egg. I carefully pry the roast beef away, and take my first bite.
It’s been well seasoned with a soy-based marinate and pepper, and comes with a wasabi cream sauce as well. The chef has also done well in cooking it to the perfect point of rawness and char. Basically, it tastes delicious.
I try savoring it, but time is of the essence as I’ve only got 30 minutes left of lunchtime to go. At the table next to mine, a trio of Japanese ladies are having the same meal as I am, but I finish off in half the time, and smile at the waitress.
“Beef top-up, please.”
This time, there’s only half the portion of the original beef-bowl, and it takes about 10 minutes to get to me. But I understand- there’s several other diners also having the same meal, and I’m sure there’s only so much beef the chef can deal with at one go. Beef still tastes great. And I’m refusing to touch the rice.
I won’t bore you reading the same scenario thrice- basically a serve of roast beef arrives at my table, and I tell the waitstaff in the same moment: “One more serve, thanks.”
Now, I don’t think I’m being a glutton- firstly, each round served is pretty small, and I’m on a lunch break that’s winding down. Secondly, I just had a big gym sesh on a very light breakfast, and starving. And lastly, if I’m not going to ask for multiple servings at a beef buffet, when’s ever a good time?
Essentially, the beef still tastes great, though I do see some inconsistencies with how rare the beef is. Guess the pressure gets to the chef- but I don’t really mind as I’m a beef tataki (which is beef served raw) fan. If you prefer your beef well done, this might be for you then.
And the final damage..
At the end, there was an almost intact-mould of rice. Of course, I wasn’t going to be touching the rice. Diet-wise, I’m pretty much off carbs, and all this meat was basically the keto-diet in action. Kiasu-Singaporean wise, I wasn’t gonna fill my stomach with rice when there was roast beef at play.
The bill came, and you can check it out below.
Including taxes and service charge it came up to $21.20- a pretty good deal, actually!