Let you on a secret. Whenever I want to get away from the office or need a quiet moment by myself during lunch hour with a proper meal, Pepper Steakhouse & Bistro is usually where I will hide to.
Nestled next to the Kim Seng Road entrance at Great World City, I initially gave the nondescript restaurant the pass a couple of times because it looked well... boring. Cedele which is located right opposite always had the greater draw with its energizing vibes and wider menu selection of wholesome-sounding food. But but but.....
..... That is only until one day, my colleagues and I decided to try their 3-course Set lunch at just $16.80++ and discovered that their steak (which is part of the main course option) is really good value for money.
I mean, how many places you know can offer you a decent Australian Sirloin Steak for less than 20 bucks?
Another draw is Pepper's quiet cosy ambience, which always makes me feel comfortable even when dining alone. Being generally not that crowded most of the time, service is relatively fast and attentive as well.
For starters, there is either the Soup Of The Day or Garden Salad, and we almost always go for the former. We like it that the soups are served hot (not lukewarm) with a slice of toasted multi-grain bread.
When it comes to mains, our preference goes to the Australian Sirloin Steak with choice of accompanying sauce (including Red Wine, Mushroom, Black Pepper and Bearnaise). Grilled to our preferred doneness, the meat was juicy and adequately flavorful. It might not be the most premium cut, but for its price, we are certainly not complaining.
And those Fries which comes with the steak... Hot and crisp on the outer, soft on the inner, thickly-cut for a satisfying mouthfeel. It's not hard to tell I really do like it a lot and have no qualms helping my colleagues finish theirs too lol.
The Cajun Chicken Leg, deboned for ease of consumption and cooked to a desirous tenderness, is another delightful choice. The skin, nicely browned and charred at the edges, is especially pleasing.
Other mains option include Bangers & Mash, Dory Fish & Chips, Spaghetti Bolognaise, and Spaghetti Aglio Olio with Prawns which I'd sometimes order to fix my pasta craving.
One drawback is that the execution of the food can be inconsistent at times. Once we found our mains to be generally overly salted, my pasta lacked the al-dente texure on another occasion, and the chef seemed to be too generous with the garlic on that one particular day. But overall, the standard is definitely passable.
The last of the 3-course set lunch is the Dessert, which is more often than not, a complete waste of calories. From the Chocolate Panna Cotta to Bread Pudding to Cheesecake (available on the previous set lunch menu), none is good.
What would be the safer choice then? Kapiti Ice Cream from New Zealand. Though it's not the greatest in terms of texture, there are interesting flavors such as Gingernut, Spicy Apple Crumble, as well as Summer Nectarine, and serves as a refreshing palate cleanser to end the meal.
While the set lunch offers great value for executives working in the area, the ala-carte dinner would suit you who needs a quick dinner before movies, or families who are are looking for an affordable and fuss-free dining option in Great World City.
Okay, now my secret is a secret no more. Oops!
Pepper Steakhouse & Bistro
Address: Great World City #01-66/67, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Singapore 237994
Contact: +65 6887 3229
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-10.30pm / Sat & Sun 9am-10.30pm