Cut is the kind of restaurant that upon entering you feel you are in for something special. Dark, glossy, masculine and adorned byt large photographs of the film and music celebrities that Wolfgang Puck has cooked for - Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington, Helen Mirren, Pink and more. Not the kind of assorted snaps that you might see in long established restaurants. But gallery quality portraits, that also feature on the back of the menus. So that's the optics. Service is abundant and attentive - quite at odds with the general dining out experience in Singapore. Sometimes is borders on a little intrusive, especially when you are trying to converse with your dining companions.
Bread is fresh-baked and delightful. Served twice ahead of the entree, then breadplates are cleared. Entrees are chef-y and generously sized. They range from about $25-$40 (yes that's correct). Now to the steaks - which is the lifeline of this restaurant. They range in age and country of origin - Australia, Japan and USA primarily. The starting price (of just the steak, no sides) is about $90. The most expensive of the steaks is around $250. Sauces are $5 (seems mean not to include the sauce in the price I feel), additions (ie mushrooms, fried egg) and sides (vegetables, polenta, artichokes, chips etc) range from $15 - $22. Water is $18.
Deserts are $18.
Pricing aside for a moment - the quality of this meal is unparallelled. The steaks are supreme. Cooked perfectly as ordered and very large (rib eye and sirloin each from the cheap end of the menu!). The completion/assembly of some dishes is done at the table - the entree marrow dumpling soup and the valrhona chocolate souffle were examples of this).
Often you can pay very large amounts for a chic dining experience and walk await with a half-full belly. At Cut you are guaranteed to be delighted by the food quality and presentation as well as full to bursting if you do a three course meal. And for ours (with just one glass of wine - also from the lower end of the wine list) our three course meal for two people was just shy of $500 SGD. Yes..$250 a head roughly excluding alcohol. So best to head to this restaurant knowing full well you are in for an outstanding dinner and a nose-bleedingly expensive bill at the end of it, especially if you are getting into the wines which I expect could then push the bill nearer to $300-$400 per person! But it doesn't seem to have deterred the punters - on a Wednesday night it was fully booked.
Anyway, despite the cost (and I was prepared for this before I went) I have to say I believe this is without doubt THE best dining experience I have had in Singapore and possible THE best steak I have had anywhere.
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