The Royals started as a halal cake shop in 2003, which expanded to The Royals Steakhouse, a long, small room of a restaurant. And the food was pretty good.
Chicken katsu burger ($20, above), still crispy after withstanding a shooting from 5 food bloggers, with a refreshing coleslaw, came in a sweetish bun. Australian lamb chops ($32, below) was the best thing we ate here: a clean, succulent bite with a smokey aroma.
But the disappointing cote de boef (700g, for 2, $68), from hand-graded Australian 150-day grain-fed Black Angus beef, was too raw, and the raw parts, which ought to be pinkish, were brown, indicative that beef wasn’t too fresh. Overly fatty. Choice of caramelized onion (sweet), black pepper sauce (quite spicy), and the best one of all, mushroom (umami!).
Given the origin of the steakhouse, it is no surprise that the cakes were excellent. Hazelnut crunch ($6) needed more crunch, but it was balanced and not too sweet. Apple tart ($6.80) was full of soft chunky apple cubes, with a soft crumbly crust—not a bad interpretation of apple tart. But the restaurant didn’t have ice cream, and apple tarts should always go with ice cream.
We spent $155 for five.
10 Jalan Pisang Singapore 199077
T: +65 6291 3326
11.30am-10pm, closed Tue
Rating: 3/5 stars
Written by A. Nathanael Ho.