For those wondering what happened to iSteaks after the coffeeshop it used to be located in transformed into Tom Yum Kung Fu, they have just been relocated into Level 2 of myVillage @ Serangoon Gardens which is located just opposite the road across where it used to be at.
Much of the menu remains similar, with prices kept low despite a small increase due to it being located in the shopping centre now. Apart from grill items, there are also pasta and burgers available as well. Interestingly, the beverages counter located at the side not only offers wine but also canned soft drinks, chrysanthemum tea and even Nanyang Kopi that the uncle manning the counter pulls with a sock, much like in a coffeeshop.
(Mushroom Chicken + Mac & Cheese + Baked Potato)
My dining partner chose the Mushroom Chicken. Each grilled dish comes with two side dishes, or in iSteaks’ terms “complements” like in Aston’s. She went for the Mac & Cheese and Baked Potato; the Mac & Cheese came with a thick though not really gooey cheese sauce that was cheesy, while the Baked Potato was soft and fluffy and came with a slab of butter to enhance its flavour. What would be better is to add bacon bits just for the savoury flavour. The chicken was tenderly grilled and covered with brown gravy that contained much mushrooms for a bite.
(Barbecue Chicken + Mac & Cheese + Onion Rings)
The other dining partner chose the Barbecue Chicken with Mac & Cheese and Onion Rings. Same tender chicken smothered in thick, smoky BBQ sauce. The Onion Rings reminded me of the good ol’ days of Burger King where their Onion rings were crispy and came with strips of onion.
(Lemon Dill Fish + Mac & Cheese + Cream Broccoli)
Since the ladies opted for chicken dishes, I went for the Lemon Dill Fish which was not too bad either. The Pan-fried fish was crusty on the exterior and flaky within, with the Lemon Dill providing a light tint of sourness that I found rather refreshing. My choice of Cream Broccoli was a bit of a mistake though; no doubt well executed with soft and tasty greens, the vegetables pretty much seemed like they should not even come with the cream in the first place.
Following the operating style of Aston’s, iSteaks makes for a good competitor within this sector of the market. However, there are also some part of its operations that needs to be sorted; our till slips were mixed up in the kitchen which resulted in both chicken dishes missing, a mistake they figured out when the wait staff walked past our tables and saw my dining partners without food and followed up without being asked to, which was a plus point for service recovery. Apart from that, the meal was generally decent, with flavours that they could improvise on. A choice to consider for a meal on budget in the Serangoon Gardens area.
myVillage @ Serangoon Gardens
1 Maju Avenue
#02-03 to 06