Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Astons Specialities Jakarta

Astons Specialities comes from a simple dream of it's owner who wish to bring western cuisines at affordable prices. With the first outlet only took place in a coffeeshop along East Coast Road, Astons Specialities has now expanding to more than 20 outlets in Singapore.

Ask Aston for his recipe to success and the answer is surprisingly down-to-earth: " For me, it's about providing quality and value-for-money food, service that makes you feel like you're with friends, and an experience that you'll remember for life." quoted from their website.

The steakhouse chose Indonesia to be the first country for their Asia's market expansion and soon will also be available in China on May this year. Their Jakarta's (Serpong to be precised) outlet took place at Living World. Taking a cowboy theme, the place looks humble, they put many cowboy ornaments like the hats, saddle, barrels, I do liked all the woods element they put into the whole outlook.

They keep it very simple on the menu, serving only steaks, burger and spaghetti. With only 65k for the Spaghetti bolognese and includes one portion soup of the day, the price did seem affordable. Not so much on the steaks though, aside from the chicken, the beef steaks range from 120 - 265k. It was not major expensive, but definitely wasn't cheap. 

The soup of the day was mushroom soup served with a slice of toasted garlic bread. The soup was surprisingly great. Delicious, in fact. I loved how it was thick, creamy yet not too overpowering on the milky taste. 

The bolognese was quite alright too. Super generous beef toppings, not really sure the sauce was freshly made though, but overall it was a good pasta. 

My problem was the steak. We had their Porterhouse steak served with two choices of side dishes. When it was served, I could easily see how dry it was. We ordered it to be medium, so given the fact if it was grilled right, the meat shouldn't be dry. First cut, we could saw the reddish meat, it was indeed medium rare, but the meat was freakish dry and chewy. To be honest, for 250k, it was totally not worth it.

To be fair, the steakhouse has quite loyal customers in Spore and how they manage to have more than 20 outlets there surely means they have something good to offer. Maybe it was just my bad luck that day, and if I happen to go to the mall next time, I wouldn't mind spending another 65k for the pasta, soup and that crunchy toasted garlic bread.

Astons Specialities 
Living World Mall GF No. 43
Alam Sutera Boulevard Kav. 21
Ph. +6221 29211948

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