Outback Steakhouse Review - Extensive, Decent New American Favourites

The newly-opened Outback Steakhouse at Orchard Gateway recently held a food-tasting with 8 Days, which I was glad to be invited to. They are a steakhouse chain originating from Florida, USA and their other flagship outlet is located at Raffles Boulevard.

The place is more of a semi-casual restaurant with a slightly upscale take. Though they brand themselves as a steakhouse, their menu has a variety of other Western mains ranging from fish fillets, chicken and even burgers. A little bit distracting from the focus of steaks. 

Strawberry Basil Lemonade ($13.90), Watermelon Margarita ($14.90) and Apple Mojito ($12.90)
Throughout the meal, we were served 3 different new-on-the-menu cocktails in sampling portions. Out of the 3, the strawberry basil lemonade fared best. There were juicy strawberry bits within and the drink was blended to a right without the alcohol being overpowering.

Watermelon Margarita
All the 3 cocktails were good and though this wasn't our favourite, it stood out in presentation because of the little sugar crystals going around the tip of the glass. Talk about customising your sugar level on a whole new level.

Typhoon Bloom ($14.90)
Featuring thick hand-cut slices of onion rings, this is good if you want to enjoy the succulence of onions along with the crispiness of the flavoured batter. I prefer the usual thinner and smaller onion rings, but this is really interesting and worth a try.

Spinach Artichoke Dip ($13.90)
For lovers of nachos and cheese, this is a shoo-in. The warm dip is the magic, with the addictive mix of Monterey Jack Cheese, Parmesan Cheese, spinach and artichoke. So very good.

Baked Sweet Potato with Cinnamon and Honey Butter
Outback also offers 9 kinds of sides for picking to go with the mains. The newly introduced Baked Sweet Potato with Honey Butter and Cinnamon Sugar is such an obvious yet brilliant combination. You wonder why no one ever thought of it sooner as an alternative to our baked potato with sour cream. The butter melted on the sweet potato and the cinnamon sugar on it left us wanting for more.

New York Strip ($36.90)
Sadly, the New York Strip, which I had high expectations for, didn't live up. The steak was underwhelming in flavour with none of the smokiness I was looking for in grilled steaks. It did not have much juiciness as well.
Alice Springs Chicken ($25.90)
Much better was this Alice Springs Chicken. Even though it's grilled chicken breast, the result wasn't dry thankfully. From then on, it's hard to go wrong in flavour with the sauteed mushrooms covered by the bacon and cheese combination. Be prepared to burst the calorie count on this one.

Tilapia with Pure Lump Crab Meat ($27.90)
This was another better than average dish. Special mention to the delicious, savoury lemon chablis sauce on top of the crabmeat and crab stuffing. It gave the dish a lift in taste. The crabmeat was dry, but still retained its sweetness.
Baby Back Ribs (half  $19.90, full $32.90)
This is the full ribs with the usual works of BBQ sauce. Decent, but still can't beat Tony Roma's I guess. On the side, the thick cut Aussie fries are really good.

Chocolate Thunder From Down Under ($14.90)
Too much whipped cream on this. Otherwise, the pecan brownie, chocolate sauce and vanilla icing pairing is classic. Safe choice.

To round it off, we also had the carrot cake, which was moist and pretty good as well.

Pretty substantial portion sizes with hits and misses, but Outback is worth a visit if you are looking for a family-friendly place serving New American food. The interior is also comfortable, welcoming and conducive for catchups too. Given the extensiveness of the menu, there is definitely something for everyone (though they will need more focus on their steaks).

Outback Steakhouse
#04-01 Orchard Gateway
277 Orchard Road
Daily from 11.30am-10pm