Astons Specialities on East Coast Road

collageWe were discussing about a Tequila Night some time in May (yes, these things take planning way in advance), when Jeff left an interesting postscript. Keywords were: Prime Rib, Marinated, Burgundy, 2 days, 1Kg, about $55.

Hence with a quick email, a show of hands and a phone call, we were off to East Coast Road.

Bright was the day when I set forth from my home. Burning in the unatural state of the sun, I shook my fist at it and bravely made my way to the bus stop and took a taxi.

No body wakes up early on a Sunday. Alas, optimism carried the motion and lunch was set at 12.45pm.

Anyway, Astons Specialities is a small stall in a small coffee shop located in the corner of Joo Chiat and East Coast Road. For the savvy, right across Katong Mall.

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Jeff had heard over the radio about this place and had tried it out. Since he felt it was not bad, so here we were. I mean, 1kg at $59 (not the expected $55) is something that is worth looking at.

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The seating was tight as we had 10 peeps and it was sweltering.

Not sure about you, but I think the photo on the left is bursting with color. The unconcious theme seemed to be purple, blue and yellow. Like a Beatles music video about a submersible.

Must be the hot yellow Sun.

Once we got settled in, I went looking for Aston who was busy in the kitchen.

Remind me to take photos of the proprietors next time…

Aston turned out to be a very friendly chap who looked very harassed but was very smiley. I had ordered 3kg of Prime Roast (not prime rib as it turned out), so he graciously gave us soup and sides of coleslaw, onion rings, french fries and vegetables.

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The soup turned out to be pretty chunky and had that homemade taste to it. Definitely not the just-add-water variety you get at Pizza Hut or Jack’s Place. Shame about the garlic bread though. It wasn’t crusty enough. And the onion rings were fantastic. I didn’t try the french fries as it disappeared, but the ‘slaw was good, crunchy, sweet and slightly vinegary. The pasta did well to tone down everything and provided a good carbo base.

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Not that we needed any, I think, because the prime roast then arrived in two hefty iron plates.

Aston recommended Medium to Medium Rare as opposed to Medium Rare to Rare. What this means is that the outside is medium while the inside is medium rare.

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It came out slightly overdone which some found to be a little too chewy, but personally I found it to be ok as mine was fatty.

The 2-day marinate in Burgundy (wine, not the French region itself) did wonders. The meat was flavourful and moist inside and burnt just the way I like it on the outside. So I am not sure if it would have been better if it was not overdone to this state.

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Will have to try again sometime. For research purposes and more importantly for closure, you understand.

Also, the wine sauce that came with the roast was fantastic. It’s not your regular "brown sauce" which, until now, I haven’t dared to ask what’s in it. They usually just come it various shades of brown with bits you really hope are herbs and vegetables floating inside.

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And yes, in these tight circumstances, you really appreciate the foresight and the design of the Riedel "O" wine glasses.

Happily, someone has just gotten her first set of wine glasses today too. Yay! There is no going back ok?

Anyway, for your viewing pleasure, here are the famous Thumbshots ™:

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You can see, the slices are thick, dense and chunky with just the right amount of fat to tease the flavour out of the meat.

Just a note, we also ordered their Deep Fried Chicken, which I forgot to take a photo of but you can just catch it on the corner of this photo here.

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If you do not like beef, go for this. Breaded chicken pieces that were very dense and filling. It was fortunate that I ordered for 5 people. It was moist, juicy and had a satisfying richness that can only come from the breadcrumbs mingling with the chicken.

Yes, we had vegetables too. See? We’re not bad people who eat only meat.

Of course, what’s a meal without dessert? Jeff ran off to get what I consider to be the finest durian puffs I have ever tasted. Wow! It was a taste explosion. Actually, I am still tasting it now.

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Apparently, this shop, Puteri Mas is very famous for its durian puffs. The puff pastry was tasteless, which is a good thing as it just served as a holder for the durian puree.

Sweet yet slightly bitter with an amazing creamy texture.

Endorsement

This is something that you just toss into your mouth and swirl it around like a fine Port. Nibbling at it like a dainty pasty is just not right.

I think Aston Specialities is worth a visit or two or three, service is fast and the food is good. My only complaint was that the place is too small and too warm. The
alcohol affected me too quickly because of the heat and the lack of
water.

Oh yes, you need to call two days in advance if you want the prime roast that is marinated in Burgundy for two days.

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Astons Specialities is at 125 East Coast Road, inside the coffeeshop that is located at the junction of Joo Chiat Road and East Coast Road. Aston can be contacted at 91474627.

Parking can be had at the Katong Mall opposite the coffeeshop, only I think you may have to drive carefully.

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Posted on 13th Mar 2006 in Food and Drink, Meat, Western

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There Are 12 Comments

 

Angela commented on March 13, 2006 at 11:42 am


Were you at the Esplanade Via Mar Restaurant and Wine Bar 12th March night? I think I saw you! ^_^


 

ivan commented on March 13, 2006 at 12:03 pm


My goodness, no, I was at home stoning after the lunch.

Woke up to find that dinner was Mixed Grill and Satay.

;PPP


 

mrs budak commented on March 13, 2006 at 12:51 pm


Yep, we spotted this place when we were walking around the area before the Azhang dinner. Saw lots of people waiting for their food!

Anyway as consolation I had Popeye fried chicken and biscuit at the airport yesterday, after I saw budak off. Ha ha!


 

dachsie commented on March 13, 2006 at 1:20 pm


MrsB,

How about dinner sometime in this place?

After Yogihub!


 

ivan commented on March 13, 2006 at 8:51 pm


Ah yes, Recent Runes, the Dateline of the Internet…


 

mrs budak commented on March 14, 2006 at 9:45 am


Naahh… enough of meat for now.


 

ivan commented on March 14, 2006 at 9:58 am


They have fish and pasta with vegetables.

You can watch Dach eat the meat.


 

mrs budak commented on March 17, 2006 at 3:43 pm


Yums, I see that they serve broccoli. My favourite vegetable!


 

budak commented on March 18, 2006 at 5:18 am


i eatin a lot of fish n chips & wine!! *brrraaaappp*


 

ivan commented on March 22, 2006 at 10:03 am


Go for it! I always get the feeling you don’t eat enough.


 

(^-_-^) commented on June 25, 2007 at 8:43 am


Aston’s has been renovated and they now have their little restaurant. It’s still located opposite katong mall though.


 

Ivan commented on June 28, 2007 at 2:33 pm


@(^-_-^) : Oh yes, it was announced on Astons’ blog. Am in the process of organising a dinner there.


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