Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Well done steak

I know many of my friends think it is some sort of crime to have a steak "well done", but that is how I like it. In many ways a "well done" steak is much more of a challenge for a chef than a rare or medium steak. It is a challenge to cook a steak so that it is not red, but also not too dry, chewy, or with burns. A well done steak cuts easily and is not hard or chewy but is not red. Hard work and takes time.

I tried getting well done steak in Paris and Bordeaux and totally failed. I gave up and took pot noodles or told them I was vegetarian.

Occasionally you find a restaurant that can do a well done steak. The Warren in Wokingham used to be good, but no longer, sorry. Those that like less well done steak have been unimpressed too.

I am however very pleased to say that Café Rouge in Wokingham do an excellent steak. Those that like rare or medium are happy too. I have now tried them maybe half a dozen times and they are constant and excellent.

Highly recommended.

7 comments:

  1. If you are ever in the Reading area give these guys a go. There is another one very near us that we frequent and never had a bad meal (medium rare for me!) http://www.millerandcarter.co.uk/millerandcarteroracle/

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    1. I think that chain might be known to the Rev: http://www.revk.uk/2011/10/eating-out.html

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    2. Oops, missed that. I went to another branch other than our local a few times and had cause to complain. Regional manager gave us a voucher for a free meal. I guess it is like any large business, only as good as the local staff. What can I say, maybe give the local branch a shot....

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  2. Cut off it's horns and wipe it's ass...

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  3. I'm with the rev here. I like a well done steak, but it's so hard to get a good one I usually don't risk it and go for medium instead.

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  4. My father worried about taking his father to France - even ordering his steak "brûlé" probably wouldn't have been enough for his liking. I never did hear whether he actually tried it on his one and only visit to France. There were plenty of other amusing stories about that trip, though.

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  5. My father in law had a very good well done (fillet) steak at the Meat Co (nee, Meat and Wine Company) a while ago. It's pretty pricey mind you.

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