Set within a shophouse along Mohamed Sultan, Bistecca Steakhouse sports a dim and sexy front-of-house, but venture further in and you’ll be seated in a brightly lit area with tightly packed tables. The steakhouse is known for the massive steak Fiorentina, but it also does Italian classics well. First things first: beef. Consider the 500g bone-in sirloin to share between two people. Prepared medium-rare, the 420-day grain-fed beef is tender, extremely flavourful and with a lovely bite. The pastas are also delicious. The tagliatelle with oxtail ragu, mushroom and celeriac purée is spot on, with the oxtail braised until fork-tender and the celeriac adding a creamy acidity to the dish. Tipple-wise, expect a strong menu of more than 100 Italian wines from around the country, and a generous and well-balanced selection of wines by the glass (with an impressive 15 choices for house pours). The restaurant also has a cocktail menu that features an interesting selection of botanical-based gin cocktails.
• Ask to sit closer to the entrance, where the lighting is dimmer and the atmosphere more hushed and intimate. The area towards the back is brightly lit and the tables are packed rather close together.