From Steal To Splurge: Malaysia’s Best Steakhouses For The Carnivore In You

From Steal To Splurge: Malaysia’s Best Steakhouses For The Carnivore In You

Nothing quite beats eating a good steak, and when cooked to perfection, it’s the ultimate treat for the most carnivorous of eaters — and this list is set to get you started. (Left: Image by @foodiedoodee_. Right: Image by @marble_8.)

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When it comes to special dates and celebrations, it’s normal for people to suggest heading to a steakhouse to mark the occasion. And yes, while it’s possible to cook your own at home, it certainly doesn’t guarantee the kind of opulent ambience you’d get at some restaurants, or the superior cuts of meats and mouth-watering side dishes served to you.

There are many options to choose from when it comes to steakhouses, and choosing one can sometimes be overwhelming, so you’ve got to ask yourself: What are you in the mood for? Whether it’s something a little more avant-garde or a more traditional steakhouse, this list will help you get started.

1. Emily’s Steakhouse, Penang

Price range: $

From the UK comes a meat-lover’s heaven in Penang, centrally located and sizzling with luscious fat. Emily’s Steakhouse has a diverse menu emphasising on meat, including char-grilled rib-eye steaks with fries and salad, homemade onion rings, and even salmon options. Much like it’s original Derby outlet, the one in Penang has a comfortable and casual ambience, making it the perfect place for a weekday meal or any celebration.

RM98 can get you an order of their first class chargrilled steak, while a ribeye will set you back RM108. Feeling fancy? Splurge on their Wagyu ribeye steaks that start from RM220 per 280 grams. While you’re at it, check out their excellent selection of wines to accompany your meal.

For the day menu, click here and the night menu here.

Address: 89 Lebuh Muntri, 10200 George Town, Penang

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2. TTDI Meat Point, Kuala Lumpur

Price range: $

Ask anyone and they’ll tell you that excellent steaks often come with a hefty price tag, and that’s true to a certain extent. Cheap cuts may be affordable, but often the quality of meat is subpar. However, these guys have found the sweet spot between the two. TTDI Meat Point is your conventional steakhouse – simple, modest tables and chairs, matching floor tiles, chandeliers that match the walls’ colour, and they specialise in steaks that are both affordable and delicious.

Choose from a variety of meats – Wagyu, Black Angus, grain-fed, lamb, and the list goes on. Personalise your order by selecting your own cuts and level of doneness. If that is not enough to entice you then maybe this will: Each main dishes ordered comes with a complimentary tiramisu. I mean, we are sold!

Grass-fed ribeye starts at RM65, while a grain-fed tenderloin is priced at RM88, which are pretty affordable prices. Premium cuts like the Wagyu and Black Angus ribeyes will set you back RM320 and RM175 respectively. Check out their menu here before heading over to get an idea of what to order.

Address: 62 Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur

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3. Pampas Reserve Steakhouse, Kuala Lumpur

Price range: $$

Located within the swanky part of Old Malaya in Bukit Ceylon, Pampas Reserve Steakhouse is arguably one of the best spots in town for those craving something meaty. This Argentinian steakhouse is decked in glass windows, massive paintings of Argentinian icons Eva Perón and Lionel Messi, and even has a full-fledge bar.

With a setting surrounded by lush greenery and almost hidden from the busyness of the city, Pampas serves as the perfect place for an intimate meal or even a business affair.

All their beef selection are grass-fed and standard cuts of ribeye and tenderloins start at RM108 and go up to RM148. Black Angus sirloins are priced at RM128 per 350 grams and of course, if you really want to spend, order the Black Angus Tomahawk – weighing at approximately 1.3kgs, the RM499 price tag is worth the portion.

If you want to have a gander at the menu, click here.

Address: Suasana, 2 Persiaran Raja Chulan, Bukit Ceylon, 50200 Kuala Lumpur

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4. Matterhorn Bistro, Johor

Price range: $$

Looking for something cosy, classic, and down-to-earth? The Matterhorn Bistro offers a wide range of Western foods, including steaks to be dined in setting decked out with teak furniture, which has it sort of resembling a farmhouse!

At the Matterhorn Bistro, customers can choose from a large variety of top-quality steaks sourced worldwide. You have your standard cut Angus ribeye at RM89.90, tenderloin for RM129.90, and if you’re feeling like splurging, you can try their Wagyu ribeye at a decent RM199.90 or their Miyazaki striploin at RM200 per 100 grams, which hails all the way from Japan.

Pair your steaks with their extensive selection of wines or even their option of local and foreign beers. The Matterhorn Bistro is a great place to go if you’re looking for tasty food at a reasonable price. Peep at the menu here before you make a booking!

Address: 3 Jalan Ros Merah 4/14, Taman Johor Jaya, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor

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5. Jake’s Charbroil Steaks, Kuala Lumpur

Price range: $$$

Famous amongst the Damansara-Bangsar community, KLites, and steak lovers, Jake’s Charbroil Steaks is the OG here in the Klang Valley. Having been around for over 40 years, Jake’s has managed to stay consistent and keep loyal fans. The idea behind Jakes was to bring together the Tex-Mex range of flavours coupled with the Australian barbecue experience. So the vintage Wild West decor of brass cooking utensils, saddles, and cowboy-themed staff at Jake’s transports diners back to a small cowboy community in the 1800s.

Jake’s is a steakhouse through and through, serving a variety of Australian cuts, from your grain-fed at 200 grams of sirloin for RM63, ribeye steaks starting at RM73, and aged tenderloins will start at RM108.

Of course, you’re not a steakhouse if you don’t offer a premium selection. Jake’s 230 grams Wagyu selection starts at RM288 for your sirloins and ribeyes, and RM 288 for a 200-gram tenderloin. Pair your steaks with a glass of cold beer or a house-pour wine at a table by the window, and watch the city go by.

Menu available here.

Address: 21 Jalan Setiapuspa, Medan Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur,

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6. Maria’s Steakhouse, Perak

Price range: $$$

Having been established for over 20 years with its first outlet in Ipoh, Perak, Maria’s Steakhouse also can be found in Bangsar, Sunway, Damansara Perdana, and Suria KLCC – all within the Klang Valley. If you’re looking for high-quality steaks with affordable price points then here’s where you can find them.

Imported chilled cuts from Australia, the US, Japan, and Argentina are stored under controlled conditions to retain their freshness. The in-house char-broiler is used for cooking steaks, and it is recommended to let the chef decide how done each cut should be.

The Miyazaki Wagyu A5 Striploin (RM 270 +/ 100 g), a three-time “Wagyu Olympics” champion, is one of the world’s most premium steaks. When cooked perfectly, the highest quality beef in Japan melts on the tongue like butter and leaves a thin film of excellent, beautiful fat on the palate.

The Australian Grass-fed Tenderloin (RM 105++, 180-200g) is just as good at a quarter of the price. As a grass-fed animal, this lean cut of meat has fullness and depth of flavour not found in grain-fed animals. It’s tender yet takes more chews to swallow.

Menu available here.

Address: 60 Persiaran Greentown 1, Greentown Business Centre, 30450 Ipoh, Perak

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7. Vantador, Kuala Lumpur

Price range: $$$$

Vantador in Desa Sri Hartamas is a place designed to delight all of your senses from start to finish. The interior of Vantador is a plus point in addition to its steak quality as it combines modern and traditional elements. Their meat has amazing rich flavours and a buttery texture that will seep through your taste receptors thanks to their ageing procedure.

You’ll be served cuts of beef from the Rubia Gallega breed. This breed is native to the Galicia region of Spain, and the steaks from this breed have a melt-in-your-mouth texture. Yum.

At RM110 per 100 grams, you can enjoy subtle marbling and the age process it endures, which can go on for up to 12 years. Also on the menu are a variety of seafood, poultry, and dessert options, as well as an extensive wine list in a pork-free setting.

One of the key menu items is the Dry-Aged Wagyu, a decent-sized, premium cut of meat that’s been dry-aged and hung for 30 days to allow naturally-occurring enzymes to break down the muscle structure – prices start at RM95 per 100gm for this beaut. The flavour and chewy texture of the steak makes it ideal for individuals who prefer their steak a little juicier.

Menu available here.

Address: 38 Jalan 25/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

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8. Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, Pahang

Price range: $$$$

A new New York-style steakhouse has recently opened at Resorts World Genting and it’s none other than Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener, which welcomed patrons on 17 June 2022, making it one of the latest additions to SkyAvenue’s dining scene.

The steakhouse is known worldwide for its tender prime dry-aged porterhouse steaks made only from Black Angus cattle. Wolfgang’s signature dishes include the porterhouse, ribeye steaks, tenderloin, sirloin, and beef burgers.

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, like any great steakhouse, will serve mashed potatoes, sautéed spinach, and other sides that are purposefully kept simple to complement the meat. Their Porterhouse steaks for two cost RM445 and can go up to a little over RM 900 for four people.

Check out the menu here.

Address: Level M, SkyAvenue, Resorts World Genting, 69000 Bentong, Pahang

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9. Marble 8, Kuala Lumpur

Price range: $$$$$

Marble 8 is an excellent option if you’re searching for a swanky place to eat. Located on the 56th floor of Petronas’ Menara 3, Marble 8 steakhouse overlooks a stunning cityscape skyline. No, really – the view is quite spectacular! Thanks to its dark timber furnishings and vividly-coloured leather, Marble 8 oozes a chic steakhouse ambience!

This establishment carries a wide variety of beef from throughout the world, including some of the most sought-after cuts. They serve only the finest Wagyu and Black Angus beef chosen exclusively by their founder, and flown in from one of Australia’s largest beef providers. Upon arriving in Malaysia, the meat will be dry-aged in a state-of-the-art ageing cellar, allowing the beef to retain freshness while subtly enhancing the flavours of the meat.

A Wagyu ribeye is a more reasonable option in the dry-aged section and is priced at RM328 for 300 grams. Other choices include Wagyu tenderloin at RM458 for 200 grams, and prime rib on the bone that will set you back RM980, amongst others. If you want to go all out, order the tomahawk, which is tender but lean at the same time, and highly flavoursome. The price tag? RM1,380.

Wet-aged Black Angus and Wagyu beef is also available, vacuum-sealed for at least 21 days. The most budget-friendly steak here is the RM168 Black Angus filet mignon, while the Miyazaki Japanese Wagyu sirloin costs RM380 per 100 grams. This wet-aged sirloin is served with Lyonnaise potatoes and truffle Hollandaise. Recommended doneness is rare to medium.

Menu available here.

Address: Level 56, Menara 3 Petronas Persiaran KLCC, 50088 Kuala Lumpur

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10. Prime at Le Meridien, Kuala Lumpur

Price range: $$$$$

If there were a steakhouse fit for a king, it would be Prime, which is more than just a restaurant for great steaks, but a culinary experience. The award-winning restaurant prides itself on serving top-range steaks, an exquisite wine selection, and a starter list like no other.

Located on the fifth floor, it is the hotel’s flagship steakhouse – run by Executive Chef Antonne Rodriguez and Chef de Cuisine Domenico Piras. From the buttery Wagyu to the use of Argentinian steak, which has a meatier flavour, the restaurant is highly recognised for its flawlessly grilled steaks.

For Japanese cuts, for instance, they choose Wagyu Grade A5, the highest quality grade given by the Japanese government. At this acclaimed fine dining establishment, customers can try out various cuts, including the picanha, skirt, and chuck flap tail, when available.

Start your culinary adventure with Wagyu and Truffle Ravioli (RM158) or even the Foie Gras Risotto Bianco (RM 222) before moving on to your mains. With a fine steak selection on offer, you can choose your preferred cuts of 180-day grain-fed Devesa Argentinian beef, between a 220g tenderloin (RM260), 340g sirloin (RM 250), or a 340g ribeye (RM280).

Going down the quality line, you then can choose from their Pure Black Angus range, starting with the 220g tenderloin (RM 328), 340g sirloin (RM 280), and the 340g ribeye (RM 320).

What is a fine dining steakhouse without your Wagyu selection, with two Prime-only selections, starting with their Wagyu ribeye (RM 320 per 100g) that’s served with their yakiniku sauce, and the picanha (RM150 per 100g), an A5 Wagyu, glazed with teriyaki sauce and served with some freshly grated wasabi.

Prime serves their steaks with a selection of sauces to choose from, each with its own identity and range (our favourite is the bearnaise). The PRIME experience may be on the lavish end, but it’s an experience worth having.

Menu available here.

Address: 2, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

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