November 25, 2018 By bangkok7
Greetings and salutations, I am Seven. When I’m not prowling the red light districts, I like to sit at a laptop and spit up a written record of my ridiculously awesome life. Today’s offering focuses on food—and not just any food. Extravagant, decadent, sinfully good food. For several weeks now, I’ve been promising all 12 of my readers a head-to-head comparison of the two carveries on Patpong: Shenanigans and The Steakhouse Co. I’ve tried them both twice, so as to give them each an even go and a fair shake, and I’m finally ready to tell you about them. Before we get into it, however, let’s get a handle on what each one is and offers. Here’s a summary of each carvery:
Shenanigans = what you’ve come to expect in Sunday roast (on offer from 12:00 to 7:00)
Roast beef, honey-mustard ham, lamb, chicken. Stuffing, Yorkshire pudding, mashed potatoes, country potatoes, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower cheese, carrots, peas, bacon wrapped sausage, gravy.
The Steakhouse Co. = the roast taken to luxuriant levels (on offer from 12:00 to 5:00)
Australian Wagyu prime rib, honey-baked ham, breadcrumb coated pork loin, garlic stuffed lamb, chicken. Stuffing balls, Yorkshire pudding, mashed potatoes, country potatoes, creamed spinach, cabbage and bacon, cauliflower cheese, carrots, pumpkin, bacon wrapped sausage, and two gravies (mushroom and beef). Plus appetizers (bruschetta, soup of the day, or a choice of 5 different salads) and dessert (chocolate mousse, lemon tart, or apple pie).
Both carveries are excellent for different reasons, so it’s hard to say that one is strictly better than the other. Instead, I’ll present the high points of each one while directly comparing certain dishes that both restaurants do, and leave it up to your personal taste and disposable income to decide which one you prefer. Here’s what I found:
Price point. Winner: Shenanigans.
Shenanigans’ carvery is 499b not including a beverage. The Steakhouse Co.’s is 899b (plus tax) plus 599b for free-flow wine and beer. So clearly, if you’re on a budget, you’re looking at double or triple the price tag at The Steakhouse. Of course, you get what you pay for (more on that later), so it’s really a matter of what you’re willing and able to spend on a particular weekend. But if you want a roast every Sunday, as some of my friends do, and don’t want to go broke, the choice is Shenanigans all the way.
Meat. Winner: The Steakhouse Co.
The main reason The Steakhouse costs more, quite simply, is the quality of the meat. The Steakhouse has gone to great lengths to find and serve the cream of the crop of steak, lamb, and pork. In short, the meat is gorgeous. I defy anyone to find better fare in Bangkok. Thus, on the quality of the meat alone, The Steakhouse rises above all rivals. But man cannot live on meat alone.
Sides. Winner: The Steakhouse Co.
The reason The Steakhouse wins here is because they offer a specific set of wonderful items. But that’s not to disparage the sides at Shenanigans, which are also terrific. It’s just that the quality and quantity on offer at the Steakhouse is better. In the interest of fairness, though, it might be better to compare each of the sides they both offer. I mean, why not?
Stuffing. Advantage: Shenanigans. After trying out his mum’s recipe for Irish stuffing, the owner opted for more traditional stuffing to satisfy mainstream customers. It’s simple, perfect, and reminds one of home. The Steakhouse serves a stuffing ball, which is a mixture of stuffing and meat rolled into a ball. It’s original, it’s good, but ultimately everybody wants what they were raised on: good old-fashioned regular stuffing.
Carrots. Advantage: The Steakhouse Co. They’ve got some kind of caramelized, sweet coating. Whatever it is, it’s delish.
Mashed Potatoes and country potatoes. It’s a tie. Both have got great spuds.
Cauliflower cheese. Advantage: The Steakhouse Co. Probably due to their choice of English cheddar.
Yorkshire pudding. Advantage: Shenanigans. This was almost a toss-up, they’re so close. But Shenanigans’ is just a tad fluffier.
Bacon wrapped sausage. Advantage: The Steakhouse Co. This is probably due to using a better cut of bacon, which makes each bite more flavorful.
So on straight comparison, The Steakhouse barely edges out Shenanigans. As for their exclusive items, it’s a matter of preference: Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and peas at Shenanigans…..creamed spinach, cabbage and bacon, and pumpkin at The Steakhouse. Overall, the richer dishes are served up at The Steakhouse.
The booze. Winner: The Steakhouse Co. This should be a no-brainer. The wine and beer on offer at The Steakhouse is simply more extensive, more carefully chosen to go with the food, and—you guessed it—more expensive. But their 599b free-flow is an amazing deal, because it essentially means that every drink after the 2nd one is free. There are 2 whites (Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc) and 2 reds (Cabernet, Sangiovese) on the free-flow menu, plus a sparkling (Prosecco). Matching the wines to the different dishes is a gastro-adventure not often found in Thailand. It’s both inspired and inspiring. At Shenanigans, I had a Black ‘n Smooth (half Kilkenny, half Guinness) and a Midnight in the Gaarden (half Guinness, half Hoegaarden), which were delicious, but they didn’t complement the food the way good wine does. And here’s the fundamental difference between the two carveries. Shenanigans is an Irish Sports Bar. Fancy Shmancy isn’t their forte. They’re offering your straightforward Sunday roast, like you used to get back home. The Steakhouse Co. is by definition, fancy.
Dessert. Winner: The Steakhouse Co. by default, because dessert ain’t on offer with Shenanigans’ carvery. This is another perk that accompanies the price at The Steakhouse. I’ve tried both the chocolate mousse and the apple pie. They each take the indulgence of the meal to a new level.
I feel like thus far I’ve not done Shenanigans justice, because in point of fact, their carvery is great. It’s easily better than anything Molly Malone’s used to serve, and they’re constantly improving on and perfecting their menu. And although The Steakhouse Co. comes out on top in the meat department, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Shenanigan’s secret weapon—their ham. If you read my initial review on day one, you might remember how I sang the praises of that delectable darling pig. Dripping with honey glaze and mustard, it was unapologetically divine. My personal opinion is that Shenanigans’ ham beats the one at The Steakhouse, while The Steakhouse sweeps the rest of the meat menu.
To sum up, both places put a lot of time, effort, and tender loving care into every one of their carvery dishes. If rated on its own, Shenanigans’ is an outstanding roast that one could have every Sunday. They do everything right, and it’ll satisfy the urge while not breaking your piggy bank. The Steakhouse Co. is carvery Valhalla. It is a dizzying symphony for the palate, and something of an indulgence for the average Joe. And that really is the distinction between the two. Shenanigans’ is a normal (and great) carvery at a price you’d expect. The Steakhouse Co.’s is a lesson in extravagance that would make Caligula blush.
And that’s all I have to say. Choose one, or the other, or both. Personally I’d hit Shenanigans semi-regularly and do The Steakhouse when I want to treat myself. But that’s just me. Cheers to another week above ground, everybody. I’m off to the carvery.