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Why can't you get a decent steak anywhere these days? By 'decent steak', what I mean is one that has been cooked to your liking. So many steak restaurants seem to be incapable of the relatively simple task of cooking one properly... and getting it right FIRST TIME! I've lost count of the number that have been sent back to the kitchen.
I really do enjoy a good steak, but get fed up every time I go out to a restaurant and order one and it arrives either too well done or too rare. Why do they bother asking how you would like it done if they can't cook it that way?
A couple of weeks ago I ordered a steak and asked for it to be cooked medium, the way I like it. When it arrived it was practically cremated and was quite tough to eat. I asked the waitress to take it back, and then the second one they sent out wasn't much better so in the end I just ate it because I was so hungry.
The other weekend I went there again, this time I thought if I ordered it medium-rare I might get it how I like it. But you wouldn't believe it, it actually arrived medium rare. All the steaks I have had have been at the same pub, I guess it depends on which cook is in that day.
Cooking a steak isn't exactly difficult...
I really do think that there should be some sort of accurate guidelines on how to cook them because everywhere I go they cook it differently. Cooking a steak isn't exactly difficult and with some training most kitchen staff should be up to the task.
One thing I have noticed though, is that they don't seem to take into account the thickness of the meat. So if you ask for medium and it's a thin steak you get a well-done steak - if it's a thick slab of beef then you'll get it medium-rare. Logic would dictate that you need to take a look at what you're cooking and perhaps use one of those thermometers.
Another thing that I have noticed is that many of the pub chains that serve steaks seem to be totally unwilling to cook them rare. This is how my partner likes his cooked and they invariably come back medium-rare, medium or somewhere in between. It's almost as if they are nervous about serving up a slightly raw piece of beef.