A Red Meat Feast

If I go too long without a fix of red meat I tend to fade a little. Generally I don’t cook red meat at home, it’s something I save for going out. Which means that I expect for it to be good when I order it. I should also mention that I’ve had two recent fails with cooking my own red meat so I’m now all for someone else doing it when they can do it properly. Here are six options to satisfy your red meat fantasies.

SPRMRKT Kitchen & Bar 

One of the good things about the SPRMRKT menu is that you can opt for sharing portions if you like, but it’s also easy to pick and choose individual meals. This makes it easy for a group with fussy eaters. Just sayin’. The point is that the sharing portions mean you can sample some great cuts of red meat.

My recent dinner was for four and we were all craving red meat. First, we ordered the haddock pate ($15++), soft shell crab with kale ($19++) and a chicken chorizo dish ($27++).  All were good but I have to say I was again wowed by the haddock pate. It’s light and smokey and just the right amount of fishy.

Next we went onto the hard core choices. Between four of us we ordered a Korobuta pork collar ($32++) and a 1kg T-Bone steak ($150++). Yes the price is fairly eye popping, but, the steak was exceptional. And whilst there was a bone involved, I’d guess there was still at least 700g of meat between four of us, which is ample combined with everything else we ordered.

Well seasoned the steak was medium rare but didn’t wobble when your knife slid through. It wasn’t chewy and it had a nice, glistening rim of fat that gave it moisture without being as fatty as wagyu. You can read a full review here.
SPRMRKT Kitchen & Bar
Riverside at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute
#02-01, 41 Robertson Quay, Singapore
phone +65 9736 4170

Salted & Hung

The very name kind of gives it away. If it’s red meat you’re after, and some very alluring cuts of it at that, Salted & Hung is hard to go past. Drew Nocente and the team at Salted and Hung just won Best New Restaurant of the Year from the World Gourmet Summit so don’t just take my word for it. The beef ribs here are some of the best meat I’ve had in a while. That’s not to say that it’s all about the red meat, there’s actually a good selection of fish and veggie options as well. You can read a full review here.
Salted and Hung
12 Purvis Street, Singapore
phone +65 6358 3130
Open weekdays for lunch from 12pm to 2.30pm (last order @2), dinner from 6pm to 10.30pm (last order @10) and open Saturdays from 6pm to 10.30pm (last order @10)

Yazawa 

When it comes to red meat, the Japanese know a thing or two. Whilst a slab of wagyu is not something that wildly excites me, succulent slivers of wagyu on a Japanese grill do kinda turn me on. As with everything Japanese it’s more about quality than quantity, so 100 grams of wagyu goes a long way. The food at Yazawa has always impressed me. It’s not too fancy, or too expensive, the service is decent and the food is very good. A portion of wagyu, teamed with either salad or grilled veg and perhaps a beer instead of red wine, is a perfect red meat fest and a great alternative to a traditional steak. You can read a full review here.
Yazawa
11 Unity Street, Singapore
#01-01 Robertson Walk (the entrance is on Merbau Street)
phone +65 6235 2941
Open 6pm to 11.30pm 7 days per week

Fat Lulu’s 

My plan was to write this post entirely about steak. Fat Lulu’s though snuck in not for a slab of red meat, but for lamb chops and braised beef. Fat Lulu’s is helmed by the same people who ran the previous incarnation in the same space, Five & Dime. I was never a huge fan of Five & Dime, things didn’t really come together properly for me. It didn’t know whether it wanted to be a brunch place or a drinking den.

Fat Lulu’s is also a bit of a strange beast. On the weekends Fat Lulu’s are open from 12pm to 3pm for brunch (this is Singapore after all, and I featured the brunch here). But really it’s all about the meat. There are two chefs in charge, one being a barbecue whiz and the other a dessert king. I can’t talk too much about the desserts but I can talk about the barbecued meat.

The fact that we were both persuaded to try the meat during our brunch is testament to the fact that the meaty menu is very alluring. My braised beef cheek ravioli ($26++ I think) was gorgeous. Husband went for the rack of lamb ($29++). The food was fabulous. The ravioli was rich, buttery and the meat was tender and flavoursome. The lamb was cooked perfectly medium rare and served with cubes of potato gratin. Husband enjoyed the well seasoned meat and the creamy potatoes and even shared some with me so I can vouch for it too.

Our visit turned into somewhat of a letdown though due to service. Whilst my ravioli arrived in good time, I had completely finished it (sharing of course) before Husband’s lamb arrived. Poor form indeed.
Fat Lulu’s
297 River Valley Road, Singapore
phone +65 9236 5002
Open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 6pm to 11pm

Bistecca

Bistecca has been around since I moved to Singapore in 2011. The fact that they’ve managed to survive on Mohammed Sultan, a bit of a no man’s land still, is a good sign in itself. I’ve probably visited half a dozen times. I used to be a bit overwhelmed by the expense but having become numb to the fact that eating out, especially if you enjoy wine, is a costly experience I can now appreciate the consistency that somewhere like Bistecca offers.

Three things to note about Bistecca. One is that the red meat at Bistecca is excellent. Hence them being featured in this post 🙂 The second is that Bistecca do an excellent set menu for lunch at $48++ for three courses. And the third is that their chips are A-Mazing! On the other hand, my photos are not. So, apologies.

Husband and I had a really good meal here recently. We were total gluttons and had a pasta each to start, for me the ravioli with pumpkin ($20++), for Husband the tagliatelle with ragu ($28++). Both were sadly divine. Sadly because we ate the entire plateful and were then distinctly lacking hunger for our main course!  My ravioli was buttery, soft and melted in my mouth. The ragu was rich and meaty. After a break we shared a bone-in-sirloin ($90++)) with sides of asparagus ($15++), peas with fregola pasta and prosciutto ($15++) and those chips, sorry, Tuscan Fries ($13++). I told you we were gluttons!

We ate it all though, everything was fabulous. Except the photos because it was too dark. I highly recommend a trip to Bistecca, the red meat range is truly excellent and there are good choices for individuals as well as sharing. We also enjoyed a really good bottle of Sardinian Cannonau ($115++, which was about the cheapest wine on the menu). Bistecca is a special occasion kind of meal, but it’s worth it in every sense. Possibly my only complaint is that it gets very warm in there when it’s full.
Bistecca
25 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore, 238969
phone +65 6735 6739
Open for lunch Tuesday to Sunday 12pm to 2pm, dinner Monday to Sunday 6pm to 10pm

Brasserie Gavroche

For a simple steak frites it’s hard to go past Brasserie Gavroche. Not that a simple steak frites is all we had. No, no, no, we were gluttons all over again on this visit. Seeing that we were on a no-drinking binge we decided we could eat everything in sight instead!

We started with a charcuterie ($25++), which probably could have done us for the evening. The pate, rillettes and cold meats were all served in generous portions. The side of brown bread was good enough to order a second basket (whereas I can happily eat cold meat with no bread, Husband cannot).

Husband then opted for the steak frites ($48++). The simple meal, as it should be, was a good sized steak, served with frites on the side and a gravy boat of béarnaise for the steak. The photo above may look unimpressive but I forgot to photograph the cut version. It was nicely medium rare, well seasoned and the kind of good, plain steak my Dad would have loved.

I went for the duck parmentier ($38++), a shredded duck confit with potatoes and gratinated bacon. I don’t know what came over me. Whilst the dish was delicious it was so heavy, and much more rich than I’d imagined. There was nothing wrong with it, I just ordered the wrong thing for me on the night.
Brasserie Gavroche
66 Tras Street, Singapore
phone +65 6225 8266
Open for lunch Monday to Friday 11.30am to 2.30pm, for dinner 6.30pm to 10pm and Saturday 6.30pm to 10.30pm

Oxwell & Co for a Sunday Roast

Squeezing into this post after a lovely Sunday lunch recently I’ve included Oxwell’s. I ordered the roast beef and I have to say I was impressed. First of all I’d had my fill of starters thanks to some over-zealous ordering 😉 so by the time this plate of deliciousness arrived I was stuffed. I managed to get through nearly all of it though. I didn’t rate the potatoes but the meat was tender, nicely cooked, and had very good seasoning. A mouthful of yorkie pudding with the meat and some gravy was pretty bloody good.
Oxwell & Co
5 Ann Siang Road, Singapore
Open Monday to Thursday 4pm to midnight, Friday to Sunday 12pm to midnight

Where do you get your red meat fix? 

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