From Monday to Friday this week, the Go Away team will be revealing the 50 foods we believe will define your dining experience in Singapore. A mix of international and local flavours, these lists comprise of old-time favourites, well-known populars, as well as little-known gems. Part 2 of our 5-part series shares some of the best meat dishes in Singapore we love.
There are a number of steakhouses and burger restaurants that have opened for business in recent years, but only a few are worth opening up your wallets for. The Go Away uncovers some of the best steaks and burgers, as well as some noteworthy meat-based dishes from the most unexpected places. Carnivores, this is the list you don’t want to miss.
1. Black Angus Ribeye, from $20
261 Waterloo Street, #01-23 (Tel: 6694 2361)
Steakhouses in Singapore are a dime a dozen these days but to enjoy a quality, perfectly cooked steak, you usually have to be prepared to cough up a pretty penny for it. The Betterfield, an unassuming cafe within a HDB building on Waterloo Street, is set to be a gamechanger with its gorgeous steak that won’t burn hole in your wallet. Chilled, rather than frozen beef is used, and it is simply marinated with salt and pepper that forms a crusty, delectable outer layer on the meat. This steak is so good that we daresay that The Betterfield gives expensive steakhouses a run for their money.
2. Baked Pork Belly, $12
iO Italian Osteria
HillV2, 4 Hillview Rise, #02-01 (Tel: 6710 7150)
A slab of pork belly that’s baked to juicy perfection, it retains a layer of crispy crackling that’s flavourful and certainly addictive. Meant as a starter, you might want to share this generous cut of meat if you want to leave space for your main course. The meat is meltingly tender, lightly seasoned so it still retains the rich flavour of pork.
3. Signature Traditional Hakka Salt Poached Chicken, $17
Joyden Canton Kitchen
HillV2, 4 Hillview Rise, #02-21
You know a dish is worthy of repeated mentions if, two months after a tasting, your fellow food writers are still talking about it. This salt poached chicken is steeped in herbal wine and served with a secret ginger sauce. What we love best about it is the jelly-like skin that begs you to forget about whatever diet you are on. You definitely can’t stop at one piece.
4. Roast Duck, from $14.80
Legendary Hong Kong
#03-80 Jurong Point 2
Yes, we know about the new roast duck stores from London that’ve recently opened in Singapore BUT this duck from Legendary Hong Kong is roasted just the way we like it – crispy skin on the outside, juicy meat within. And all, without being too oily. The duck used here is from the same farm that supplies to most of London’s roast duck joints anyway. Full of meat and not too bony, it is a more than adequate showcase of exemplary Hong Kong style roast meat.
5. Southern Style Fried Chicken, $15
96 Waterloo Street
Chicken that has been marinated an entire day is lightly battered and deep fried. The result is a fried chicken that is tender and juicy with just the right amount of fragrant skin encasing it. At $15, it is definitely one of the best value-for-money fried chicken in town too! Oh, don’t forget to eat this with the cafe’s very own hot sauce.
6. Roasted Lamb Rump, $32
81 Tras Street (Tel: 6221 3988)
With just the right amount of “gamey flavour”, this lamb rump may just please even those who don’t like the meat. Sous vide for just 30 minutes with herbs so the meat is infused with a fragrant perfume, every bite unleashes a heady symphony of flavours that makes this dish one of the best lamb dishes we’ve ever tasted. The accompanying sweet corn rounds it all off beautifully without making it all too heavy.
7. Buta-don, from $13.80
#02-32 Liang Court
Even though the pork used in the Singapore branch of this Hokkaido eatery is not from Japan, the butadon (grilled pork slices with rice) more than delivers in terms of flavour. Just pork and rice, this is a simple yet satisfying rice bowl for those looking for a quick yet nutritious meal. The tare (sauce) is imported from Hokkaido to ensure consistency in taste. If you worry whether it’s “porky”, fear not. Lili – who doesn’t usually enjoy pork dishes – managed to finish her butadon and gave it a resounding thumbs-up.
8. Umami Burger, $17
Wildfire Kitchen + Bar
26 Evans Road (Tel: 6734 2080)
Thick, juicy grain-feed beef patty aside, this burger is simply bursting with flavours! The Parmesan-crisp that is nestled within it gives the whole thing the “umami” layer that makes it moreish and very addictive. Deborah literally craves the salty goodness of this burger after bootcamp at the CCAB Stadium every week!
9. Butter Chicken, $12
Bar Bar Black Sheep
Cherry Avenue, 879 Bukit Timah Road
Everything from the North Indian kitchen is worth trying. But Butter Chicken stands out for its generous chunks of tender chicken bathed in aromatic creamy sauce in an appetite-stimulating colour. Butter is used in this dish and that helps take the heat off the spice and imparts a rich flavour. The spice level is manageable for those who can’t handle a fiery curry. Best eaten with kashmiri naan.
10. Marmite Mustard Pork Burger, $17
28 Maju Avenue (Tel: 6244 5529)
The tender pork patty is accompanied by purple slaw and caramelised bananas, sandwiched between two pillowy soft brioche buns. It seems like a strange combination until you bite into it, then the amalgamation of salty and sweet starts to make perfect, delicious sense. Wash it down all that richness with an ice cold pint of Pure Blonde or Mac’s Great White that go for $9 and $10 respectively during Happy Hour.
Fellow foodies in Singapore, we know this list is by no means exhaustive. Let us know your personal recommendation too!