Craving a piece of prime beef or a tasty rack of ribs? Well, you’re in luck. Singapore is saturated with meat-centric restaurants – from smokehouses and rotisseries to burger joints and steakhouses. Here, we’ve rounded up our ultimate selection of meaty meals to try across town.
Morton’s – The Steakhouse
Specialty: Succulent steaks and seafood
In addition to Morton’s being a steak and seafood lover’s heaven, the restaurant’s ambience is stunning and chic, with fantastic service; it’s always a treat to dine here.
The freshly baked complimentary onion loaf is always something to look forward to; just be careful – it’s so yummy, you’ll want to eat it all. For starters, we loved the chilled Prime Ocean Platter ($98 for two people), which consists of Maine lobster, jumbo shrimp cocktail, jumbo lump crab, half shell oysters and Alaskan king crab legs, all with condiments. This was washed down with a lovely ice cold sauvignon blanc from Morton’s extensive wine menu.
Steaks can be ordered in different portion sizes depending on your appetite. I chose the eight-ounce centre-cut filet mignon ($101), cooked to medium rare perfection – so tender and topped with wagyu herb butter ($6). Meanwhile, the signature New York strip (400g, $132) was very lean and served with a side of cognac sauce au poivre ($6). Suggested sides include creamed spinach ($24), sautéed Brussels sprouts ($24) and horseradish mashed potatoes ($26), all of which are served as large portions. For non-steak lovers, Morton’s has great options like wonderful looking honey-balsamic glazed salmon, Chilean sea bass, lamb chops and jumbo crab cakes.
We were so glad we made room for one of the speciality desserts: Morton’s light, fluffy soufflé for two with Grand Marnier ($38).
Standout: Definitely the centre-cut filet mignon – it just melts in your mouth.
Also…Make sure you reserve, as it gets really busy here. The bar also offers “Mortini Nights” (from 5 to 7pm nightly), where you can enjoy select martinis for $15.95 each.
– Jacqui Young
Camp Kilo Charcoal Club
Specialty: Meats and beats
This riverside respite has us returning time and time again with its infectious atmosphere; it’s an urban campground with killer cocktails, foot-tapping beats and sensational barbecue bites.
Detached from the city’s chaos and cradling the Kallang River, the breezy venue embraces eternal summer and nails the feel-good factor with its laidback vibes; and all creatures, be they four-legged or nappy-clad, are welcome. Picnic tables, outdoor games, hanging tree lights and colourful graffiti create the space, while a rusty tin booth hosts some awesome DJs dishing out everything from soul and jazz to electronic tunes.
For sunnier afternoons, the Kilo’s Mojito ($16), with a kick of basil and cilantro, is our favourite thirst-quencher, while cooler evenings pair well with the likes of Orale Wey ($18), featuring tequila, chipotle, tamarind and lime zest. If you’ve got a group together, why not grab a bucket of beer and get a beer pong championship going?
In the spirit of good company, food here is best shared. Our group of four cleaned up our mouth-watering platter of crispy pork belly ($10 per 100g), grilled tiger prawns ($18 for six pieces) and Kai Yang roast chicken ($10 for half) within minutes, all tender and full of flavour. Likewise, some of the side dishes are showstoppers – we love the pomelo salad ($10) with lime vinaigrette, chipotle corn furikake ($10) sautéed in jalapeño butter and chipotle mayo, and deep-fried Brussels sprouts ($14) topped with Japanese rice crackers.
Standout: Crispy pork belly for the win! Those after something sweet will love the donuts ($8) with crème anglaise and gula melaka caramel.
Also… Follow @camp_kilo on Instagram for upcoming events – they put on some great parties and Sunday sessions that you’ll want to lock into your calendar!
– Leanda Rathmell
Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse
Specialty: Tuscan-Style sharing steaks
Bribe me with all the fried chicken and pulled pork in the world but, to me, nothing truly tops a dose of premium, medium-rare steak goodness. That’s why I was beyond stoked to try the highly raved-about Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse, which, according to my foodie friends, is akin to a pilgrimage that’s not-to be-missed by steak lovers.
Tucked in a cosy shophouse along a quiet stretch of Mohamed Sultan Road, the newly refurbished restaurant is decked out in brown and red interiors, exuding an air of elegance and opulence from top to toe. Glamorous artwork by the award-winning Scott Woodward adorns the brick walls, adding a touch of old-school Italian charm to the space.
We kicked things off with the polipo ($26) – slow cooked octopus sitting on a bed of savoury romesco sauce that my partner wiped out in seconds. While I was all for ordering the burrata ($40), the massive 300g cheese would have been overkill for two diners to finish, so I’m bookmarking it for my next visit! Other great sharing options include the pappardelle ($28) – al dente pasta tossed in a hearty braised oxtail ragu – and steak fries ($13) with sea salt and herbs, which were easily the best I’ve had in a while.
Wash it all down with an Italian sangria ($22) – rose wine, fresh orange, mirto, Cointreau and prosecco – or choose from the selection of G&Ts ($22) available. We rounded off the meal by sharing a classic tiramisu ($12), which would have been perfect if it had a stronger coffee flavour, but we’re certainly returning to try the red wine poached pear ($12) with cream cheese, pistachio and red wine granita.
Standout: Hands down the signature Fiorentina ($188), a 1.1kg T-bone that’s grilled to tender, juicy perfection. This wagyu monster was served in thick cut slices true to traditional Tuscan fashion, and can easily feed up to four people! Bistecca also offers individual cuts like the tenderloin ($65), as well as alternative meaty mains like a bone-in pork chop ($42) and lamb rack ($60).
Also… The restaurant was fully packed at 7pm on a Saturday night when we were there, so make sure to reserve a table beforehand, especially if you’re visiting in a group.
– Anthia Chng
Specialty: Steaks of all kinds
This humble American restaurant serves up everything from steaks and ribs to chicken and lamb. Start with appetisers like the classic “Typhoon Bloom” onion ring platter ($15.90) and Kookaburra Wings ($17.90); paired with a blue cheese sauce and celery sticks, the crispy wings can be ordered at various levels of spiciness.
The restaurant’s signature offering is, of course, steak, available in a variety of cuts and styles. We recommend ordering yours medium or medium-rare for the perfect juiciness and tenderness. New on the menu is the USDA black peppercorn-crusted ribeye ($44.90) topped with asparagus and tomatoes, with a side of a loaded baked potatoes. Juicy and well marbled, it pairs well with the peppercorn gravy. We also enjoyed the Victoria’s Fillet ($43.90), which is well-seasoned and tender, and comes with mashed potatoes and mixed veggies. Those with a heartier appetite may want to take on The Porterhouse ($49.90), consisting of a strip and filet tenderloin. And there’s always the New York strip ($41.90) and rib-eye ($45.90), both of which can be prepared seared or chargrilled. If you enjoy ribs, order up a rack of grilled baby back ribs ($37.90 for full and $23.90 for half); topped with barbecue sauce and served with fries, the tasty meat is tender and slips off the bones.
If beef’s not your thing, other options include the Alice Springs chicken ($27.90) with melted cheese, a dish of grilled salmon ($29.90), plus pastas and burgers. An extensive drinks menu features beers, martinis, mojitos, cocktails, spirits, wines, iced teas and even smoothies!
Standout: Victoria’s Fillet
– Lindsay Yap
Specialty: It’s all about the beef (and lamb)!
When a grill restaurant is opened by a New Zealand meat producer and exporter, you know the food’s going to be good. Then, when you walk past refrigerators with massive cuts of dry ageing beef and a semi-open kitchen with Japanese chefs manning the grills, it’s confirmed.
Perched in a glass pod overlooking the gardens of the new (nearly deserted) Marina One building, it feels very surreal; but the friendly, well-informed staff warmed us up with a couple of cocktails: Wakanui Power ($22), a refreshing gin and tonic with elderflower and cucumber, and Coconut and Basil ($20) with Malibu – a not-to-sweet coconut kick.
The menu relies heavily on New Zealand produce prepared with a Japanese twist;the warm, smoked New Zealand salmon starter ($24) was melt-in-the-mouth, and the seasonal kaiseki-style selection (on the night of our visit, crumbed fish, sliced octopus and smoked salmon) was beautifully prepared and presented.
Standout: The hero is definitely the Wakanui selection board ($268) – a huge bone-in ribeye that’s been dry-aged for 21 days, plus two lamb chops (aged four weeks, then quickly frozen to be enjoyed all year round at the peak flavour and texture), and a grass-fed beef fillet from Canterbury. Served on a board with three simple sauces, this was almost too much for two people, but we struggled bravely through.
Also… We couldn’t face dessert after so much amazing meat but next time we’ll definitely try the “Hokey Pokey” ice cream with caramel brittle, and the pavlova with passionfruit sauce (both $14).
– Danielle Rossetti
Specialty: Slow-cooked, Texas-style, smoked meats
Tucked in the corridor behind Boomarang, this no-frills gem is downright delicious, with a casual backyard barbecue-meets food-truck vibe to boot. With options like beef brisket, pulled pork, spare ribs, beef ribs, burnt ends, turkey, buffalo wings and pulled chicken, this is truly a meat-lover’s dream. The meats, priced by weight, are smoked for 16 hours in a wood-fired smoker from Texas, then served on paper-lined trays along with sinfully good sides like creamy mac and cheese ($9), potato salad ($7), jalapeño cheddar corn bread with bacon bits ($5) and, my favourite, smoky brisket beans ($9).
You’ll want to try a selection of meat, so opt for the “three meats platter with two sides” (starting from $65 for 600g of meat), which is great for two to share.
Order at the counter (the menu is on a retro signboard), then grab a picnic table and relax with a beer in hand – choose from craft IPAs and pale ales from America and Australia, or better-known favourites like Asahi. Or, try a pre-bottled cocktail, homemade using the smoker; I loved the Decker Punch (spiced rum, fermented pineapple and pink peppercorn; $18). The fun tunes playing and strings of fairy lights overhead only add to the chilled-out charm.
Standouts: We especially loved the super-succulent turkey ($9 per 100g), served only on weekends, and the crispy, brisket burnt ends ($16 per 100g).
Also… Save room for a bowl of sweet apple cobbler ($9)!
– Amy Greenburg
Specialty: Mediterranean-influenced, ethically sourced produce
Sitting pretty atop the CapitaGreen building, this place offers unbeatable views of the CBD and the sea beyond, with a beautiful, outdoor “Sky Forest” bar that’s great for after-work drinks, and an elegant dining room perfect for a business dinner or romantic treat.
It’s all about provenance and sustainability here, with Colombian chef Fernando Arevalo using ethically sourced seafood, hormone-free and humanely raised meat, and mostly organic vegetables obtained mostly from local farms. And, honestly, the quality and freshness definitely comes through in the flavours of each dish (and in the prices).
The beautifully presented heirloom beetroots ($24), for example, were so fresh and tasty, and were combined with an imaginative buttermilk beetroot horseradish ice cream. While we found the accompanying Shropshire blue cheese chunks a bit too strong for the dish, it was a creative take on your average beet salad. The starter paired beautifully with a glass of Proidl Gruner Veltliner ($23), a lovely, crisp wine from Austria.
A must-try main is the juicy and flavourful Mey Selection beef tenderloin ($62), served with a button mushroom and parsnip puree. The sommelier, who was super spot-on with each and every pairing, chose a wonderful red for the meat: Peccavi Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River. If you’re not a meat lover, not to worry; Artemis does a lot more than meat. From an Australian red snapper ($50) and grilled lobster with snow pea salad ($78) to organic roasted chicken ($36) and a vegetarian grilled avocado with red quinoa ($32), there’s really something for everyone.
For dessert, don’t miss the Artemis Tiramisu ($20) with espresso ice cream, coconut foam, biscotti and amaretto jelly.
Standouts: It’s a toss-up between the char-grilled Spanish octopus appetiser ($26) – it had the perfect, not-so-chewy texture – and the thickly sliced Japanese Hamachi ($28).
Also… Be sure to grab pre-dinner drinks at the outdoor bar, where’s there’s a great cocktail and bar bites selection. We loved The Beautiful Sour ($22) with Death’s Door Gin, bergamot orange and sparkling wine, and happily devoured the flavourful harissa prawns ($16 for six pieces).
– Amy Greenburg
Lovers of a first-class New York steakhouse experience, you’re in for a treat. Recently opened at the brand new InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay is globally renowned Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, beloved for its top quality, tender, sub-primal cuts of prime USDA Blank Angus beef, dry-aged for 28 days on premises – not to mention its slick and super-friendly service, and old-school, traditional steakhouse vibes. The restaurant’s interior pays tribute to the original New York institution, with rich mahogany panelling, walnut floors, beautiful Italian chandeliers and mosaic-tiled details.
Some of the don’t-miss dishes here include the seafood platter for two ($50 each), Porterhouse steak for two ($185), Wolfgang’s salad (a giant lettuce-leaf wrapped around a crunchy combination of tomato, onion, bacon, shrimp, peppers and green beans; $25), creamed spinach ($15) and New York-style Wolfgang’s Cheesecake ($18).
Now on offer at the restaurant is The Wolfgang Experience – a special set lunch menu that includes some of the signature specialties such as the Beverly Hills chopped salad as a starter option, and the dry-aged rib-eye steak as one of the entrée choices. Available daily from 11.30am to 5pm, the special set lunch includes a seafood appetiser, a soup or salad, one entrée with a choice of two sides and a dessert served with coffee or tea – all for $55 to $90, depending on the choice of entrée.
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This article first appeared in the March 2018 edition of Expat Living Singapore. Subscribe now!