I first heard of this place about a couple of months back, through word of mouth. And since my love for meat was hardly a secret, loved ones had me in mind once they found out about Meat n’ Chill. Admittedly, I was excited about a new meat lover’s oasis but I’ve never been one to chase trends (only value). So after only a few months, I decided to drop by with the family.
They had two options for ribeye steaks: Black Truffle Angus Ribeye Steak ($38) or The Red Neck Soo-veed Ribeye Steak ($27). Since we have always been a bit of purists when it came to steaks, we went with the latter as to avoid the risk of the truffle overpowering our prime dish.
When the steak arrived, it looked good. The grill marks were pronounced and the meat had that plump and juicy look. They got it at a nice ‘Medium’ almost throughout the steak (one end to another) something the sous-vide helped achieve…I think. The meat wasn’t as tender and flavours weren’t as buttery and robust as I expected thought – a far cry from places like Le Steak, Lenas and even Swensen’s.
The sides – straight-cut fries and coleslaw – were not too bad. Strangely enough, a third of the fries were tough and really dark in colour, while the remaining ones were almost perfect. So it’s like an initial batch was fried in overly used oil, then combined with a fresh batch.
Next up was the ShiraXO Braised Beef Short Ribs ($34). This dish took the phrase ‘fall-off-the-bones’ to a literal level, where tender meat is piled on a handsomely large rib. I have to say that this is the first time I’ve been served beef ribs in such a manner. Usually, the meat stays on the bone until I pull it apart, which I find to be a satisfying experience that the dish here lacks.
The texture was truly tender but I found the sauce to be slightly on the salty side. The flavours created by combining Shiraz and XO were pretty unique but easily forgotten. I can taste both sides battling it out instead of working in harmony to create a well-balanced and delicious sauce. All things considered, I wouldn’t try it again.
I know that they have signature dishes like the meat platter and Angus beef but my objective was to find out how well-rounded their menu was. I had high hopes for this meat-themed place…I really did.
Portions were good, so no worries about going hungry. The service was warm and friendly, which was a big plus in my books. The ambience was more towards rustic with a no-frills approach.
Should You Try It?
Groups looking for a convivial dining experience can give this place a shot. If you’re looking for a safe option to get good meat then I suggest you go in with managed expectations.
Meat n’ Chill
805 Bukit Timah Road,
#01-04 6th Avenue Centre
Tue – Thu: 3:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Fri: 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sat: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sun: 11:30 am – 22:30 pm
Tel: +65 6219 7460
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