Ah, Badoque…I came across this meat-lovers’ haven thanks to a friend of mine. She told me that their beef ribs reminded her of me and after I clarified that it’s not just because of the large portions, I decided to try this place out. It was only on the second trip however, that I decided to write about this place.
Badoque Cafe is a halal cafe that started in 2008, with their first outlet in Simpang Bedok. They opened their second outlet in Upper Thomson after six hardworking years, in 2014. Their objective is to deliver delicious meals with hearty portions, accompanied by excellent service. Their food is rich with spices and bold flavours, and their signature dishes include ribs, steaks and spring chickens.
Being the Lazy Meater, there cannot be a way for me to walk away from such a profile. Keywords like beef ribs, steaks, hearty portions and excellent service are exactly what I look for when describing a place of value. Naturally, I asked our favourite Swiss foodie along, because both he and I cannot imagine passing up on such an opportunity.
After a quick scan of their meat options (which were plenty) I chose the Beef Ribs ($24) and after a bit of eager anticipation, I was greeted by a marvelous sight. A long cutting board was plated with potatoes, peas, carrots and a magnificently sized beef rib. The rib was so large that it took up most of the board.
But did it taste as good as it looked? Well, it was tender enough, a little fatty and the seasoning went well with the beefy flavours. I could tell that it was marinated well in advance, because the flavours permeated the flesh nice and proper. It’s not as tender as I’d like and I know they can do better because I’ve tried their rib before. This time, I had to put in some effort to tear the flesh from bone.
The veggies were cooked through and while the carrots weren’t as soft as I liked, they were alright. Have to say that the peas didn’t deliver a satisfying feel as a side. They just lacked that fulfilling sensation even with a big mouthful.
All things considered, I would say that it’s very reasonably priced but if this is a signature dish, then I’d like it to be tenderer so as to create a more pleasant dining experience. The portion sizes are definitely enough to reach the level of ‘good’ value. 7.7/10.
Roli decided on the Black Pepper Ribeye Steak ($36) and it was a good choice. Presentation wise, it’s exactly what you’d expect from a place that focuses on value instead of trying to create a flowery spectacle. A big fat piece of beef on a bed of roasted vegetables.
Though we asked for medium-rare, it came our more towards the rare side. We didn’t mind it so much since the beef quality was delectably good. Very tender, great beefy flavours and every bite was succulent and satisfying. But when your signature dishes involve beef, I would expect the done-ness to be done right, every time. It was still pretty awesome though the price isn’t in my opinion, superb value. So I’ll give it a 7.8/10.
There was another dining companion with us that day, an old and dear friend of mine. KB gave their Itik Sambel Ijo ($18) a shot and it was yet another decent option. The dish’s name basically means green sambal duck and it was a lovely looking thing. I especially loved that it consisted of two duck legs, which added a notch of much-appreciated value.
The flesh was a little overcooked and on the dry side, which sadly made parts of the meat tougher than needed. It was still well prepared and most parts were tender and moist. The skin looked like it would have been a lovely crispy surface to bite into but the sambal took that away by soaking it down.
The sambal had just enough heat without making the dish unbearable, so I liked that. The rice made it a more wholesome meal and the crackers added some nice contrast in texture. Was it good value? I say it was very decent, considering the reasonable price. 7.9/10.
Service there was prompt and friendly, which reinforced their promise on delivering a pleasant experience. The ambience was nice, cosy and a little on the rustic side. Loved how clean their restroom was too!
Should You Try It?
As a meat enthusiast, I would say go for it. Hopefully your beef ribs will be tenderer than ours, but their other dishes are worth trying out. I can tell that they respect the food and only wish the quality would remain consistently on the high side.
Badoque (Upper Thomson)
246 Upper Thomson Road
Sat – Thu: 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Fri: 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Tel: +65 6552 1646
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