Value-loving meat hunting…it’s what I do. And when I meet people who share the same mindset for value steaks and meat in Singapore, it adds a major boost in enthusiasm. In this week’s meat hunt, I was lucky enough to have a couple of meat lovers for company and we were excited to taste what Fat Belly had in store for us.
Fat Belly is a bit of a boutique steakhouse that opens for only 4 to 5 hours a day, and has enough seats to accommodate an earth-shattering 10 customers at a time. I don’t know about you but as the Lazy Meater, I like this business model.
Another aspect I adore about the place is how they have embraced simplicity in their menu choices; two types of steaks, four choices for sides and two for desserts. When it comes to meat for me, this is a confident sign of great quality, as I personally prefer specialization over variety.
Alright then, let’s get to the much anticipated steaks!
We tried both steaks but let’s start with the The Flat Iron ($22) which is an alternative or lesser known cut, taken from the chuck (shoulder) area of the cow. While it’s not as popular as prime cuts like the tenderloin and sirloin, it can shine just as brilliantly when treated right…which was exactly what the folks at Fat Belly did.
The flat iron steak took me by surprise. Its tenderness was comparable to the highly prized (and costly) tenderloin cut BUT the beefy flavour was a lot more pronounced. So it’s like eating the priciest cut of beef, only with better flavour and at a cheaper price tag. Can anyone say ‘Jackpot!’?
I’ll admit that the flat iron doesn’t have that melt-in-your-mouth’s level of tenderness but it was almost there. And for twenty-two bucks, it’s a bloody steal. I give it a 9/10.
Next was the Short Rib ($25) and this was another meaty surprise for me. The meat was tender and springy, with a generous amount of fat marbled into it. Seeing the prominent marbling even after cooking is something I didn’t expect to find outside of Wagyu beef. The steak also had a great sear on the outside, which provided some subtle contrast in texture.
I was also surprised because my experiences with short ribs tend to result in biting through tough connective tissue, especially at local Korean barbecue restaurants. At Fat Belly though, the short rib was like eating a prized Wagyu steak without worrying about a large dinner bill at the end. Brilliant value! 8.8/10.
As for the sides, we ordered the Creamed Kale ($5), Sauteed Thyme Mushrooms ($5) and Truffle Fries ($5). The kale was doused in so much cream that it easily became one of my favourite vegetables, the mushrooms were decent and actually went well with the steaks but the truffle fries were the most satisfying. Shoestring cut, fried to golden brown, seasoned with salt and truffle oil then sprinkled with shaved Parmesan made them into sinful but satisfying bites of flavour.
The service staff were pretty friendly and patiently clarified all of our queries. Earlier, I mentioned that there were roughly ten seats available but I didn’t indicate that they were all counter seats, with a view of a cosy and well-kept kitchen.
There wasn’t much noise from the cooking and the atmosphere was pretty convivial, allowing us three to have a chat without the need to raise our voices.
Should You Try It?
Yes. Any carnivore who loves himself / herself a goof value meal will not want to miss this place.
10 Jln Serene,
#01-04 Serene Centre,
Sun – Thu: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Tel: +65 6314 2247
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