Photo: Decker Barbecue / Facebook
There’s something about grilled meats smoked properly over an open (or more lor less) fire that is totally comforting and delicious.
Everyone loves a good barbeque, from Americans to the Japanese, so here we’ve rounded up a few of the best in Singapore where you can enjoy traditional flavours as well as the more innovative ones whenever you have that craving for good meat.
With a focus on “farm-to-fire” cuisine, this newly-opened, Pan-American-inspired restaurant sits in the Sentosa Golf Club overlooking the Singapore Straits. The interiors are warm and inviting with “colonial chic” vibes, with an outdoor terrace that offers views of the golf course, a great place to be for sunset drinks.
Of course you can’t miss the grilling going on in the kitchen, with the brick-encased asador (a traditional pit where whole meats are grilled in plain view) acting as an opening to look into the kitchen. Must-try dishes include a daily rotation of empanadas, as well as the salt-baked trout and the rosemary and thyme-rubbed lamb.
Cooked on the asador, the meats have a smoky, intense flavour and are best enjoyed with house-made sauces like chimichurri, charred herb salsa and some seriously spicy hot sauce.
Where: Sentosa Golf Club, 27 Bukit Manis Rd, 099892
Opening hours: 12pm to 11pm (Wed to Fri), 9am to 11pm (Sat to Sun), closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
2. Meatsmith Little India
Photo: Meatsmith Little India
While the Telok Ayer venue has been a tried-and-tested favourite for meat lovers for a long time, the newer opening at Little India deserves just as much attention for their seamless incorporation of Asian flavours. Inside their Campbell Lane corner restaurant, the team uses wood and fire to grill, smoke, char and roast their dishes using ingredients from nearby Tekka market.
The addition of a tandoor and spit roaster ensure the flavours are both authentic and innovative. Must-try favourites include the beef ribs, bone marrow curry and biriyani-stuffed suckling pig. Cocktails provided by upstairs bar Rogue Trader are also not to be missed.
Where: 21 Campbell Ln, Singapore 209894
Opening hours: 5pm to 11.30pm (Tues to Fri), 11.30am to 11.30pm (Sat to Sun), closed on Mondays
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3. Decker Barbecue
Photo: Decker Barbecue
Located in the ever-more vibrant Quayside Isle in Robertson Quay, Decker Barbecue is an unassuming outdoor eatery that packs a big punch in flavours and style. Singapore’s first “authentic Texas barbecue,” the restaurant features a custom-built smoker from Dallas where meats are cooked for up to 16 hours.
The result are ribs which fall to pieces on your brown paper-lined tray, and beef brisket, smoked overnight. Their simple but powerful cocktails also pack quite a punch and they do brunch now as well!
Where: 60 Robertson Quay #01-17, 238252
Opening hours: 6pm to 10pm (Tues to Fri), 11.30am to 10pm (Sat to Sun), closed on Mondays
4. The Gyu Bar
Photo: The Gyu Bar
Opened earlier this year, this new Japanese barbecue is all about grilled beef. Its marbled A4 wagyu is flown chilled from Kumamoto prefecture and features unique cuts such as the Tomo-sankaku, which comes as part of the omakase platter. The Gyu Bar Platter offers eight different cuts of beef and is the best option to sample as much of the interesting cuts as possible.
With its roots in Korean barbecue, you can enjoy a taste of Korea at Gyu Bar as well, with a selection of kimchi. They also offer a cup of sake on the house, you can choose the cup you’ll use as you enter.
Where: 30 Stevens Road #01-08 Entrance located outside of Mercure Hotel, 257840
Opening hours: Lunch from 12pm to 3pm, Dinner from 6pm to 11pm, closed on Mondays
5. Red Eye Smokehouse
Photo: Red Eye Smokehouse
One of the first barbecue places to open in Singapore, this Jalan Besar haunt is a little out of the way but the pay-off is the area is a nice change of pace from your busy downtown eateries.
Here you pay by the weight you choose so you’re never in danger of over-ordering — if you want more you just head back up to the counter and hope they haven’t run out of your selection. Their spicy Sriracha chicken wings are a must-try.
Where: 1 Cavan Rd, Singapore 209842
Opening hours: 5pm to 10.30pm (Tues to Sat), Lunch from 12pm to 3pm (Sat to Sun), Dinner from 5pm to 9pm (Sunday), closed on Mondays
There are quite a few branches of this popular Japanese chain restaurant but that doesn’t affect the quality . One of the first Japanese barbecue restaurants to open in Singapore, their Robertson Quay location is a great place to hang out with friends at.
If you go on a weekday, you can enjoy their buffet deals which offer unlimited meats (a mix of quality beef and pork), as well as side dishes and dessert.
30 Victoria Street #01-01/02, Singapore 187996
81A Clemenceau Avenue #01-18/19 UE Square, Singapore 239918
238 Thomson Road #02-46, Novena Square, Singapore 307683
11 Tanjong Katong Road One KM, #01-16, Singapore 437157
1 Vista Exchange Green #02-17, The Star Vista, Singapore 138617
176 Orchard Road #02-53/54 The Centrepoint, Singapore 238843
Opening hours: May differ from various outlets
7. Super Star K
Photo: Super Star K
A simple Korean barbecue option that is wildly popular in Singapore, the restaurant first started out as a food court stall in 2004 and today offers four restaurant venues for different types of barbecue.
Their Tanjong Pagar location is one of the most popular barbecue restaurants along the stretch and offers quality pork options as well as beef as well as Korean favourites like bimbimbap, ginseng chicken soup and ramen options.
Where: 75 Tanjong Pagar Rd, 088496
Opening hours: 2pm to 3am daily