There’s something about grilled meats smoked properly over an open (or more or less) fire that is totally comforting and delicious. Everyone loves a good BBQ so we’ve rounded up a few of the best in Singapore where you can enjoy traditional and innovative flavours.
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, and an outdoor terrace that offers views of the golf course, and a great spot 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.
MEATSMITH LITTLE INDIA
While the Telok Ayer venue has been a tried-and-tested favourite for meat lovers for a long time, the newer spot at Little India deserves just as much attention for its seamless incorporation of Asian flavours. Inside this Campbell Lane eatery, the team uses wood and fire to grill, smoke, char and roast dishes with ingredients from nearby Tekka market. The addition of a tandoor and spit roaster ensures flavours are both authentic and innovative. Must-try favourites include the beef ribs, bone marrow curry and biriyani-stuffed suckling pig. Cocktails by Rogue Trader, which is upstairs, are also not to be missed.
Located in the 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” features a custom-built smoker from Dallas where meats are cooked for up to 16 hours. The result: Ribs melt to pieces on your brown paper-lined tray! Their simple but powerful cocktails also pack quite a punch and they do brunch now as well!
THE GYU BAR
Open since early this year, the Japanese barbecue go-to is all about grilled beef. Its marbled A4 Wagyu is flown in direct 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 if you want to sample various interesting cuts. With its roots in Korean barbecue, you can also enjoy a taste of Korea at Gyu Bar. A cup of sake is on the house.
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 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 just head back up to the counter and hope they haven’t run out of your selection. The spicy Sriracha chicken wings are a must-try.
There are 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, the Robertson Quay location is a great spot for hanging out. If you go on a weekday, ask about the buffet deals which offer unlimited meats (a mix of quality beef and pork), as well as side dishes and dessert.
SUPER STAR K
A modest Korean barbecue option that is wildly popular in Singapore, the restaurant started out as a food court stall in 2004 but now offers four venues for different types of barbecue. The Tanjong Pagar location is a favourite for pork and beef as well as staples like bibimbap, ginseng chicken soup and ramyeon.