From sublime steaks to juicy burgers, meat lovers will be spoilt for choice with Singapore’s multitude of meat-centric dining options. Here’s our guide to some of our city’s beefiest picks to satisfy your carnivorous cravings.
At this upscale Japanese-inspired steakhouse, diners can indulge in a handpicked selection of the most exquisite Wagyu from renowned farms around the world.
Treat yourself to the A4 grade Miyazaki, recognised as the ‘champion cow’ and famed for its tender texture, or the decadent A5 Hida, known as the Rolls Royce of beef for its impeccable marbling. For something more substantial, go for the premium donburi, where you can have your choice of sliced Wagyu steak on rice with uni (sea urchin), caviar, foie gras and onsen egg.
Fat Cow, Camden Medical Centre. 1 Orchard Boulevard #01-01/02, Singapore 248649. +65 6735 0308.
Daily 11.30am-3pm, 5.30-10.30pm.
Just as its name implies, meat lovers will rejoice at this authentic all-you-can-eat Brazilian churrascaria (steakhouse).
A variety of succulent bovine cuts are grilled over the fire and served to your table by enthusiastic knife and skewer-wielding passadors (meat waiters). Look out for the tender and juicy picanha (rump cap), the most sought after cut featuring a glorious layer of fat. Other noteworthy offerings include spicy pork sausages, honey gammon ham and chicken hearts for the adventurous eater.
Besides meat, you’ll also be able to feast on an array of soups, desserts and traditional dishes such as feijoada (black bean stew) and pão de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread).
Carnivore, CHIJMES. 30 Victoria Street #01-30, Singapore 187996. +65 6334 9332.
8 Korean BBQ
You know you’re in for a unique Korean BBQ experience when the establishment’s speciality is the Hungarian Mangalitsa hog—prized for its high fat marbling and hailed as the Kobe beef of pork.
Don’t miss its eponymous 8 colours set featuring thick slices of premium Mangalitza pork belly in an array of flavours such as ginseng, garlic and gochujang (Korean red chilli paste). This delectable set comes with kimchi, beansprouts and a stew of your choice and can easily feed up to four people, so gather your foodie friends for a delightful feast.
8 Korean BBQ, The Central. 6 Eu Tong Sen Street #02-79/90, Singapore 059817. +65 8692 1188.
Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm, 5:30-10:30pm; Sat & Sun 11.30am-10.30pm.
Unleash your inner carnivore and indulge in a variety of wood-fired delights at this popular American-style smokehouse.
It is definitely meat galore with highlights such as the 14-hour smoked brisket with zesty coleslaw, 3-hour smoked pork chop and grilled pork ribs topped with a spiced apple cider glaze.
If you have room for more, the casual restaurant also does a mean cheeseburger—a super sinful stack of double beef brisket patties topped with sliced cheddar cheese and house pickles. Wash it all down with a selection of ice-cold lagers and pale ales.
Meatsmith Telok Ayer. 167/169 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068620. +65 6221 2262.
Meatsmith Little India. 21 Campbell Lane, Singapore 209894. +65 9625 9056.
Head over to this no-frills home grown burger joint for hearty meat-packed options at reasonable prices.
A must-try is the dry aged beef burger, consisting of Australian beef that is dry aged for a month and comes with homemade chipotle mayo, cheese and pickled onions. Other tasty creations you may find yourself wolfing down are the creamy salted egg chicken burger and Szechuan beef sliders prepared with fluffy mantou buns.
Wolf Burgers, Funan Mall. 107 North Bridge Road #01-05, Singapore 179105.
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Lawry’s The Prime Ribs
Founded in 1938, this award-winning American steakhouse is a classic institution that true steak aficionados should not miss.
Try the signature USDA prime rib of beef—aged up to 21 days for enhanced flavour and tenderness. The beef is slowly roasted to perfection on beds of rock salt, carved and served tableside from their famous silver cart. Round off your meal with its luscious Idaho mashed potatoes and iconic Yorkshire pudding.
Mandarin Gallery. 333A Orchard Road #04-01/31, Singapore 238897. +65 6836 3333.
Mon-Thu & Sun 11.30am-10pm, Fri & Sat 11.30am-10.30pm.
WAKANUI Grill Dining
The first and only overseas offshoot of the original establishment in Tokyo, this niche fine-dining steakhouse specialises in high quality steak and lamb sourced from New Zealand.
The cattle are raised on lush pastures in the South Island. Upon reaching Singapore, it is dry aged for several more weeks in the restaurant’s in-house cellar. A special grilling technique using binchotan (white charcoal produced in Japan) is then employed to bring out the original flavours of the fine meats.
Hard core meat fans will relish polishing off the WAKANUI selection board—a tasting platter of signature dishes such as ocean beef bone-in ribeye, Canterbury grass-fed fillet and the moist spring lamb notably devoid of any gaminess.
WAKANUI Grill Dining, Marina One (The Heart). 5 Straits View (West Tower) #04-02, Singapore 018935. +65 6384 2665.
Daily 11.30am-3pm, 5.30-10.30pm.