KEONG SAIK - Butcher Boy is the new kid on the block on Keong Saik Road, and it’s already winning big points among the foodie set for its laid-back vibes and tasty Asian-inspired cocktails and gourmet creations. Opened by Andy Walsh of Cure (which is just a few doors down), Butcher Boy goes somewhat of a fusion route with grilled meats like the Iberico pork belly served with sambal and small plates like the fried chicken bao, chili crab salad bun and duck banh mi. The cocktails are just as inspired and make use of Asian ingredients like lychee, plum and Thai milk tea.
Why you should come here:
We’re always on the hunt for places that rock both the vibes and food, and Butcher Boy nails it with dark, cozy interiors sporting concrete walls and green leather couches, an island bar that we could see being a good perch for an easy-going date, and a DJ who throws down fun tunes throughout the evening. The food is on point, with the meats grilled perfectly and the sauces punched up with Asian herbs and spices, and there are a few decent options for vegetarians that are just as flavourful and filling as the protein plates.
What we love:
When we visited there were just two of us eating so we only got to sample a few dishes, but of the dishes we did get to try, pretty much all of them were delish. To start, the Aubergine Satay featured lusciously soft grilled aubergine with a Thai-style salad of green papaya and coriander and a tasty satay sauce, and the Hamachi Sashimi with soy and Tokyo turnip was light and refreshing.
For mains, the Cauliflower Steak is an excellent choice for vegetarians, as it gets a unique hit of flavour from the teriyaki sauce and burnt apple, and it comes with a side of cauliflower mash, which makes it a pretty substantial dish. For meat eaters you can’t go wrong with the Lamb Rump paired with your choice of sauce including miso brown butter, black pepper, Vietnamese, XO sauce or yuzu bearnaise. We went for the XO as it is apparently very popular, and for good reason.
There are so many other dishes that we still want to try, so we’ll definitely be back soon to put some more dents in the menu. They also have a Sunday roast menu that looks scrumptious with offerings like roast fish, pork belly and beef short ribs and sides like the burrata, nashi pear, kale and beetroot slaw and the skinny fries with chili and togarashi salt.
Come a bit early if you can and try some of head bartender Knut Randhem’s imaginative boozy creations. We love the Sake Cooler with sake, cucumber, lemon, rosemary and soda, and the Street Side Milk Punch with cachaça, Thai milk tea and salted caramel syrup. They also have a great selection of Japanese craft beers, sakes, and wines from around the globe.
About $70 a person with one or two drinks thrown in the mix.
Where: 31 Keong Saik Road
Tel: +65 6221 6833
Hours: Mon - Sat: 5pm - 11pm, Fri - Sat: 12pm - 3pm, Sun: 12pm - 9:30pm
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