Butcher Boy

31 Keong Saik Road,
Singapore 089138
butcherboy.com.sg

You’re spoilt for choice on the Keong Saik Road. Not only for diverse choice but also for sheer quality – there’s many a preferred spot for dining in this part of town. But I may have found you a new favourite.

Butcher Boy is a small, recently opened joint. Beftting the hipster location, the interior is textured walls, a Friday-night ambience any day of the week and a gorgeous DJ spinning in the back. It’s very dark and snug and bustling, so come here for some great food and well-earnt cocktails.

And the cocktails are really worth sampling. The bar manager, Knut Randhem knows his way around mixology, crafting up some very special tipples. Simply describe your tastes and let him do the decision-making. However, if you’re keen to try something new opt either for the dramatic Smoking Carriage (order for the theatre as well as the taste) or the Street Side Milk Punch kitschly served in a hawker-style plastic bag. order two plates of these so no-one squabbles) and the Korean steak tartare with onion kimchi ($24) is a winner. For something more substantial, the beef short rib ($66 for sharing) is delicious as is the crispy skin pork belly ($64) – but talk to your waitress as they’re great with their recommendations and there may be a new cut on the menu. There is a selection of delicious sauces to accompany your meat feast too, from yuzu béarnaise, to a spicy sambal; again, get a couple to share and sample.

Onto the food and it’s a small menu but a great one for sharing and sampling. I suggest everyone picks a plate and you can dive in together. Their take on nachos with salmon and wasabi ($22) are very moreish (maybe order two plates of these so no-one squabbles) and the Korean steak tartare with onion kimchi ($24) is a winner. For something more substantial, the beef short rib ($66 for sharing) is delicious as is the crispy skin pork belly ($64) – but talk to your waitress as they’re great with their recommendations and there may be a new cut on the menu. There is a selection of delicious sauces to accompany your meat feast too, from yuzu béarnaise, to a spicy sambal; again, get a couple to share and sample.

The sides are all very yummy including the beetroot, burrata and kale ($12) and steak-cut chips with green harissa aioli ($10), however give the grilled lettuce a miss.

To be honest, after all of this, you’re going to be ft to bursting, but I saw the towering sundaes ($12) on ofer as dessert and they looked perfect for those with a sweet tooth – or those who wish to take a trip back to childhood.

All-in-all, another great spot for a weeknight gossip, intimate date, or team dinner. Just remember you have to share.

Charley Larcombe