Hotspots review: Butcher Boy

Deborah Gillies tries Butcher Boy, a trendy Asian fusion bar and grill in Keong Saik

Butcher Boy
31 Keong Saik Rd, 089138
butcherboy.com.sg

During the circuit breaker my family fully embraced the island-wide delivery service, as restaurants quickly adapted to the unique challenges of the times. As diners we had access like never before to fabulous restaurant food, delivered to our doors.
As soon as dining out resumed, my husband and I headed out to a restaurant responsible for delivering home cooking bao kits and freshly prepared steak dinners to our home during the CB. Butcher Boy is a vibrant and trendy Asian fusion bar and grill, located along bustling Keong Saik road in the Chinatown neighbourhood.
The ambience is lively and fun, with modern LED screens exhibiting artwork, retro chairs and glass lightshades artistically dangling above the bar counter. Diners can opt for bar or table seating, plus there are a few outside tables on the busy sidewalk.

Die Die must try signature bao

The menu predominantly offers a tantalising variety of sharing plates, including a selection of their signature Bao, Buns and Dumplings. Unlike the name suggests, Butcher Boy has a plentiful array of seafood and vegetable dishes, such as the Crispy Baby Squid, Whole Grilled Snapper with Vietnamese Dressing, Aubergine with Furikake and Onion Dashi, Roasted Curry Cauliflower with cauliflower couscous and riata, alongside the butcher’s bounty of steaks, pork belly, duck and the ubiquitous burger.
We enjoyed the chargrilled Padron Peppers ($12), a zesty, refreshing Hamachi Sashimi with crème fraiche and ginger ($25), Beef Tartare, ponzo, and Avruga caviar, served with crisp lettuce and prawn crackers ($25) and a tower of Salmon, Ikura, Wasabi Nachos ($18).
The house cocktails are great. Try the Holy Smokes ($18), a blend of coffee-infused Monkey Shoulder whisky, bitters, and a whiff of smoke, or the Cymbo ($22), which features jalapeno lemongrass-infused tequila, agave and citrus. There’s also a quality selection of sake and wines.
Craving a Sunday roast? Butcher Boy serve a selection of meats with all the trimmings; Yorkshire puddings, carrot miso mash, and signature Szechuan brussel sprouts on Sundays from 12pm-4pm.

Verdict: Delicious food and exceptional service, with a relaxed yet energetic vibe. Suitable for date night, dinner with friends or the family.