It doesn't have to always be the usual thick cuts of sizzling steak, either. From eel to slices of marbled char siu, we round up what our Michelin inspectors have to say about these seven meat-centric restaurants in town.
InterContinental Hotel, Level 1, 80 Middle Road
There aren’t many restaurants that are as good at hosting business lunches as they are for entertaining large family tables, but then this restaurant, within the InterContinental hotel, is unlike most. It serves a mix of dishes from across Europe, from three kitchens: one for cheese and charcuterie, one for wood-fired dishes and one for charcoal-grilled meats. The high ceiling adds grandeur to the large, contemporary and thoughtfully-lit room.
165 Tanjong Pagar Road
Alsace-born Chef Stephane has created an appealing menu full of hearteningly satisfying dishes. He uses ingredients from all parts of the globe for his modern European cooking – something not to be missed is the rotisserie free-range chicken, which is from Malaysia. If you like sharing, also consider ordering the considerable ‘beef platter’ for your group. The room is warm and welcoming, if not quite as ornate as the punning name suggests.
363 Jalan Besar Road
Cantonese roast meats prepared in a traditional way (with just a hint of Western style) lure plenty of customers to this relaxed and friendly restaurant. There’s roast duck and crispy pork belly but it’s the meltingly tender BBQ pork that really stands out; other Cantonese dishes on offer include seafood and stir-fried noodles. It occupies two floors – the ground floor’s large round tables make it better suited to family gatherings.
4. Gordon Grill
Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road
Those with fond memories of European-style grill rooms will like Gordon Grill. A feature of Goodwood Park hotel for over 50 years, the restaurant is famed for its meat trolley service which is wheeled over to each table. Along with the meat and plentiful supplies of seafood from the grill, you can expect French-inspired classic dishes. It’s a good choice for a quiet business lunch, a romantic dinner for hotel guests or weekend family outings.
B1-71, Galleria Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
The bone marrow flan with mushroom marmalade at this luxurious steakhouse from Wolfgang Puck may be just as good as the LA original, but you’re really here for the eating of beef. Steaks are expertly seasoned and grilled over charcoal before being finished off under a 1200 degree broiler to leave them succulent, tender and juicy. The wine list offers over 650 labels. You can also eat at the counter in the more casual bar.
Camden Medical Centre, #01-01/02, 1 Orchard Boulevard
The ground floor of a medical centre is an unlikely place to find a Japanese steakhouse but it’s worth seeking out. The restaurant specialises in various grades of Wagyu from three prefectures in Japan, along with breeds from Australia. The meat is charcoal-grilled but you can also opt for sukiyaki or shabu-shabu – and it’s worth starting with some nigiri. To get the best from the experience, avoid the first dining room and sit at the counter.
#01-01, 1 Keong Saik Road
The live eels are flown in from Japan’s Aichi Prefecture, as is the rice. They are then cleaned and gutted in the glass-fronted kitchen before being grilled over a charcoal pit – it’s quite a performance to watch. They arrive at your table crispy on the outside and soft and yielding on the inside – and are made even more delicious thanks to the accompanying secret sauce. No bookings are taken so it’s worth arriving early.