For bull to butcher, every step should be accounted for–that is the motto of this beautiful restaurant. Helming the kitchen is Chef Sam Neoh with more than 17 years of experience with The Regent, Fullerton Hotel, and One Rochester Group.
I like the concept very much: it’s a sexy and pocket-friendly place where you can bring someone on a first date or a casual date, filling in the price gap between Aston’s and Prime Society. While the decor is gorgeous with dark wood, I’d suggest dark wooden venetian blinds around the restaurant, so that passersby cannot peep in, to create a more romantic ambience.
Between the Norwegian smoked salmon salad ($16) and the specialty crab cake ($16), we actually preferred the former. The milkiness of the salmon neutralized the bitter arugula, and there was so much salmon–such value-for-money–giving a full mouthfeel with each bite. There was nothing wrong with the crab cake but nothing exceptional either.
The petite tender (160g/ $28), a special item which is off the menu, comes from the cow’s shoulder and is low in fat. Like beef with low fat, this was a little tough and underwhelming for us.
The braised Australian Wagyu beef cheek ($38) was ok, tender and nice.
For the side dishes ($8), the sauteed forest mushrooms were hot from frying pan, musky and very comforting, and the fried onion rings were equally great. Huccalily found the creamed spinach slimy but, having ordered the same dish from other steak houses, I found Bull & Butcher’s version to be one of the better ones, creamy and not as salty.
One thing I was very glad of was that there was NO chocolate lava cake on the menu–enough already. All desserts are priced at $12, and although there are only 4 to choose, we had two fantastic ones, pear and chocolate crumble and banana toffee pie. The former was a wonderful balance of salty butter cookie crumbs on top of a bitter chocolate tart, a smorgasbord of everchanging tastes. The health-conscious Huccalily was afraid of the banana toffee pie but I loved it. If you take a bit of toffee, banana and cream in a bite, the banana and cream pad the sweetness and give a rich but not excessive taste. These two desserts were among the best I’d eaten this year.
A minor critique was that the starters, side dishes and desserts outshone the mains. The mains were okay but the rest were better.
The pricing was reasonable, the ambience intimate, the service swift and the food decent. If you’re looking for a date place, this is it.
Bull and Butcher Singapore
68 Orchard Road, #01-32 Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839
F, Sat, PH: 11.30am-11pm
Bull and Butcher Menu
Rating: 3.256/5 stars
ps: Thanks to Angeline and Danielle for the invite.
Written by A. Nathanael Ho.
Categories: $40-$60, >$60, Dates, Dessert, Dhoby Ghaut, Large Group, Western
this looks pretty good!
Same sentiments. I thought that the creamy spinach, though not the most photogenic, was my best dish of the meal.
The desserts were pretty awesome.
Eh wanna go fish head curry with us?
we tried the Bull and Butcher last night. It was quite disappointing. Weird ambience being in the courtyard and I totally can’t imagine having a date there!) and the wagyu was really disappointing (someone should really do something about the misuse of the term wagyu).
Did you sit in the al fresco area? That’s more for groups or after-work crowd. The seating inside the restaurant is good for dates.
We went back again after the tasting on our own. Waited 45 min for the food to come but the food tasted ok.
It’s my first time visit there and it definitely will be my last. First of all, the contemptuous manner of the waiter disgusted me…I ordered the onion soup, the waiter just stood there without giving me a suitable response, after a couple of seconds, he simply asked ” And? “, I proceeded to order the sirloin steak, another dead silence for seconds, then he asked the same in an indifferent tone ” And ? ” I finished my order for a drink, he just vanished and left me with bad impression. There were empty seats and all other waiters were quite free, still not willingly to serve. The foods served were just so-so, not value for money. When I asked to check the bill, another waiter came to show me the bill, I gave him the credit card and he took away, I had waited on my seat for almost 15 minutes but still no one returned my credit card, I looked around and saw the waiters were either chit chatting or texting over the hand phone, I then went over to the cashier and checked why it took so long to process my bill, only to find that it was actually left unattended !!! What happened next was I totally lost my temper and yelled out !!! What a horrible dining experience with Bull and Butcher, I swear I will never go there again !!!