Fat Belly

Initially stopped by Sugarhaus at Serene Centre for a dollop of ice-cream (they have some of my favourite flavours—lavender earl grey, charcoal vanilla, sticky date and matcha) and decided to stay for dinner at Fat Belly which resides at the back of the shop. I’ve always loved the steaks and sides from Flat Iron in London (£10 steaaaaks) and I thought this might be a good Singaporean alternative and I’m happy to say, it was! /rejoice

So first and foremost let’s get educated on the Flat Iron Steak. This is the lesser known, usually cheaper but not any less satisfying cut, also known as top blade steak. It’s actually the 2nd most tender cut of the cow (tenderloin is the 1st).

Now that’s out of the way, let’s get to the meat of the issue (hur).

Ambience-wise, Fat Belly offers counter-seat dining. TBH I wouldn’t say this is the best of ambiences; the front is still Sugarhaus which welcomes many parents / kids / students that come in for ice-cream, and the kitchen isn’t exactly eye-candy. So… don’t come expecting atas dining. Came in on a Sunday night and it was very quiet.

Here’s the full menu for now (excuse the speck of food on it). Very simple (which helps); 2 mains, 4 sides, 3 desserts, all of which sound amazing.  I went for the Flat Iron and Creamed Kale (was very tempted to go with the Sautéed Thyme Mushrooms, and the Truffle Fries smelled amoizing). Also ordered a Cab Sav on the side, because #ITreatMyself.

First thing that came was the creamed Kale that I was already very impressed by! The creamy sauce was infused with onions and a lot of care was taken not to overcook the kale. Together the freshness and crunchiness of the kale went perfectly with the sauce. I inhaled this in a hot minute.

Next up, the flat iron! I had this medium; and the order comes with a side of salad topped with balsamic vinegar as well as chimichurri sauce which I admit sounds cute but I had no idea what it was. The cut in itself is already quite flavourful and a dash of salt (read: very tiny dash) is sufficient. I made the mis-steak (ha) of dunking in an entire slice on the salt at the side and regretted it after. Pro tip; slice each generous slice into smaller, bite-sized pieces; fork a bit of chimichurri sauce on it; dip your fork in the salt and pierce the slice + put into your mouth for a nice balanced ratio of steak-chimichurri-salt.

(Chimichurri sauce on top left, hastily eaten creamed kale on bottom left.)

CHIMICHURRRIIIII is amazingly fun to say and now I realize what’s in it: parsley, cilantro, garlic, red pepper, cumin, olive oil and etc. Although I hate the first two ingredients, it did its job in adding a fresh dimension to the steak.

Noms. Beautifully seared. Surprisingly tender.

Since I was feeling greedy I also decided to have dessert to end the meal. All 3 desserts sounded amazing: jade (pistachio based), sticky date pudding and foie gras ice cream??? Decided on the strangest one in the list: foie gras ice cream, served with torched bananas and roasted nuts.

I’m really not sure if I liked it or not. The ice cream was definitely interesting; it hits you first with the sweetness of caramel ice-cream and then ends with a very subtle gaminess which is where the foie gras comes through. Because the foie gras is so subtle (and I’m sure if it was any stronger it might border being repulsive), it’s easily missed when paired with stronger flavours like the torched bananas or maraschino cherries. Still, I quite enjoyed experimenting with pairing different elements on the plate.

Will be back to try the other desserts next time.

Bottomline:

If you love steak and a cosy, unassuming setting; give this a go. Come with a friend to try the other sides and desserts! Price-wise, this set me back by $50+ for a main, side, wine and dessert, but I think it’s well worth it for the quality of food. A quality cut might set you back by even more in other restaurants.

10 Jalan Serene
#01-04 Serene Centre
Singapore 258748

Opening Hours
6pm-10pm (Sundays to Thursdays)
6pm-11pm (Fridays & Saturdays)

Phone: +65 63142247

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