The Place Most people probably wouldn’t know where Camden Medical Centre is, little to expect a promising Japanese inspired beef restaurant to be located there. Yes, I am talking about Fat Cow, which is pretty well-known as one of the places serving the best beef in Singapore. I have to be specific about the beef as well, which is what Fat Cow is known for – the various grades of Japanese Wagyu Beef.I love the private setting and ambience of Fat Cow when I visited recently, no doubt the prices are sky rocketing exorbitant, the setting of the place makes me feel casual and relaxed, one of the best dining places for an intimate conversation. There is also a private 16 seater round table where the chef will prepare the food right in front of you, but I think that is only available upon special request or bookings. Thanks to the Entertainer App – there is a 1-for-1 on the mains! Sadly this excludes the set lunch.
The Food The tip is to go for the Set Lunch at Fat Cow, which range from $30+ to $40+ depending on the dish. I feel that the set lunch is more value for money than the mains (which is at 50% with the Entertainer App), as it comes with chawamushi, salad, miso soup and ice-cream at the end of the meal. If you are feeling rich, there is nothing to stop you from ordering the famous Japanese Wagyu beef here, which ranges from A3 to A5 grades.
We decided to try two of the recommended set lunches here, the Fat Foa-Gura Don ($42) and the Fat Cow Donburi ($38), both comes with wagyu beef cooked in different styles.
For the set lunch, the chawamushi was one of the best I have had so far. It was topped with a tinge of crab sauce and had scallop, prawn and mushroom in it. This was probably as best as this dish could get.
The Fat Foa-Gura Don is highly recommended for Foie Gras lovers as there is a generous serving of the fat foie gras with grilled wagyu beef cubes. It was almost an orgasmic explosion for the palate when I was eating the foie gras and beef cubes together with the don.For a pure beef lover, do not miss the Fat Cow Donburi served with onsen egg and charcoal grilled Wagyu Beef. The best way to have this dish is to break the egg and mix it all up with the beef, which was super yummy! It might be psychological but the onsen egg simply tasted so different from normal eggs we usually eat, as the taste was much richer and miraculously fresher. As for the wagyu beef, needlees to say, a big thumbs up. The quality was superior, texture was succulent and chewy. The best style to appreciate the wagyu beef is to have it done medium rare.
Since we have 50% for the mains with the Entertainer App, we decided to do some justice to ourselves by sharing two mains, the Cod Fish ($48) and the Kurobuta Pork ($48). I would say both dishes were decently done and presented, though I am tempted to rant about the small servings given the price. The Cod Fish did not surprise me, it was good but not wow or distinctly different from other restaurants. The Kurobuta Pork was the more interesting dish of the two, as I think the way it was prepared and served was much more outstanding. The texture of the pork was chewy yet not too tough, bringing out the full flavour of the Japanese kurobuta pork.Even the home made chocolate chip ice-cream at the end of our meal was so good.Rants The most common rant of Fat Cow from the world (plus an additional rant from tRP now) is the price. The prices here are easily comparable to any Michelin restaurant prices in London, Paris or Tokyo, but does the food warrant the price? No complains about the food quality and experience at Fat Cow from tRP, as I really enjoyed the food. But yes, I have to agree with the world that the prices are too much to absorb in a meal for any ordinary human being.
Will I return again? Some dining experiences are complete and sufficient just once in your life, and I know that Fat Cow happens to be one of these experiences. It is not everyday that we live like a king, but if that opportunity has come for you, I would recommend a royal dining experience at Fat Cow. Otherwise, I will have to work harder now to earn my next meal here, hopefully with a downward revision of prices in future!
Fat Cow is one of the many merchants on The Entertainer 2015 APP, which offers 1-for-1 deals off their menu. Quote “2015TRP” under the promo code when you check out from The Entertainer website to enjoy an additional 10% discount off the early bird price $60 (original price $75), which translates to $54 for use throughout 2015. This promotion is valid up till end of April 2015.
Taste bud: 4.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 5/5
Overall Experience: 4.5/5
1 Orchard Boulavard #01-01/02
Camden Medical Centre Singapore 248649
Tel: +65 6735 0308
Monday to Saturday: 12pm to 3pm; 6pm to 11pm