The Place Located at Serene Centre along Bukit Timah Road, Sugarhaus and it’s alter ego Fat Belly comes to live every evening after 6pm. Walking distance from Botanic Gardens MRT Station along the Downtown Line, you will find many various cafes and desserts outpost lining Cluny Court and Serene Centre, we have also recently visited The Affogato Bar (read our full review here).
Small space, with a mix of both indoor and outdoor seats. The bar counters at the end transforms itself to Fat Belly when the sun sets; while the remaining of the restaurant keeping to its day job of satisfying the sweet cravings of diners.
The Food Fat Belly has a separate menu from Sugarhaus and primarily focus on just 2 cuts of beef – the Flat Iron and Short Rib. Together with these are various sides and a small selection of desserts. Call it a pseudo-steakhouse, or perhaps a smart business decision to diversify its offerings from its neighbours; and diners here should count themselves lucky!
A less often used cut, the Flat Iron (S$22) was made popular in recent years due to its affordable price and a stronger flavour – that is if you like it. Though tougher, if well-prepared the meat jus could be well retained in the steak and if paired with the right sauces, the Flat Iron cut can be equally enjoyable. At Fat Belly, the steak is rightly served with the chimichurri sauce.
The only other mains available here, the Short Rib (S$25) has more fats than the earlier cut. So for folks loving the more juicy meats, this will likely be the preferred choice for you. Both meats are done simply by preparing them to your preferred doneness on a hot pan, put to rest and then sliced into bite-sized portions for serving.
Sides available here include Creamed Kale (S$5), Salted Thyme Mushrooms (S$5) and Guanciale Mac & Cheese (S$5). Frankly all three were rather satisfying, although I will implore you to make sure you get a portion of the Creamed Kale.
The selection of desserts on Fat Belly menu is limited, with the Foie Gras (S$13) being the most exciting choice. Basically Foie Gras Ice Cream, together with Brulee Banana, Speculoos and Roasted Nuts, coming together to bring some savoury-sweet ending to your dinner. Unfortunately for us, we felt the Foie Gras flavour was lacking; perhaps they could up the foie gras content in it.
If you are looking for another dessert, you can hop over to the Sugarhaus’ menu. We recommend the Waffles (S$6) here, and have it with the Sea Salt Toffee, Dutch Chocolate and Gula Melaka Pecan ice cream (S$4.30 per scoop). The ice cream here are more intense than the average ones, focusing on premium quality. A quick chat with the owner, she also informed me that the brown sugar on their Gula Melaka Pecan was decided through multiple trials with different brands, and only settled on the premium option imported from Thailand – that’s dedication.
Other desserts at Sugarhaus includes both the instagram-friendly Galaxy Tart (S$8) and Lemon Popsicle Tart (S$8) – that is if you are also looking to feed your instagram as much as your sweet tooth.
Rants Fat Belly only does beef for mains, so take note non-beef eaters. Perhaps offer another type of meat as well in future?
Will I Return Again? Priced reasonably, with good desserts to cap the night, Sugarhaus + Fat Belly is a perfect combination to cap a lazy night. Just remember that you only get to eat the steak at the high stool bar counters, which really ain’t too much of an issue for the Pandas.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 3/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3/5
Sugarhaus + Fat Belly
10 Jalan Serene
#01-03A, Serene Centre
Tel: +65 6314 2247
Sundays to Thursdays: 11am to 10pm
Fridays & Saturdays: 11am to 11pm
Ranted by The Rantee