The Place I visited the highly raved Burnt Ends a couple of years back before its One-Michelin Star accolade and fortunately, I managed to secure a reservation one random evening. A table here do not come easily, especially if you are fussy like me about snagging a slot at the action-packed counter table. The trick is to reserve three months in advance.
Other than being on the Michelin Guide Singapore and a coveted spot on Asia’s 50 Best 2019, the modern Australian restaurant is definitely worth trying. The counter seats offer the best view but if you have a bigger party size, there are conventional table arrangements as well, though limited.
The Food As per what I recalled, it is still a concise one page menu at Burnt Ends where the highlights are really the grilled dishes over the huge oven. I decided to start with something really luxe, the Beef and Uni (S$50). The two servings of bite size sushi portions are full of umami, and is really quite a chore on the wallet. Expect nothing less than rich flavours of the two divine combination of beef and uni.
One of the most value for money dishes for me is the Rib Eye Lip (S$14), where you get a decent portion of thinly sliced rib eye meat. The flavour of the meat is delicious and succulent, so much so that I almost ordered another portion.
Two vegetable dishes not to be missed are the Eggplant and Miso (S$12) and Garlic Shoots and Gremolata (S$12). I am impressed with these two dishes as the way they are executed are beyond my imagination and the flavours are robust.
One of the most signature dish here is the Burnt Ends Sanger (S$20). The tender pulled pork shoulder is mixed with Chipotle Aioli and it fills up the soft brioche bun, a good dish to share between two people. I wasn’t very impressed with this burger few years back, but I really appreciate the great flavours this time.
For my main meats, I had the 200g Onglet with Burnt Onion and Bone Marrow (S$28/100g). You are free to choose how much you fancy, though I would recommend 200-300g if you are ordering other dishes. As with the rib eye lip, the beef here is very flavourful and I love the accompanying dark sauce for this onglet.
As if the dishes are not rich enough, I also had the Bone Marrow Bun (S$12) for the second time and this is seriously one of the most sinful and delicious bun around. Imagine a bone marrow flavoured bun, that’s all. Still a must have for me! It’s oily, but incredibly delicious.
Dessert was Chocolate Fondant and Smoked Ice Cream (S$12) for me, where I was in awe with the smoked ice cream. It is quite a bespoke flavour just for Burnt Ends, where the idea even extends to the ice cream flavour. Bravo.
Rants Expect a boisterous ambience here, and a slightly narrow seating arrangement at the counter.
Will I Return Again? My second visit to Burnt Ends is much more memorable and the dishes taste even better for me this time. It is always nice to be back here for a good treat and with that, I hope it is not three years later for me.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
20 Teck Lim Road
tel: +65 6224 3933
Tuesday to Thursday: 6pm to 12am
Friday to Saturday: 11:45am to 2pm; 6pm to 12am
Closed on Monday and Sunday
Ranted by The Ranter