The Place Branded as an alternative steakhouse like its first concept Fat Belly in Serene Centre, the same group has just launched Fat Belly Social Steakhouse (FBSS), a new 60 seater social dining space located at a level 2 shophouse space along the bustling Boon Tat Street. It is a brand new menu at FBSS, with a concept of communal dining over small plates such as the Grilled Octopus and Grilled Ox Tongue, and large sharing plates that include both alternative and prime steak cuts such as the Zabuton and Rib Cap.
The space of Fat Belly Social Steakhouse is intimate and inviting, centred by a bar with a proud display of the varied wine labels, as well as dining tables to suit different party sizes.
The Food It is a concise one page menu of small plates, large meat plates to share, sides and dessert. The wine list is a mix of old world, new world, organic and biodynamic labels from France, Italy, Spain and New Zealand.
For a start, the starters I had all sound very indulgent just from their names. The Roasted Bone Marrow (S$24) with Hazelnut, Pickled Shimeji & Sourdough is a sinful start, where the flavourful bone marrow goes well with the sourdough. I also like the small bits of hazelnut which give it a nice crunch.
Another starter not to miss is the Grilled Ox Tongue (S$26) with Jalapeño, Salsa Verde and Shaved Fennel. The salsa verde is a great element here which elevates the flavour of ox tongue.
I also enjoyed the Grilled Octopus (S$30) in Tripe & Chorizo Stew, where the octopus is thinly sliced and I do appreciate that it is served in the hearty chorizo stew.
For a heavenly combination of ingredients, go for the indulgent Uni, Lardo & Caviar (S$36) on grilled Sourdough. This dish is full of umami even though it looks like an ordinary toast.
For mains, I had the YG Black Opal Wagyu Zabuton (MS6-7, approximately 700g, S$210), and the 2GR Full Blood Wagyu Rib Cap (MS8/9, approximately 600g, S$148).
Served with Bordelaise & Scampi Butter, the alternative beef cuts here is excellent. Fat Belly thrives on using rare cuts of beef and it is probably my first time having the flavourful zabuton cut. However, my preference leans towards the more tender and fatty rib cap, which goes well with the Bordelaise sauce made from four different red wines, bone marrow, and vegetables.
Some sides I had included the Crusted Mac & Cheese (S$16), Truffle Fries (S$12), Beef Heart Tomato (S$15) and Seasonal Mushrooms (S$14).
I highly recommend the Mac & Cheese which has 3 different types of cheeses, delicious.
For dessert, I tried the Eton Mess (S$16) and Burnt Stilton Cheesecake (S$16).
Go for the latter if you are a cheese cake lover, as this version uses blue cheese which I find it surprisingly very good. I am not a big blue cheese fan usually, where this is not too intense on the palate and the berry sorbet served cuts through the cheese flavour very well.
Rants Prices are relatively upscale especially for the meats, with the cheapest Flat Iron cut (approximately 500g) priced at S$108.
Will I Return Again? The spirit of Fat Belly Social Steakhouse is communal dining. It is going to be a hefty dining experience for a couple judging from the prices, and a group of 4 is definitely a sweet spot to share the calories, and split the bill. Prices aside, the food is good for sure and I enjoyed my meal very much. This is one restaurant I will return again.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Fat Belly Social Steakhouse
21A Boon Tat Street
Tel: +65 6227 2247
Monday to Wednesday: 5:30pm to 10:30pm
Thursday to Saturday: 5:30pm to 11pm
Closed on Sundays
Ranted by The Ranter