With the recent opening of The Butcher’s Wife on Yong Siak Street, there is yet another reason to head to the hip streets of Singapore’s Tiong Bahru.
Opened by the same group (Spa Esprit) that brought quality establishments like the Tiong Bahru Bakery, 40 Hands Coffee and Open Door Policy to this iconic Singapore neighbourhood, The Butcher’s Wife continues in the same vein by offering a creative menu, funky interior design and a professional kitchen team.
In the kitchen, Argentinian Head Chef Diego Carlos Quispe and his crew (his wife included) offer a simple bistro-style menu, where surprisingly, everything is gluten-free. Any preconception that this might negatively affect the taste of the dishes is dispelled by a bite into the Baked Focaccia – moist, full of flavour and covered in grilled tomatoes, onions and thyme, it’s quite delicious. Also surprisingly good (gluten-free) is the Chestnut Papardelle, served with an ossobuco ragu, parmesan and the sweet crunchiness of honey walnuts. Although many of the choices on the menu offer a healthy option – we loved the Chilled Almond Soup and the Kale and Gorgonzola Bunuelos – there are also lots of hearty crowd pleasers on offer. These include dishes like the Butcher’s Wife Beef Burger and the excellent Grilled Octopus, served with celeriac foam, capers, and salsa verde. Tender and juicy, with a perfect amount of char-grilled flavour, this generously-sized portion is highly recommended. With an Argentinian in the kitchen, the 300g Sirloin Steak is also a good bet, served here medium-rare with crispy triple-cooked potato wedges and a creamy béarnaise.
Dessert lovers must try the Chocolate Pave, a decadent mix of chocolate and stewed rhubarb and rhubarb sorbet, with the tartness of the rhubarb providing a wonderful balance to the rich sweetness of the dark chocolate.
The Butcher’s Wife
Address: 19 Yong Siak Street
tel: 6221 9307
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