Growing up in a family back in the Philippines who do not really eat the traditional Filipino meals on a daily basis made me appreciate the finest things in life. The best example of that is of course food.
My mom’s cooking is amazing. Her expertise are not the usual Kare-Kare or Adobo you would hear in a typical Pinoy household. Her meals are more on the steaks, ribs and everything else oh so fattening.
This is a very big trouble for someone who is battling obesity. Having a mom that can cook great meals is a double edge sword.
Because I grew up in a house having steaks rather than chicken adobo, it is but natural for me to search for steakhouses or BBQ places here in Singapore.
I have the tried and often go back to the more commercialized Aston’s Specialties. Don’t get me wrong, I like their food. It does what it is supposed to do which is to solve your craving for gorgeous beef.
One day while surfing Flipboard I managed to chance upon a flip that caught my attention. They featured a new restaurant in Singapore.
Below is a screenshot of that post.
The restaurant is called Red Eye Smokehouse and they are located near the Lavender MRT and beside the Jalan Besar Stadium.
Red Eye Smokehouse
1 Cavan Road
I got the chance to visit this restaurant when I invited a friend of mine who recently celebrated her birthday a couple of days ago. I owed her a good dinner because the previous ones we have been to sucked. This one had to save my a$$ or else she might not want to go to dinner with me again. I, like always, did choose the previous places we went to which means all of the bad experience we had for dinner was on me.
The restaurant is very near the opening of Cavan Road and ambiance is very simple, rugged and yet relaxing. The staff were very friendly and accommodating especially for first timers like myself and my friend.
Their menu is written on black chalkboard at the back of the counter. To make our lives easier the staff encouraged us to check their meat which is displayed beside the counter. This was a big help because we had hesitations on what to order by simply looking at the menu.
My friend and I chose some variety of the meat they offer. At the time we went there they had:
- Beef Briskets
- Chopped Pork
- Pork Knuckles
- Pork Ribs
- Angus Beef Sausage
- Lamb Sausage
They sold sides such as coleslaw, mashed potato, and beans.
My friend and I settled for the Beef Briskets (which I read was a must have for this place), Chopped Pork, Angus Beef Sausage and Lamb Sausage. For our side we ordered two mashed potato (had to not share because I was having a cold). For our drinks we ordered two glasses of their draft beer.
The beer was nothing special. Actually it tasted different and left an aftertaste as per my friend. Basically you can get other better beers in other places.
They gave us two biscuits. I was expecting too much for these little things and so it majorly disappointed. It tasted like air – as in nothing.
Now we’re getting to the good part of this makeshift review. The sides! The mashed potatoes are heavenly and so fluffy. It alone is enough for a meal. I recommend the mashed potato from this place anytime.
In terms of the sausages, the Lamb Sausage tasted better but both were good.
The chopped pork tasted awesome also but was not an overwhelming wow from my friend and I.
The beef brisket on the hand was superb and is definitely a must order. The meat was so tender it breaks off at a touch of your fork or knife without much pressure. The meat alone is enough, no need for sauces.
If you are the sauce type of a person, the restaurant offers two sauces – Chipotle and Sweet & Tangy. On the outside both sauces look, smell and taste the same. The difference is what you feel inside your body. The Chipotle had a spicier feel to eat after consumption. Again, for me, if you ordered the beef brisket, these sauces are optional. For the other meats these would greatly improve your experience at the restaurant.
The serving size we got was not big but was adequate for two people. I believe you can order more because their menu is based on the weight of your order. The mashed potato filled us up very quickly. It was wrong to order two of them but because of my cold we had no choice.
Overall our meal cost us S$94 which at first glance for the serving is a bit pricey but all I can say is it was worth it. You got the great tasting beef brisket with the super mashed potato and you match that with the friendly staff – you got a winning formula.
Plus, my friend finally said that the food we had for dinner was amazing. So thanks Red Eye Smokehouse for making me look good!
Would I go back? Yes!
Just have to wait for my next craving for BBQ meat. 🙂