Red Eye Smokehouse – Singapore

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.

Red Eye Steakhouse - Photo by ieatishootipost

Red Eye Smokehouse – Photo by ieatishootipost

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
Singapore 209842

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.

Our meal from Red Eye Smokehouse - Photo by ah_hulk (IG)

Our meal from Red Eye Smokehouse – Photo by ah_hulk (IG)

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. 🙂


Iskina Cebu – Lechon in Singapore

I had this insatiable craving for lechon, or roasted pig.  Lechon is a Filipino dish that came from the Spanish influence in my country.  The pig’s innards are discarded and herbs and spices are placed inside the pig before the entire pig is roasted over an open flame.

I have been looking for a good lechon place here in Singapore and I think I found one that I’ll come back to one of these days.

The place is called Iskina Cebu.  The lechon is of the Cebu style of cooking lechon which is believed to be the best type of lechon in the Philippines.

Iskina Cebu is located at Paya Lebar right across the Paya Lebar MRT.  The exact address is:

Geylang East Industrial Estate, 1016 Geylang East Avenue 3 389731

Unfortunately, when I arrived there around 1pm, they have already ran out of their original Cebu lechon.  Only the spicy kind was left.  Since I didn’t want the day to be a waste I decided to try the spicy Cebu lechon.  It was S$10 worth.

Iskana Cebu Spicy Lechone Meal - S$10

Iskina Cebu Spicy Lechon Meal – S$10

I loved the taste of it.  In fact, I liked it more than the lechon I tasted from Zubuchon and CBT in Cebu.  The pig’s skin was crispy and so tasty.  The serving was also well worth the S$10 I gave for a meal in a hawker.

The only complaint I had was that the part of the pig I got was a bit too fatty.  After a few mins my plate was oily.  If you are watching your weight that is a big NO NO.  But I told myself, sometimes you just have to enjoy life and risk life at the same time – so what the heck I won’t eat it everyday anyway.

I highly recommend Iskina Cebu not only to my fellow countrymen but to Singaporeans and other expats in Singapore who love pork.  It’s cheaper than going back to the Philippines just to get a taste of lechon – one of the Pinoy delicacies that Anthony Bourdain loved.

Let’s All Press the Reset Button – Now Let It Go

It’s been four months now since I took on my next challenge here in Singapore.  I had to temporarily abandon my plans to continue my life back home because of an urgent thing that came to my life last February.

I will still go for that dream though – to have my own restaurant.  I already have the concept, recipes and menu down but I haven’t yet prepared a business plan.  This is where I am severely weak.  Anything related to business even at work.

One of the main reasons why I hated my last job was the need for my role to know the business side of our application.  That was just not me and so there I went and left the company I worked for almost half a decade.

But that is the past and for people to succeed we must learn to let go and so I must, I will and I have let go.

My next goals in life is to just take it easy.  Not to pressure myself and to just watch life go by.  Learn from what I observe.  Improve myself based on those observations.

In short…CHILLAX…

Singapore is a good place to relax in because of all the convenience it brings.  Yes it is expensive but you have to pay for good service and Singapore does provide good transportation, safety, overall status of living, and a good future for anyone willing to work well in this fast and evolving country.

I have reset my weight loss goal.  I abandoned that aspect of my life for several months because of more pressing matters but I have come to a point already that I told myself the best thing I did while I was jobless was to improve my health.  So here I am committing again to the challenge to lose weight and to reach my target weight.

So wish me luck!

Last Day

My last post talks about one more month to go in my current job after I resigned.  Well, last Tuesday my manager told me that they have decided to release me from my notice period early.  So today is my last day at work.  A couple of weeks early.

It’s okay actually and I’m excited to finally get some more free time for myself.  The day I decided to turn in my papers was the day I thought about loving myself first.  All these years I’ve been working my butt off to help other people, specifically my parents.  I know it sounds selfish but there comes a time that I should really lookout for myself more than others.

I will continue to look for a job here in Singapore because I like it here.  It’s peaceful, quiet, safe, efficient, and clean.  All the perks I won’t get if I go home.  Plus, Singapore helped me grow up.  This is my second home and I want to give it another shot before I totally surrender.  I just hope Singapore loves me back. 🙂

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A Month To Go

Nope!  It’s not me reaching my weight loss goal.  That is still a long time away.

It’s me giving up a good paying job to just have more of my own life back.  I’ve been stuck in this limbo for quite some time now and about a month ago I just decided to just turn my back on my job.

I can handle the stress.  What I can’t handle is my heart not being where it should be.  I didn’t like not giving a 100% of my effort to my work.  I didn’t like treating my work as a burden to me living my life.

Just so everybody knows, I resigned without having a new job yet.  I know – to most that’s stupidity.  To me, well it is 50% stupidity and 50% I just had to do it.  Am I happy?  Right now I am.  Will I be forever happy?  I honestly can’t say.

I have until December of this year to find a new job.  If I don’t find one I have no choice but to leave Singapore – the country that has been my home for the past 8 years now this coming August.

For those who have stumbled onto my site just continue to support me with prayers.  I am trying to reclaim my happiness and to me, at this point of my life, is more important than any salary.

Happy 7th Anniversary to Me

Back in August 31, 2005 a slimmer me boarded Philippine Airline’s PR501 and landed in Singapore around 6pm on a Wednesday night bringing along my 7kg of excess baggage because of oversized clothes.

In my hotel room at the Changi Hotel I laid down on my bed thinking of my mom, my dad, and my brothers who were left behind in the Philippines.  I opened my laptop wanting to hear some music just to get through the night.  The song “Babalik Ka Rin” was the first that ever played and it’s funny because at the time I’ve only been in Singapore for a few hours.

7 years later I’m still in Singapore and I am one of the millions of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) working our butts off for our family and our country.

Will I ever go back to the Philippines?  Hell yeah!  In time I will.  My heart is back home in Quezon City.