Last month, after conducting a full day’s media training, I decided to treat myself to a hearty steak dinner. But where should I go for a jolly good one? “Go to the one in an ice cream shop at Serene Centre,” cooed my training partner. Sorry, come again? She wasn’t kidding. Goodness know how many times I’ve eaten at Serene Centre in Farrer Road – ‘cos that’s where our dear friend always dropped me on route to her home – but I never knew there is a steak place called Fat Belly hidden inside Sugarhaus!
Even so, I almost bypassed it again ‘cos Sugarhaus still and always looked totally like an ice cream parlour inside and out. Upon a closer check however, yes you can see a kitchen with a narrow counter behind the ice cream counter with a sign on the wall saying “Fat Belly”. The counter was full that Monday evening but diners are allowed to sit at the Sugarhaus tables.
Fat Belly’s menu is simple. The Charcoal Grill selection has only three items – Angus Flat Iron Steak (USDA 150day Grain Fed, $22); Angus Short Rib Steak (USDA Grain Fed, $25); and Wagyu Marble Score 4-5 Onglet Steak ($38), and each paired with a recommended glass of wine ($12-$15). Add $13 and you can include a side ($5) such as Creamed Kale or Sauteed Thyme Mushroom and a dessert ($12) such as Foie Gras Panna Cotta and Sticky Date Pudding. For dinner, there’s an “Alternative Experience” ($78) which includes items such as a beef steak, beef char siew, mini beef burger and a sweet. I assume the special menu entry was for groups to share as they down wines as the drinks selection is primarily red and white wines (from $9/glass to $90/bottle).
After the waitress confirmed that the steaks come “only with a little asparagus”, I ordered a side of roasted spiced sweet potato ($5) to go with my main course. And though Alamos Malbec 2016 from Argentina ($12/glass) is recommended as a good pairing for the beef item I chose, I opted for a glass of Victoria Park Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 ($9/glass), a South Australian wine richly flavored with notes of spice and berries.
The main course didn’t take long to arrive and though the dish was very simply presented with just gravy and three miserable albeit crunchy sticks of asparagus, the Angus Flat Iron Steak ($22) cooked medium rare was absolutely tender, succulent and oozing with juice. It was arguably the best steak I’ve ever eaten for quite some time! Needless to say, I really took my time to chew and savor each slice as long as I can.
It was certainly a satisfying meal to end a tiring day. The bill came up to $42++ which is decent for a steak-and-wine dinner. Will definitely make a return to try the other items.
Fat Belly is at 10 Jalan Serene, #01-04 Serene Centre (within Sugarhaus), Singapore 258748. For reservations, call 6314 2247.