Burnt Ends | High-End Barbecued Food

A reservation at Burnt Ends is notoriously hard to get, so when a friend offered up hers to a group of friends to take, I jumped at the chance to visit this Michelin-starred restaurant. Nevermind that a meal there could cost me a few hundred dollars. It’s a ‘once in a while’ thing, I convinced myself.

This onglet steak was so, so beautiful and lip smackingly delicious
King crab leg in herbs and garlic brown butter

Many courses of the ‘Chef’s Selection’ experience and a hole in my pocket later, I emerged without regret.

There were some misses for us, but on the whole it was a well-curated, perfectly paced, gastronomic adventure. I especially adored the lovely pink onglet steak with a ridiculously tasty onion and marrow sauce (S$35++/100g), and the juicy Alaskan King crab leg in some sort of herb, garlic brown butter (S$95++ full, S$47.50++ half).

The glistening pieces of fatty wagyu mmm
A light and refreshing flavoured cream cracker, essentially

Other highlights of the meal for me were the luscious Beef Uni (S$50++) a curious, delightful mix of succulent raw meat with the umami of sea urchin and some bright, sharp tasting raw vegetable/herb within, and the simple but delightful Grissini (S$12++), a cracker with creme fraiche and a mountain of chives.

Flavours were all rather special and portions measured to give diners just the right amounts to be satisfied but not overly full, as is expected of a 1-Michelin Star and one of the best restaurants in Asia/the world, I suppose. Another plus is watching the proactive staff go about doing their thing and flipping your #food over big bright flames in the open kitchen in front of you!

Nicely spiced Jamaican chicken with lime crema
Smoky grilled Maitake mushrooms with “congee” and an egg yolk

It’s a little surprising that a #bbq restaurant became one of Asia’s and even, the world’s, best, but after experiencing its inventive, refined dishes, quality ingredients and excellent staff, I think I can see why.

I rather liked what they did to this mackerel, served with a tangy sauce
These lamb tacos were pretty good though not particularly amazing

To be honest, the chef tasting menu wouldn’t be something I’d have often, mostly because of the hefty price tag it comes with (S$180-250++), but I could see myself coming back just to enjoy a perfectly done #steak with maybe a couple of their small bites or desserts. If a reservation could be secured, that is.

Smoked quail egg and caviar
Chocolate fondant and smoked ice cream

The smoked items were rather interesting too, like the quail egg (S$15++) and ice cream, that were respectively balanced by the creaminess of the yolk and sweetness of the chocolate fondant (S$14++).

A tempura-ed eggplant of sorts
Tapas versions of Western favourites

The ones that were a bit of a miss for us were mainly Eggplant Miso (S$12++), which my partner thought was not great and I thought was just average and a tad salty, as well as the ‘Fish and Chips’ and ‘Steak Frites’ (S$35++/piece) bites where we felt that the crispy potato compltely overpowered the luxe toppings.

“Burnt” marshmallows and petit fours to end the meal

Overall it was a well curated and paced gastronomic experience that I’d love to return for if I get rich someday (also, as some items are seasonal and there would be new things to try)!

Service was impeccable too, the staff constantly check on you and replace your places and all in an unobtrusive manner and the chef also came by frequently to make sure we were enjoying our meal.


Burnt Ends
20 Teck Lim Road, Singapore 088391
Website: https://www.burntends.com.sg/


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s