Iron Supper Club – Crackling Pork & Char Siew Donburi Bowls, By Local Celebrity Chef Heman
“This is called a Supper Club?”
“They have early suppers then.”
Didn’t quite know how to reply a friend who asked about this new eatery located at Outram Road, which ends its operations at 9:30pm – indeed early for a place called Iron Supper Club.
It took over Coo Bistro located within the Boutique Hostel – another case of not-bad food, hip location, but extremely low visibility on the social media front.
Iron Supper Club is helmed by local celebrity chef Heman Tan, also known as “IronManChef” due to his active training in Ironman triathlete races.
You may have caught him in one of Kym Ng or Pornsak’s food variety programmes.
(Photo credit: IronSupperClub)
The same friend asked, ”How come he didn’t recognise you….” I must add, I do try keep a low profile, and we have somehow never crossed paths before even on Channel 8.
As Chef Heman is a firm believer of healthy living, he has designed this “IronRiceBowl” menu around Japanese Donburi with a touch of Asian influences.
The dishes are made to be rich in proteins coupled with carefully controlled carbohydrate portions.
Offerings include Signature Slow Braised Beef Brisket ($12.90), Signature Yuen Yang of Crackling Pork and Honey Char Siew ($12.90), Steam Barramundi Fillet with Soy Sauce ($10.90), Assorted Seafood with Hollandaise Sauce ($10.90), Crispy Crackling Pork ($8.90) and Pork Katsu Curry Don ($10.90).
Interesting appetisers are Spicy Mala Sauce Crispy Crackling Pork ($10.90), Gratin Avocado with Jumbo Crab ($9.90), Spicy Buffalo Wings ($9.90), Beer Battered Cheese Fritter ($8.90) and Salted Egg Cheese Fries ($8.90).
I ordered the recommended Signature 3-in-1 Rice Bowl ($12.90), a combination of a Chicken Katsu, Char Siew, Barramundi Fish, resting on a special blend of Low GI Black Berry rice blend, topped with a Sous Vide egg.
After a 40 minute wait for a rice bowl, I thought that the individual components worked well – the chicken katsu was crispy and moderately juicy, char siew sufficiently tender.
The Black Berry rice blend was tasty, but portion could be much smaller than usual as they were trying to keep carbs-down.
Perhaps they could include a dollar top-up or something, just in case some diners need to feel full.
What was lacking was perhaps a unifying component to jell all the parts together – the corn and the lone broccoli seem out of place.
I also ordered the Signature Slow Braised Beef Brisket ($12.90) which looked promising with its rendang-like looking beef, unfortunately suffered from a case of tough difficult-to-chew pieces.
For a Tiong Bahru enclave, the prices are still kept rather wallet-friendly.
In consideration of its setting and low carb meals, perhaps expanding on the range of appetisers and small plates for nibbles could work for winding down the night.
Iron Supper Club
COO Boutique Hostel Sociatel, 259 Outram Road, Singapore 169056
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
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