Interesting. There are Korean minimarts around, but The Butcher’s Dining at 593 Havelock Road is what you would call a premium butcher’s concept, grocery store and cafe all in one place.
A one-stop shop.
This is probably the place to head to should you want to get meats to try Korean BBQ-ing at home, and fuss-free meal kits (would have been a God-sent to many during the Circuit Breaker period).
Located right next to Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh, the retail section offers cuts of meat carved by Head Chef and Butcher Heba Kim.
Accordingly, Korean cuisine often requires meat to be cut differently from the traditional steak or barbecue, and fresh quality meats are sourced from Australia, New Zealand, Spain, and the United States which are suited for Asian cuisine.
There are also meal kits so that you can prepare anything from Braised Pork Kimchi JJim to Gal-bi-jjim to Shabu Shabu right at home. (Would have been a God-sent during CB period.)
There is also a range of condiments, sauces, and drinks sourced from Myeongin Myeongchon (MIMC) — the first time the brand is available outside of Korea.
My friend calls this the ’atas’ Korean grocer. Because 비싸요 (expensive).
Prices are higher than what you get from the average store, but they certainly look well-packaged and of good quality.
Back to my focus, which is on the dining experience. Available on the cafe next door is a small range of Korean-inspired food items.
On the limited menu include TBD Cheese Burger ($18.90), Spicy Pulled Pork Burger ($18.90), Bulgogi Kimbap ($11.90), and Spicy Pulled Pork Kimbap ($11.90).
I do think that the food offerings can be expanded (considering the amount of quality meats they sell), and opening hours can be extended an hour or two later into the night (they currently close at 8pm).
As I wanted something hearty, I ordered an Old School Duroc Pork Cutlet ($25.80), a Korean-style cutlet drizzled in house-sauce and served with macaroni salad and rice.
The quality of the pork did not disappoint, which was considerably large in size, meaty yet succulent, and with intense flavour. My friend thought this was not quite the same as what he had in Korea though (I never ordered this dish in Korea, so couldn’t tell.)
We don’t get much Gimbap in Singapore, do we?
For those who prefer more traditional Korean dishes, there is the Spicy Pork Kimbap ($11.90) which features slices of spicy pork and an ensemble of crunchy vegetables enveloped within.
I had the Bulgogi Kimbap with the bulgogi in a house-marinade sauce and spicy mayo; and liked that it was packed with ingredients with the cabbage, carrot and perilla leaf providing a refreshing crunch.
The solo sweet item available was an MIMC Jeju Tangerine Pound Cake ($5.90), best paired with an cold drink of MIMC Iced Korean Pine Needle Tea ($8.50) which is a citrusy tea with a subtle floral aroma.
The drinks were slightly on the pricier side (I mean, it’s $8.50 before taxes), but some may think well-worth for its quality. It didn’t taste like the conventional premix, and I actually bought a bottle back.
The Butcher’s Dining
593 Havelock Road, Singapore 169641
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 8pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon