If sharing is caring, then Fat Belly Social at Boon Tat Street certainly knows how to care for its diners. From wagyu and octopus to classic sides, the variety of delectable dishes will have you loosening your belts in no time.
*This review first appeared in Wine & Dine’s 2021 ‘Spice & Aromatics’ issue
Compared to its flagship at Serene Centre, Fat Belly Social at Boon Tat Street is a classier and bolder affair, in more than one sense. A far cry from the cosy casual counter seating at its predecessor, the concept here champions convivial dining with mains and sides to share. While the ironic prints of livestock from Getty images on the walls are a reminder to let loose and have a laugh.
Secondary cuts continue to be the name of the game, even if they’re offered only in “Large Formats”; the smallest cut is a 500gm Stockyard Angus Flat Iron, grain-fed for 200 days. We recommend the YG Black Opal Wagyu Zabuton, aptly nicknamed ‘Little Pillow’ in Japanese, for a more tender and fattier cut. To go with are six sauces including a Bordelaise sauce made from four different red wines, bone marrow, and vegetables. There are also classic sides such as a Crusted Mac & Cheese and Creamed Curly Kale, but the tartness of the Beef Heart Tomato (named so for the way the fruit’s insides resemble the veins of a heart) emerges a clear winner.
Chef Victor Loy extends this inclusivity to secondary cuts and sustainability in the appetisers by employing the likes of pig ear, ox tongue, and tripe. The latter is cooked till tender in a red stew of chickpeas and end cuts of chorizo from the restaurant’s charcuterie board, served with the Grilled Octopus. But if that’s still sounds a little too adventurous, staples such as the Roasted Bone Marrow and Uni, Lardo, Caviar spread on sourdough will equally impress.
“Large Format” wine bottles are similarly the pride and joy of sommelier Lawrence Baril. A sight to behold, the magnum bottles are meant for large groups (as long as it’s done legally, of course). The 70-strong wine list boasts a mix of Old World, New World, organic and biodynamic wines from France, Italy, Spain, and New Zealand. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from the well-dressed, amicable wait staff if undecided.
Fat Belly Social is located at 21A Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069620. Opening hours are 5.30pm to 10.30pm from Monday to Wednesday, 5.30pm to 11pm from Thursday to Saturday. For more information, visit fatbellysg.com