Sunday, 22 May 2016

Smokingly Hot


The hubby and I stumbled upon Red Eye Smokehouse along Cavan Road while out for a walk around the bustling Jalan Besar area.  We spotted new cafes popping up around this estate in the last year but this American-style barbecue restaurant caught our eye and what a gem of a carnivore's fantasy it was!
The glass counter had a wide array of meats which one could choose from according to weight.  That could possibly be too difficult or too easy a choice to make depending on your personality.  My brother would have said, “Let’s have 500g of everything please.  Go large or go home.” I preferred to remain prudent with my options so that I would not end up with food coma. 

On the recommendation of the serving staff, we enjoyed an awesome beef brisket that was so full of smokey goodness, pulled pork that was ultra tender and sides of crunchy broccoli salad, burnt-end beans and sweet potato fries. This was enough for 2 to share.  The piece de resistance really was the beef brisket.  It was flavorful with that char on the sides of the meat and it was melt-in-your-mouth tender.  Although each table had a bottle of homemade barbecue sauce on it, we felt it was unnecessary and even a waste to douse the well-prepared beef brisket with that sauce.  So please don’t bother.  The pulled pork would usually be better served between a toasted bun but this was so good on its own.

The hubby could not get enough of the beef brisket so he ordered a second helping of it.  He also ordered a few barbecued chicken wings for me.  I found the wings way too dry and could have gone for a third helping of beef brisket if he had not stopped me.

 Amongst the side dishes we ordered, the broccoli salad was amazingly fresh and crunchy.  That was my little dose of healthy goodness which I could use as an excuse to justify our dinner as being “guilt-free”.   The burnt-end beans however, was way too sweet for my liking.

Red Eye SmokeHouse has been opened for just 6 months and already drawing a steady crowd of regulars who know their meats well. I spoke to some of them at the counter and they seemed to treat this place like their little well-kept secret.




About The Writer:

This blog post was co-written by my brother Jerome and I. Although we are siblings who grew up 11 years apart, shaped by differing experiences to see the world from different perspectives, we do share a common obsession – FOOD.  We celebrate our passion for life with food.  However, our attitudes to food are quite different and the way we celebrate our love for food are also quite different.  Jerome lives to eat and hoovers everything edible that crosses his path.  As he shovels food into his mouth with that fork in his right hand, he takes photographs of what he eats, and posts pictures and notes up on Facebook with his left.  Often, his beautifully written prose about what he had eaten would be 7 paragraphs in length and would not have any punctuations in between because he had been too busy multi-tasking. 

I, on the other hand, eat to live. It is not just about my attempts to eat healthily. As I am a “cam-whore” and “social media hussy”, I spend about half an hour styling my food, taking photographs, writing notes and posting them across my social media platforms before eating them, right after the hubby has paid for the bill and is about to head out of the restaurant.  I enjoy reading all my posts about what I had eaten because I know that I had lived fully in spite of watching what I eat.  Welcome to the foodie world of the quirky Ong siblings.


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