Chops Grill & Sides – Indulgent Meaty Affair with XXL Meat Platter
Located a stone’s throw away from Ang Mo Kio MRT station lies Chops Grill & Sides – the latest Western hawker craze! It might be tucked in a corner of a coffee shop but their business was extremely good on a Friday evening. We arrived around 7.15pm and there was already a queue forming. We were advised that the wait was approximately 1 hour 45 minutes but the food came around 30 minutes faster than what we expected.
Chops! XXL Platter ($59.90) feeds around 6 to 8 people but we went in a group of 5 and managed to clear everything. The original platter consists of grilled cajun chicken, fried breaded fish, grilled garlic pork collar, pan-fried Norwegian salmon, Australian grain-fed ribeye steak and half a rack of spiced BBQ babyback ribs. However, they ran out of fried breaded fish and grain-fed ribeye steak so we had double portions of grilled cajun chicken and the spice BBQ babyback ribs. Such a pity!
The grilled cajun chicken had a layer of slightly crispy skin and was quite tender. Marinated well, the flavours were distinct. The spiced BBQ babyback ribs had a good balance of sweetness and savouriness. The meat was slightly firm, yet tender enough to be easily detached from the ribs.
For the above mentioned meats, the sauces (Sriracha Mayonnaise, Tartar, homemade mushroom & black pepper) served weren’t required as they were already very tasty on their own. However, for the pan-fried Norwegian salmon and grilled garlic pork collar, we recommend that you dip these meats in the sauces. The salmon was cooked medium, and had a very nice texture. It looked a little pinkish-orangey and had a tinge of smokey flavour to it. The pork collar, on the other hand, wasn’t as good as we expected. It was a tad too tough and too dry for our liking.
Chops! XXL Platter comes with a mixture of 10 hot sides and cold salads, including potato & egg salad, coleslaw, cherry tomatoes, romaine lettuce, garlic fried rice, mash potato, aglio olio, mac & cheese, shoestring fries and pasta salad.
Our top 3 favourites were the super sweet cherry tomatoes that exploded with juices in our mouths, the well-seasoned, flavourful aglio olio and addictive shoestring fries. The pasta salad felt undercooked while the mash potato would’ve been better if it was creamier and smoother. The mac & cheese wasn’t cheesy enough to make us go, ‘wow’.
Chops! XXL Platter is indeed very value-for-money and the quality of food is very decent. Fitness buffs, if you’re up for a food challenge, you should consider devouring this meaty platter after torturing yourself at the gym. For the rest of us, it’s good to over-indulge once in awhile with friends and family who love food. Be here early to avoid the crazy crowds, as well as, to avoid the disappointment in case some meats are sold out.
Chops Grill & Sides
Address: Blk 727 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6, Singapore 560727
Opening Hours: 11am to 10pm daily.
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