Grit at Pek Kio – ATAS & Affordable Hawker Western Food
Who would have thought that a western hawker gem has settled in among all the long-standing occupants of Pek Kio Food Centre? Friendship among 4 young, promising chaps holds the foundation of this humble yet interesting stall. The Fantastic Four are grilling it up a notch with out-of-the-norm dishes like Mushroom Carbonara with Onsen Egg and even Beef Foie Gras Burger with Egg! Now, we can even atas at hawker centres!
The most memorable dish of the night was the Double Cheeseburger. Man, those thick stacks of beef patties and fragrant, fluffy buns! The execution on the proteins was commendable, but the binding of the ground beef could be improved so that the patties do not crumble so easily. The buns were toasted perfectly, providing a nice warm pillow for the patties to rest on. The crispy cheese fries were so addictive that we simply couldn’t stop reaching for more! The hard work that goes into Grit’s own homemade cheese concoction of cheddar, nacho cheese sauce and cream totally paid off in our opinion.
Picanha (Rump Cap) ($14) is one of Brazil’s popular cuts of beef, but not so much here in Singapore. Notice the distinct layer of fat which lends rich beefy flavours and juiciness to the meat? The steak was seared to a perfect medium-rare, in addition to the brown crust. However, it was a tad too tough and chewy for my liking. It is supposedly served on a bed of mashed potato but we didn’t get to taste it as they ran out of it that night.
The Chicken Chop is another of the crowd’s favourite, which is served with mushroom sauce and fries. To my dismay, the guys did not gauge the cooking time of the chicken well enough, resulting in a portion of the meat being undercooked. Perhaps, it was an unintentional oversight on their part due to the time of my visit, which is near their closing time. Overall, there wasn’t much to shout about, and I found myself reaching out for the fries again instead.
Despite a few of the dishes not leaving much of a lasting impression, for the affordable price tag, I wouldn’t complain. Undoubtedly, the food here costs more than the usual local fare at hawker centres, but you will definitely be able to satisfy your tummies. We should recognise and appreciate the effort of these next-gen hawkers who bring a breath of fresh air to Pek Kio Food Centre.
Address: 41A Cambridge Road, #01-45, Singapore 211041
Opening Hours: Tues-Fri, 5.30pm-9pm. Sat, 7.30am-2pm, 5.30pm-9pm. Sun, 7.30am-2pm.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visits and paid for its own meal at the stall featured here.
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