Meet 4 Meat – Gourmet Beef Wellington at an Affordable Price
Before Meet 4 Meat went into business less than three months ago, Beef Wellington was only served in expensive steakhouses. Now, not only can you find this elegant beef dish at Meet 4 Meat, a local hawker stall, it also does not break the bank!
Meet Jimmy Teo, the chef who is helming Meet 4 Meat’s kitchen. Chef Jimmy has worked in various restaurants and steakhouses in both Australia and Singapore for the past 20 years. Most notably, he was the chef of Wooloomooloo Steakhouse at Swissôtel. Gerald, who is Chef Jimmy’s partner in this venture, decided to team up with him to make gourmet steak dishes more readily available and affordable to Singaporeans.
At just $27.00, the Beef Wellington comes as a 180-gram tenderloin coated in a red wine mushroom duxelle (finely chopped) and wrapped in a puff pastry shell. Chef Jimmy adds a piece of pan seared foie gras into the Wellington as well. This is a non-traditional inclusion. He slices the Wellington down the middle to reveal the pink beef in the centre. As with most tenderloins, the meat had less marbling (fat content) but remained deliciously tender and juicy. However, some might find that the beef is too rare for their liking. As Chef Jimmy told us that this is how it is normally served, I suggest you request for more doneness if you do not like your beef too rare.
I found that the red wine mushroom duxelle had a distinct earthiness and acidity that complemented the beef excellently. This was balanced by the creamy and fatty foie gras that sat atop the tenderloin. The egg-washed puff pastry was crispy on the outside while the pastry on the inside soaked up the beef’s fragrant juices. The dish also came with a side of baked potato wedges and vegetables. Unfortunately, the vegetables were undercooked and hard. Overall, while the sides were disappointing, I thoroughly enjoyed the combination of flavours in the Beef Wellington.
Chef Jimmy also recommended their Marinated New Zealand Lamb Cutlets ($24.50). Meet 4 Meat uses its own ‘secret’ proprietary blend for the lamb’s marinade. The dish comes with a generous serving of lamb and a sweet balsamic glaze. I was impressed by the quality of the meat – the lamb had just the right level of fat content. Therefore, the lamb remained moist which made for a palatable bite. It had a caramelised char which gave it a touch of smokiness. However, I was unable to taste much of the marinade. The meat did taste quite gamy, but that gaminess was balanced by the sweet and acidic balsamic glaze drizzled on the plate.
Meet 4 Meat does not just offer gourmet meat dishes. Chef Jimmy also has fresh handmade pasta dishes on their menu too! Their Carbonara was labelled as a “Must Try” on their menu so we had to order it. He first sautées some onions and bacon in a pan, then flambés it with some white wine. Interestingly, he adds milk as the base of the sauce instead of cream. He then stirs in an egg yolk to emulsify and thicken the sauce. Finally, the cooked handmade pasta is added and stirred into the sauce. At just $9.00, this Carbonara comes topped with parmesan cheese and fresh herbs.
The sauce tasted like a mix between the traditional Italian version, which is just made with eggs and cheese, and the modern version, which is made mainly with cream. The final concoction was light and very subtle in flavour. The sautéed bacon and the parmesan added a much needed saltiness to the dish. The handmade pasta was cooked al dente and was slightly springy in texture. Sadly, I felt that the noodles were too thick and a bit chewy for my liking. I personally would not come back for this dish, but it is a unique take on Carbonara that is worth a try when you are there.
It is hard to pass up a visit to Meet 4 Meat at such unbeatable prices. I highly recommend heading down there for their Beef Wellington, especially if you have not tried it before. Their dishes do not quite hit restaurant quality, but they are definitely impressive for hawker food. Chef Jimmy also plans on adding a charcoal grill to their kitchen, which means that there will definitely be more new dishes to come!
Meet 4 Meat
Address: 228 East Coast Road, Singapore 428925
Mobile: 8290 3605
Opening Hours: 10:30am to 9:30pm on weekdays, 8:30am to 9:30pm on weekends
MissTamChiak.com made an anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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