Smokehouse Charcoal BBQ – All-In-One Retail and Dining Concept
It’s my cousin’s birthday and I gave her a treat at Smokehouse Charcoal BBQ. From the same company behind Kuriya and Ichiban Boshi, SmokeHouse is a retail and self service dine in Japanese BBQ restaurant. This brand new BBQ concept comes with a Japanese twist. They offer a wide selection of imported premium meat cuts.
Frankly, I got a abit lost when I entered Smokehouse. I was expecting to see like many BBQ tables but I was surprised to see a mini supermarket in front of us. For a moment, I thought we were in the wrong restaurant. So after some explaination from the restaurant manager, here is what we should do:
1. Book a table.
2. Select your BBQ ingredients and drinks at the retail counter.
3. Pay for your items and counter charge at the cashier. Lunch (Mon to Sun): $8. Dinner (Mon to Sun) $10
4. Enjoy DIY BBQ. For additional items, get them at retail counter and pay at the cashier again.
Expect different cuts of wagyu meat such as short rib eye, flank steak, striploin, and there is even Australian premium tongue. Not cheap, I would say. 100g of Japan Wagyu Chuck Roll is $22, and that is probably one of the cheapest.
Now there are so many different ingredients, we are really spoilt for choice. I had a very hard time trying to pick the meats because there are too many different cuts and they aren’t cheap to begin with. So to play safe, I ordered the Assorted Platter ($48) which has 5 kinds of meat: Japan Wagyue Karubi, Australian Short Rib, Today’s Beef, US Kurobuta Pork, Jowl & Chicken wings, together with some corn, onion and capsicum. In addition, we also had Beef 3 Kinds ($45).
There are also condiments, fruits and drinks for you to choose from.
So after done with the selection, we move to the dining area. There is a mini buffet with offers salads, soups, rice, condiments and BBQ gears. We started BBQ-ing at the charcoal grill, pretty hot so get prepared. I prefer original meat so we didn’t add any seasonings. Just make sure you don’t overcook them, especially the beef. You can pair with the BBQ sauce if you like.
Interesting concept, I must say. And it is impossible to go wrong with wagyu lah, especially when you grill it with charcoal. But for someone like me who is very lazy, there was too much to think about before a meal. From what kind of meats, to how much to buy, to what seasonings etc, too much for me to handle. Plus the retractable exhaust ducts didn’t work too well for us too so I left the restaurant with smoky hair.
I must agree that they have a great selection of Japanese seasonings, some of which were very interesting. Unfortunately, after spending a looooong time picking the meats, we decided to skip all the drinks and seasonings. And this place is not cheap, expect to pay at least $50 per pax if you want a full meal. But of course lah, you are paying for the premium meats, so if you are celebrating special occasion, this may be a good choice. What may makes you happy is, there is no service charge.
Smokehouse Charcoal BBQ
Address: Great World City #01-37
Tel: 6235 2185
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