For diners spoilt by a taste of choice beef, it’s a little hard to get back to the groove of supermarket offerings. Here’s some good news: There’s a wealth of gourmet butchers spread across the island so serial carnivores will no longer have to drop into a restaurant to sink their teeth into a succulent steak.
We’ve put together a list of butchers ranging from online retailers to brick-and-mortar grocers that serve up a wide variety of meats spanning the entire spectrum for home cooking. Pickier eaters would be glad to know that offerings also include organic, non-genetically modified, and sustainably farmed options. If you’re less adept in the kitchen fret not, some of these places offer pre-marinated meats for easy cooking too.
This online-based butchery specialises in bringing in Australian beef and lamb. Beef is sourced from a farm in New South Wales and is processed at Bindaree Beef, one of Australia’s largest meat processors. As for the lamb, it is free range and reared in Victoria under “strict Australian humane welfare standards and using progressive, stress-free handling techniques”. There are manageable portions of beef mince and short ribs for stir-frys. If you’re feeling more adventurous, try out the porterhouse and tenderloin cuts. All meats are vacuum-packed for guaranteed freshness.
This multi-concept space at Suntec City features a casual restaurant and retail section where customers can stock up on fresh meats imported from Australia. The meats, which range from beef to lamb and pork sausages, are certified organic from naturally raised animals that are not fed any antibiotics, steroids or hormone growth products. The Butcher’s Kitchen, which is operated by veteran grocer The Butcher, prides itself on working directly with its suppliers and visits the farms and processing facilities where its meats are sourced from.
Suntec City Tower 1 & 2 (North Wing), #02-472, +65 9616 0111
The gourmet grocer, run by the folks behind Swiss Butchery, focuses on seasonal produce. Its meat counter is stocked with prime cuts such as New Zealand Reserve Natural Beef and Matsusaka beef (Japan’s most expensive beef). Customers can also have their beef dry-aged at the counter, for more intense flavours. Alternatively, you can also get a taste of the produce at Taste’s two restaurants — Japanese eatery Sens and all-day dining spot Otto’s Deli Fresh.
118 Holland Avenue, Basement 1, Singapore 278997, +65 6264 8389
Sasha’s Fine Foods offers a variety of seafood, fish and meats spanning beef, lamb, pork and duck. Particularly noteworthy is its Black Angus beef, which is grass-fed and obtained from the south-west slopes of New South Wales. The meat is free range, and free of hormones and genetically modified feed. Also worth trying is its Irish duck from Silver Hill Farm and pork from England’s Wicks Manor. The pigs are fed a natural diet of wheat and barley that’s grown and milled at the farm. If you’re planning for a big party, order in their curated Meat Boxes.
A veteran in the gourmet grocer scene, Huber’s Butchery offers an assortment of meats including veal, lamb, poultry, hams and salami. These are flown in from countries such as Japan, Canada, Australia and the US, and can be marinated and cut into portions upon request. Customers can also have their steaks dry-aged in an in-house cabinet that’s equipped with the optimal UV lighting, temperature, humidity and air circulation conditions.
22 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249679, +65 6737 1588
Dempsey’s latest culinary destination is a massive 15,000-square feet space that doubles as a gourmet market and a modern bistro. Also here is Culina’s own butchery offering a selection of beef, lamb and veal in various cuts. You’ll find beef choices that are popularly used with local restaurants such as Black Onyx, Margaret River Fresh Angus Beef and Westholme. The butchery has its own facilities for dry-ageing meats.
15 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249675, +65 6474 7338
While most butcheries offer fresh beef, The Meat Up has only dry-aged meats. The Italian-born butcher Cesare Cantarella ages the entire carcass on site and cleaves up the various cuts himself to ensure freshness and quality control. Besides Black Angus and Australian Wagyu, the butchery also brings in Italian Chianina. The popular Bistecca alla Fiorentina steak, traditionally sourced from Chianina beef, is also available here.
138 Tampines Street 11 #01-142, Singapore 521138, +65 6443 8108
Singaporean husband and wife team Sophina Smith and Renga Vellasamy opened The Meatery on Sunset Way to fulfil a gap in the market: Quality halal prime meats. Expect cuts flown in from Australia, Argentina, New Zealand, and the US, all of which are non-genetically modified and raised without the use of antibiotics or hormones in ethical surrounds. Besides offering up meats, the quaint butchery collaborates with local artisanal names like Batu Lesung Spice Company and Anthony The Spice Maker with more in the works.
41 Sunset Way, #01-08, Singapore 597071, +656815 3561.