Meat es­tab­lish­ment

Food and Travel (Singapore) - - Table Talk -

Hav­ing moved into their new space at Dempsey, Hu­ber’s Butch­ery shows that size does mat­ter and big­ger is, in­deed, bet­ter. They make full use of the en­tire two-storey 13,000 square feet space, es­sen­tially turn­ing the for­mer bar­racks into a fun house for meat lovers, craft beer afi­ciona­dos and café hop­pers. If you’re the lat­ter, make a bee­line for the 50-seat bistro that pours out into a pa­tio over­look­ing a herb gar­den and chil­dren’s play­ground. There, you’ll get a taste of what’s in store when you fi­nally head in.

All the dif­fer­ent pock­ets of the new Hu­ber’s Butch­ery are con­nected by a wellde­signed one-way flow of traf­fic start­ing on the sec­ond floor. Past the in­for­ma­tion counter is the deli where all sorts of cold cuts and sausages are on dis­play. Some sausages are made in-house – a process you can peek at through a glass win­dow – al­low­ing for personalised or­ders. The gro­cery shop­ping con­tin­ues to the seafood and dry goods sec­tions, and a com­pre­hen­sive cheese cab­i­net filled with up to 150 vari­a­tions of the dairy prod­uct. On the same floor is the Gourmet Stu­dio, a fully func­tional kitchen to host cook­ing classes.

The gro­cery pil­grim­age con­tin­ues as you get into an el­e­va­tor to the ground floor where floor-to-ceil­ing shelves of wines and craft beers await. Look out for beers Hu­ber’s Butch­ery stocks ex­clu­sively in­clud­ing a se­lec­tion from Swiss brew­eries Chop­fab and Falken. And as cream is to straw­ber­ries, beer is to bar­be­cue. The next sec­tion was clearly put to­gether for those with a soft spot for smoky meat; it’s where you’ll find ev­ery tool re­quired to achieve juicy grilled ribs and steak. The cherry on the ic­ing, how­ever, is the butch­ery – a 40-me­ter long counter that showcases pre­mium meats, of which 90 per cent is hor­mone-free. Soughtafter prime cuts in­clude Toriyama Umami Wagyu and mar­bled Man­gal­i­can Pork. Ap­pre­ci­a­tors of dry-aged meat will be pleased to know that they can age their pur­chases in-house as well. 22 Dempsey Road.

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