True story: girl goes home to Sydney after three years in Singapore and what’s the first thing that turns up on her Instagram feed? Not a smug, sunshiny snap of Bondi Beach or Sydney Harbour sparkling like it’s nobody’s business, but a photo of the artisan sausages at the local butcher with the caption: ‘Ahhhh, this is what I’ve really been missing’.
Let’s face it, if you’ve been raised on gourmet sausages stuffed with herbs and juicy meat, succulent grass-fed steak and marinated free-range chicken begging to be cooked over a flame, it can be hard to find the real deal on the Little Red Dot. But fret not, barbecue lovers: we’ve found the best butchers on the island who can make your summer feast a roaring success:
THE MEAT CLUB
The newest kid on the block (pictured above), this new-age Aussie meat delivery business is one we’re big fans of, and it has incredibly tender meat and a very cool Auto-Pilot option. Let us explain: These guys supply all-Australian beef and lamb, fly it pre-packed in meal-size portions into Singapore, and then deliver it to your door. The packaging technology they use allows the meat to last in the fridge for 28 days (14 days for mince), so your meat is never frozen. You can order a pack, or sign up for their Auto-Pilot option, where they automatically send you a meat order every four weeks. How handy is that? We have tried and tasted the product, and the tenderness is out of this world. But hey, try it for yourself! Right now, The Meat Club is offering our readers a free 500g lean beef mince with every order placed by Thursday 1 September. Simply enter HONEY at checkout to redeem!
Where: online only
Do they deliver? Of course!
Now with three branches, this Aussie-style butcher brings in its beef, veal, lamb and pork from Down Under and lays claim to offering the largest selection of gourmet sausages in Singapore: handmade from Australian meat and all-natural casings, of course. Pick up the kebabs and wildly popular lamb and mint burger patties for your grill, or a barbecue pack starting from $100. And, hallelujah, you can pick up other Aussie treats, such as stocks and sauces by South Australian food doyenne Maggie Beer and uber-foodie Simon Johnson, plus six-packs of Little Creatures: a cracking pale ale you’ll want to serve ice cold at your feast.
Holland Village – 44 Jalan Merah Saga #01-50, Singapore 278116
Parkway Parade – 80 Marine Parade Rd, #B1-83B Parkway Parade, 449269
River Valley – 11 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 239010
Do they deliver? The Butcher delivers Mondays to Saturdays, with next working day delivery if you order before 4pm. Order online, spend over $100 and it’s free!
If you’ve ever eaten at Huber’s Butchery and Bistro at Dempsey, you know that the produce here is amongst the best you’ll find on the island (and the cafe is amazingly kid-friendly with an on-site playground!). This European-style butcher flies in its premium meat (we love the Tasmanian grass-fed steak), and makes its famous gourmet sausages on site – plus the impressive new store is packed with gourmet ingredients and fresh produce so your whole feast is sorted in one shop. Here’s what we love: Huber’s ‘no-fuss’ grill platter, which comes with marinated ribeye, lamb cutlets, spicy Italian and chicken-cheese sausages. Fancy some satay? Pick up the tasty marinated skewers and sauce. Barbecue planning done and dusted, and delivered to your door.
Where: 22 Dempsey Rd, Singapore249679
Do they deliver? Yes – and you can order online: a minimum purchase of $75 is required, but delivery is free!
An East Coast foodie haven that is the brainchild of the Oh sisters, Annie, Patsy, Jenny and Susie, Oh Deli is a cafe, deli, winery and one impressive butcher all rolled into one. Red meat is fresh, not frozen, and flown in from Australia, where Jenny and Susie got hooked on fantastic local produce. The Malaysia-sourced chicken is hormone-and-antibiotic free, and their sausages are impressive: expect chipolatas, pork chorizo and more – or indulge in a barbecue set from $100, which includes all the trimmings including buns, kebabs and marinades. While you’re there, add some freshly baked ciabatta and a bottle of punchy Aussie red to go with all that flame-cooked meat.
Where: 421 East Coast Road, Singapore 429008
Do they deliver? Yes – online shopping is available, and their next day delivery for orders placed up until 12 midnight is a godsend. Orders over $100 are free.
If you’re after organic, gluten-free or preservative-free produce, you’ve hit the jackpot. Named after the founders’ son with food intolerance, Ryan’s Grocery is a gourmet butcher and grocery offering quality organic and free-range meats. The grass-fed organic beef from WA makes for a sublime steak, and check out the house-made sausages – they offer gluten-free versions too! Pick up all of your gourmet condiments while you’re at it too
Where: Ryan’s Grocery, 29 Binjai Park, Singapore 589 831
Do they deliver? Yes!
FOODIE MARKET PLACE
This Tiong Bahru institution is where foodies in the know flock for aged Australian Angus beef, air-flown Aussie lamb and baby back ribs from Spain at a steal. If you get distracted by the rows of olive oil, sauces and spices (don’t get us started on the cheeses) and don’t know where to begin, the sirloin, sliced to order, is always a winner.
Where: 225 Outram Rd, Singapore,169038
Do they deliver? No, but who doesn’t like taking a little trip to Tiong Bahru?
THE SWISS BUTCHERY
This specialty butcher was one of the first on the scene in Singapore with gourmet sausages, premium aged beef (air-flown, of course), house-smoked bacon and marinades. This ‘sausage specialist’ lives up to its name: there’s a whopping 80 varieties available – so this is where you can satisfy your cravings for chorizo, merguez or bratwurst. Time-crunched? They’ll prep your meat to your specifications, marinate if for you and deliver it to your doorstep.
Greenwood – 30/32 Greenwood Avenue Singapore, 289230
Tanglin – 56 Tanglin Road, #01-02 Singapore, 247964
Do they deliver? Yes! You can shop online, and next-day delivery is free for orders over $75 (no deliveries Sundays and public holidays)
JAMES’ BUTCHERY & CO @ PASARBELLA
Veteran butcher James Goodenough certainly delivers the goods at his flagship store at PasarBella gourmet market place. You’ll find affordable organic and marinated meats, plump sausages as well as indulgences such as 500-day grain-fed Australian wagyu and US and Irish dry-aged beef. You’ll also find spices and gourmet sauces to complete the meal: make sure you pick up a red-hot tin of La Chinata smoked paprika to spice up your barbecue marinade.
Where: #02-K22/23/24/25 Pasarbella, The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Rd, Singapore, 287994
Do they deliver? No: bring your cooler bag and stock up!
MEAT THE BUTCHER
This high-end butcher ensures all its meat is flown in fresh from the source and is never frozen. Treat yourself to the premium BBQ set, and you’ll be feasting on wagyu steak, lamb medallions, baby back ribs and more. Can’t stray from sausages? A $25.80 pack includes 12 bad boys, but try choosing from German bratwurst, Oxford bangers, garlic herb, tomato basil, chorizo and gourmet beef.
Where: 615 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269716
Do they deliver? Yes. Throwing an impromptu barbecue? They’ll pull out all stops to do a same-day delivery, as long as you get your order in by 1pm. Delivery is free for orders over $150 – and if you happen to place your order when it rains and your order is over $150, you’ll also receive a 5% discount!
THE BARBIE GIRLS
Okay, this isn’t a butcher, but ask any mum-in-the-know where to source top-quality, ethically sourced meat and seafood, and you’ll hear about The Barbie Girls. Founder Sasha Conlan started out by sourcing the top-notch produce she was missing when she moved to Singapore, and is passionate about providing local families with hormone and antibiotic-free meat that’s entirely traceable. We’re impressed by the offering of fresh sausages (hallelujah: free-range Aussie pork!), Tasmanian grass-fed steak, New Zealand salmon and ethically reared local chicken. (Hot tip: she shares her local poultry supplier with Jamie Oliver’s restaurant team!)
Where: The Barbie Girls is a purely online operation – no trip to the butcher required!
Do they deliver? Yes! There’s a minimum order of $100 and delivery is free for orders over $200, available Mondays to Saturdays. Or, you can now order Barbie Girls products through Redmart!