Was attracted by the lunch Shabu Shabu buffet. The meat selection is good, so are the quality. The reason why I like it is, you CHOOSE your own meat - can choose those with lesser/ more fatty cuts, etc. I think if I were to pay ala carte price, I would probably have to think 2x, 3x, as they are pricey. But for buffet, I will go there again. I hope to try the buffet BBQ soon.
Full Smoke House Charcoal BBQ review here: http://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.sg/2014/03/smoke-house-charcoal-bbq.html
While advertised as a Japanese charcoal grill barbecue restaurant, Smoke House Charcoal BBQ is more like a fusion Japanese and Korean place. An while the concept of purchasing your food directly from a mini supermarket and then cooking it yourself is a novel idea, the actual execution is lacking and rather flat.
Headlined by Japanese Master Chef Mr. Naoki Tsuzuki, Smoke House Charcoal BBQ is a retail and self-service BBQ. This means that the entrance is fronted by a mini-supermarket, displaying all their various cuts of meat, condiments, sauces, drinks, and more. Known for their wide variety of premium and rare cuts of Wagyu beef, including those not found anywhere else in Singapore, Smoke House Charcoal BBQ offers parts like beef chuck roll, flank steak, inner skirt, and even tongue.
Besides their 21 cuts of beef, Smoke House Charcoal BBQ also offers poultry (chicken and duck), fish, kurobuta pork, lamb, seafood, salads and more. There is also a wide variety of drinks, including wine, sake, umeshu, and a in-house shochu. Smoke House Charcoal BBQ also retails specialty charcoal and barbecue equipment, for you to prepare your own Japanese barbecue at home!
Smoke House Charcoal BBQ is self-service, meaning you order your food from the supermarket, pay at the cashier, then prepare it yourself. This concept also means Smoke House Charcoal BBQ is more expensive than other restaurants. Furthermore, there is also a SGD $10 dining charge for the free flow buffet, which is the worst deal I've ever had.
Ambience at Smoke House Charcoal BBQ is decent at best. There is sufficient ventilation to prevent smokiness, but cooking smell still lingers in the air. Lights are rather dim, but furniture is spacious and comfortable. The booths are slightly more comfortable than the stand alone tables and stools.
A scanty selection of 2 meats, 1 fish, 1 mushroom and 1 sausage, not even the premium beef cuts, already costs SGD $100 +. Without drinks. Poor value for money. As for taste, it's pretty decent.
SGD $10 gets you unlimited refills of rice, salads, soup and water. Again, poor value of money as these aren't very good, not fresh or well cooked. Overall, Smoke House Charcoal BBQ should be avoided, as your money is better spent elsewhere.
For more photos and full review, please visit http://thumbsforfood.blogspot.sg/2014/01/invited-tasting-smokehouse-charcoal-bbq.html
SmokeHouse's highlight is their wide variety of premium rare cut meat parts of Wagyu beef that cannot be found in local butchery. They offer parts like chuck flap, flank steak and even beef's tongue. Besides their speciality beef, they also offer pork, lamb, poultry, seafood, sausages and more. Besides that, SmokeHouse sells a variety of Japanese side dishes (Souzai), drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) as well as desserts from their sister company, Green Pumpkin.
As you step into SmokeHouse, you will be greeted by their retail section. Their retail section does not only consists of food, they also sell a variety of Japanese condiments, charcoal, sauces, e.t.c.
The highlight of SmokeHouse is undoubtedly it's beef. Just look at the wide range of beef below with different cuts, different marbling, different textures! They even have beef tongue as well as premium cuts. Prices range from about $15/100gm to about $30/100gm. One look at the display and you can see that all the beef are actually of good grade and quality. If you would like to purchase rare beef to barbecue or grill your own steak, you can request the chef to cut your desired weight for you.
Our top three favorites are actually the Japan Wagyu Ribeye Cap ($28/100gm), Japan Wagyu Striploin ($29.80/100gm) and Japan Wagyu Chateaubriand (Most expensive beef in SmokeHouse at $46/100gm). We liked that SmokeHouse uses charcoal for barbeque as it really brings out the flavors of the meat.
Overall, we had a good meal thanks to the invitation by SmokeHouse. We really gained insight on the various beef and the ageing process. We enjoyed talking to the Chef Naoki Tsuzuki and staff who patiently showed us around the place. We look forward to dining at SmokeHouse again and will definitely be back to try their unique Soju flavors!
photos and more: http://andmorefood.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/smokehouse-charcoal-bbq/
it's almost impossible to have a meal go wrong with wagyu, especially if some of that delicious beef makes its way into my stomach. and this place starts on a great note - it's opened by the same people who did sumiya, another great japanese-themed restaurant. this is a deli+restaurant, where you order your cuts of meat, seafood, veg and cooked stuff from the deli area in front, cashier it up, then bring it to your on-table bbq to cook. there's a fantastic array of beef cuts on offer, and it's mostly well-marbled red meat (if you're like me and like it lean, get the tenderloin). we ate almost far too much for my to describe in full, but the best thing: the chateaubriand. sear it well on the grill and it comes off juicy and pink and moist and utterly, completely, impossibly delicious. I don't think I've had better beef (not in the recent future anyway). let's be frank, this place isn't cheap. I think you'd struggle for satiety before spending at least 60-70 a head (at conservative, non-glutton standards), but(and this is important), this place has some fantastic food worth paying for. the best way to think/justify it is to label it as very gourmet fine-dining without the pomp and soberness that so often accompanies those terms. the staff are friendly and ever-ready-tohelp, and the place cosy enough for intimacy but vibrant enough so you don't feel conspicuous. expensive, but worth it (especially for special occasions).