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Smokey's BBQ (Joo Chiat)

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If you are looking for a no-frills, fuss-free dining experience with only good food on the menu, Smokey’s BBQ is here for you. Marinated by a secret dry rub that is tangy but not overwhelmingly so, the fresh rib meat soak up the special homemade BBQ sauce like a sponge.

Tue - Sun: 15:00 - 23:00

Closed: Mon

$35 based on 88 submissions
After Work (21 votes), Dinner (19 votes), Alfresco/Outdoor Dining (17 votes)
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Generally good, sometimes great

So Smokey's has been around a while, it's a good space, nice layout, good beer on tap (Archipelago), good burgers, poppers and, though I am no expert, ribs and pulled pork. Lots of staff changes over the years and service can break down badly when they are busy. Great place to watch a game of footie with a beer and the chili cheese fries are good. The staff have been allowed to make a takeover of what was one of Singapore's better restaurant bars, long, welcoming and with room to gather a convivial group. The staff want to treat it as a service area and clearly don't really want customers at the bar, which has been colonised by a point of sale, napkins, straws and menus. I get the sense the owner is less involved than when it opened, and it has fallen back, needs more oversight. Still, a place I like to go, shift a few menus and retake the bar for customerkind, sink some beers, have some good food and catch a game.

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06 Feb 2015 • 1 review • 0 follower

Expensive compared what u get

Would not come here again. Tho, the bbq ribs is very good. But fries, burger and sandwiches aint worth the kcal. Actually the the meat is good, but unpleasant bread and fries.
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31 Jan 2015 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

Generally good, sometimes great

So Smokey's has been around a while, it's a good space, nice layout, good beer on tap (Archipelago), good burgers, poppers and, though I am no expert, ribs and pulled pork. Lots of staff changes over the years and service can break down badly when they are busy. Great place to watch a game of footie with a beer and the chili cheese fries are good. The staff have been allowed to make a takeover of what was one of Singapore's better restaurant bars, long, welcoming and with room to gather a convivial group. The staff want to treat it as a service area and clearly don't really want customers at the bar, which has been colonised by a point of sale, napkins, straws and menus. I get the sense the owner is less involved than when it opened, and it has fallen back, needs more oversight. Still, a place I like to go, shift a few menus and retake the bar for customerkind, sink some beers, have some good food and catch a game.
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18 Jan 2015 • 191 reviews • 6 followers

Smokey's BBQ: American Smokehouse & Grill Fare At Joo Chiat Road

Situated in the midst of Joo Chiat is Smokey's BBQ, a bistro bar that serves authentic American food. Vouched to serve true American flavours, Smokey's BBQ pays careful attention to details in mixing their own BBQ sauce, dressings, seasonings and even importing wood chips from USA making the flavors unique to Smokey’s.

People with above average appetite will find the Pulled Pork Sandwich satisfying. Living up to their reputation, there was a unique smokey flavour infused into the meat.

Unfortunately, the meat was so dry that I could use double portion of their BBQ sauce instead.

James had the Grandpa's Joe Backyard Burger ($22) that was served with a thick and juicy beef patty. Despite that, I find the price simply unjustifiable.

Here it is, our 6 pathetic pieces of disjointed wings instead of 6 full wings. Stated as "fried jumbo wings" in the menu, we were utterly disgusted by the sheer portion. On top of that, it wasn't that crispy. Hot sauce was also scrimped and I was informed that it will cost $1.50 for another portion of sauce. Thankfully they came to their senses and offered the sauce FOC.

Total bill mounted up to $60 for these three dishes. It was an experience and I hope you find this review useful.

More pics and thoughts at http://lepakwithyaops.com/smokeys-bbq-american-smokehouse-grill-fare-at-joo-chiat-road
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