Tue - Thu: 15:00 - 23:00
Fri: 15:00 - 00:00
Sat: 11:30 - 00:00
Sun: 11:30 - 23:00
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.
Used to love coming here a lot. Steaks were very decent, pulled pork, ribs, .... and always looked forward to the Wednesday $1 wings with bleu cheese dip. We visited again yesterday and were shocked to see such a drastic price hike to the menu! Yes the steak offering now is much bigger a chunky 300g slab, but I'm not about to spend $40 on a weekday meal outing.
Also, they added some high tables and stools in the middle. Of course everyone will choose to seat at the lower (normal) tables first and not the high tables. We were left with no choice to sit awkwardly and uncomfortably at the high tables.
Perhaps the largely expat crowd can still afford the new prices, and perhaps the owner is only interested in serving them as he is expat himself. But I don't think my family and I are going to be going back again. I'm sad to say this as I really loved visiting Smokey's. Thanks for the good memories.
Wow, used to be one of my favourite places for ribs. Went there again recently
Poor food - ribs which used to be juicy and tender were way way too dry though they still retained their very smoked flavour and smell.
Service staff was poor - manned by quite a number of people who were too free and too interested talking loudly amongst themselves, laughing loudly among themselves and peppering their sentences with hokkien vulgarities which really interrupted a peaceful meal. Yet nobody wanted to refill your water or tend to you.
Did not mind the price hike but poor food, disappointing environment (now devoid of diners but filled with rude loud obnoxious wait staff) and poor service? Must have been here 10 times before, guess its never again. On to find my next place with good ribs.
Other than The Garden Slug at Telok Kurau, Smokey's is another place that my wife and I simply can't get enough of!
We love everything about it. The fact that it's situated in a quaint little corner. The fact that it's in Joo Chiat. The salt-of-the-earth waitstaff. The almost authentic American diner feel.. (sports constantly playing on TV? Check. Greasy plastic tablecloth? Check. Kitschy wall ornamnets? Check.)
They do their grilled meats very well, and we always go for the steak and the burgers. The wife always orders the buffalo wings as a starter and while I didn't quite like them at first, I think they're starting to grow on me. I personally feel they could extend the beer selection (even bottled will do, not fussed!) so I always end up having the Archipelago Summer Ale.
We love that the staff are older folk and seem to know what they're doing.
I haven't had a chance to meet the owner but I've a feeling the place has been around for awhile. Very grateful that a place like this exists in the East and we hope they live long and prosper!
Went to the Joo Chiat branch of this place, as it's one of our friends favourite places. After visiting for the first time I can see why. Very good quality baby back ribs, succulent, with meat that melts in the mouth, with a delicious, and not too sweet, BBQ sauce.
The restaurant has a good vibe to it, with plenty of outdoor seating. Good choice for a group of friends or for a local night out. Service could have been a bit speedier, but they were very busy on a Saturday
I'd like a wider selection of draft beers, the Archipeligo ones are OK, but they can taste a bit 'home brew' at times.
Booking in advance through HGW recommended - it gets busy at peak times