I don’t know about you but every once in a while, I fantasise about sinking my teeth into a bloody steak. I love red meat and a meal without meat is to me, an utterly unsatisfying one. You know what else I love besides red meat? FRIED CHICKEN. Most of the time, I avoid chicken unless it comes fried (preferably coated in a crispy batter) or served in chicken rice. I hate chicken done any other way.
Recently, I was invited to try the food at Outpost 903 Gastrobar. Opened by a lovely couple, the lively eatery is situation along Bukit Timah Road in a shophouse just next to the condo, Tessarina. You will identify it by the huge water-tank perched atop its roof.
A lot of the furniture inside Outpost 903 are custom-made by a designer in Vietnam who creates these pieces by recycling old stuff like crate boxes, factory lights, discarded steel fittings, etc. If you really want, you can enquire about how to purchase these furniture from the restaurant staff too. But let’s not get distracted.
Now, Outpost 903 has a pretty extensive menu that includes pizzas, sandwiches, salads and small bites. But the most outstanding dishes have got to be the MEATY ones. Here are my Top 3:
#3: Cheesy Steak Sandwich, $20
Bite into this juicy, cheesy sandwich and the first thing that comes to mind is, “Orgasm in a mouth”. Besides the ribeye steak that’s not tough at all (as most steak in steak sandwich tend to end up), there is also pork bratwurst sausage inside. The unctuous sausage made for a very nice contrast to the tender beef, and with the oozy sharp cheddar providing a kind of a flavour-bomb, this is one sandwich I don’t mind paying for.
#2: Crispy Pork Belly, $18
When I first bit into the pork belly, my eyeballs fell onto the floor. Kidding. Basically, it’s so good my eyes opened very wide. The skin is done to cracking perfection, and the meat is smoky, juicy and full of wholesome pork flavour. The sweet sauce (it tasted to me like a mix of maple syrup and hoisin sauce) that’s drizzled over the pork belly did a good job of cutting through the oil. Even if you are on a low-carb nonsense diet, DO NOT SKIP THE MASH. The home-made mash is a fine mix of buttery potato, spring onions and fried shallots, and it’s super addictive.
#1: Buttermilk Chicken, $16
A diner-inspired restaurant along Bukit Timah Road claims to serve up the best fried chicken you’ll ever eat. I admit, it was damn fine. However, this one from Outpost 903 is even better. I ordered this dish on a “secret” visit back to the restaurant after the tasting session so if it impressed me on “normal” day, you know this is the real deal. The batter was crunchy, without being bitter (something that happens when you over-fry the thing), the chicken was well brined and juicy, and the accompanying spicy sauce was SUPER HOT. I would recommend you ask for the half spring chicken to be chopped up into two so you can easily eat this fried work of art with your hands.
Be sure to wash down all that meat juices with a dessert. The Mango Float ($14) is perfect for refreshing the palate after your indulgent meal. Made with fresh mango and cream, I promise you it will hit the spot and you won’t even feel guilty about it. It’s fruit after all!
Outpost 903 Gastrobar is located at 903 Bukit Timah Road. Tel: 6468 4903
The author was invited to Outpost Gatrobar 903 for a food tasting. At this tasting, she tried the Cheesy Steak Sandwich and the Crispy Pork Belly. On a separate visit, she ordered the Buttermilk Chicken and paid for that herself. All opinions are her own.
About The Author: Deborah Tan is a founder of Material World. After 10 years of working in magazines Cleo and Cosmopolitan Singapore, she is now a freelance writer/editor who works on this website full-time. She likes liquid eyeliners, bright red lipsticks, tattoos, rock & roll, Mad Men, Suits, and thinks there are better ways to eat meat than in a burger. Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweets.
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