Smokey’s BBQ @ Joo Chiat
There are always tonnes of work to be cleared just before a public holiday and by the time PB picked me up, it was already 9pm. He told me that his friend was actually waiting for him for dinner and we have to pick him up. By the time we picked up his friend, it was already 9.30pm and looking for places for dinner is really a torture as most are closing and there are not many options left.
Driving around, somehow PB and I had a sudden urge to get a drink and both of us thought that having a nice cold beer and some finger food would be good. As his friend wanted to eat vegetables, we went driving around looking for suitable places and finally agreed on going to Smokey’s
Smokey serves American BBQ and as the name implies, smoke is definitely a key method in cooking the food. Traditional American methods are used to smoke and roast the meats at low temperatures, leaving the meat tender and bursting with flavours!
We were given a seat under the stars but due to cigarette smell wafting over from the neighbouring table, we requested to shift to the indoor area where the television and bar was. It is still Al Fresco dining from where we were seated. As it was time for their last food orders, we quickly ordered and ended up with a lot of food!
As it happens to be the Craft Beef Week, there were some promotion going on as well.
This is their usual draft beer menu and the service staff recommended the Bohemian Lager as it was their popular drink. A pint of Bohemian Lager it is for me 😉
Our Mozzarella Sticks, $6.50 and Button Mushrooms, $6.50 came served together on the same plate. We felt that the button mushrooms were a little expensive as there were only 6 buttons for $6.50.
Tearing apart the crumbs to reveal the juicy button mushroom. It was actually pretty nice and is a great finger food to go with a nice cold beer.. 😛
The deep fried Mozzarella Sticks is a must try and eat it while it is hot! You can pull it as far apart as your skill allows you and it kinda reminded us of what we had at La Cantina 3 years ago.
Buffalo Wings (6 pieces for $10). You can choose from mild, regular to spicy but since we do not know how to gauge the level of spiciness (even after checking with the staff), we decided to have the regular ones. The wings were crispy but I find that there was not enough sauce to coat the wings properly to give it the oomph. Not too sure if they were running out of sauce as that was probably the last buffalo wings order of the night.
My Pint of Bohemian Lager, $13.50.
A deliciously drinkable Pilsner Beer.. best enjoyed on any drinking occasion.. . How very true! It was perfectly balanced, had very fine hops and gave off a decadent passion fruity aroma! PB could not resist stealing gulps from it!
Top view of the House Salad ($12) with added Chicken ($6), that our friend ordered. It was a HUGE portion and I was wondering what the meat was (as I did not know before hand).
Close up of the meat. It looked like shredded sardine from my angle and it was only later that I got to know that it is actually chicken 😛
There were baby greens, carrot, green onions, cucumber, capsicum, tomato and smoked hard boiled egg in the salad. Dressing are all homemade from the kitchen and you can opt for Balsamic Vinaigrette, 1000 Island or Blue Cheese dressing. The portion is so big that we were unable to finish it with the rest of the food we ordered.
Smoked Baby Back Ribs (Regular), $25 – What is eating at Smokey’s BBQ without trying their smoked meats?! This is specially seasoned with their special dry rub and mopped with homemade BBQ sauce.
Ribeye Steak , $32 – This is 250 grams of tender ribeye steak, fire-grilled to medium, served with pepper sauce and 2 sides. You can choose from small salad, coleslaw, smoked beef rice or fries. We opted for beef rice and coleslaw since we had already ordered salad and had fries from the baby back ribs.
The pepper sauce. Not very peppery but tasted great with the steak!
Look at the beautiful lines on the steak and how it is still a little pink 🙂
Brilliantly fired to my liking! It was juicy and perfectly grilled! Pink but not bloody. The salt and pepper sprinkled on top enhanced the overall flavour of the beef! Delicious!
Our choice of side – Coleslaw and Beef Rice. Some of the rice was not fully cooked and it feels like eating the grains but the smokiness and flavour of the beef did get through. We love the coleslaw but wished that it was more chilled.
Overall, a lovely place to chill sans the cigarette smell. The steak is a MUST-TRY! Parking may be a little difficult as it is nested in the private estate so public transport is definitely recommended. Anyway, you will be drinking as well wouldn’t you? So do not drink and drive 🙂
73 Joo Chiat Place
Tues – Thurs: 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm (Food service after 4:30pm)
Fri – Sat: 3:00 pm – 12:00 am (Food service after 4:30pm on Friday)
Sunday: Open at 3:00pm-Close between 11:00pm and 1:00am depending on BPL
Happy Hour from 3:00 to 7:00pm