It took over the former TGIF premises of at Katong I12 mall designed by DP Architects. The restaurant is a branch by the Wooloomooloo Group and unsurprisingly, the cuisine here is Australian-inspired. The space is quite beautiful and it opens till rather late, which is a plus point if you are looking for a cafe-bar hybrid to hang out in Joo Chiat.
Beer and more Beer!
Chophouse takes pride in their beer collection which include the Australian Pure Blonde Lager and German Weihenstephaner Weissebier.
Crispy Pork Belly
Filet Mignon Salad
Roasted Bone Marrow
How's the Food?
Food-wise, it is heavy on the meats and on the hearty side. Special mentions are the Roasted Bone Marrow (18.00++ SGD) topped with salsa verde and served with toasted garlic herbed baguette. The marrow was really creamy and a lot of work was undertaken to create that smooth, creamy texture while not having an overpowering pungent flavour for this dish. It was surprisingly mild and savoury. Went well with the herbed baguette and the excellent salsa verde.
My friend and I were unsure over the Garlic Prawns (25.00 ++SGD) which resembles a gumbo. The rice was too dry but the mix of garlic prawns, tomato, chilli and saffron was rather decent. The price point is a little high for this dish as well.
The classics like the Mussels Mariniere (24.00++ SGD) should go well with the beers served during their All-Day Happy Hour. The Crispy Pork Belly (18.00++ SGD) needs work on their skin which is too chewy which is a pity as the meat was tender and juicy.
Meet the Monster!
The monster or star of the dinner was the Pork Knuckle Platter (85.00++ SGD) which features 1.2kg grain fed Australian pork knuckle, smoked BBQ baby back ribs, assorted sausages and served with coleslaw and truffle potato.
It is however, a 'fun' dish to have because of the interactivity as dinners have to move about and help each other to share this huge serving of meat. There are at least three kinds of condiments to enjoy this carnivorous dish which makes it even more enjoyable. We loved the belachan-like condiment the best.
Desserts? Just go for the Churros!
The Chop House have at least 6 kinds of desserts, but I suggest just going for their Churros (6.00++ SGD), deep fried cinnamon sugar coated donuts served with chocolate dipping sauce. Unlike your usual churros, this is slightly chewy on the inside, it has a delicate crispy crust and the chocolate sauce was great. Need a caffeine fix? Then pair it with an equally polished cup of Vittoria coffee.
112 East Coast Road
#01-13 I12 Katong
Open 12 pm to 12 am daily!
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