Foodie favourite for upscale BBQ
Singapore restaurants don't tend to do cosy very well. They tend to be places with the air conditioning dialled up to ‘freezing’ and lighting set to ‘daylight’. Burnt Ends’ Australian chef and owner has created a restaurant that feels more like a Scandinavian chalet than a typical Singaporean restaurant. There are exposed wood walls, dark furniture and warm lighting. The narrow restaurant space is divided into two with diners seated at a long bar on one side and an open kitchen that includes a massive wood fired oven and large open coal (very well ventilated) BBQ on the other. It’s not a typical BBQ restaurant though, there aren’t any burnt sausages on the menu; it’s a very modern and upmarket take on grilled cooking. Diners are encouraged to choose a selection of sharing plates from the ever changing menu. You can still get a steak, but we suggest you to try a few other things as well - we had a seriously good roast pigeon. Burnt Ends has proved hugely popular so we recommend calling ahead a few days for a booking or coming early (6pm) to get a table.
The menu should be treated as sharing plates, it changes daily but the obvious focus is on anything grilled or roasted. Start with small nibbles and then try grilled steak or roasted fish.
Burnt Ends mentions around the internet
"Intense, Heaty, Tasty… One Of Singapore’s Best Restaurants" ...Full review at Daniel Food Diary
"In general, we enjoyed the meal a lot. All the dishes we had were great, except the kingfish dish was a bit too salty for my liking." ...Full review at Miss Never Full
"Though a slab of kingfish collar arrived with an unflatteringly charred exterior, the flesh was moist and rich with the umami flavors of its soy and mirin marinade. " ...Full review at New York Times
"In general, the food was of good value and healthy. The restaurant had a unifying theme of using direct fire from wood to tease out the freshness and naturalness of the food and the results were delightful." ...Full review at Rubbish Eat Rubbish Grow
"Wood-fired food with great sear can't go wrong though and we had a great time here." ...Full review at Traveling Foodies
"Delicate snacks, including smoked quail eggs and crispy salmon skin, are retrieved from its depths, but it is with heftier slabs of protein that the oven really comes into its own." ...Full review at World's 50 Best
"This high-concept “elegant BBQ” restaurant is perpetually packed for its modern interpretation of open-flame cooking" ...Full review at Zagat