Urban Smokeshack

June 25, 2017 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Urban Smokeshack
348 Bedok Road
#02-19 Simpang Bedok Market Place


https://www.facebook.com/urban.smokeshack.0219/


Duck Breast Meal (SGD $16)



Homemade Smoked Meats

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 7
Ambience & Setting: 6
Food & Beverage: 8
Service: 6
Value for Money: 7
Spent about SGD $12 per person.


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Founded in March 2017, Urban Smokeshack is a stall specialising in homemade smoked meats and sausages. Using either hickory wood or apple wood, their dishes are a carnivore's delight, moorish and delicious with bold robust flavours.

Ambience at Urban Smokeshack is shared with the rest of the stalls in the area. The clean, white look and feel projects a sense of minimalist zen, and you can see staff hard at work in the open kitchen. Part of the appeal here is their high bar stools, though I much prefer sitting in the spacious common area in front of the stall. Note they operate 2 separate stalls here, which are across from each other.

Service at Urban Smokeshack is purely self-service, with ordering, payment, and collection of orders over the counter. However, the friendly staff are engaging, and display good product knowledge, able to describe their dishes and offer recommendations. They will proactively serve orders to you if you're seated directly in front of the stall, and assist you with preparing cutlery.

Food at Urban Smokeshack is all about smoked meats, from chicken to beef to pork. All prepared and smoked in-house, with either hickory wood or apple wood, their meats are bold and robust in flavour, very tasty. However, their side dishes are usually below par, and not worth ordering. Portions are slightly small for individuals. There's also a disconnect in pricing, the main courses are wallet-friendly and afforable, but the sausages are expensive. Budget about SGD $12 per person for a meal here.


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Urban Smokeshack Facade
Urban Smokeshack Facade


Urban Smokeshack Dawgs Facade


Condiments
Condiments - French Mustard, Tomato Ketchup, American Mustard


Urban Smokeshack Menu


Urban Smokeshack Menu



The Sausage Duo Meal (SGD $15) comes with fixed side dishes. Didn't like the Hickory Smoked Shiitake Mushrooms, which was dry and firm in texture, and the Mushroom Gravy was thin and watery. However, the Rösti was delicious and well executed, the thin potato strips are slightly crisp on the outside, and fluffy on the inside. Overall, their food tends to be more greasy than usual.

Sausage Duo Meal (SGD $15)


Sausage Duo Meal
Sausage Duo Meal (SGD $15)


Mushroom Gravy


Rösti
Rösti


Hickory Smoked Shiitake Mushrooms
Hickory Smoked Shiitake Mushrooms



The Sausage Hickory Smoked Australian Beef (SGD $7) has a bold robust beef flavour, with hints of smoke, savoury salty in taste. Texture is juicy and snappy, with a satisfiying bouncy chew.

Sausage Hickory Smoked Australian Beef
Sausage Hickory Smoked Australian Beef (SGD $7)


Sausage Hickory Smoked Australian Beef



The Sausage Apple Wood Smoked English Pork (SGD $6) has a nice light flavour, with hints of smoke, savoury sweet in taste. Texture is juicy and bouncy, with a satisfiying tender chew.

Sausage Apple Wood Smoked English Pork
Sausage Apple Wood Smoked English Pork (SGD $6)


Sausage Apple Wood Smoked English Pork



The Sausage Apple Wood Smoked Thurgauer Pork (SGD $6) has a delicate light pork flavour, with hints of smoke, sweet savoury in taste. Nicely juicy and snappy in texture, with a soft chew.

Sausage Apple Wood Smoked Thurgauer Pork
Sausage Apple Wood Smoked Thurgauer Pork (SGD $6)


Sausage Apple Wood Smoked Thurgauer Pork



The Pork Belly, Hickory Wood Smoked (SGD $6) is done American style, with a dry rub of spices, including pepper, giving it a sharp peppery sweet savoury flavour. However, the texture just borders dry, would have liked a little more moisture, then it would be succulent. The ratio of fat to lean meat is good, but the unusual flavour of the dipping sauce doesn't agree with me.

Pork Belly, Hickory Wood Smoked
Pork Belly, Hickory Wood Smoked (SGD $6)


Pork Belly, Hickory Wood Smoked



The Chicken Thigh Meal (SGD $6) is the most wallet-friendly, best value meal here. Served with bright and juicy sweet Grilled Cherry Tomatoes, fragrant Lemongrass Rice, and a moist, tender, savoury sweet Chicken Thigh, Apple Wood & Lemongrass Smoked, that has a slight hint of black pepper and smoke. A house made, creamy Buah Keluak Sauce is on the side, with nutty earthy sweet notes, mild enough to please most, but true buah keluak / pangium edule fans will find this too light. Overall, a tasty and hearty dish. Good!

Chicken Thigh Meal
Chicken Thigh Meal (SGD $6)


Lemongrass Rice
Lemongrass Rice


Grilled Cherry Tomatoes
Grilled Cherry Tomatoes


Chicken Thigh, Apple Wood & Lemongrass Smoked
Chicken Thigh, Apple Wood & Lemongrass Smoked


Buah Keluak Sauce
Buah Keluak Sauce



The Angus Beef Brisket Meal (SGD $18) is an expensive but delicious plate. Served with smoky Pan-Fried Baby Potatoes & Bacon, which lends a savoury salty flavour and texture of firm crunchy against soft starchy, as well as bright and juicy sweet Grilled Cherry Tomatoes. The star is the Angus Beef Brisket, Hickory Wood Smoked, with its pepper and spice dry rub lending a sharp kick. Yet the meat retains some moisture, and a nice chew to texture, with good savoury peppery flavour. Good ratio of fat to meat too. However, I found the Barbecue Sambal Sauce really weird in taste, an unpleasant contrast of sweet and spicy.

Angus Beef Brisket Meal
Angus Beef Brisket Meal (SGD $18)


Pan-Fried Baby Potatoes & Bacon
Pan-Fried Baby Potatoes & Bacon


Angus Beef Brisket, Hickory Wood Smoked
Angus Beef Brisket, Hickory Wood Smoked


Angus Beef Brisket, Hickory Wood Smoked


Barbecue Sambal Sauce
Barbecue Sambal Sauce



The Beef Stew (SGD $8) is a hearty meal, featuring slow stewed, hickory wood smoked black angus beef brisket. The tender chunks of beef, carrots, and potatoes yield easily, having a soft chew, yet are not mushy or limp. The braising sauce is boldly Asian in flavour, you can taste the spices beneath. Very comforting dish, savoury sweet salty herbal, so delicious. Served with 1 side dish, I got the juicy Grilled Cherry Tomatoes, which lends both colour and a sweet floral flavour. Good!

Beef Stew
Beef Stew (SGD $8)



What I like about the Duck Breast Meal (SGD $16) is the generous portion of duck breast, nicely sliced with a moist, bouncy texture to the meat. The Duck Breast, Apple Wood Smoked has a lovely smoky aroma, very appetizing. The layer of fat helps lock in the moisture, and the spice rub lends a peppery savoury sweet flavour to the duck meat. Good!

Duck Breast Meal
Duck Breast Meal (SGD $16)


Duck Breast, Apple Wood Smoked
Duck Breast, Apple Wood Smoked



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