Whoever associates a barbecue with fatty sausages and stringy pork neck is in for a sizzling surprise at Andre Chiang's Burnt Ends restaurant in the heart of Singapore. This is where head chef Dave Pynt pursues his passion for playing with fire. The modern yet traditional eatery is dominated by a custom-built, large, heavy oven, in which the culinary magic happens. Smoking, slow roasting, hot roasting, baking, grilling and cooking directly on coals are the techniques used. They reflect the unique food philosophy of Australian chef Dave Pynt, who embarked on his own personal meat mission at numerous top-notch locations before moving to Singapore to fulfil his burning ambition.
Although monkeys are often claimed to have a meat-free existence, many a silverback from the Black Forest has been spotted chomping down on a home-made burger. This is merely one of the delicacies that are passionately and meticulously prepared and served at a long table offering views of what's going on in the open kitchen. Indeed, guests sit directly in the thick of the kitchen action. Fired up by the heat, aromas and impressions, no dish should be ordered on its own, but rather as part of a complete menu so as not to miss out on any flavours. They say that the restaurant is a modern Australian barbecue that offers typical dishes, but in this case "typical" needs to be redefined. A type of meat jam like a sweet chutney is served on home-made, toasted bread, followed by smoked quail eggs, fresh brioche buns and pulled pork shoulder combined with smoked chipotle aioli. And, of course, because there is always room for dessert, the oven also bakes tarts and cakes.
So, is it true that vegetarians lead better lives? We don't know the answer to that, but what we do know is we want to return to Singapore soon – to our favourite fireplace, Burnt Ends.