Hog’s Breath Cafe at CHIJMES

RIMG0078It’s that time of day again when we crave the sustenance that only dead cows can provide. This time, the selection of the venue was easy. We just set a few simple criteria and went looking for a place that meets them all.

We were looking for an Australian cafe that serves Tex-Mex, plays Californian rock & roll (The Beach Boys) and serves steak at a very reasonable price.

Amazingly, Hog’s Breath Cafe at CHIJMES met all our criteria and then some.


Mind you, we are not your average ordinary Joes that accept any average ordinary 200g excuse of a dead cow. No, we have standards.

The cafe specializes in prime ribs. So I ordered a Hickory-smoked Prime Rib, medium rare (yes, I have learned from my past mistakes). We left off all the distractions like mash potatoes and fries because that would dilute our focus on the meat.

Now, the average serving is 300g. This is not a Real Man’s Steak ™. No, a Real Man’s Steak ™ starts at 400g. So we all ordered 500g.

Just to be safe.

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The "upglade" to 500g is extremely reasonable. Just $6 for every extra 100g after 300g. I encourage everyone to go for it.

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As you can see from our lame excuse of "CSI" technique, it is thicker than my thumb or even my two fingers.

It does not get any better.


Dark, moist (Prime Ribs tend to have more fat than other cuts) with that slight charred taste. Also, my advice to you is to order your steaks with the sauce separate so that you can appreciate the difference between a natural steak and one with Sauce Bearnaise or Hickory BBQ sauce.

Mmmmmm… tangy.

Jeff and my order came a little too well done, so Jeff’s was sent back. I had to be content with mine as they ran out of prime ribs. I guess that’s ok because Jeff’s steak came back bloody. So it was sent back again for a quick searing.

Like I said, we have standards.

Speaking of standards, we brought some wine. Ok, ordinary no-name wines that won’t raise any eyebrows.

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However, there were two that stood out like beacons in a sea of mediocrity.


The Dead Cow Society would like to thank the anonymous donor of the most excellent Cab Sav Shiraz from Australia. It went very well with the steaks.

And also, I brought an aged (in an oak barrel for three years) Grappa di Nebbiolo da Barolo, actually, it was given to me by Jeff (and he is still hunting for the card of the person who sold this to him). Since I was "banned" from bringing this healthful tonic by the other food groups, I thought this would be a good opportunity to serve this.


Smooth. Heady with a strong but not over-powering bouquet of peaches and apricots. None of the sting or burning sensation you get from the younger Grappas (or Gonorrhea). Truly wonderful.

You can tell this is good stuff when everyone has more than two glasses. Even Kenneth, the restaurant manager was impressed.

In fact, Kenneth suggested that their signature Apple Crumble would go very well with the Grappa.


It did. Crumbly on a caramel and condensed milk sauce with vanilla ice-cream. Interestingly, the condensed milk helped to reduce the stickiness and sweetness of the caramel and balanced out everything.

It’s a must try when you’re there.

It’s huge, so an order for two or three to share is plenty. Especially after a steady diet of meat for several hours.

Anyway, it was the best steak dinner I’ve had in a while. Truly. Servings were decent, service was accommodating and friendly and the price was astoundingly reasonable (about $50 for the 500g).


And lastly: Hog’s Breath Cafe, 30 Victoria St, Block #01-26/27 CHIJMES, Tel: 63381387 (Kenneth Lee, Restaurant Manager).

Posted on 28th Dec 2005 in Dead Cow Society, Food and Drink, Meat


There Are 8 Comments


mrs budak commented on December 28, 2005 at 10:16 am

You know, anytime you guys are thinking of doing a VEGETARIAN thing, call me along.

I can’t deal with having big fat slabs of meat on a weekly basis. Awwright call me whimpy or grass-loving, whatever.


ivan commented on December 28, 2005 at 10:46 am

Well, we consider ourselves 3rd party vegetarians.

We only eat vegetarian animals.


Ann commented on December 29, 2005 at 5:04 pm

I like the way you refer to THAT DRINK as a “healthful tonic.” Hee : )


casey commented on January 7, 2006 at 2:38 am

one of those rare vengeous nites…500g pellet protein blasts. No room for digestion lol…maybe the cow running after me during the nite…hehe silly joke.\


mrs budak commented on June 11, 2006 at 1:34 pm

HBC has a new branch at HV. Maybe you guys should go there and do a taste test!


ivan commented on June 12, 2006 at 12:18 am

True. But we have formed a good rapport with the CHIJmes one.

Besides, someone from Solid Ah had a bad experience at HV I think.


Opium Gal commented on March 10, 2007 at 7:13 pm

Try the Cote De Boeuf for 2 persons @ Au Petit Salut – it is so good that it melts in your mouth. After that experience, it is not the same anywhere else in Singapore. Also i can’t forget the Gratin Dauphinois, it is so good that i finish half of it on my own despite being full to the brim.

Foodies, you must try…..


ivn commented on March 14, 2007 at 9:49 am

@Opium Gal: Oh yes, had that before and yes, it was wonderful. 😉

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