All my gluten-fearing friends can now make an appointment with The Butcher’s Wife for sustenance.
Taking over the spot formerly occupied by another Spa Esprit Group restaurant, Open Door Policy, which interestingly was also heading down the GF path, so not sure why the cosmetic change and the closing of that door, but it doesn’t matter – gluten-free good times can be had at The Butcher’s Wife!
Banish those thoughts of cardboard bread and dodgy pasta. Those that I tried at The Butcher’s Wife were not bad at all.
I am not gluten-intolerant, so I would still want that chewy, stretchy feel of my favourite carbs, but for my poor, long-suffering GF friends, I would happily recommend to tuck into the nosh served up here.
Like the Chestnuts Papardelle ($25), in particular. It’s not going to be as al dente as some of us would like it, I think that’s probably a function of the no gluten, but the 8-hour braised wagyu osso bucco sauce with roasted hazelnuts is yummy, and with a glass of red in hand, life is good.
Oh speaking of wine, they (naturally) have a good range of natural whites and reds to try as well.
I wouldn’t waste my carb count on the Baked Focaccia ($9) – that’s only because I prefer my chewy bread, but if you’re gluten-intolerant, this is a good alternative. The bread is topped with caramelized onions and semi-dried tomatoes.
But The Butcher’s Wife isn’t just about how many ways one can feed someone gluten-free carbs. As you might have guessed by the restaurant’s moniker, you can expect options that would please the keto crowd too. Like this Argentinian hunk – I mean, the Grilled Ribeye Steak ($57). Looks don’t lie, it was delicious and so were the “triple-cooked” fries – steamed, confit and fried.
The Roasted Chicken for Two ($55) was nice, great jus and all, but what I liked was the cannelloni. It said “chicken trimmings” and morel in the stuffing – I don’t need the deets on the exact trimmings but it was all very moreish. Think they should just serve an upsized version as a standalone dish.
Now, I’ve jumped straight into the mains, but the appetizers have a couple of standouts as well. I especially enjoyed the Kale and Gorgonzola “Bunuelos” ($14) with saffron aioli. It’s crispy, fried balls of kale with a light (thankfully) touch of blue cheese.
The Green Pea Hummus ($19) is also good. Not only because of the bright puree, but mainly because of the tasty lamb sausages and beautiful caramelized pistachios. Nice to swish around the sausages to grab as much puree and pistachio in a mouthful.
The Butcher’s Wife did their Grilled Octopus ($28) differently. Served on a bed of celeriac foam with tuna mayo, it’s an interesting change from the usual, more straightforward Mediterranean style.
Finally, the desserts! Another test of how successfully The Butcher’s Wife could execute their gluten-free cooking.
We had the Pineapple Carpaccio ($14), Strawberries Pavlova ($14) and the Chocolate Pave ($15). Of course, I loved the Chocolate Pave but the curry-spiced crumble and the ginger-infused pineapple with the coconut ice cream was unique too. And the Strawberries Pavlova’s basil sorbet was just delicious!
So, yes, whether I am gluten-free or not, I can see myself returning to The Butcher’s Wife to enjoy a couple of their interesting and tasty dishes. And to kid myself that I am being healthy.
The Butcher’s Wife
Address: 19 Yong Siak St, Singapore 168650
Contact: +65 6221 9307 or email email@example.com
Sat-Sun: 11am-3pm, 6-11pm