Wakanui Lamb 2

Wakanui Grill Dining

{Update: 19 August 2018}

When I visited Wakanui Grill Dining two years back at its former venue at Boat Quay, I had already thought that it was a pretty good steak place. They’ve moved to flashy Marina One now, and hubby felt like meat last Friday, so off we went for a meal.

Wakanui View

The backstory of Wakanui stays, scroll down to my original post. This update reinforces Wakanui as a great option for a good piece of meat (whether beef or lamb) and this time, I decided to try the seafood as well.

Wakanui Salmon
The Hot-smoked Salmon ($24). Absolutely the way to go to add buckets of flavour to an already tasty fish! Marinated overnight, then smoked over cherry wood and baked, you can discern a sweet element to the overall robust smoky flavour.
Wakanui Lamb1
The Spring Lamb Chop ($10) must be very popular, it’s sold as a starter, perhaps as a preview of what’s to come when you order their other grilled meats. Juicy, tender, delicate (interesting, as it doesn’t exude a very strong “lamby” taste), there’s no reason why you should not order a piece with which to start your meal.
Wakanui Seafood 3
Lame as it may seem, I skipped on the meat for my main, and ordered this Seafood Trio ($79) instead. It features cod, lobster and scallop in a saffron beurre blanc. The waitress had told me that it wasn’t a very big portion, but suffice to say, I was pretty darn full by the time I polished off the last scallop.

Wakanui Steak 2

Wakanui Steak 1
And here, the 350g Wakanui Ocean Beef Ribeye ($79). Met my hubby’s expectations. It came with salt and a couple of other condiments on the side, essentially a sauce from the jus, and some wasabi.
Wakanui Pavlova
And how could we not end off the night without trying the Pavlova ($14). I would have preferred the meringue to have a crispier shell, other than that, I liked that the “egginess” which is sometimes too prominent in other pavs was a lot more subtle here.

Overall, we agreed that if we wanted a good steak, priced well for the quality, Wakanui would be a good option for us.

{Original Post: 2 March 2016}

The New Zealand beef at Wakanui isn’t called Ocean beef for nothing. Raised on grass and switched over in the last few months to grains while enjoying the ocean views, the cows are relaxed, which makes for a more tender beef. So the manager said.

(Well, I don’t know if the “ocean views” really play a part. I mean, I know that I enjoy my stays at ocean-view beachfronts, but potentially not being on someone’s dinner plate might have something to do with that).

Anyway, back to the beef. Owned by Japanese, one might expect wagyu as the beef on offer but the backstory is that the owners wanted to give the people of Tokyo a taste of New Zealand beef, so they opened Wakanui in Tokyo and later brought this successful brand to Singapore.

Wakanui entrance

Although most beef aficionados would scream at the thought that I prefer filet mignon/tenderloin over Ribeye, well sorry, but when you have a good piece of tenderloin, I can’t think of anything more satisfying than your steak knife gliding into the moist, flavourful, pink-centred tender meat. I had the 250g Fillet for $42.

Wakanui Fillet

Of course, if you are in a group, you might want to try the Bone-In Ribeye ($142) – a 1kg hunk of meat that is sliced expertly, table-side. I think 6 people could share this!

New Zealand is also synonymous with high-grade lamb produce, so lamb is one of the most popular items on the menu at Wakanui as well. The half rack of lamb ($32) sees two blushingly pink, juicy pieces of lamb that, happily for me, offers up more meat than fat.

Wakanui Lamb

Meats are grilled over Binchotan charcoal, a Japanese charcoal, which is known to be almost smoke-free, hence not imparting any unwanted odours onto the meat. So what you get is a lovely, grilled meat that isn’t overpowered by smoke and you can enjoy the natural flavours of the meat.

We ordered some sides to go with our mains, supersized asparagus and truffle fries ($12 each), and they were both very worth it as well.

Wakanui Asparagus

We dined really early (6pm) as we had a play to catch at Victoria Theatre, and we chose to sit outside and during these windier and cooler months, that’s the better option, especially if you start off the night with some aperitif and smaller bites like their beef or salmon tartare, while enjoying the Singapore skyline during sunset.

Wakanui Salmon Tartare

At the end of the day, if you’re looking for good quality and well-priced beef or lamb, Wakanui is certainly worth a visit.

Update: I was informed that the restaurant is halal-friendly, meaning the meats are halal and no pork, no lard. The only reason why they don’t have full halal certification is because they serve alcohol.

Wakanui Information:

Address: 70 Boat Quay

Contact: +65 6438 6321 or Reservations@wakanui.sg

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wakanui

Opening Hours:

Lunch: Mon-Fri, 12nn-2.30pm (Last Order: 2.30pm)

Dinner: Mon-Sat, 6pm-11pm (Last Order: 10.30pm)



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