Masterful charcoal-grilled steaks by a vibrant Argentinian steakhouse

From the parents behind Tiong Bahru Bakery, Tippling Membership and Widespread Man Espresso Roasters comes one other gorgeous restaurant that you simply completely can’t miss: Bochinche.

Nestled alongside Membership Road, this vibrant restaurant dishes out spectacular Argentinian meals starting from top-notch charcoal-grilled steaks to addictive burrata, and naturally, a powerful wine checklist that includes pure wines from all around the world.

Bochinche 1 - exterior

Attending to Bochinche was comparatively fuss-free, because it’s a mere 3-minute stroll from Telok Ayer MRT. You’ll discover it from its eclectic exterior, that includes layered wood slabs and a round emblem sporting its identify. 

Bochinche 48 - interior

Bochinche 47 - interior

Bochinche’s first eating space adopted an open kitchen idea, the place diners may sit at counters and watch the expert cooks at work. This was additionally the place the restaurant’s dry-aging fridge was positioned, and I eagerly peeked in and noticed slabs of in-house aged beef. 

In the meantime, tucked away behind the restaurant is the principle eating space. It’s an open and brilliant house that I completely beloved, with a number of massive home windows lining a great portion of the room that permit pure mild stream by. You’ve acquired that quiet alfresco vibes, and for a second, I allowed myself to overlook that I used to be in energetic Membership Road. 

What I attempted at Bochinche

Bochinche 6 - wagyu tongue

Our feast at Bochinche began off with a number of small bites. 

The Wagyu Katsu Ox Tongue (S$16) regarded too fairly to eat, and featured delicate items of wagyu ox tongue that had been breaded and deep-fried katsu-style, and was served with heirloom tomato fondue, scallions, jalapeno, and cilantro French dressing.

Bochinche 7 - wagyu tongue

The skinny breading let loose an audible crunch as I bit into my first piece. The wagyu ox tongue was delectably delicate and slowly melted in my mouth like heat butter, leaving a mildly gamey style in my mouth (in any case, it is ox tongue). Nevertheless, I may additionally style hints of salt, which helped to intensify the pure sweetness from the meat. 

I beloved dipping it into the cilantro French dressing, because it supplied that well-needed tangy and piquant contact that made this appetiser an actual success.

Bochinche 13 - bread basket

Subsequent, Bochinche served us a basket of bread consisting of Canasta De Pan Rye Sourdough, Pan De Queso and Bordier Butter (S$16).

Bochinche 14 - bread basket

Let me cease you earlier than you assume that that is simply a median basket of bread. 

Served heat and crisp, each bit of sourdough bread was delightfully savoury with out being overly tangy, and it paired completely with the flippantly salted and silky Bordier Butter, which is French butter that’s stated to be among the finest on the planet.

For sure, my eating companions and I polished off each single piece of bread, not as a result of we had been hungry, however as a result of it was undeniably scrumptious, particularly when eaten with that silky French butter.

Bochinche 2 - wine

The appetisers had been paired with a glass of natural rosé. This was Pares Balta’s Ros de Pacs 2019 (S$80 for a bottle), which was made in Penedes, Spain.

Recent and fruity, the rosé was amazingly clear and brilliant, and went exceptionally nicely with the crisp sourdough bread and Wagyu Katsu Ox Tongue.

Bochinche 17 - burrata

If there’s one factor that I’m returning to Bochinche for, it’s the Burrata (S$32). A hefty 300g chunk of creamy burrata sat on a plate and was accompanied by champagne vinegar, olive oil, smoked salt, chives, and little black truffle pearls.

Bochinche 21 - burrata

We hadn’t even gotten to the principle course but, and we had been already floored by how scrumptious this starter was. It rendered our complete desk speechless, and there we had been, three younger adults wordlessly devouring this plate of wonderful Burrata with out stopping.

The Burrata was of an exceptionally top quality and supplied that delicate, milky flavour with out being overly tacky. It was pure richness, and this was creamy and easy butteriness at its best. The little truffle pearls, champagne vinegar, olive oil and smoked sea salt had been the icing on the cake, including delicate notes of fragrant umami saltiness to every chew of soppy, easy cheese.

I feel I even dreamed of the Burrata that night time. Belief me after I say that that is an absolute should order everytime you’re at Bochinche. I can’t suggest this sufficient.

Bochinche 16 - ceviche

We additionally had the chance to strive Bochinche’s Hamachi & Cod Ceviche (S$28). Ceviche is a South American seafood appetiser consisting of uncooked fish cured in contemporary citrus juices. 

Bochinche’s rendition of this in style dish got here with a citrus-based marinade known as leche de tigre, pineapple cubes, avocado, radish and crispy prawns.

Bochinche 20 - ceviche

The uncooked hamachi and cod had zero fishiness, and each dice of uncooked fish was tender and supplied a pleasant chew. The pineapple added a well-needed brightness, and the acidity from the leche de tigre actually helped to whet my urge for food. 

Bochinche 15 - octopus

The final starter that we acquired to strive was the Galacian Octopus A La Braca (S$36). This dish was served on an oval-shaped wood board, and thick chunks of grilled octopus sat on high of a truffle potato foam, cancha corn, and a sun-dried tomato medley.

Bochinche 19 - octopus

I do know it’s extremely laborious to cook dinner octopus— it’s really easy to overcook, leading to powerful and chewy octopus. Nevertheless, Bochinche’s Galacian Octopus A La Braca was cooked completely, which is a feat in itself contemplating how the octopus had been served in such massive, square-like chunks. Have it along with the pillow-like truffle foam and also you’ll have your self a dish so good that you simply’ll be wishing you had this all to your self.

Bochinche - wine

As a white wine lover, I completely loved what our starters had been paired with— the La Linda Excessive Vines Sauvignon Blanc 2018 (S$19 per glass, S$70 per bottle) from Luigi Bosca in Mendoza, Argentina.

This was a easy and candy Sauvignon Blanc, with a citrusy aroma that jogged my memory of overripe peach and honey. Each sip was tremendous wealthy and nice, and you’ll guess I’ll be again for this.

Bochinche 28 - steak

Onto the spotlight of the meal— the steaks. 

Bochinche provides rigorously chosen, grass-fed beef that has been imported immediately from Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Japan. It’s aged in-house, sometimes for 35 to 38 days, earlier than being grilled utilizing wooden and charcoal. 

We tried two steaks: Black Label (S$70), an Argentine ribeye that has been moist aged for 3 to 4 weeks, and Robin Island (S$160), Bochinche’s priciest steak that includes Australian bone-in striploin (MS7+) that has been dry aged for 28 days.

Bochinche 32 - steak

This was price each greenback. Whereas the Black Label ribeye wasn’t melt-in-your-mouth worthy, these had been extremely meaty items of beef, such that each gradual chew resulted within the launch of the meat’s pure savoury juices. I beloved how this had been so skillfully cooked— the person items of beef nonetheless remained delicate and juicy, whereas the outside had been expertly roasted.

Bochinche 36 - steak

In true Argentinian model, you possibly can pair your beef with Bochinche Chimichurri (S$5), which is a condiment made with olive oil, chopped contemporary parsley, oregano or cilantro, garlic and spices. The sauce was piquant, brilliant and acidic, and added a slick herbaceousness to every chew of meat.

Bochinche 33 - steak

Subsequent, the star of the present— the Robin Island, a whopping 500g bone-in striploin which had been dry aged for 32 days. This steak has an extremely excessive wagyu grade of MS7+!

Bochinche 39 - steak

This meat was unbelievably delicate, flavourful and juicy. I may style the pure sweetness of the meat and a delicate smokiness from its time on the wooden and charcoal grill. To high it off, the skinny crust was completely pleasant and supplied a roasted umami-like flavour to the already scrumptious beef. 

The striploin was so excellent by itself that it didn’t should be paired with any sauces. Merely sprinkle a number of flakes of sea salt to intensify the pure juices from the meat, and also you’re set.

Is it well worth the S$160 price ticket? As a budget-conscious Singaporean, I discover myself pressed to say that it’s. Maybe I’d take into account splurging for this once-in-a-lifetime steak for the occasional anniversary or dinner, and provided that I’m sharing this with a beloved one.

Bochinche 45 - donuts

To finish off the feast, we had the Argentinian Doughnut (S$19). These are holeless doughnuts dusted with cinnamon and served with dulce de leche and vanilla ice cream.

Bochinche 46 - donut

These are heavenly, pillow-like doughnuts that had been devoured the minute they had been served. 

Consuming this felt like I used to be being hugged on the inside and outside, as these bite-sized doughnuts had been heat and fluffy. The feeling of biting into these toasty doughnuts, particularly when dunked within the vanilla ice cream and dulce de leche sauce, which is a caramel-like milk jam, is one which I’ll by no means get sick of. 

What an exquisite ending to an amazingly scrumptious meal.

Closing ideas

Bochinche 44 - steak and wine

You recognize it’s a great meal once you’re left totally stuffed and speechless. That was the state that my eating companions and I had been in after we had been achieved sharpening off our plates at Bochinche.

This was a critically spectacular meal that every of us will certainly be again for. It’s uncommon {that a} restaurant in Singapore would even produce such stellar steaks, not to mention serve up completely executed facet dishes and appetisers that would simply warrant a go to on their very own.

Each dish at Bochinche was nicely thought out, and it shines by the presentation, freshness and high quality of elements used, and finally, the style and flavour. Topping it off was glorious service worthy of a effective eating expertise.

Thanks, Bochinche, for being the spotlight of my complete yr. I’ll see you once more quickly, however till then, I suppose the one option to relive that mind-blowing Burrata is thru my goals.

Anticipated injury: S$45 – S$150 per pax

* This text was dropped at you in partnership with Bochinche.

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Our Score: 5 / 5


27 Membership Road, Singapore 069413


Our Score 5/5


27 Membership Road, Singapore 069413

Phone: +65 6235 4990

Working Hours: 12pm – 3pm (Mon to Sat), 6pm – 11pm (Mon to Thu), 6pm – 12am (Fri), 5.30pm – 12am (Sat), Closed on Solar

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