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The Tipsy Wolves Review: Atas Western Food From Just $8.90 At Jalan Besar

24th June 2019

Restaurant-worthy Western dishes at The Tipsy Wolves

Update: The Tipsy Wolves has permanently closed.

Tipsy Wolves - Menu

Plating is usually a secondary concern at most hawker stalls, but The Tipsy Wolves hopes to change that. Don’t be fooled by its modest appearance, since this hidden gem churns up beautifully plated dishes. At the same time, The Tipsy Wolves doesn’t compromise on quality, as the food here can easily find its place in the menu of any atas restaurant.

Food at The Tipsy Wolves

Tipsy Wolves - Storefront

The phrase “slow and steady” certainly came to mind as I peered into the kitchen of The Tipsy Wolves. Slabs of meat were steadily plated on gorgeous ceramic bowls, followed by various toppings assembled with aesthetic precision. The chefs here demonstrated a keen eye for detail—much like any professional restaurant.

The Tipsy Wolves - Grilled Pork Belly

The pièce de résistance is their Grilled Pork Belly ($10.90). A drool-worthy treat for any carnivore, this thick slab of meat was flanked by a bed of roasted potatoes and napa cabbage which was cooked in butter. A final drizzle of beurre noisette (brown butter) added a French twist to this dish.

The Tipsy Wolves - Slicing Shot Pork Belly

Brined for four hours and sous-vide for another 16 hours, the pork belly was mouthwateringly tender. The layers of fats and meat seemed to melt into one, as my knife comfortably sliced through it in one clean stroke. The sous-vide cooking made sure no juices escaped, so that every bite can remain dreamily succulent.

The Tipsy Wolves - Interaction Shot Pork Belly

The juiciness of the meat, in turn, allowed me to better appreciate its moreish flavours. Enhanced by the nutty accents of the brown butter sauce, the meat shone with its porky richness.

The Tipsy Wolves - Brushing Of Pork Belly

Just when I found the unctuous meat a tad cloying, the spiced caramel glaze eased in with its sweet and piquant flavours. Artfully incorporating Sichuan peppercorn and cinnamon sticks, the sauce perfumed the meat with a delicious fragrance.

The Tipsy Wolves - Roasted Potatoes

Some places treat sides as an afterthought, but the flavour of the roasted potatoes here easily matched up to the lofty standards set by the pork belly. Pop them into your mouth and relish how their potatoey sweetness tempers the savoury brown butter sauce. That being said, their texture was rather dry and they were overcooked.

The Tipsy Wolves - Laksa Pasta

The Tipsy Wolves also offers their unique take on a classic hawker dish with their Laksa Pasta ($10.90). Through their masterful hands, laksa transforms into a bowl of creamy spaghetti topped with two halves of a crayfish.

The Tipsy Wolves - Closeup Crayfish Roe

Carefully examine the crayfish and you’ll discover a treasure trove of orange roe stashed at its tail. These crustaceans are brought in from Jurong Port on a daily basis, so trust it to impress you with their juicy bite.

The Tipsy Wolves - Interaction Shot Crayfish

Sink your teeth into the plump meat and enjoy its rich and luscious tang.

Tipsy Wolves - Coconut Cream Laksa

The flavour and scent of laksa leaves permeated the pasta, masking the brininess of the crayfish. Following closely behind, the coconut cream added depth to the noodles with its savoury undertones. And thanks to the sneaky landmines of chilli padi, a fiery burn sealed off this robust medley of flavours. It was a much-needed jolt of piquancy, one which cleansed my palate of the pasta’s creamy tang.

The Tipsy Wolves - Fishcake Closeup

Dig further into this mountain of noodles and you’ll unearth slices of fishcake as well. While this surprise addition further reminded me of laksa, they failed to leave their mark in a crowd of piquant flavours.

The Tipsy Wolves - Beer Battered Barramundi And Chips

Barramundi is an uncommon sight in Western hawker stalls, so their Beer Battered Barramundi & Chips ($11.90) easily piqued my interest. Much like old-school fish and chips, beer was mixed into the batter, which contributed to its light and fluffy crust.

The Tipsy Wolves - Closeup Barramundi

Flaky, tender, and a tad moist, the pearly-white fillet was the perfect bed to cushion the crispy crust. And unlike the rich taste of salmon and tuna, the barramundi presented a lighter profile with its gentle sweetness.

The Tipsy Wolves - Dipping Shot Barramundi

For a tangier bite, slather your fried fish with their house-made tartar sauce. Prepared from a blend of parsley, capers, shallots, and gherkins, the relish funked up the barramundi with herbaceous and slightly bitter notes.

Otherwise, add a dash of lemon juice to accentuate the luscious flavours of the fish.

The Tipsy Wolves - Closeup Curly Fries

Instead of the usual crinkle-cut fries, crispy curly fries wrapped up this mouthwatering dish. Unlike their roasted potatoes, these ringlets thrilled me with their savoury and garlicky accents.

Ambience at The Tipsy Wolves

The Tipsy Wolves - Storefront Bistro 8

The Tipsy Wolves is located in Bistro 8, a chic food court furnished with whitewashed walls, hanging lights, and marble tables. Just as its name suggests, the place also offers an assortment of beers, so drop by to enjoy a tipple after work.

The Tipsy Wolves - Ambience

Bistro 8 is nestled within a maze of shophouses and narrow lanes, so driving there isn’t recommended. Thankfully, the place is a reasonable six-minute walk from Bendemeer MRT Station, so it remains pretty accessible by public transport.

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The verdict

The Tipsy Wolves - Verdict

Even though the selection here is a tad more expensive, the dishes are worth the extra dollar. From the meticulous preparation to the quality of ingredients, The Tipsy Wolves certainly matches up to the standards set by more high-SES restaurants. So, if you’re thinking of pampering yourself with quality Western food, drop by this homely stall at Jalan Besar.

Address: 30 Foch Road, #01-02, Bistro 8, Singapore 209276
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am to 3pm, 5pm to 10pm
The Tipsy Wolves is not a halal-certified eatery.

Photos taken by Rae Fung.
This is an independent review by Eatbook. 

  • 8/10
    - 8/10


— Meticulously prepared dishes
— Unique selection
— Quality food
— Convenient location

— Lack of ventilation

Recommended Dishes: Grilled Pork Belly ($10.90), Laksa Pasta ($10.90), Beer Battered Barramundi & Chips ($11.90)

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am to 3pm, 5pm to 10pm

Address: 30 Foch Road, #01-02, Bistro 8, Singapore 209276

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