Newton Roast is currently taking a break from business.
Newton Roast moved out of Newton Circus on 27th July 2014. They will be re-opening on 8th January 2015 at 13 Teck Chye Terrace (junction of Boundary Road and Upper Serangoon Road) and operating jointly with their partner ZRJ Pte Ltd, which also offers Sichuan style BBQ & steamboat. Their online ordering system is back in operation and you can also phone 62806700 for enquiries.
THIS POST IS FOR MEAT LOVERS (PORK) AND MAY INDUCE HYPERSALIVATION…
Newton Roast had its official launch on 24th May 2014 (although operations had started since 1st May) and I was invited to a food tasting session. It’s located at Newton Food Centre and is one of the newer generation of stalls serving not-the-usual type of hawker fare.
Let’s take a closer look at what they have to offer…
KO German Pork Knuckles:
Roasted 6-Pack Pork Belly:
Hmm…the roasts look good and the prices seem quite reasonable for both.
You can expect the roasted meats to meet a certain standard as they are prepared by culinary chefs with over 15 years of experience in top restaurants.
The meats are roasted in their state-of-the-art combi oven. I’ve always liked food which is grilled or roasted in the oven as this is a healthier method of cooking over frying.
With a tagline of “Fresh onDemand”, the stall’s objective is for customers to enjoy the food as fresh as it gets when you arrive at the stall! You can pre-order your favourite roasts online via their bespoke ordering system and select what time you will be there to pick them up (either to dine there or takeaway). Fresh from the oven – sounds good!!
Now for the taste test….
Their 6 Pack Pork Belly takes an hour to be cooked and goes through high heat until it is lean and crispy, plus it has abs that some people may be envious of! Haha…
The meat is lightly seasoned and tender, with a lovely crispy crackling. I just love the crunch with each bite and if you look carefully at the next picture, you can see that most of the fat in the meat has already melted away! In case you’re wondering – I’m not usually a fan of roasted pork belly but this is really good!!
Their KO German Pork Knuckle takes about 2 hours to roast and it also looks to have a similar crispy crackling like the pork belly, but somehow I found the one on the pork belly to be crunchier.
The meat on this particular pork knuckle was tender and the seasoning seemed to be less salty than the pork belly. I felt the pork knuckle here is comparable to the one served at a relatively well-known German bar which is located near my place of work.
You can order bigger portions if you have a larger group to feed! ^_^
A variety of sauces were also served alongside the roasted meats. There was mustard, sambal chilli and their own homemade brown sauce (which in my opinion tasted like the gravy that is poured over mashed potatoes). My personal preference is the brown sauce and the mustard as they helped to enhance the flavour of the meat.
The pork knuckle had an additional accompaniment of sauerkraut, which is made in-house but I didn’t try it as I’m not a fan of fermented cabbage (and yes, I don’t like kimchi either). However, I heard that some other people who tried the sauerkraut loved it.
The next picture has a beautiful roast in the foreground and I somehow can’t stop looking at this photo! The meat used for this roast is also pork belly but a different method was used to score the meat. This yet-to-be-named roast will soon be on the menu at Newton Roast and I’m looking forward to it!
According to Mr Casey Ong, one of the partners of the stall, the meats are lightly seasoned as he wants diners to enjoy the natural flavour of the meat, which goes well with alcohol too!
We did try the pairing of the roasted meats with beer, red wine and an elderflower & lime cider and I have to say that I totally agree with Casey! My preference is to have the pork belly accompanied with cider as I can savour the succulent tender morsels and their crispy crackling together with the fruitiness of the cider.
Unfortunately, only beer is sold at Newton Food Centre but if you want to enjoy your roasts with other alcoholic beverages, just BYO and there are no corkage fees.
Placing an order for the roasts is easy – just head to their website and select the date/time which you wish to pick up your order. An SMS will be sent to your phone and you will need to click on the link to confirm that you had indeed placed the order. Only then will your order be completed and the chefs will be notified.
Reservations close 2 hours before collection time, so be sure to place your orders early. The stall caters to about 70%-80% of reservations and you can still walk-in without pre-ordering your roasts but it is subjected to availability.
After you have made your reservation on their website, the chefs are able to view the orders and ensure that they have prepared enough food to meet the orders, so that they will be fresh out of the oven when you arrive.
For those of you who prefer to do takeaway, let me leave you with a glimpse of the reheating instructions…
I must say that the people at Newton Roast certainly have a sense of humour! 😉
#01-51, Newton Circus Food Centre,
500 Clemenceau Avenue, Singapore 229495.
Getting There by MRT:
Newton station exit B, walk towards Newton Circus and cross the overhead bridge to get to the food centre.