Bring Your Tastebuds On A Global Culinary Tour As You Explore Different Styles of BBQ Cuisine At This Muslim-Owned Woodfire Smoked And Charcoal-grilled Joint


Sarifah Md Safi'ee •  Jul 08, 2022

Sweating and toiling over an open fire to grill and smoke food has never been a glamorous job, but it is sure to yield flavours with an umami punch like no other. It is an art (and a science!) that the Outcast Chef, Mint, and the pitmasters at The Social Outcast have perfected, and while working in synchrony under intense heat every night may not be for everyone, it is exactly what has forged a solid bond and brotherhood within the team.

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The Social Outcast at the Grandstand, where the decor is as eccentric as their dishes. (Photo credit: The Social Outcast)

In the culinary world where fancy cooking techniques are at the forefront, The Social Outcast goes back to basics with its signature dark art of barbecue, smoke and raw fire. You won’t find any gas grillers here - instead those flames you see in the kitchen come from a selection of wood, mangrove charcoal and Japanese charcoal. Not just that, this joint takes inspiration from all over the world, offering not only Texan or Argentinian BBQ styles but Indonesian, African, Japanese and even Korean too! Such rustic, olden-day methods of cooking harks back to an era when food was traditionally seared over burning wood and charcoal, which makes dining here pretty much an evocative experience. 

Chef Mint has uncompromising standards when it comes to fresh, high-quality ingredients which he sources from all over the world, so rest assured you will be in good hands. Following an earlier write-up featuring their prized Mayura wagyu steak, and a fully revamped menu, we now return for a second helping of Chef Mint’s bold creations that are sure to create ripples in the food scene! 

Out with the Old, In with the New 

Nicaraguan-style Black Angus Steak - a classic example where street food meets refinement for meat connoisseurs! (Photo credit: The Social Outcast)

Make believe you are on the streets of Nicaragua as you chow down on The Social Outcast’s latest reinvention of grilled steak - the Nicaraguan-style Black Angus Steak ($55). Taking a leaf out of the popular fritanga culture in Nicaragua, where meats are cooked over smokey wooden embers at roadside stalls, the folks here have taken 300g chunks of Black Angus beef and have them grilled to perfection over hot charcoal. Accompanying each juicy slab is a whole creamy burrata cheese topped with fresh chimichurri sauce to provide that bright, tangy counterbalance while charred broccolini adds some extra crunch on the side. 

Roasted Canoe Beef Bone Marrow - an indulgent appetiser which has made its way back on the menu due to popular demand - exclusively for dine-in only!

The Social Outcast has done the legwork for all bone-marrow lovers by halving their Roasted Canoe Beef Bone Marrow ($22) to showcase the glistening, buttery and collagen-rich interior. Without having to use any straws or knocking, you can dive right in for the melt-in-the-mouth, creamy marrow which is punctuated with acidity from the refreshing tomato concasse salsa topping that helps to cut through the fat. When combined with crunchy cheese bits and charcoal-grilled crispy seven-types-of-seeds focaccia, you will get a class act of contrasting textures that’s to die for. 

Catch the Pac-Man oven in action at The Social Outcast and don’t forget to order the crowd-pleasing Anthony Bourdain! You may also opt to remove the rocket if you wish to omit your greens. (Photo credit: The Social Outcast)

We cannot imagine anyone who can suppress a chuckle at the sight of the Pac-Man oven sitting conspicuously in the kitchen. This mean machine gobbles up raw, smoked-meat pizzas and spits them out after they have been beautifully woodfired and attained a rich, golden hue. And if you love duck, then the Anthony Bourdain ($24) will be something that’s right up your alley. Made fresh to order, this hand-stretched 10” to 11” pizza has a sweet plum base and is topped with woodfired smoked pulled duck, beetroot, rocket, crispy cheese bits and mixed Italian cheese. If you are feeling extravagant, you can add a whole creamy burrata ($14) to this kid-friendly pizza! 

At The Social Outcast, get ready to be jolted out of your comfort zone for some adventurous eats. We promise you an unforgettable gastronomical trip that will excite all your senses, so hurry on and make your reservation NOW. ?

The Social Outcast 

Halal status: Muslim-owned 

Opening hours: 

Wed - Fri : 5pm - 11pm

Sat - Sun : 11am - 11pm. Last order is at 10pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays).

PH : Check out the latest post on their socials or Google them to check on the operating hours.

Address: The Grandstand, 200 Turf City Road, #01-35A, Singapore 287994 (along/facing The Car Mart). Click here for directions. 

Contact number:+65 8923 8924

Delivery & pickup: Click on this link

Takeaway option: Currently only available for Woodfired Pizzas and a selection of Small Plates and Main Plates.

Dine in: Reservations can be made via their website

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