The Beast @ 17 Jalan Klapa

The Beast.

The Beast.

The Beast is an American southern cuisine restaurant & bourbon bar at the edge of Kampong Glam. The Beast was conceptualized by Jamie Koh, who also runs Chupitos, a Spanish-inspired shots bar in Clarke Quay. After her stint in a university in Atlanta, Georgia, Jamie decided to bring Southern comfort food to Singapore. Her first thought of the three-storey shophouse was that it resembled an animal barn and so the name, concept & decor of The Beast was born.

Inside The Beast.

Inside The Beast.

Bourbon, bourbon & more bourbon!

Bourbon, bourbon & more bourbon!

Outdoor alfresco seating.

Outdoor alfresco seating.

"Unleash The Beast."

“Unleash The Beast.”

Aesthetic
The whole concept & decor of The Beast revolves around the idea of an animal barn. The whole interior makes use of dark wooden panels, vintage lamps & rusted oil drums to recreate the look of an animal barn while keeping things modern & edgy. The first level houses a 30-seater bar, with more seating on the second level, a private area on the 3rd and alfresco dining outside. Seating on the first level were all quite high, with bar stools and high chairs. Rusted oil drums with a wooden board on top served as a table.

The place opens at 5pm and when I went there at around 5.30pm, things were still pretty quiet. The place started getting crowded as the night progressed though, with people walking by the place, looking on with curiosity.

Food menu of The Beast.

Food menu of The Beast.

Food
The food of The Beast is centric around American southern cuisine, think Louisiana or Georgia. The cuisine involves food that is either deep fried, overly sweet or a combination of both. The Beast does a really great job of bringing Southern cuisine here, with familiar dishes such as Chicken & Waffles or Shrimp & Grits. I do really love the whole concept of Southern food. (Fried and sweet? Who doesn’t love those two things?) Unfortunately, prices for The Beast’s food is towards the higher end, with mains all above 20 bucks & starters above 10. Apart from that, the quality & quantity for their food pretty much justifies their prices.

The Beast is also one of Singapore’s first bourbon whiskey bars, housing around 30 types of bourbon whiskey. Most of them are stored in barrels behind the bar area, with the upper shelf containing barrel-aged Manhattans and Old Fashioneds. The place definitely feels more like a bar, especially since the place only opens from the evening till the night. (They do not open for lunch) It’s more of a place for working adults to chill, kick back & relax with alcohol and bar snacks. (I went there just for the food, and felt a bit out of sorts as I’m not really an alcohol drinker)

Mama June's Sweet Tea ($18) Redemption High Rye Bourbon, House-made Honey Sweet Tea Don't be fooled by the name, this is actually a cocktail drink. Trust me, my eyes almost popped when I saw the price. (As I said, I'm not much of an alcohol drinker, so if this is normal then pardon me) Nevertheless, this was one of the things I wanted to try at The Beast. The drink was nice, the bourbon whiskey definitely overpowered the tea. It was pretty nice & I do like the glass jar though.

Mama June’s Sweet Tea ($18)
Redemption High Rye Bourbon, House-made Honey Sweet Tea
Don’t be fooled by the name, this is actually a cocktail drink. Trust me, my eyes almost popped when I first saw the price. (As I said, I’m not much of an alcohol drinker, so if this is normal then pardon me.)
Nevertheless, this was one of the things I wanted to try at The Beast. The drink was nice, the bourbon whiskey definitely overpowered the tea. I do like the glass jar it was served in.

Soft Shell Crab Sliders ($16) This was really good. The soft shell crab were fried perfectly and the whole mini-burger tasted great. I always love it when the filling of a burger is beyond the bun.

Soft Shell Crab Sliders ($16)
This was really good. The soft shell crabs were fried perfectly and the whole mini-burger tasted great. I always love it when the filling of a burger is beyond the bun.

Chicken & Waffles ($20) 24 Hour Buttermilk Chicken, Waffles, Bourbon Maple Butter Sauce Obviously, you can't have Southern Cuisine without chicken & waffles. You can choose between the thigh or the breast meat for your chicken. I went with thigh. This was really fantastic. The chicken tasted great, really tender & juicy. The waffle, soft & fluffy on the inside, one of the better waffles I've had. And to top if all off? Bourbon Maple Butter Sauce, absolutely fantastic. (You can ask for more sauce if it's not enough!)

Chicken & Waffles ($20)
24 Hour Buttermilk Chicken, Waffles, Bourbon Maple Butter Sauce
Obviously, you can’t have Southern Cuisine without chicken & waffles. You can choose between the thigh or the breast meat for your chicken. I went with thigh. 
This was really fantastic. The chicken tasted great, really tender & juicy. The waffle, soft & fluffy on the inside, one of the better waffles I’ve had. And to top it all off? Bourbon Maple Butter Sauce, absolutely fantastic. (You can ask for more sauce if it’s not enough!) The price is a tad high for chicken & waffles but The Beast’s version is definitely done really well. Highly recommended.

Catfish Tacos ($24) Fried Catfish, Tacos, Cabbage, Sweet Corn Salsa, Cajun Remoulade, Sour Cream, Lime Wedges Now initially I was a tad disappointed, because I was looking forward to ordering their "Deep Fried Whole Catfish", which I had seen on their Facebook page and I found out that they had changed it to Catfish Tacos. (Perhaps people fond it off-putting to see a whole catfish?) Of course, my disappointment went away when this was served. The entire dish was pretty huge & the amount of fried catfish pieces were quite impressive.

Catfish Tacos ($24)
Fried Catfish, Tacos, Cabbage, Sweet Corn Salsa, Cajun Remoulade, Sour Cream, Lime Wedges
Now initially I was a tad disappointed, because I was looking forward to ordering their “Deep Fried Whole Catfish”, which I had seen on their Facebook page but then I found out that they had changed it to Catfish Tacos. (Perhaps people found it off-putting to see a whole catfish?)
Of course, my disappointment went away when this was served. The entire dish was pretty huge & the amount of fried catfish pieces were quite impressive.

Catfish Tacos ($24) This is how is looked after putting all the ingredients together. Probably my first time having tacos. The taco shell was soft enough that you can bend it, but it still retained a certain crunch. The sweet corn salsa, cabbage & sour cream worked wonders when combined with the catfish in the taco shell. The catfish itself was seasoned and fried perfectly, it was great to eat it by itself even.

Catfish Tacos ($24)
This is how it looked after putting all the ingredients together. Probably my first time having tacos. The taco shell was soft enough that you can bend it, but it still retained a certain crunch. The sweet corn salsa, cabbage, Cajun remoulade & sour cream worked wonders when combined with the catfish in the taco shell. The catfish itself was seasoned and fried perfectly, it was great to eat it by itself even.

Bourbon Pecan Pie ($12) Home-made pie, Fig & Honey Ice-cream By this point, I was already quite full but couldn't help myself and so I just had to order a dessert. This stood out to me, probably because of the word "Bourbon". Now I've had a Pecan pie at Windowsill, and found their version to be quite sweet and could get overwhelming after a while. The Beast's version was also as sweet, but I thought that it was definitely better. It was pretty delicious as it was served warm with a scoop of Fig & Honey ice-cream. Perfect way to end my meal.

Bourbon Pecan Pie ($12)
Home-made pie, Fig & Honey Ice-cream
By this point, I was already quite full but couldn’t help myself and so I just had to order a dessert. This stood out to me, probably because of the word “Bourbon”.
Now I’ve had Pecan pie at Windowsill, and found their version to be quite sweet and could get overwhelming after a while. The Beast’s version was also as sweet, but I thought that it was definitely better. It was pretty delicious as it was served warm  and with a scoop of Fig & Honey ice-cream. Perfect way to end my meal.

Mural/Sign of The Beast on the side of the shophouse.

Mural/Sign of The Beast on the side of the shophouse.

Worth A Visit/Revisit?
I do really like southern cuisine and I do really like how The Beast has managed to bring it over here and do it well. The Beast definitely serves top-notch Southern comfort food. It’s also a great place for people to hang out after work with a drink and enjoy the night. If you are a fan of fried or sweet food or even bourbon whiskey, The Beast is THE place to go to. I highly recommend a visit to try their food (even if you don’t really drink). I would love to go back again and try more of their food, perhaps “Shrimp & Grits”?

Rating

Food
8/10
Aesthetic
7.5/10
Price
6/10
Service
7/10

The Beast

17 Jalan Klapa, Singapore 199329
(Nearest train station: Bugis)
Contact: 6295 0017
Opening Hours:
Mon – Thu: 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
Fri – Sat: 5:00 pm – 1:00 am
http://thebeast.sg/
https://www.facebook.com/thesgbeast

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