Two Fat Men is KH’s casual bar that has taken over the space that was occupied by Tian Mi Mi along East Coast Road. Being non-Eastsiders, I was never inclined to drive all the way to the East for desserts, but after sampling the food at Two Fat Men tonight, I’m definitely planning another trip soon, on the pretext of visiting S and her twins :)
Besides serving designer and artisanal beers (as well as a kickass Toffee Apple Cider that I could guzzle all day), Two Fat Men serves bar bites and simple meals with a slight twist. In addition to the usual offerings like wings and burgers, they also pay homage to KH’s professional roots, with a menu of Thai street food favourites.
Everything that we had tonight was delicious, but in particular the Grilled Pork Neck with Tamarind dipping sauce was outstanding. Slices of pork neck, a perfect cut for its blend of fat and meat, chargrilled to perfection and served with a tangy sauce that cuts through the meat. This is perfect bar food and I would imagine beer drinkers going through plate after plate of this.
The burger is also really good. Simple (so obviously don’t expect chi-chi bistro type burgers) but very well executed, and this was even without the optional cheese and bacon, which we forgot to order. This reminded us of our favourite Renaldo’s burger from days gone by.
They do two types of wings here – St Louis marinade and Buffalo wings. I actually prefer the former, but we did feedback to KH that he could afford to make the Buffalo wings a bit more aggressive, both in flavour and in heat.
The basil chicken fried rice is a less greasy version of this popular Thai dish, and I like the healthier spin that they’ve put on this. It may be less oily but it’s still very flavourful and the chicken is very tender.
The tom yam seafood soup here is authentic, and not for the fainthearted. It packs quite a flavour punch, with lemongrass, kaffir lime leaf and lots of heat. They’re very generous with the seafood too – 2 large prawns and lots of calamari. KH may introduce a noodle version of this dish if Two Fat Men eventually opens for lunch – I’m thinking of starting a petition because an instant noodle version of this dish is my idea of absolute heaven.
If you still have room for dessert, they do a mean brownie with ice cream here too. The brownie is cake-like rather than fudge-like; just the type I like. It’s light and almost like a very good chocolate cake. A perfect end to a great dinner.
Once a month, they do beer tastings where, for $25 a person, you get free flow of 5 different beers. They just did British beers this month; on 9 June they’re doing German beers. Do check them out if beer tasting (or simply getting sloshed) is your thing.
I’m really happy that KH has decided to do this instead of Tian Mi Mi. I think it has lots of potential to be a great neighbourhood chillout spot, and I wish him all the best, and I’ll certainly be swinging by more often.
Excellent value for money. The dishes, except for the mediocre wings, were great. I especially like the greasy burger.
As per our last visit (when it was still a dessert joint), my only complaint is the lack of parking in the area. Damn East-siders.
Two Fat Men
376 East Coast Road
Open daily: 5 pm to 3 am