The Hitsuji Club

September 21, 2017

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Mr Good Says:

For those who like Japanese cuisine, are you familiar with Jingisukan? No? Well, no surprise here. Even I who once resided in Japan for 6 months never knew about it until I was invited to The Hitsuji Club for a food tasting.

The Hitsuji Club originates from Hokkaido and specializes in Jingisukan (ジンギスカン), a dish of grilled lamb on a metal skillet. Jingisukan is translated from "Genghis Khan", a famous leader of Mongol Empire. And guess what is their staple food? Lamb! Before you say you don't like lamb, give me a chance to convince you that this is one lamb you have to try!

 

Although I eat lamb and mutton, I avoid those that are too gamy. Typically, lamb (meat from sheep less than 1 year old) has less fat and a more delicate flavour while mutton (meat from sheep more than 1 year old) is more fatty with a stronger (gamier) taste. At The Hitsuji Club, only chilled lamb from Australian sheep (6 to 8 months old) is served. According to the owner, Australian lamb is preferred over Japanese lamb for its better flavour. This lamb is supposedly of such a high quality that some customers request to eat them raw!

Table Service - Grilling Lamb Chops

For those of us who prefer cooked lamb, table-side service is provided. Personally, I like it that they grill the meats for us so that we can relax and enjoy properly cooked meats. Often, when I had to handle grilling, I ended up with overcooked and burnt meats. While grilling is going on, we can also start nibbling on their delicious sides in between conversations.

Premium Lamb Fillet

Like beef, lamb has a better texture when they are not fully cooked. When cooked to pink, I enjoyed the premium fillets (better than the standard fillets and loins) since they are more tender with the slightest hint of lamb flavour. In fact, premium lamb fillets can easily be mistaken for beef. Both the standard fillets lamb loins are harder to chew with a stronger flavour.


But, the BEST part of lamb is still the bone-in lamb chop! When perfectly cooked, lamb chop is tender and juicy with a silky texture that's similar to a Kampung Chicken Drumstick. As the lamb chop is a thicker cut (compared to the fillet), it also has a superior bite and is more flavoursome. To get perfect chops, the waitress removes the fats from the chop while grilling to be cooked separately. This way, the fats can be cooked for longer to become crispier while the rest of the lamb chop is not overcooked.

Cooking with Lamb Fat

Another thing that I like about The Hitsuji Club is that they use lamb fat instead of butter to oil the skillet. I feel that this helps to reinforce the natural flavour of the meat.

Smoked Japanese Radish with cream

Okay, so you have decided to give me the benefit of doubt and try the lamb, what if among your dining kakis, there are those who are allergic to lamb? Fret not, pork belly, chicken (there is no beef) and veggies are also available on the menu. No more worries right? All that is left is to make a reservation!

 

Food Photos

See photos of food that My Food Story has tasted. Recommended food are marked with ().
Premium Jingiskan with Lamb Chop Set - 2 sets are shown here (S$65++ per set)
With the set, you get more value. Good for first timers to ascertain which lamb cut is preferred.
Lamp Chop (S$24++ per piece)
This is by far the best lamb chop I have tasted!
Baby Lamb Chop (S$12++ per piece)
I will skip this and go for the big lamb chops!
Cooked Baby Lamb Chop - only bone is shown here (S$12++ per piece)
Lamb Fillet (100g S$18++)
This is stronger in flavour and more chewy.
Premium Lamb Fillet with Salt and Japanese Leek (S$20++)
Tender lamb fillet goes well with salt and leek!
Jingiskan Sauce
This in house sauce is perfect for the lamb fillet!
Spices
Smoked Japanese Radish with Cream Cheese (S$9++)
I am not a fan of radish. But the cream cheese is a good complement.
White Round Cabbage Caesar Salad (S$9++)
I really like their Caesar dressing!
Boiled Chicken with Sesame Sauce (S$6++)
The chicken breast is too dry and bland imo.
Kimchee (S$6++)
I like this better than Korean kimchi; more sweet, less spicy and less sour.
Oolong Tea
Potato Soju

Outlets

The Hitsuji Club @Circular Road

65 Circular Road, S049419
Map     Directions     +65 6221 3789     Website     WhatsApp Share
MRT Stations (within 800 metres)

Raffles Place, Clarke Quay, Telok Ayer, Chinatown

Opening Hours

Mon to Sat: 6pm to 11pm
Sun: Closed

Value Added Service(s)

None

Payment Terms

Prices Subjected to Service Charge and GST (Cash/Nets/Credit Card)



Shop/Food Review

Mr Good Says:

For those who like Japanese cuisine, are you familiar with Jingisukan? No? Well, no surprise here. Even I who once resided in Japan for 6 months never knew about it until I was invited to The Hitsuji Club for a food tasting.

The Hitsuji Club originates from Hokkaido and specializes in Jingisukan (ジンギスカン), a dish of grilled lamb on a metal skillet. Jingisukan is translated from "Genghis Khan", a famous leader of Mongol Empire. And guess what is their staple food? Lamb! Before you say you don't like lamb, give me a chance to convince you that this is one lamb you have to try!

Although I eat lamb and mutton, I avoid those that are too gamy. Typically, lamb (meat from sheep less than 1 year old) has less fat and a more delicate flavour while mutton (meat from sheep more than 1 year old) is more fatty with a stronger (gamier) taste. At The Hitsuji Club, only chilled lamb from Australian sheep (6 to 8 months old) is served. According to the owner, Australian lamb is preferred over Japanese lamb for its better flavour. This lamb is supposedly of such a high quality that some customers request to eat them raw!

Table Service - Grilling Lamb Chops

For those of us who prefer cooked lamb, table-side service is provided. Personally, I like it that they grill the meats for us so that we can relax and enjoy properly cooked meats. Often, when I had to handle grilling, I ended up with overcooked and burnt meats. While grilling is going on, we can also start nibbling on their delicious sides in between conversations.

Premium Lamb Fillet

Like beef, lamb has a better texture when they are not fully cooked. When cooked to pink, I enjoyed the premium fillets (better than the standard fillets and loins) since they are more tender with the slightest hint of lamb flavour. In fact, premium lamb fillets can easily be mistaken for beef. Both the standard fillets lamb loins are harder to chew with a stronger flavour.


But, the BEST part of lamb is still the bone-in lamb chop! When perfectly cooked, lamb chop is tender and juicy with a silky texture that's similar to a Kampung Chicken Drumstick. As the lamb chop is a thicker cut (compared to the fillet), it also has a superior bite and is more flavoursome. To get perfect chops, the waitress removes the fats from the chop while grilling to be cooked separately. This way, the fats can be cooked for longer to become crispier while the rest of the lamb chop is not overcooked.

Cooking with Lamb Fat

Another thing that I like about The Hitsuji Club is that they use lamb fat instead of butter to oil the skillet. I feel that this helps to reinforce the natural flavour of the meat.

Smoked Japanese Radish with cream

Okay, so you have decided to give me the benefit of doubt and try the lamb, what if among your dining kakis, there are those who are allergic to lamb? Fret not, pork belly, chicken (there is no beef) and veggies are also available on the menu. No more worries right? All that is left is to make a reservation!


Food Photos

See photos of food that My Food Story has tasted. Recommended food are marked with ().
Premium Jingiskan with Lamb Chop Set - 2 sets are shown here (S$65++ per set)
With the set, you get more value. Good for first timers to ascertain which lamb cut is preferred.
Lamp Chop (S$24++ per piece)
This is by far the best lamb chop I have tasted!
Baby Lamb Chop (S$12++ per piece)
I will skip this and go for the big lamb chops!
Cooked Baby Lamb Chop - only bone is shown here (S$12++ per piece)
Lamb Fillet (100g S$18++)
This is stronger in flavour and more chewy.
Premium Lamb Fillet with Salt and Japanese Leek (S$20++)
Tender lamb fillet goes well with salt and leek!
Jingiskan Sauce
This in house sauce is perfect for the lamb fillet!
Spices
Smoked Japanese Radish with Cream Cheese (S$9++)
I am not a fan of radish. But the cream cheese is a good complement.
White Round Cabbage Caesar Salad (S$9++)
I really like their Caesar dressing!
Boiled Chicken with Sesame Sauce (S$6++)
The chicken breast is too dry and bland imo.
Kimchee (S$6++)
I like this better than Korean kimchi; more sweet, less spicy and less sour.
Oolong Tea
Potato Soju

Outlets

The Hitsuji Club @Circular Road

65 Circular Road, S049419
Map     Directions     +65 6221 3789     Website
MRT Stations (within 800 metres)

Raffles Place, Clarke Quay, Telok Ayer, Chinatown

Opening Hours

Mon to Sat: 6pm to 11pm
Sun: Closed

Value Added Service(s)

None

Payment Terms

Prices Subjected to Service Charge and GST (Cash/Nets/Credit Card)



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