Recently opened in Orchard Central, The Hungry Caveman brings to Singapore an electric automated barbecue concept. In partnership with China’s biggest BBQ chain - “某个时间全自动烧烤店”, who has approximately 138 outlets in China, expect old-aged caves as the interiors.
There is a wide selection of meat and vegetables. However, do note that the marinade on most of the dishes is spicy, those mala numbing type and they are not stated in the menu. I did not enjoy the marination as it does not complement some of the meat skewers but others might think otherwise.
Guava with Dried Orange Skin 4.2/5
I started off with the signature Guava with Dried Orange Skin because this will just open up your tastebuds to the dishes that are coming up. The guava pieces are thinly cut and are so refreshing with its sourness.
Signature Lamb & AUS Grain Fed Beef 3/5
Top selling dishes here include the Signature Lamb & AUS Grain Fed Beef. Unfortunately, the waiters here will not help you with the barbecue and this means you have to judge the food based on your own knowledge. Thus, my skewers turned out too tough.
Taiwan and German Pork Sausage 4/5
I was really into the Spear-The-Salmon Skewers as the barbecue gave them a charred taste while still being so smooth and flaky. Juices were flowing out with each bite, you just can’t stop at one. Do remember to keep a watch on these salmon as you don’t want to overcook them. Sausage skewers are also available. Personally, I preferred the Taiwan Sausage over the German Pork Sausage but they both had their different tastes. The sausages will burst upon contact with the heat from the barbecue and will be bursting with juices.
Bacon Enoki Skewer 4.5/5
Your mouth will water at the sight of the Bacon Enoki Skewer. Well, I am a bacon-lover so I might be biased but this is one of the dishes you can’t miss out on when you’re doing a barbecue
There were also many vegan friendly choices like the Oyster Mushroom, Shitake Mushroom and Grilled Sweet Corn. Also, there are ready cooked dishes like the Grill Golden Mushroom and Grill Eggplant that you can try.
Grilled Milk Man Tou 3/5
I expected the Grilled Milk Man Tou to turn out like the ones that always come with chilli crab but these man tous will come in their white and raw form. This man tou was probably a healthier version of the fried man tous since they are grilled so you may give it a try if you’re interested.
Grill Scallop Garlic Vermicelli 4.5/5
Another ready to eat dish you should try is the Grill Scallop Garlic Vermicelli. It comes in one piece only but the flavours were really nice and I liked how the vermicelli absorbed the garlic flavour.
The Hungry Caveman’s Healthy Soup 4.5/5
If you’re a soup person, do order The Hungry Caveman’s Healthy Soup, aka “Ge Da” soup in Chinese. It was my first time having such a different soup as this one was thick and packed with many ingredients like noodle bits, tomatoes, egg and vegetables.
Each table comes with fully-automated barbecue machines which allow diners to enjoy barbecued food at ease. However, the heat from the machine was too hot and made it quite hard for me to enjoy my food without trying to burn my face. I have been to another automated barbecue restaurant at Tanjong Pagar before this in which I had a better experience as the heat didn’t affect me at all, hence my base of comparison.
Photos and words by Vanessa Chia. A girl who has a passion for taking photos. Determined to always get better at what I am doing. Note: This is an invited tasting.
The Hungry Caveman
181 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 66348871
Nearest MRT: Somerset (NS Line)
Daily: 11am - 10pm
1) Alight at Somerset MRT station. Take Exit C. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]