Indulge Teppanyaki & Grill House, Balestier: Big on variety, easy on your wallet

Mention the word ‘indulge’ and instantly one would conjure the association of pampering and perhaps, luxury. But with enough fiddling in Google Search, you’ll be able to hit the jackpot with wallet-friendly, lip-smacking grub. Lucky for us, there’s a new player in town who happens to fit the bill of both. Indulge Teppanyaki & Grill House has opened its doors at HomeTeamNS-JOM Balestier for about two months and is rearing and ready to serve the masses familiar Western favourites with a modern twist.

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Don’t be fooled by its clubhouse locale; the restaurant is open to the public. They also omit the use of pork and lard from their cooking, making it not only a family-friendly but also inclusive establishment. Having started from a humble coffeeshop stall, the brand now has a handful of other outlets (Upper Thomson, Serangoon North, and Yishun; full addresses below), but none have as extensive a menu as the one at Balestier.

Even better, patrons enjoy two-hour free parking when they spend S$20 in a single receipt at HomeTeamNS-JOM Balestier, so now’s the time to carpool and rally your friends and family for a meal at Indulge Teppanyaki & Grill House!

What I tried

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With an abundance of options for every palate, I first tucked into the Fried Chicken Cutlet With Nacho Cheese (S$9.90). For a rice bowl below S$10, the portion will most definitely satiate. There’s an ample serving of fried chicken cutlet strips blanketed in an even more generous amount of nacho cheese, with edamame, corn, and a soft-boiled egg (and not forgetting that hidden bed of rice below), to truly make this bowl an economical choice.

The best way to enjoy it is to mix everything well, with the crispy chicken cutlet shell still keeping its crunchiness intact. I would have preferred a bit more seasoning, though; after a few bites, all I could recognise was nacho cheese. However, I cannot detract the appeal of this given its value.

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Claiming pride in creating all their pasta sauces from scratch, Indulge Teppanyaki & Grill House’s two pasta dishes I tried come highly recommended. Choose a pasta base, followed by a protein of your choice. The first was the Clams (S$9.90), paired with their homemade hae bee hiam (prawn paste).

Speckles of dried shrimp adorned the plate, with almost no crevice left untouched. The clams were still plush to the touch, while the pasta was satisfyingly al dente. Even better, the dish carried sufficient heat to last throughout the meal, so keep your beverage of choice nearby.

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Speaking of fiery pasta, another great option would be to go for their mala base. This round was paired with their Grilled Chicken Chop (S$9.90) for a straightforward, flawless presentation. Once again, Indulge’s generosity in portion pleased me.

However, I was slightly underwhelmed by their mala promise, making the Clams pasta option a more pronounced one, if you’re looking to fire up your palate.

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Burger fans, you’re in luck; the Indulge Signature Beef Burger (S$15.90) is a mini mountain of homemade beef patty, lettuce, tomatoes, sauteed button mushrooms, and sliced cheddar cheese. The draw of any burger, to me, is its patty, and here, its quality is convincing.

I savoured the oozy cheese, earthy mushrooms, and the succulent beef patty altogether, especially so because I recognise the finicky search of having to hunt for an inexpensive gourmet burger.

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But let’s get straight to the main star—their teppanyaki sets. Each set comes with a choice of either black pepper, or yakiniku sauce (I chose the former) and a variety of protein options follow. Deciding on the Seafood Set (S$24.90), I’m greeted by a hotplate teeming with prawns, scallops, and clams.

Our daily reminder of fibre makes a clear stand here, with every set also accompanied by broccoli, baby carrots, bean sprouts, and corn. A bowl of short-grain rice and a sunny side up completes the meal as I tuck into the sizzling entrée. The black pepper sauce leans on the sweeter spectrum, but I could still enjoy the smokey pepperiness on the finish of every bite. The best part of this was that the food stayed warm right down to the last spoonful.

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Staying in the same vein of economical meals here, the last main course—their Australian Striploin Steak (200g) (S$17.90)—is a guaranteed winner, according to the Indulge staff. Promising a soft, tender slab of meat, I was delighted to validate this claim. The core was bright pink, while my knife performed minimal work, as did my jaw.

As it was lightly seasoned, I could thoroughly appreciate the quality of the beef, with little need for the brown sauce, honestly. Overall, it is a no-frills, wallet-friendly steak that I could easily return for any time.

Final thoughts

While the food at Indulge is by no means ‘fancy’, it performs a good job of gratifying the tummy and the wallet. It’s neigh time that the public sheds its opinion of it being housed in a private building because this place is open to one and all; they’re missing out on a hidden treasure.

The wide variety of menu options and high-quality delivery makes Indulge Teppanyaki & Grill House an easy choice if you’re hankering for comforting Western staples in Balestier.

Expected Damage: S$10 – S$25 per pax

Other Indulge outlets:

236 Upper Thomson Road, Red House CoffeeShop, Singapore 574367
152 Serangoon North Avenue 1, #01-336, Singapore 550152
461 Yishun Avenue 6, #01-16, Stall 6, Singapore 760461

*This post is brought to you in partnership with Indulge Teppanyaki & Grill House.

Price: $

Our Rating: 4 / 5

Indulge Teppanyaki & Grill House

31 Ah Hood Road, HomeTeamNS-JOM Balestier, #01-04, Singapore 329979

Our Rating 4/5

Indulge Teppanyaki & Grill House

31 Ah Hood Road, HomeTeamNS-JOM Balestier, #01-04, Singapore 329979

Telephone: +65 8525 2525
Operating Hours: 11am - 10pm (Daily)
Telephone: +65 8525 2525

Operating Hours: 11am - 10pm (Daily)
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