My friend wanted to try out Happy Tree House BBQ for our next gathering and I’m down to try new places! I haven’t heard much about Happy Tree House BBQ so I didn’t have any expectations but my friend said that she noticed it was always busy in here when she went to Koto Izakaya which is located in the same plaza. Happy Tree House BBQ specializes in meat skewers.
We had 5 people which was good because there is a min. order of 5 for some of the skewers. Above we have the Chicken Knees and the Pork skewers. The seasoning they used was really tasty and not too salty. The meat was nicely grilled and tender. The skewers are brought to the table as they are ready.
My friend wanted to try the Lamb Kidney and there is a min. order of 2. I’m not a fan of kidneys to begin with but these were seasoned with the same seasoning as the chicken knees and pork we had. It had a bit of a chewy texture to it.
Next we had the Premium Beef and Pork.
The Lamb Kebabs were our favourite! You can choose between the “special” flavour or original. Not sure what’s in the special flavour but it was delicious! These also came on a metal skewer instead of a wooden skewer and there’s a min. order of 5.
In addition to skewers, they also serve grilled fish. I’ve never seen fish served like this before.
You can choose from different types of fish (codfish, tilapia, barramunde, spicy mini lobster) and then choose which flavour you want: spicy with pepper, spicy, soy black bean, or fresh green pepper. We had the Codfish “spicy with pepper”. If you can read Chinese, you can see the difference between spicy with pepper and spicy in the menu snippet above. Not sure how to describe it! I assumed the “spicy” option was with the Szechuan peppers but that’s what we ordered with the “spicy with pepper”? You can order side dishes (e.g. enoki mushroom, tofu, bean curd skin) to go with the fish as well but we didn’t get any.
The hot tray that the fish is on is lit underneath and then it starts bubbling as it gets heated up. Underneath the fish are some onions and beansprouts which are cooked in the process. The fish was very flaky and tender! I enjoy spicy foods so it wasn’t too spicy for me but as you keep eating it does get to you. The head and tail was also removed making it easier to eat. However, there are still bones inside of course. The tray for the fish also came with a place to put other small side dishes on the side.
This was where our server placed the Grilled Eggplant that we ordered to save table space. The eggplant was a rip off because it cost $4.95 and came with 4 small pieces and it didn’t even taste good. It had a garlic paste on top and it wasn’t very special.
Lastly we had the Hand Made Noodles in Lamb Meat Soup. The broth was very flavourful and I loved the texture of the hand made noodles. Great way to get in some carbs with all the meat! It tasted above average and I would be happy just ordering this.
The service was quick and efficient and the restaurant is large and spacious. We sat near the TV where they were playing concerts in Mandarin and it was kinda loud. Happy Tree House BBQ is a good place to try with a group due to the min. order because if you had less people then you wouldn’t be able to try a variety of skewers. The price does add up quickly though if you eat a lot.