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Pound Town Apparently, in the three months I haven’t been to Half Pound, the management has changed, and with it, the menu. The signature Half Pound Burger is still there, but with a few changes. The pickled daikon that worked wonders before has been dumped for a pineapple ring. The pineapple ring, unfortunately, wasn’t grilled and as such, the sweetness within was relatively non-existent. It did add a bit of bite and crunch to the burger, but it wasn’t as clean and crunchy as the daikon before. Unfortunately, the one thing they failed to change was one of the original hang ups I had with the old recipe: they threw raw onions into the burger instead of sautéing the onions till they were charmingly caramelized before slapping it onto the burger. All burger joints please take note: don’t just pound your meat, sauté your onions before putting it on your burger, for the love of Christ. The beetroot slaw, however, was a genius addition to the burger, as it’s crunchy texture was worthy of replacing its daikon predecessor, and the sharpness of the beet brought a zest and additional dimension to the savory burger that was a pleasant surprise. The charcoal buns are a purely cosmetic change, as they neither added nor subtracted from the overall flavor of the burger. As for the rest of the burger, it’s pretty much stayed the same. The juicy half pound ground beef patty is still the same one I enjoyed pounding away at previously, and the candied bacon strips are still gloriously indulgent. The butter sauce did seem a touch less rich than previously, but it still serves to add a rich, velvety texture to the whole burger. More importantly, it lubricates the burger excellently for the frenetic pounding that is to come. This was a hosted Eatup, courtesy of Half Pound Burger Bar & Grill, and Burpple!
Russell
39w
Duck Confit $20 The meat was tender and well-cooked however I found the meat jus to be a touch too herbal, so much so that someone remarked it tasted like bak kut teh. This was a hosted tasting courtesy of @burpple and @halfpoundsg Taste: 3/5
Jason
41w
Malaysia Boleh $20 Saw this at the next table, had to get it, because pimped up Ramly burger. 220g of beef patty wrapped in omelette and jizzed over with chilli sauce and mayonnaise. I didn’t particularly pay notice to the accoutrements of sliced cheese, cabbage, lettuce, tomato, red onion and pineapple(??). To be honest they could have done away with most of those things and let the patty stand on its own. The burger was served with a side of fries and Half Pound’s signature butter sauce. I didn’t know what to make of the sweet caramel-y liquid which brought to mind the cloying aroma of a bucket of Garrett’s popcorn, but hey, it grew on me the more I ate it and I found myself repeatedly dunking my fries into the sauce pot for that addictive combination of sweet and salty. This was a hosted tasting courtesy of @burpple and @halfpoundsg Taste: 3/5
Jason
41w
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Montana Singapore Nasi Lemak Waffle $16.50 Spiced Chai Latte $5.50 I was intrigued by the name of the dish in the menu Nasi Lemak Waffle. With the country in the patriotic mood, restaurants, cafes and even fast food are dishing out iconic and signature local infused items. As soon as the spiced chai latte was served, i could smell the aroma of the spice a distance away from the cup. There was a good balance between the spices, milk and espresso shot. So my expectations were high for the nasi lemak waffle. When it arrived at my table, i could have smelt a whole plate of nasi lemak if i was blindfolded. And the turn off came when i cut into the sides of the cutlet and see pink parts and i was sure there were even more in the thickest part of the chicken and i was not wrong. Highlighted that to the two staffs whom were chatting behind the bar and they apologised and offered to change a new plate. 15 mins later, a new plate was served and i could see holes on the chicken as the chefs wanted to be sure that it was fully cooked and i really appreciate that effort. The waffle was soaked in pandan flavor with ikan bilis topped. However, the waffle soften and was soggy after the chicken has been resting on it. Proceed to bill and staffs treat it as the uncooked chicken did not occur. Texted Montana on IG and even messaged them at their number on FB but no response for 3 days. Was quite disappointed with their non-chalant service attitude. #burpple
MYSTERY
6d
Red velvet waffles A tower of waffles and ice cream. Crispy and light, cheesecaky ice cream with sweet fruity white chocolate rose syrup. Still as good as before 4.5/5
Michael
1w
Mac and cheese waffles $13.80 Wow wee mac and cheese. This genius decided to create a waffle out of mac and cheese and drizzle truffle oil on top. So good.
Sarah
3w
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A hipster bistro café LePak At Rayz has opened at Bussorah Street, a short walk away from Sultan Mosque (Masjid Sultan). It looks set to be the next popular dining spot among Muslim friends. The Halal dining place seems to be able to capture the sweet spot with the provision of Western favourites and Asian comfort food, in an almost-hipster environment. Several of the dishes did remind me of Spize though. I previously thought that the menu at Rayz Bistro would deter price-sensitive diners. It appeared there was some adjustment on the pricing to be more mass-market friendly. bit.ly/dfdrayz
Daniel
13w
Cholek Buah ($5.90) Or essentially, what we called a deconstructed rojak. This was surprisingly satisfying for me! The rojak sauce was perfect; enough funkiness from the prawn paste and just the right amount of heat. The generous serving of fruits – green apples, jumbu, turnip, guava, pineapple and mangoes – meant we kept munching on these from the beginning of the meal, all the way till the end.
Dex
15w
LePak Burger🍔 ($10.90) Maybe it’s called the LePak Burger cause man, am I nursing a food coma now! A massive double patty of beef enveloped in egg with cheddar, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers and their own special sauce. While the patties will remind you of the Ramly style of meat (packed tight with a certain bite), it was still pretty enjoyable though quite gamey. Although just a side to the massive burger, those sweet potato fries stepped up! Arriving hot, these were crisp on the outside and thick enough to provide a nice, fluffy bite in the inside. I’m a fan!
Dex
15w
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