Burgs 'n' Rolls

Burgs 'n' Rolls

Lobster Rolls, Hotdog buns, Burgers of all sorts. You name it, I have it!
Xing Wei Chua
Xing Wei Chua

Hadn't mentioned much about this place, but this had been one of my hideouts for a while within the Katong neighbourhood.

Having started to serve up more substantial food apart from open-faced sandwiches for a while, the Bratwurst dog is something I absolutely dig if I were to crave for something simple, but not quite so. The bread roll is nothing fancy; buttered and toasted, but it is the toppings here that matter — served with sauerkraut for a refreshingly light and sour-ish note and a crunch along with caramelised onions, the bouncy Bratwurst (choice of chicken or beef) comes doused with BBQ sauce for savoury tang, as well as mustard for a slight zing, further elevated by the jalapeño that provides a spicy kick in between morsels of the hotdog roll. Sounds like something one could easily whip up at home, but I must say that it's a well put-together combo; something that I probably would not be able to achieve by myself — probably something that would be inspiring myself to look for great, artisan hotdog buns elsewhere too!

PS: The Espresso Tonic in the background is pretty dope too!


Opened fairly recently at CompassOne, Zoey's Diner is a new casual fast diner concept that serves up their signature Baobae (essentially their fusion of bao and burger), salads and bubble tea (a collaboration with Winnie's; the same bubble tea shop that has outlets at one-north and in the Central Business District).

Offering a number of Baobae with different condiments, the Crispy Ebi Cake caught my attention as with anything else that features a prawn cake patty; the Ebi Cake also comes infused with Garlic & Coriander, whilst also coming with lettuce, tomato and Wasabi Mayonnaise. Thought the Baobae was pretty decent for its price; coming ala-carte at $9.90, patrons can opt for a set for a side of fries and milk tea/bubble tea/soft drinks at a small cost. While the Ebi Cake does come with a bit of fillers, one can still find bits of shrimp for a bite; the toasted Bao buns were pretty fluffy yet providing a firm bite, though more bread-like than the Chinese Bao (or Mantou) we are more familiar with. While the other condiments were rather standard, the Wasabi Mayonnaise provides the tingling, numbing kick that one would associate with Wasabi, tickling the tastebuds and enhancing the overall flavours of the entire Baobae. A decent eat within Sengkang, Zoey's Diner is a good spot to consider to dine at especially when at the mall.

One of my favourite spots to hit for local tzechar-inspired burgers, Wok In Burger had since opened a second outlet in JCube as a more accessible and comfy location as opposed to their very first outlet situated at Alexandra within Keng Eng Kee Seafood — essentially the same guys whom brought to us the Wok In Burger brand.

Offering some exclusive items at this outlet, the Green Apple Curry Pork Burger is one of them — coming with green apple slices, curry sauce, a choice of pork or chicken patty (we opted for the former) and greens in between the charcoal buns, the burger is pretty substantial portion-wise; pretty filling. The buns were light and fluffy, while the pork patty comes with a crisp exterior whilst being tender and juicy within; slathered with a house-made curry, the curry sauce is pretty reminiscent to that served at the Golden Arches — carrying a hint of the flavour of the spices, it also carries a familiar hint of sweetness and creaminess as well, while the green apple slices help to add a juicy crunch and a slight zing to cut through the flavours of the sauce. Beneath the patty, an assortment of greens and a slice of tomato helps to keep things refreshing for wholesome experience. Available in ala-carte (which already come with Keropok) or set options, the set enables one to add coleslaw and iced lemon tea for an extra $2.80; would definitely be back for my favourite Coffee Pork Ribs Burger some other time.


From RAF, a new cafe that is located within the grounds of Grafunkt; a furniture store which had moved from Millenia Walk into the grounds of Funan Mall near where Tiong Bahru Bakery and Godmama are located.

Nestled within the furniture shop, RAF is pretty easily located considering its situated to the right of the main entrance of the store. For those who had been following me for quite a while, one would have noticed my love for the Pork Burger which used to be served at Necessary Provisions. Almost essentially the same as that burger spiritually, the Chorizo Burger comes with a burger patty that is made from Chorizo sausages; comes with Arugula and melted cheese over the top. Going straight for it, the burger buns are pretty generic; light and fluffy, it comes with various seeds over the top, but our favourite was the so-ever-savoury and mildly spicy Chorizo patty that tingles the taste buds — so sinful with those cured flavours but oh-so-good being thick and chunky with a good bite. Coming with fries on the side, the fried came thick and crisp; well-seasoned without being overly salty. Given how RAF's Chorizo Burger carries over the concept of Necessary Provisions' Pork Burger, the Chorizo Burger is something which we would most certainly crave for — an item that would see us coming back again for.


"Chunks of fresh, chilled lobster meat tossed in a Japanese Mayo and topped with chives in a signature toasted Brioche roll".

Finally got myself down to Burger & Lobster after these while since it had opened; a visit I was pretty excited ever since they had announced their opening at Jewel Changi Airport. Coming with a number of options, one can choose between their Lemon Garlic Butter or the usual Butter sauce; patrons can also opt for truffle fries instead of normal fries for an extra charge of $3.00++. Sinking our teeth into the Original Roll, the signature toasted Brioche roll was nicely crisp on the exterior, whilst light and fluffy within — not too dense nor filling, whilst stuffed with chunks of lobster meat over the top and shreds of the same at the bottom; the sweetness of the crustaceans being pretty evident, showcasing the freshness of the seafood. Dipping the roll into the Lemon Garlic Butter sauce that we had opted for, the Lemon Garlic Butter comes all sinful and buttery; immensely rich and flavourful that makes it a good dip even for the ordinary fries. Truffle Fries were decent; crisp on the exterior whilst perfumed of truffle aroma from the truffle paste and Parmesan cheese shaved on the top. Coming with house salad on the side, the house salad comes tossed with vinaigrette and some cheese powder for an extra flavour contrast that gives it a unique character from the usual garden salads served at other places. Overall, a pretty decent lobster roll for the price, considering how Pince & Pints is considered way pricier at past $60++ for a roll as compared to the $40++ for the Original Roll at a rather comparable quality here; an experience to have at least once this lifetime.


From The Social Outcast; a new Western stall hidden at Jin Bao Coffeeshop at Blk 280 Tampines Street 22 that focuses much on their burger offerings — all grilled in charcoal and smoked hickory wood.

Featuring a beef patty, caramelised French onions, sauteed mushrooms in between Brioche Buns, the star of the show is undoubtedly the beef patty; not only was it juicy as described in the menu, the patty came tightly packed and held up well without being crumbly; the beef also was in no way gamey, yet savoury and pretty flavourful alongside the sweet caramelised onions and earthy sauteed mushrooms — all that being undisturbed from any greens nor cheese that may attempt to steal the show, while the buns were light and fluffy. Fries come standard with every burger order; not the best given how they are a tad limp and not exactly fluffy — neither here nor there. Still, the burger is a pretty good catch; pretty affordable at $9.50 especially for something that is smoked and grilled with charcoal fire — quite something you would never expect to find at your local neighbourhood coffeeshop.


From Burger+, a new Korean-style fast food restaurant which had recently opened at Wisma Atria, taking over the former premises of the now-defunct Pablo Cheese Tart.

Pretty much an irony considering how this place used to house Omakase Burger before its move upstairs to be located within Picnic, Burger+'s Bacon Cheeseburger does resemble that of what Omakase Burger and Shake Shack serves. Featuring elements such as buttered potato buns, B+ sauce, Baby Romaine Lettuce, Tomato, Cheddar Cheese, and a 130gm Beef Patty, the burger is pretty well-executed and delicious; the potato buns being soft and fluffy, whille the beef patty comes slightly crusted on the exterior without crumbling into a mess and holding up quite well to bites into. The patty is also not particular gamey; the melted cheddar cheese further enhancing the flavour profile by adding a cheesy touch. The tomatoes provide a juicy bite, and alongside the crisp lettuce, helps to cut through all the heaviness of carbs and meatiness of the burger. A pretty well-designed and well-executed burger which we certainly would not mind having again!


Handcrafted Brioche Buns, Double Beef Patties, Double Red Cheddar, Pickled Cucumbers, Red Onions, Tangy Whipped Sauce. From Brawn & Brains' burger menu; the latest addition of hot food to their East Coast Road branch.

This is a well-executed cheeseburger of a substantial portion that feeds one very well — fluffy toasted buns thar are pillow soft and not too dense or heavy, whilst the handmade beef patties were juicy and moist, carrying a good bite without being particularly gamey; all drenched with gooey, melted cheddar that's bound to please the crowds. The other elements such as the pickled cucumbers and red onions also help to create a refreshing crunch, with the former adding a zinginess that cuts through the heaviness of the entire burger. There are many burgers out there that taste and feel of their own individual elements at play; the Double Cheeseburger here certainly carries itself well where all the elements do feel like harmonious combination that provides a great contrast in flavour and texture. All burgers do come with a side of chips, which I would highly recommend ordering the Boozy Cheese Sauce that provides another level of savoury from the usual cheese sauce elsewhere which is pretty addictive on its own considering how we could not stop dipping; otherwise health-conscious folks may also order a salad on the side at a top-up, which is not a bad option considering the generous portions here.


Revisited Ordinary Burgers again lately to give the Spicy Chicken Burger a try. Unlike the Buttermilk Chicken Burger which comes with salted egg yolk sauce and a different batter, the Spicy Chicken Burger comes with a golden-brown fried batter that is similar to that used for onion rings. The exterior is shattering crisp, while the flesh within is juicy and relatively tender with a good bite — the spiciness not all that intimidating at the start but does bring some fire to tickle the taste buds shortly after, even for those who are able to tolerate moderate levels of spiciness. Served with greens, a beetroot mayo (?) in between two buns, its certainly good value for money at $5.30 ala-carte; great for those who are looking for cheap burgers without having to go with fries and a drink.


From Chico Loco, a new concept by the folks behind The Loco Group which also runs Lucha Loco and Super Loco that places an emphasis on Mexican Spit-Roasted Chicken.

Priced at S$13, the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich is pretty value-for-money considering both its generous portions and quality. The sandwich features a slab of buttermilk spicy frier chicken, Jalapeños, pickled cucumber, and hot sauce mayo in between two sesame buns which are sourced from Burnt Ends; the very same ones used in their famed Sanger. Sinking our teeth into the sandwich, the sesame buns were no doubt light, soft and fluffy, while the buttermilk fried chicken patty was crisp on the exterior and tender within without being particularly greasy; the spiciness seemingly coming from the Jalapeños and hot sauce mayo that helps to add a flavour contrast and should be mostly fine for those who are tolerant to moderate levels of spiciness. The pickled cucumbers cut through the meatiness well with its crunch and zingy, sourish note, while the slaw at the bottom work mostly similar to that of a salsa, which provides a pretty refreshing texture and flavour to cut through all that heaviness in the sandwich, without the Bun beneath being all soggy from absorbing all of that stuff above it. Comes with nacho chips on the side, which were thankfully still pretty crisp throughout the entire meal.


Joined the queue for Shake Shack yesterday to give their burgers, cheese fries and milkshake a try. I wouldn't say I would do a 1 hour 40min wait on anything but there was not any regrets being there after tasting their burgers. While the ShackBurger is the more standard fare there being a Cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato and ShackSauce in between potato buns, the SmokeShack was the true stunner with its smoky Applewood-smoked bacon and spicy chopped cherry pepper that gave the well-sized and well-proportioned burger more flavour. The Cheese Fries are as awesome; crinkle-cut fries drenched in a slightly stringy cheese dip that isn't nacho cheese sauce-esque heavy, while the Vanilla milkshake was smooth and dense without being extra frothy nor being too sweet. Would certainly go for it again, but perhaps when the queue dies down a little.


From Cheeky, which takes over the former premises of now-defunct Botanist along Neil Road.

Featuring elements such as toasted buns, beef patty, cheddar, pickled cabbage slaw, and special sauce served with a side of curly fries, the Cheeky Burger makes for a pretty decent burger. The main star here is undoubtedly the beef patty; tender and juicy without being all veiny and tough to chew nor crumbly, the other elements play the supporting role all in between the light and fluffy buns. The curly fries are no doubt the crowd pleaser here; all crisp and well-seasoned, which is pretty addictive.

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