Love for Burgers Never Ends

Love for Burgers Never Ends

The wonders of how sandwiching those ingredients give those meats and veggies a new meaning on the plate.
Siming T
Siming T

It was a chance encounter with an all-natural turkey patty, but I was quite pleased with The Californian burger for its combination of ingredients, including Swiss cheese, diced avocado and truffle mayonnaise. Even though I did not get to pick up the burger with my hands because the bottom bun was already a little soggy, I was enjoying some theatrical effect of the patty bursting some jus from some knifework.

The waiter explained that this burger was an improved version from its initial appearance, as customers had given feedback previously that the patty was too dry. Well, I would just say that the “dryness” was acceptable since it was turkey meat that we were talking about. Any juicier or fatter would only imply that the meat was not lean, wasn’t it?

Paying an extra S$3.00 to this S$23.00 dish was a great decision made. Not that I did not like their fries, but their four pieces of onion rings was literally a big deal. Having coated with batter that did not soften, it felt like eating some onion cookies that tasted good but did not appear to be an overload of calories.

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The name’s a mouthful, but for those who grew up with Sesame Street, just be prepared for some sensory overload with their decor, merchandise and the creative menu with the Sesame Street theme until 29 December 2019, before they changed to another cartoon theme.

During the visit, I ordered this as my main course (S$24.90), which came with a piece of chicken Katsu dipped in teriyaki sauce, and stuffed into Oscar’s mouth, made of green Matcha Mantou. Beneath Oscar’s “head”, the garden salad lined the base of the trash bin (now, wasn’t that inappropriate?). Burgers were never complete without fries, and thus the crispy curly fries was there to fill the plate, though I also wished they could give more fries as shown in the menu. In terms of the taste, I would say that the savoury profile of the teriyaki Katsu was well-balanced against the sweet-ish Mantou which tasted quite fresh as well, so I was indeed pleased with this order.

Some of the food items and merchandise seemed to have run out during the visit, so I would think that one should visit Kumoya early to experience this theme before more goodies got out of stock and more plushies got stained or soiled by mishandling.

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If the contrast between the beef patty, vegetables and crispy brioche bun is not the winning factor to the Beef Hamburger, just look back at that big basket of fries!
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The new burger joint at Level 1 of Wisma Atria seemed to have attracted a bunch of curious diners, for Burger+ marketed itself offering premium fast food at affordable prices.

Apart from some delicious-looking burgers, they also sold alcoholic beverages, Korean fried chicken (they were supposed to be a Korean kitchen by the way) and combo meals, comprising a side order and a drink, would entitle a diner to offset up to S$2.50 for their meals.

One of their signature items was the Avocado Bacon Burger, which came with a buttered potato bun, 130g beef patty, their special B+ sauce, baby romaine lettuce, tomato, half a sliced avocado, bacon, seared onion and cheddar cheese. It sounded like a mouthful for a S$17.20 burger, and the overall presentation was definitely earning itself some Instagrammable moments.

While its taste was also quite the same as some other new burger joints that I had tried recently, that might have also been the best experience of the burger. Sure, potato buns might be quite unique in the burger scene, but the texture was a little too soggy for me after absorbing the B+ sauce and the patty juice.

With this burger paired with other items to make the cheapest possible combo, the meal with a regular fries and a regular drink would easily cost me S$22.50. Sad to say, that if the flavours did not stand out so significantly, paying a premium for supposedly affordable burgers became just a little against the grain for most diners who read “affordable” in a different way.

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And we’d have thought that not many people would be queuing up for an hour for fast food that was double the price of Carl’s Jr, look at what the new entrant received even after two weeks from its official opening!

The Shack Stack Burger (S$14.30) was acclaimed to be the best of both worlds, with a single beef patty and a crisp-fried Portobello mushroom patty filled with melted cheese, the bursting flavours blew me away because it was totally delicious. Apart from being packed with flavour, this burger left me hesitant, because I was torn between finishing up the burger quickly (the waiting time was slightly more than 20 minutes) or to stop and take a cheese pull selfie.

Although topping up a fries and a drink could easily burst a typical fast food budget (not surprised to see some diners sharing a burger between two persons), I thought the fries and drink could easily be shared, given the big portions. If we were not so used to consuming a burger with a (rich) milkshake, even a cup of small refreshing Lemonade (S$4.30) could be shared by two persons because of it’s concentrated sourness.

Shake Shack had definitely reminded me of the initial years of Carl’s Jr in Singapore, but let’s hope that it’s quality and portion sizes could outlast the hype.

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Other than carrying a local twist to their range of burgers, Shiok Ave also served some classic items like the Double Cheese (S$9.00) which was served with charcoal buns. Visually, it might not turn out as majestic as their signature “So Shiok!” burger, but it was really filling enough for me.

The beef patties were quite thick, but I thought that the meat was a little over-minced, so the texture could differ bit from ground beef. Apart from that, the patty was also a tad salty. I was not certain how easy they could go with the salt usage, but if that could not be regulated, I would say the best solution would be to get an upgrade (S$3.00) which would include a canned drink and fries or chicken tenders. If you were trying this for the first time, remind the staff to serve the fries without salt... you would need it.

Lastly, seats would be very limited at the basement food hall, so it would be best to secure a seat before proceeding to order.

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The US brand Fatburger had landed on our shores for some time now. At dinner time, the crowd was still coming in, partially because they have earned their Halal certification.

So the Double (XXL) Burger, which costed S$10.90 ala carte, or S$14.90 by “making it ‘Fat’”, turned out to be a really petite set, with the burger almost covering my whole palm from top view. I was actually quite pleased with their beef patty, because the meat was coarsely grounded and not thoroughly minced, resulting in some chunky bites here and there. Sadly, a XXL set might have sounded big, but in reality it could not even barely satiate my hunger, and I was not very hungry to begin with.

Maybe, the way to go to ensure a full tank was to overdose myself with the refillable soft drinks, but given my desire for good burgers, I would opt for other burger joints to answer that call for burgers.

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Still my personal favourite when it comes to getting something at S$16.00 over at Park Bench Deli, but... I left with the impression that the portions were getting smaller. What did you think?

This place has got to be the hidden gem of National Library. Although the shop was not prominently located at the third storey, it offered a wide range of food. A good draw factor would be that they were recently listed under Burpple Beyond, and that would imply more one-for-one deals!

Because some of their fried stuff like fries and chicken cutlet were prepared with air fryer, the Cheeky Chicky Burger (S$15.50) had the absence of grease without compromising the crisp and taste. I liked the oozing effect of the honey mustard and that runny egg yolk that was waiting to burst. The fries had a truffle oil finish but the flavours were not overpowering, perfect for people who would prefer not to go for intense truffle-flavoured oil.

#BurppleEatup
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Truffello Burger was a vegetarian-friendly burger that contained portobello mushroom, miso and garlic butter, truffle aioli, coleslaw, lettuce, smoked cheese and pickle. The combination gave the burger adequate crunch and a lot of juice, so much to the point that my hands would be covered in sauce after downing the whole burger.

And as part of the Burpple Beyond deal, one set of burger (choice between Truffello and Baby Huey) would come with fixed fries and vanilla milkshake. Thanks to that, the damage for two persons became only S$29.91 before taxes.

If you would look closer to the contents of the burger, you might have noticed a beef patty hidden somewhere. Yes, I added S$8.00 to my burger to beef it up a little. And if I could suggest another hack, do ask for fries without salt.

#BurppleBeyond

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Bee Cheng Hiang recently ventured into providing a dine-in service at their Serangoon Road outlet, giving a “one of a kind” Bakkwa experience with an (almost) everything Bakkwa menu in place. Their menu items were prepared and plated so nicely, thanks to collaboration with Chef Zor Tan, better known as the previous executive chef from Restaurant André.

The most fun item from their menu would be the DIY Sliders (S$14.00) which would come with pork or chicken options. Diners would be given disposable gloves to personalise their own sliders that would include the Golden Coin / Chicken Coin Bakkwa, caramelised onions, quail eggs done sunny-side up, sliced cherry tomatoes, lettuce and their very special sambal mayonnaise that was made in-house. On its own, the Bakkwa tasted pretty average, but with the runny egg yolks and that spicy kick from the sambal mayo, I did enjoy the whole process, together with a glass of red wine (yes, they have a wine cellar in the grillery too). Because there were only two sliders, I personally found this a good choice for lunch or dinner if I needed something light but more than just ordering a Tapas.

Another highlight of the grillery was that they sold a full range of Bee Cheng Hiang products, with their Bakkwa made differently by being grilled over charcoal fire, giving this festive delicacy a more smoky and traditional taste. I would say that this concept store was worth a few visits in the near future. And since they would be launching their full menu after their official opening, there would be more items in the menu to tease my taste buds with.

#BurppleEatup

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I knew all along that I had a soft spot for blue cheese, but also with foie gras? That was where the Atas Burger was coming from. Taking down this S$24.00 was a joy, because the pork patties were well-seasoned with honey mustard, and their brioche bun was very tasty. My only concern here was that the food was only served more than 20 minutes after ordering, the bun could have turned soggy at the base. Still, the foie gras and blue cheese tasted great with the double pork patties.

I probably would appreciate some greens by the side, but I supposed if the highlights here are the booze and burgers, the salads and what-not could wait.

#BurppleBeyond

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First world problem: What to eat for the next meal?

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