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 unfortunate that we went into Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) just shortly after Creatr. opened for business, but their takeaway business seemed to be going strong anyhow.

Their Chilli Crab Burger with Tofu Fries (S$29.90) used locally-sourced ingredients and made fresh, with sauces packed separately to keep the fried items crispy and solid. I liked how the crab cake patty crispy on the outside while keeping the crab meat juicy. And when the hot (nuke it if turned cold) chilli crab sauce was drizzled over, the subtle fishy smell from the crab meat was also covered up. Why fishy? Because it’s packed with real crab meat!

And it was also innovative to serve Tow Kwa strips instead of potatoes, just to convert carbs to proteins. But what was quietly clever about it was also that the fries would never turn soggy and that it would taste great even when it turned cold. And these sides would not be complete without the Sambal Aioli with Kaffir Lime Leaves dips for the extra spice and tang.

Pricey? Maybe, but if you could have the peace of mind that everything here were prepared fresh daily, that could probably justify.

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Amidst the stalls selling the classic hawker fare, it was surprising to see a burger “stand” selling some gourmet burgers alongside the roasted meats and whatnot.

What appealed to me was their fish burger, otherwise known as Fish Crisp with Tropical Salsa (S$5.80), which came with a whole fillet that was almost double the size of the buns, together with some of their homemade salsa that tasted refreshing and tangy. It tasted fairly decent, and was made perfect after a S$2.00 top-up for a combo, which came with two additional sides. It was quite obvious actually that the ideal choice were the fries and the soup. By the way, croutons come free with the soup and was self-service, but I would not think that it was nice to cover the surface of the soup bowl with croutons, right?

The Armoury Burger (S$24.00) seemed like the signature item of this restaurant, since it was named after the restaurant itself. With two regular wagyu beef patties, cheese, bacon and caramelised onions, this burger might have appeared small but big in flavours and satisfaction.

Although the burger was relatively scrumptious, if there was anything to nitpick, I would say that the brioche buns were slightly oversized and seemed to be mismatching with the size of the patties. No one would say “no” to a burger with the patty highly visible upon stacking with the buns actually.

But one thing for sure, was that dinner service here could be very crowded, so it would be best to call the restaurant in advance for a table reservation if you would wish to enjoy the indoor ambience and not be at the mercy of the weather.

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What could have made this signature burger named after the restaurant? Was it the sweet and airy brioche bun? The solid piece of Tamagoyaki? The caramelised Mirin onion marmalade? Or that perfectly grilled foie gras that was at the top of the stack? Well, maybe all of the above!

With all these power-packed ingredients, the PIPES Burger (S$21.90) was the right choice for me when I wanted a beef burger with foie gras in it. However, my only gripe was the lack of texture from the beef patty itself, likely due to the over-minced beef. Thankfully, the abundance of fries and the serving of fresh salad with sesame dressing made up for it somehow.

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Five Guys might have been in business for a few months already, but queues were still pretty long during meal hours. And it was a big deal that day when they were out of bacon, like how could this happen when a few menu items depended on bacon as a main ingredient?

Bacon or not, this visit was clearly not wasted as I continued to order what was essential in a burger restaurant: burger, fries and a milkshake. What was beautiful was that both the burger and the milkshake allowed as many additional ingredients as I would like, and of course the “kiasuism” in me tried to put a few things down.

The Cheeseburger (S$15.00), just like any of the others, was wrapped in foil, and my hands were already greasy before they could even reach the bun. Messy as it might have seemed, the burger tasted good, and that was all that mattered.

Something that really surprised me was their generosity with their fries. A large fries costed S$11.00, and it was measured by a large drink cup, plus any extra that came with the fries scoop; the paperbag that housed the cup had a full cup of chips plus a whole lot of them “spilled out”.

Needless to say, I would aim for their Five Guys Shake (S$10.00) again. Next time, I would want to mix-in bacon just to give that a shot.

The pandemic had definitely changed the dining habits for some, and those who would prefer to stay home for some comforting burgers would have another option to consider — the Slidin’ In (S$23.90).

Comprising six scrumptious sliders in a six-pack box set, one could mix-and-match from the following menu: Impossible, Classic American, Honey Chicken, Crispy Chicken, Fish Fillet and Mushroom. Since there was a variety provided between chicken, fish, beef and plant-based, there was bound to be at least one that would suit your appetite. I personally liked the Honey Chicken, Fish Fillet and the Impossible sliders as the flavour was on point for me and were not too dry.

Generally, this box was designed for sharing among 2 - 3 persons, but you could try to gorge yourself silly if you really wanted. I would highly recommend ordering a set of their fries to complement the entree, because what are burgers when you do not paired them with fries?

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A new burger joint that was opened in Suntec City Mall just before the Circuit Breaker kicked in, SIMPLEburger Inc. was a sister brand of iSTEAKS Diner that served burgers, milkshakes and bottled beer. One could choose to order from either restaurant as all diners were given the option to order online via the QR codes found on the table.

Naturally, I would be interested in selecting their Natural Beef Burger (S$9.00), which could be pimped up with up to 10 free garnishes, paid add-on ingredients or extra patties. Personally, I would highly recommend paying an extra dollar for the Crispy Fried Onions for the golden crunches that went really well with the burger.

In terms of the satisfaction, this burger would probably not match up with the steaks from “next door”, but there would be days when you wanted some burgers, fries and milkshake as comfort food, and this could just fit the bill.

The ieat Super Burger (S$15.90) was an oversized burger, and costed just one buck more than their Classic Cheeseburger.

While I must say that this would be a very hearty portion for a hungry soul, I somewhat felt that it was not exactly a “value for money” option. Given that it did not come with any side dishes, you’re pretty much left on your own to devour the dish, which comprised deep fried onions, bacon, beef patty (doneness can be adjusted to individual’s preferences), tomatoes, lettuce and various sauces.

A lot of ingredients already, no? Well, I did hope that the blooming onion can be coated with batter more evenly, as evidently I found some portion of it barely cooked. Plus, with everything in, the flavours (read: saltiness) could get quite on the high side.

Between this and a Double-up Chicken, which would be a better choice? I would choose the latter the next time.

Food trucks might be something we would normally see during carnivals and events, but in the recent months The Goodburger found a spot at The Promontory @ Marina Bay and the open space outside The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands during daytime and evening time respectively.

The specialty of The Goodburger was their plant-based IMPOSSIBLE “beef” patties. Currently, they were selling three types of burgers, but my favourite would be The Classic which was their version of the American cheeseburger. To enjoy the full flavour, it would be ideal to get an extra patty to the burger (S$22.00), but for the first-timers to IMPOSSIBLE burgers it might be more affordable to get the S$16.00 version. Either way, the burger would come with original flavour shoestring fries which helped to add some munchies sides to the pretty filling burger.

The Goodburger offered a casual setting of a stand-up dinner for those who would like a quick meal while enjoying the night skyline of Marina Bay, but there would be some benches or seats around the vicinity that could give some rest for those tired legs. In time to come, they planned to offer some additional items to the menu, but I also wished that they could thicken the patties a little more to make the affordability highlight a convincing one.

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Pre-made beef patties might have been a bit of a letdown in my first encounter with HANS IM GLÜCK burgers, but I had a pretty satisfying time somehow.

Their Alsdann (S$17.00) was a beef burger with chunks of grilled pear, mild blue cheese sauce and walnuts, giving the ordinary burgers different flavours and textures. With the choice of a sourdough bun, I was surprised that it was soft to the chew, so that more attention could be given to what was in-between.

On top of the mains, I topped up another S$5.00 and got myself a set that included a side dish (their fries were awesome with those self-serve bottles of sauces on the table), an iced thirst quencher and a hot beverage, making the add-on worth the buck for sure. Definitely a good experience that made this place deserving for a return visit, and hopefully I would reserve a spot that could catch the service crew’s attention a bit easier.

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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Siming T

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