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Burgers And Sandwiches

Burgers And Sandwiches

Well you can settle for Subway and Shake Shack, or you can enjoy the finer buns in life with me.
Evan Mua
Evan Mua

Entering Mrs Pho I was greeted by the typical bougie crowd again, so I was spurred to try out this authentic-looking place beside, and was positively surprised!
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They make their baguettes fresh in house and holy shit. That fresh crisp of the crust reverberated satisfyingly whilst the innards were, in contrast, fluffy as a pillow. With a great base like that, almost any toppings would have made a good Banh Mi.
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That said, they outdid themselves and delivered a great 𝗯𝗲𝗲𝗳 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗲𝘀𝗲 𝗯𝗮𝗻𝗵 𝗺𝗶 ($10) with oodles of glorious juiciness that flooded my mouth with beefy sweetness. The cheese added some richness whilst the freshness of the coriander and chili sliced through with some bright levity. The magical part? The baguette never got soggy even through all the juice.
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📍 𝟯𝟱𝟵 𝗕𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝗥𝗱 𝗦𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗽𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝟭𝟵𝟵𝟱𝟳𝟱, 𝗕𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝗥𝗱, 𝟭𝟵𝟵𝟱𝟳𝟱
⏱️ (Daily) 11am-9pm

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Originally situated at a more inaccessible Alexandra, this hidden gem has brought their Japanese-style sandos to the CBD at B1 of Cross Street Exchange. Right beside Ground Zero, so you can #treatyoself after hectic spin classes.
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The 𝗽𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝗸𝗮𝘁𝘀𝘂 𝘀𝗮𝗻𝗱𝘄𝗶𝗰𝗵 ($10) featured a pristinely crispy panko crust, which encased a succulent and bouncy patty. The caramelised onions imparted some edge to the sandwich through acidity and a controlled sweetness, which tangoed elegantly with the soft piquant notes of the tonkatsu sauce. A mix of light crisp and softness from the buttery buns was the perfect finishing touch to an enjoyable sandwich.
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Not quite toppling Park Bench Deli but definitely a great, and more affordable, alternative for sandwiches — especially when PBD gets busy during lunch.
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📍 𝗖𝗿𝗼𝘀𝘀 𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝗘𝘅𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲 𝟭𝟴 𝗖𝗿𝗼𝘀𝘀 𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗲𝘁, # 𝗕𝟭-𝟭𝟮𝟱, 𝗦𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗽𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝟬𝟰𝟴𝟰𝟮𝟯
⏱️ (Mon-Fri) 8am-3.30pm, or till sell out

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𝘖𝘬 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘳, romanticise your cheap inflation-unadjusted food, but this $6 ($8 for double) 𝗰𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗰 𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗯𝘂𝗿𝗴𝗲𝗿 will silence all the boomers faster than getting all their CPF money back — 𝗺𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗹 no matter which time epoch you're in!
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No established kopitiam burger grill really scratched my itch for a good burger thus far, but this basically hit gourmet burger standard. Can it dethrone BurgerLabo? Understandably not, but for its quality and ridiculous price, this will make you instantly forget pretenders like Shakeshack.
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The obscenely juicy patty packed plenty of rich bovine flavours, and there was magic in its eloquently mixed texture — mildy crumbly but mostly tender with doses of fattiness, all enveloped in a beautiful char that infused some crisp.
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Dressed with simple sauce, caramelised onions (not too sharp or sweet) and cheese, then sandwiched between two fluffy and buttery buns, the simple setup provided a stage for the patty to star — and it 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘯 𝘌𝘮𝘮𝘺.
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📍𝟯𝟭 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗼𝗻𝘄𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵 𝗖𝗿𝗲𝘀, #𝟬𝟮-𝟵𝟯 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗲𝘁 & 𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗲, 𝗦𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗽𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝟭𝟰𝟵𝟲𝟰𝟰
⏱️ (Wed-Sun) 11am-5pm; closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
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P.S. Heard queues times are outrageous, and in fact I waited a good 15 mins even when it was empty around 3.30pm on a Wednesday

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This grilled cheese sandwich with brie, cheddar and mozzarella was scrumptuously rich. For heathens that do not appreciate the glorious cheese overload, it is served with an addictively zesty tomato dip that can cut through the heartiness.

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This collab sandwich from Le Bon Funk was a delight, with a mound of crazily tender and savoury beef tongue, all cloaked in a herby Gibriche sauce (sort of like an egg-mayo salad sauce). The multitude of ingredients in the complex concoction and the beef tongue cumulated into an explosion of fascinating flavours and textures.

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Every bite of the tender patty felt dense and full of juice. Then abundance of fresh crunchy vegies and fluffy sourdough buns gave it some earthiness and wholesomeness. The nice riverside location was just a bonus.

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The layers of crunchy cornflake-crusted chocolate and milk bread acted like a geyser of thick peanut butter and berry jam. It was brimming with richness and sweetness- simply sinful. Yet. So. Utterly. Satisfying.
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Its status as a "breakfast sandwich" is suspect though, as it is extremely heavy. I suggest sharing it (like we did with #burpplebeyond) unless you have a truly insatiable sweet tooth.

The key ingredient, the bagels, were the right amounts of dense, chewy and crusty. The luscious beef was inspiredly complemented by a nice earthiness from the shitake and ginger scallion chimchurri sauce. Whilst doneness was good, the steak was a bit too chewy at some parts. But still, it's easy to see where their hype came from.

It's close but not quite beef yet; still made for a solid burger.
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The patty tasted very similar and flavourful (though lacking some beefy savouriness), especially with the smokey char straight from the grill. But mouthfeel was slightly off, though still a decent replication of the firmness and density. -
Naturally, Three Buns make good burgers and their immaculate grilling, the cheese, kethcup and pillowy buns made the patty shine. Still, the price tag is steep, so take that into consideration.

Every component combined together for an elegant concerto on the tongue. The sauce was creamy and savoury, the buns pillowy, and the cheese an umami delight.
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And the patty — it was a dream. The meticulous mix of different beef types cumulated in this flavourful and succulent patty. Then it was cooked to a perfect medium, with a good mix of a firm bite, tenderness and a smoky char.
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Alas, being a basic burger, there's sadly a certain pizzazz absent. Still, this is as high quality as you get for a basic burger... Though also at a premium.

A close second to Burnt Ends as my favourite PBD collab, this Buah Keluak Burger ($25) collab with Candlenut was marvelous.
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The beef patty mixed with chicken cartilage was really luscious, but the buah keluak truly elevated it with its robust and complex flavours.
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To top it off, the chicken curry reduction and the ikan bilis sambal added even more dimensions to the already flavourful burger. These flavours were added with a sophisticated harmony, without getting overwhelming. The result of an amalgamation of these amazing Peranakan flavours was a decadent and multifaceted burger which never got boring.

I've lost count of the number of times I've been here — my love for the place is apparent in its status as my unequivocal reply to burger recommendations.
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Their basics are (almost) always pinpoint perfect. A succulent patty bursting with juices, topped with impeccably caramelised onions and crispy bacon, then sandwiched between buttery and fluffy buns — perfect foundation for a great burger. It also packs plenty of personality, with the piquancy of thousand island sauce and sharp umami of gorgonzola blending with the beef juiced for a decadent eruption of of flavours.
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Perhaps they don't reach the heights of Burger Labo, and they do have minor inconsistencies, but when it works, you get a damn good and exciting burger at an affordable price point. Easily in my top 3 of Singapore.
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📍 200 Middle Rd, Hotel G, Singapore 188980
⏱️ (Daily) 7am-3am

Picky eater looking to force opinions down your throat. Don't worry, they taste up to my standards!

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