Category Archives: Burgers

Dojo

Warning for S and my “no-pork-for-me” friends: this place only serves pork, and nothing else!

Amongst 3 colleagues and I, we shared:

Pork Grillets ($6)
IMG_5368.JPG Sinful, bouncy, chewy, fatty little bites. Just a tad sweet after your 4th one.

Komba Bao ($6 for 2)
IMG_5369.JPG Interpretation of the Chinese kong-ba bao. Was super looking forward to this! Imagine biting through the crusty shell of the deep fried bun, then finding the soft fluffy bread and then sinking your teeth into the warm meaty pork. This is like a bigger scale fried mantou with meat. Super delicious; just a notch too sweet.

Sumo Burger ($13)
IMG_5365.JPG Soft buns with juicy minced pork patty and crispy batter fried pork belly – a good mix of various textures and taste. Good but I somehow didn’t find it too exciting. Would probably try their signature, Big Boss (stack of onion ring, sunny side up, bacon and pork patty) next time.

Stevo Sandwich ($10)
IMG_5366.JPG Of all our orders, this sounded the least sinful and I thought it would be the least yummy. Wrong. The sweet home-made apple sauce complemented the salty roasted pork belly slices really well and the bread provided the neutral balancer. I actually liked this best of the 4!

Overall, a nice casual place for pork lovers – definitely check this out if you are into pork, and especially if you are in the CBD.
IMG_5372.JPG 72 Circular Road
Open daily (except Sun) 11am-3pm; 6-10pm
http://dojo.sg/

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Potato Head Folk, Three Buns

There is a lot of hype on the take-over of the iconic Tong Ah Kopitiam shophouse at Keong Saik Road and L, S and I trooped down for lunch with great anticipation.

L nagged us to leave early and luckily we did as the lunch queue built up quickly just past 12:15pm. The place has a cool, trendy and festive vibe and I can see why there is a buzz.

20140623-175230.jpg 20140623-175240.jpg Service though would probably need to be spruced up to cope with the crowd – the overwhelmed servers seemed to avoid eye contact and the sea of waving arms, many orders were left waiting to be taken, our appetizer came after our mains and they got our bill wrong.

Thank goodness the food sorta made up for it though only 1(of 3) columns in the menu was dedicated to food. Even the most flexible of us would only have 6 burgers (the only mains) to choose from whilst poor S only had 2. Quite an achievement that we came up with 3 different choices – Burning Man (beef), Rambo (lamb) and Honky-Tonk (chicken)!

20140623-175334.jpg Rambo ($25) – lamb patty, feta, green chilli, aubergine pickle & cumin aioli

20140623-175428.jpg (Sorry for the bad photo; it was kinda hard to position the slippery bun with all the sauces.)

It was a tough call between this and a beef burger, but I thought this would be more unique – no regrets! The lamb patty was nicely done, pink inside, tender and terribly juicy. It had an Indian flavour and I would say this is the most distinct and flavourful lamb burger I have had in Singapore. Obviously, do not order this if you are not into lamb, aubergine, feta, cumin or strong flavours! The only bit that I disliked was that the bottom bun got really soggy with the plentiful sauces.

Burning Man ($24) – beef patty, smoked cheese, roasted jalapeno relish, hot ketchup & dashi mayo

L had this and we had a 1/5 burger swap. My first reaction – woah, it is really really spicy(!) – the jalapeno and hot ketchup really hits you. Order only if you have a high tolerance for chillis; I don’t think I would be able to finish the whole burger on my own.

Honky-Tonk ($19) – Buttermilk fried chicken, coleslaw, lettuce, ‘Big Poppa Hot Sauce” & den miso mayo

I didn’t have the stomach to also try this. S seemed to like it (especially the coleslaw) but she did comment post-meal that it was too oily and she had to settle for salad for dinner.

Note that the burgers do not come with sides. And… gasp(!)… they ran out of fries (and we were their first lunch customers!). We settled for a basket of wing-its ($8) – sauce lathered chicken wings topped with sliced red chilli, fried shallots and spring onion…

20140623-175541.jpg The sauce was sweet/salty/smokey – it may be some kind of BBQ sauce but it has a unique taste that is quite hard to describe – S hazarded a guess of marmite and some tau-you (edit: S says she said “cang tao you” – well, not that it adds any more clarity ;)) plus some peppercorn which she bit into. I don’t know whether I like it – it was odd especially with the Chinese toppings and yet it was pretty tasty in a non-conventional way.

The drinks menu was far more extensive. I ordered a Ginger Ninja (spicy ginger root fizz) but the raw ginger taste was too much for me; L kindly swapped his Sherbie Hancock (lemonade with orange, lemon & grapefruit fizz) with me which was a gentler sweet blend.

Overall, a cool place to hang out. The burgers are not huge (and on the expensive end) though extremely big on flavours.

36 Keong Saik Road
Open Tue – Sun: 11am – 12midnight
https://www.facebook.com/PotatoHeadFolk
https://www.facebook.com/threebuns

Omakase Burger

We often end up at Pasar Bella whenever we are at Turf City and never got to try Omakase Burger. So when they opened another branch at Wisma, I dragged CY there for a work day lunch.

This is not the “omakase” as we typically know it; you can actually choose the burger you want! There is an explanation of their name on their website if you are keen to understand the thinking behind the name.

We both chose the Omakase Cheeseburger ($14.90) which is their signature and shared the truffle fries (7.30). I really liked it!

20140609-204842.jpg The buns were warm, soft and fluffy. You can choose the doneness of the meat patty; I had mine medium and it was super juicy. The only flaw is that it was so juicy that there was a puddle at the bottom of the paper holder and the bread at the bottom got really soggy. It would be great if they could find a solution for this.

20140609-205417.jpg The truffle fries were fragnant and also super yummy.

Overall, a superior burger experience. However, as also overheard from the next table – “it is quite expensive hor?”; so be prepared to pay more. Definitely worth an occasional splurge though.

20140609-205950.jpg Wisma Atria Lvl 1
Open daily 10am-10pm
http://www.omakaseburger.com

Mojoburps

S & B wanted to gather troops to visit Mojoburps (so we could divide out the unhealthy calories, I guess). I was sold the moment I heard spam fries on the menu. So one hazy evening, 5 of us visited this corner coffeeshop and ordered almost all the fried stuff (each between $5-$8):

Onion rings

20140314-171712.jpg I liked this best. Not like the BK ones; these had sweet onion mash inside and were crisp on the outside.

Chicken wings

20140314-172010.jpg These felt extremely sinful (but good). Crispy and juicy with oily goodness.

Sweet potato fries

20140314-172143.jpg This didn’t quite work for me. They were sweet but very dense. I couldn’t stomach more than a couple.

Spam fries

20140314-172236.jpg I was slightly disappointed as I was expecting thinly sliced and uber crispy spam. However, these were a different sort – they were french-fries-size and lightly battered on the outside. But I like luncheon meat in any form so all was good!

On top of sharing the fried stuff, most of us each had a burger. They had chicken/pork/lamb/beef ($7-11) burgers and you could add on cheese/mushroom sauce/black pepper sauce/bacon for a small top up. Majority of us had the lamb burger, with an add-on of cheese. I liked it that the patty was slightly pinkish in the middle and hence very juicy. The burger came with little hash browns (tater tots); I think they have potential but mine tasted a little raw on the inside that night.

20140314-172339.jpg For drinks selection, they have a huge selection of craft beers and ciders. I was dizzied by the choices in front of me and ended up with just a coca cola. I definitely need to go back to make up for my poor choice.

It is a great (especially on non-hazy days) and affordable place to chill out with good burgers, beers and spam! Glad it is in the neighbourhood.

20140314-172527.jpg 364 Tanjong Katong Road
Open Tue-Fri 5pm-midnight and Sat/Sun 1pm-midnight
https://www.facebook.com/mojoburps‎

BERGS

K and I checked out the newly opened BERGS along East Coast Road. It is their fourth branch in Singapore and are known for their “gourmet burgers”.

The small standee on the table featured The BFB which has the full works – 2 Beef Patties, Streaky Bacon, Pineapple, Beetroot, Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion, Edam Cheese, Aioli & Bergs Sauce. It looked really tall and intimidating and we decided to share The Alamack and The Berg with Cheese instead.

The burgers come in 2 sizes – BERGS size (5’) and Small (4”). And you can top up for fries and an ice lemon tea or lemonade.

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The Alamack
(Lightly Crumbed Fish, Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion, Dill Tartare & Aioli)

I am usually wary of fish burgers especially if the fish fillet has a thick batter; you end up tasting mostly batter and oil. But The Alamack was none of that! It was very lightly crumbed and the fish kept its juices without being oily at all. The dill tartare gave it a unique herby flavour and sets it apart from other fish burgers.

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The Berg with Cheese
(Prime Beef Pattie, Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion, Aioli & Bergs Sauce and your choice of Swiss, Brie or Edam cheese)

On recommendation of the server, we chose the Edam cheese. But quite frankly, I hardly tasted the cheese. The Bergs sauce (which tasted quite like BBQ sauce) was overly sweet and overpowering for me and I had to scrap off some of it. The beef patty was also on the dry side. I wasn’t too impressed with this burger.

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I would return for The Alamack. The menu also features interesting burgers like The Marrakech (Spiced Lamb Pattie, Mint Yoghurt, Beetroot, Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion, & Aioli) and Good Falla (Falafel, Avocado, Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion, Aioli & Lemon Yoghurt) which I am keen to try. Good thing BERGS is just in the neighbourhood. 

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45 East Coast Road
www.bergsburgers.com