Nekkid’s burger hits the spot every time. The bun is pillowy soft and the flavourful patty has just the right amount of grease. Plus, there’s a good char on the patty and the burnt crispy bits give the burger some added texture.
The burger comes with American cheese, Boston lettuce – not the usual iceberg – and a slice of tomato. You can opt for a single 170g-patty ($15++) or a 340g-patty ($25++) version.
A lot of thought has been put into getting the flavour and texture of patties just right. There are two types – one is made with just pure grass-fed Highland beef from a single cow, and the other is a blend of Highland beef, Japanese Toriyama A4 Umami Wagyu and Aomori rice-fed beef.
Where: Nekkid, Gillman Barracks, Block 41 Malan Road, tel: 6694-0940
MRT: Labrador Park
Open: 5pm to midnight (Monday to Thursday), 5pm to 2am (Friday and Saturday), closed on Sunday.
Info: Go to www.nekkidbar.com
Expect the works, including smoky crispy bacon, cheese, grilled onions and mushrooms, in this power-packed burger. Pricey for the size, but the burger patties here are so juicy that you will have liquid trickling down your fingers – a good sign.
Be sure to eat it quickly if you don’t want your bun to get soggy. The recipe for the buns has been refined and, as a result, they are now softer, less sweet, and also less cloying than before. Prices start at $14.90.
Go for the Ultimate Cheeseburger ($18.50) with the works, or the Applewood Smoked Bacon Cheeseburger ($17.90), which comes without onions and mushrooms. The latter is available only at Wisma Atria. Omakase Burger also has a vegetarian option for non-meat eaters.
Where: Omakase Burger, two outlets -The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road, 01-05, tel: 6763-2698; and Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Road, 01-02/03/37 to 41, tel: 6737-3218
MRT: Sixth Avenue and Orchard
Open The Grandstand – 11.30am to 3.30pm, 5 to 9.30pm (Monday to Thursday), 11am to 10pm (Friday to Sunday); Wisma Atria – 10am to 10pm, daily, but burgers are served only from 11am to 3pm, 5 to 9.30pm (Monday to Thursday), and 11am to 9.30pm (Friday to Sunday)
Info: Go to www.omakaseburger.com
The Market Grill
The Market Grill in Telok Ayer Street has six burger options ($22 to $33 each), of which four are made with beef patties. There’s also a choice of patty size – 150g, or a heftier 200g-patty.
The buns here are fresh and airy, and mop up the beef juices well.
The CW Bleu Cheese burger ($25 with a 150g-patty) is the best of the lot, but order this only if you enjoy the pungent aroma and strong flavour of this salty, mouldy cheese. It comes with a sweet, burnt onion marmalade and bacon, in a walnut-raisin bun.
For an all-time favourite, opt for the CW BBQ burger ($23 with a 150g-patty). The juicy patty is slathered with a house-made barbecue sauce and served with melted aged cheddar cheese, crisp romaine lettuce and gherkins, on a sesame seed bun.
Bacon lovers should tuck into the CW Burger Breakfast ($24 with a 150g-patty) which comes with an egg fried sunny-side up, bacon, and aged cheddar.
Don’t like beef? There is also a cod burger ($28) and a chicken burger ($22) .
Where: The Market Grill, 208 Telok Ayer Street , tel: 6221-3323
MRT: Telok Ayer or Tanjong Pagar
Open: 11.30am to 2.30pm, 6 to 10pm (Monday to Saturday), closed on Sunday.
Info: Go to www.themarketgrill.com.sg or e-mail email@example.com
In a back alley off Gemmill Lane near Club Street, lies the entrance to Burger Joint, an offshoot of the cult-favourite burger shop in an obscure part of Le Parker Meridien hotel lobby in New York.
You place your order at the cashier, then wait for someone to shout out your number to pick up your food.
The burger menu is simple, with just choices of hamburger ($13.10), cheeseburger ($13.80), bacon burger ($15.10) or bacon cheeseburger ($15.80), with an option to double the patties. You can choose how well-cooked the patty is – from rare to well-done.
For the juiciest results, opt for medium-rare.
The patties, made with corn-fed Nebraskan beef, have a distinct flavour of beef with a hint of smokiness from the charbroiling.
Where: Burger Joint, 115 Amoy Street, 01-03 (entrance through the back in Gemmill Lane), tel: 6221-8648
MRT: Telok Ayer
Open: 11am – midnight daily
The Raffles Holland V building, opposite Holland Village Shopping Centre, has a handful of eateries, including Patissez, an Aussie bistro.
Burger lovers will like the Freak Burger ($25), a hefty burger with two sizeable beef patties, Monterey Jack cheese, delish bacon jam, bacon, housemade spiced barbecue sauce, lettuce and tomato, served in a brioche bun.
There’s also an oh-so-good Brekkie Burger, which is a fancy name for a bacon and egg roll. No meat patty in this option though.
Where: Patissez, 01-06 Raffles Holland V, 118 Holland Avenue, tel: 6262-3616
MRT: Holland Village
Open: 10am to 10pm (weekdays), 9am to 10pm (weekends)
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