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Omakase Burger @ The Grandstand

The critically acclaimed ‘it’ burger that has been winning accolades from the mainstream media, with The Straits Times calling it ‘The King’ and 8 DAYS saying that it is ‘as good as the best they have had in New York’, Omakase Burger located at The Grandstand is the burger that everyone has been talking about since its opening in October last year.

o·ma·ka·se [oh-ma-ka-seh], a popular Japanese phrase which is loosely translated as ‘leaving it to the chef’, is the core essence of what this gourmet burger joint is all about. Owner Cheng Hsin Yao and his team claimed to have found the perfect beef blend of premium steak cuts that are ground and hand smashed to bring out the beefy flavors with a unique artisanal buttery bun and specially imported American cheese to compliment it.

Sounds too good to be true? I knew I had to try it.

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Truth be told, while I was not expecting the meal to be cheap, $85 for four people at a ‘fast-food joint’ where you place your orders at the counter, wait for the ringer to buzz and collect your burgers yourself was certainly pricey.

We ordered the Omakase Cheeseburger $13.90, Deluxe Cheeseburger $15.90, Sweet Potato Fries $5.90, Truffle Fries $7.90 and tried their Homemade Lemonade $4.50.

And dont kid yourself, because just as the prices of the food here are not ‘fast-food’ prices, the waiting time is not fast either. But dont get me wrong, I am always willing to wait for good food..especially if it was for the best burger in Singapore.

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The verdict?

The classic Omakase Cheeseburger was good. The ground beef patty was indeed special and when cooked ‘medium’, it was tender, delightful and yes very juicy. Though, I enjoyed the Deluxe Cheeseburger significantly more with the addition of grilled onions and mushrooms, all because it packed a bigger punch with each bite. If you prefer a little more greasiness and hint of saltiness, then the Bacon Cheeseburger $15.90 might be your thing. The fluffy bun too deserves compliments as it played an integral role in distinguishing this gourmet Omakase burger from other run-of-the-mill burger joints.

Department of Caffeine @ 15 Duxton Road

Opened for barely one month but already making waves on Instagram, Department of Caffeine is the newest addition to the row of cafes in the Duxton enclave. Tucked away at the beginning of Duxton road, this edgy coffee joint with an industrial-chic groove, blends together the hard metallic steel of their chairs with a cosy homely vibe lent by the majority wooden paneled walls and tables. Its appeal is inviting and the entire space seats about 20 people quite comfortably without intruding on your neighbour’s personal space as some smaller joints usually do.

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And ‘taking their food and drink seriously’ as they claim, the weekday menu boasts of well thought-out comfort fare that is simple yet satisfying. Centered around mostly sandwiches, their offerings include Pulled Pork, Meatball, Fish Finger and Mushroom, all served with a side salad for $13. Mains such as Roast Chicken or Poached Salmon Fillet come with a choice of 1/2/3 salads for $13/$15/$17. Desserts are either homemade cakes and pastries from the counter or Buttermilk Waffles with Ice-Cream at $12.

Two Blur Guys

Two Blur Guys, located at level 1 of Orchid Hotel in Tanjong Pagar is a neat little burger joint that specialises in burgers, beers and pastries. The menu is not particularly extensive but succinct with six signature burger offerings within a price range of $9.50-$12.50. If you are dropping by for afternoon tea, you might want to check out their pies (savory and sweet), tarts and lamingtons which are all below $5.

The story behind their idiosyncratic name of Two Blur Guys stems from how the two owners (who are both guys) did not know anything about the food industry when they first started their business and were simply ‘blur’ about everything. But fueled with a deep passion for good food and the desire to share that with others, the concept of Two Blur Guys was born.

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All burgers here are served with a mesclun salad drizzled in their special Balsamic mix and a homemade potato salad. And with their extremely talented consultant Chef Jimmy Chok of Bistro Soori having a hand in creating all the burger recipes, you know you will be in for a scrumptious treat here at Two Blur Guys.

&MADE By Bruno Ménard

When &MADE first opened in July this year, it became the talk of the town. Throngs of people flocked to this casual dining restaurant helmed by Chef Bruno Ménard. It was exciting because this establishment was opened by the first ever Michelin-starred chef that was to be based in Singapore permanently. The concept was a winning recipe- a well accredited chef with a convenient and accessible location, serving up comfort foods of gourmet burgers, fries, toastoos and interesting desserts. This burger bistro soon found its fans who raved over the amazing beef patties and detractors who thought it was overrated. 6 months later after all the excitement had died down, I decided to make a trip down myself to see what the fuss was all about.

The design of the place was charming and whimsical. I immediately warmed up to the low-hanging light bulbs, graffiti sticker-ed glass windows and bold colours of blacks and reds used to spruce up the decor. The feel was inviting, casual and relaxed with a chorus of ‘Welcome!’ by the chefs in the open concept kitchen each time a new customer walked in.

The 3 Little Pigs $23

The burgers come served in a platter with fries and homemade &MADE BBQ sauce dip. Top up an additional $3 for truffle fries which we both could not resist doing so.

Layers of shitake mushrooms, Japanese cabbage, Shibazuke pickles with a thick patty of bacon, pork filet and chorizo that was amazingly moist and tender, this burger had some great flavours going for it. And bringing it to the next level was the yuzu-kosho mayo dressing that tied it all together. Loved the toasted buns that was fluffy and crisp all at the same time. Truly memorable.

Food Safari @ Singapore Marriott Hotel

For the last 17 years, since the day they opened back in 1995, Singapore Marriott Hotel has earned quite many accolades and approval ratings for not only its very convenient location at the heart of Orchard Road, but also for its quality service and luxury accommodation for the many tourists who have walked through their doors.

This 5 star hotel has recently undergone an overhaul with a $35 million refurbishment and is now ready to present a much improved and renewed Marriott Hotel with its newly revamped guest rooms as well as more casual fine dining options.

At a recent media tasting, we were given a tour as well as a sampling of the 5 restaurants located within the hotel itself, after its multi-million dollar renovation and this gastronomic journey was hosted by none other than the very talented, accomplished and passionate Executive Chef Kevin Thomson of the Singapore Marriott Hotel.

JAVA+

Lobby level
7am-11pm daily
(65) 6831 4605

Newly launched and the latest addition to the Marriott Hotel dining scene, Java+ is a deli cum cafe cum bakery. This 3-in-1 novel concept allows easy takeaways of sandwiches, cakes and pastries. Of course, dining on site over a cuppa coffee is also a very viable option with its inviting open concept of natural lighting and comfortable chairs. In the evenings, one can also unwind after a long day over a glass of wine with the wide range of reds and whites available and some Spanish tapas.

We sampled some Shaved Serrano Jamón served with melon, tomato chutney and marinated olives on the side.