Friday, October 02, 2009

The Handburger, Raffles City

So this is a relatively new burger joint (252 North Bridge Road, #B1-77/78 Raffles City Shopping Centre, tel : +65 6334 4577) that's opened in town and it seems that they are opened by the management that runs Soup Spoon just next door. I recall seeing the unit boarded up for renovation and made myself a mental note to watch out for the opening even though I hadn't any idea then what they could be about. There were some things that I would say that I liked and didn't like about them, but I guess the final impression that was left behind was still quite favorable.

What they called The Works was pretty much as the name resonated, being the burger with, well, the works. For them, it was the onion jam, sunny side up, cheese, mushrooms with pesto, lettuce and bacon. The only issue I have with burgers like these are that they are really impossible to eat with your hands unless you start taking out some of the extras that are piled on top of the patty. Eating them with a fork and knife just felt different and I guess what made it appealing was also the very thing that worked adversely, against my favor. Apart from that, this was one burger that had a reasonably well made patty which had a very nice char fragrance on the exterior, juicy on the insides and beefy enough for my likings. The bacon was unfortunately dry-ish and a little hard.

The blue cheese burger had potential to be one of the really good blue cheese burgers out there if not for the fact that the amount of blue cheese itself was quite underwhelming in terms of quantity. That meant that in some of the bites, I could barely taste the cheese. It was probably the singular and biggest disappointment for this one and I'm not likely to ever want to order this again even though I really like those generous slices of poached pears they had on top. Interestingly, the option of the chilled tomato stuffed with coleslaw on the side could have been pretty good if not for the carrot and sesame dressing which I thought, pretty much ruined it.

I guess it just goes to say that burgers in this country have a lot of catching up to do if that's the standards we're getting out of a new joint. Personal peeves aside, I also certainly wouldn't mind coming back to try something else from the menu. These guys have a rather decent peanut butter and banana shake as well with some barely toasted marshmallow. Again, portions have room for improvement.


GreenViolin (Youlin) said...

Hi! i don't live in Singapore (am Malaysian) but I quite enjoy your food reviews, being a food lover myself. =)

LiquidShaDow said...

Glad you can tune in with my ramblings. I personally would avoid labeling them as reviews. It's just.... some thoughts I have on some of the things I eat. :)