In an atrium space once lovingly occupied by Omakase Burger and the gone-too-soon Pablo Cheese Tart now sits a new name: Burger+. If you’ve never heard of it, that’s ’cause the eatery is a new-to-Singapore brand, offering a Korean spin on burgers and fried chicken.
Going for a completely different look from those that came before it, the fast-casual concept goes to the dark side with black marble table tops and counters, a mirrored ceiling with mood lighting, and a chandelier hanging in the middle of it all. The pops of neon from its signage and pink booth seats lighten the mood a little, but overall, it’s posh and polished — a stark contrast to the food, which requires you to get your hands dirty to dig in.
However, we’ll let the burgers speak for themselves — and they’re actually pretty good, to our surprise. Since the choices for burgers these days are unlimited, if you’ve ever had a frightfully ordinary one at some average cafe somewhere, you’ll know what we mean.
The restaurant claims its ingredients are top notch, with the beef brought in from the US, the truffles real, the buns made daily in-house with potato flour, and the B+ sauce specially formulated. Yet all that is just PR speak if the kitchen doesn’t deliver the goods. But it does, as evidenced by fellow tasters at our table, who all had different picks for their favorites.
From the Korean bulgogi stack ($13.80) with caramelized onions and mayo to the truffle one ($21) with ‘shrooms, truffle purée, truffle mayo, and actual truffle shavings, the burgs had juicy patties done just right, with fluffy buns and generous slatherings of sauce to ensure a deliciously messy outcome.
If you’re more of a purist, the cheeseburger ($13.80) is an obvious choice. Otherwise, the menu also features the likes of avocado bacon cheeseburger ($17.20), avocado fish burger ($10.90), and portobello mushroom burger ($14.90). There’s also a chicken or pork bulgogi hotdog ($11.60-$12.40) option for those staying away from beef.
For those who deem burgers and fried chicken a good combination, the Korean-style ones here come in honey sauce, soy garlic, and Yangnyeom (sweet and spicy) in two different heat levels. Crisp batter coats each piece, while the meat retains its juiciness and the glaze adds depth to the flavor. A plate of drumsticks starts from $10.80 for three, while wings and drums start from $9.20, and mixed parts range from $15.80 to $28.20.
The place also provides you with wet wipes and plastic gloves so you don’t have to worry about sauce sticking to your fingers, but these are all individually wrapped in plastic, which isn’t a great look for Burger+, considering how hundreds of F&B outlets in Singapore alone are doing away with single-use plastics this year.
Before you struggle with the impending food coma, we’re not done here. Truffle, cheese, and garlic fries can be ordered to complete the meal ($7.30-$12.80), along with prawn fritters ($8.20-$14.60) and fruit salad ($8.60). And did we mention the ice cream cups ($4.80-$5.80) that come topped with everything from Korean crispy cereal Jolly Pong to rice cakes and red bean?
Plus, you can get bottled and tap beers to wash all that down, or fill your stomach to bursting point with ultra thick milkshakes in flavors such as avocado honey ($7.80) and hazelnut ($7.50). If you’re feeling a little fancy, glasses of wine are available, too.
All in all, its menu is packed with good stuff, which makes the burger joint a perfectly decent hangout after you’re done with a bout of retail therapy in town. We just hope it sticks around longer than its predecessor.
Burger+ is at #01-37/38 Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Rd.
6694-1226. Daily 10am-10pm.