I AM… – Popular Halal Cafe Opens At Our Tampines Hub. Oh, Matcha Burger
I AM… not only at Haji Lane, I AM… also at Level 3 of Our Tampines Hub, right next to HomeTeamNS.
Being one of the pioneer hipster Halal cafes, I AM… had 3 outlets all strategically located around Bugis, including And Why and All In.
As for the new I AM at Tampines…, it was weekday night around 9pm (past dinner time) and I was surprised to see that the cafe was brisk with business, even though it was only opened for 2 weeks.
Looks like fans of I AM… are well-informed, especially those staying in the East.
Good to know, this has a fully air-conditioned space unlike the outlet at Haji Lane.
The 50-seaters cafe was designed with a European touch, with a wall mural of Amsterdam, road signs, and a token hipster-bicycle on the wall.
The European casual dining inspired menu is somewhat similar between the 2 outlets.
2 dishes are exclusive here, namely “The Quest” Burger ($18.90), and Squid Ink Pasta ($18.90) – which also happened to be the most expensive items.
Other signature food include Fries & Mayo ($7.90) with 9 different types of dips (additional $1.50 per dip), Shrimp Loca Pizza ($16.90), Soft Shell Crab Burger ($16.90) and the long (not tall) Rainbow Cake ($8.90).
Using matcha buns, “The Quest” Burger ($18.90) looked like a miniature Hulk, with the same charcoal-grilled beef patty marinated with 7 different herbs used in all their beef burgers here.
The difference between the beef burgers are the various toppings and sauces used.
“The Quest” came with turkey bacon strips, spicy avocado sauce (with a garlic taste), truffle mayonnaise and BBQ sauce.
Sedap! The beef patty was soft and tender without being overcooked and dry, added with a smokey flavour from the charcoal.
On its own, I could detect a bit of green tea flavour in the matcha buns, but not when it was eaten with the patty and toppings.
The turkey bacon strip was unfortunately soft, chewy and limpy.
I decided to try out the Soft Shell Crab Burger ($16.90) served with chips, salsa sauce and toasted charcoal buns.
The deep fried soft-shell crab had a crispy, golden brown appearance that gave a crunchy sound with every bite.
Topped with pickled beetroot and wasabi mayonnaise, the combination worked well.
I loved the fries that came with “The Quest” Burger ($18.90), and ordered the Fries & Mayo ($7.90) with Cheese Dip (additional $1.50) to further satisfy the craving.
Freshly deep-fried, the thick-cut fries had a crispy outer layer, and was equally addictive.
I AM…’s menu appeals to the young diners with their offerings of burgers, pasta, fries and pizzas.
They have an edge over some of the other Halal cafes in Singapore, in terms of offerings of hip food, that are mostly well-presented
I AM… satisfied.
I AM… Cafe At Our Tampines Hub
51 Tampines Ave 4, #03-04, Our Tampines Hub, Singapore 529684
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Mon-Sun)
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. Daniel’s Food Diary paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.
June 26, 2017