Some call this the “best burger in New York City”, the burger place hidden behind the dark curtain in the atrium lobby of Le Parker Meridien Hotel.
This burger joint, literally called “Burger Joint” has opened its first in Singapore.
Its choice of location is also quite mysterious, at Amoy Street but you got to find your way from the back at Gemmill Lane.
Upon entering, there was a velvet purplish-red curtain with a sign on a cardboard that read “This Way”.
The menu is no fuss, with a choice of Hamburger ($13.10), Cheeseburger ($13.80), Bacon Burger ($15.10) with sides of Fries ($5.50), Milkshakes ($11.80), and Brownie ($4.80).
For the ultimate indulgence, go for the Double Bacon Cheeseburger ($27.40), and ask for “The Works” which will include lettuce, tomatoes, onion, pickles, ketchup, mayo and mustard.
The last time I went to New York, I almost had a burger every single day (explained the weight gain after), because those were just so indulgently delicious. The expectation for Burger Joint thus, was slightly high.
With that said, I also have my qualms against gourmet burgers in Singapore – many start off promising, but gradually compromise on taste after time. (Sorry if I offended any burger shop owner.)
The wait to order was about 10-15 minutes or so. Took about 10-15 minutes more for burger to be collected via a brown bag. Could have been faster as the cashier, the friendly type you could very well imagine, also needed to make milkshakes between orders. Can someone help her?!
Anyway, here is a question for you. If you realise your bacon burger is short of bacon and ask for a replacement, should the kitchen
a) replace the burger
b) just add the bacon to the old one
On one hand, it is good service recovery; on the other, we shouldn’t waste food.
So in the end, I had a light pinkish one given, stuck right there.
Anyway, the best part to me was the cheese, said to be sourced from the best dairy farms in America.
The patty made from Nebraskan beef, though moist wasn’t fantastic – felt like it needed SOME light seasoning and more smokiness.
Spotted diners from other tables happily (or is it unhappily) squeezing mustard and ketchup in the burger – is the way it should be?
We ordered two rounds of fries. One pack was overly salty, the other my friend said tasted like a soggier version from that fast-food restaurant.
Certain high expectations not meant. Maybe it is Day 1 jitters.
If you are going, look out for the neon burger sign at the backlane.
Burger Joint Singapore
115 Amoy Street #01-03 Singapore 069935 (Entrance from the back on Gemmill Lane)
Tel: +65 6221 8648
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 11pm (Mon – Wed), 11:30pm – 12am (Thurs – Sat), 11:30am – 8pm (Sun)