While there are a number of new burger shops opening up in Singapore, it is heartening to see a home-grown concept expand.
Burgs is a fast-casual Halal-certified burger concept located at 313@somerset, Level 5 Food Republic.
There are also other outlets at Vivocity, Timbre+, Bukit Batok West, Punggol, and newest branches at Lot One and Tampines Mall. (Outlet at Lot One pending Halal certification from MUIS due to newly renovated location.)
Local foodies may be more familiar with the branding of “Burgs by Project Warung”, but they have rebranded as “Burgs”
Opened by founders Indra and Ridzuan who used to work in Michelin-star restaurants, they found an opportunity to start a business offering local-style gourmet burgers at affordable pricing.
A Classic Cheese Burger goes at $6.90, while a Marinara Burger is at $5.90, which is pretty value-for-money considering town prices.
With a revised menu, here are what you can land your hands on at Burgs:
Burgs Classic Cheese Burger ($6.90 single, $9.90 double)
Burg’s classic burger starts with handcrafted beef patty, American cheese, lettuce and tomato, with a local spin by the addition of pickled green chilli and crispy fried shallots.
Let’s start with the buns: they are customed made and freshly baked from an original recipe. The buns are soft and slightly crunchy on the outside.
They also use the “smashed” style of cooking for their patty. This methods starts with the ball of ground meat flattened on the hot griddle with a spatula. The “smashing” helps create extra browning and flavour on the outside, while maintaining the patty’s juiciness.
The burger is then dressed in house-made signature sauces.
I found this a solid-tasty burger without the frills and thrills, with soft buns and well-seasoned moist patty.
Note that the patty is smashed quite thin for that crisp, but if you prefer more succulence and bite, then go for the double patty.
Also available are Beef Bacon Cheese Burger ($7.50 single, $10.50 double) with pairing of sweet and smokey BBQ sauce; and Marinara Burger ($5.90 single, $8.90 double) with tangy in-house tomato sauce if you prefer a sweetish tinge.
Crispy Fish Burger ($7.90 single, $10.90 double)
Not the usual round burger, but a long one consisting of a whole battered Alaskan pollock fish and stacked with lettuce, and Burg’s cheese sauce.
Alaskan pollock is used due to it mild flavour and extremely tender meat, made more wonderful with a garnishing of fresh tomato salsa for that added refreshing tanginess.
Between the beef and the fish, I found the former more impressionable, though this is still a good-alternative for non-beef eaters.
Salmon Roll ($11.90)
A different take on the summertime classic, you get mashed salmon mixed with Japanese mayo dressed within a lightly-grilled buttered coney dog bun.
The fish is premium salmon flown in from Norway, garnished with spring onion for that fresh, grassy bite. Creamy and flavourful, fresh-tasting with contrasting textures.
Chicken Coney Dog ($6.90)
The perfect ‘carnival’ food when you feel like having something ‘nostalgic’.
Nested in a custom-made coney dog bun, the long chunky chicken sausage is topped with a savoury chilli con carne chicken sauce, spiced nacho cheese sauce, and sauteed onion to create a robust-tasting bite.
Burgs’ Chilli Cheese Fries ($5.90)
Moving on to the sides of fries, choose from Original Fries ($3.90), Truffle Fries ($5.90), Burgs’ Cheese Fries ($4.90), as well as the new Burgs’ Chilli Cheese Fries ($5.90).
Deep-fried till golden brown and served in a cup – they still retained their crisp after say 15 minutes of waiting.
I had the Burgs’ Chilli Cheese Fries ($5.90) as this is not served in other outlets, and comes topped with chilli con carne, cheese sauce, chili flakes and spring onions.
Battered Onion Rings ($5.90)
Large white onions and deep-fried in a crispy batter.
Burg’s Nuggies with Cheese Dip ($5.90)
Not the generic-looking nuggets, but nuggets made with real chicken chunks so you would find every piece quite irregular in shape.
The bite-sized chicken chunks coated in a crispy golden batter, are crispy on the outside with a succulent ‘real’ chicken bite.
Served with a cheesy dip on the side.
Lotus Biscoff Soft Serve ($4.90)
Leave some space for the desserts and shakes. The Lotus Biscoff Shake ($5.90) milkshake drizzled with Biscoff sauce is an indulgent and luscious creamy treat. Surprisingly not as sweet as I imagined.
Stir in the sprinkled crushed Biscoff biscuits, and you get a textured bite in between.
There is also a creamy soft serve ice cream option that comes with rich Biscoff cookie sauce and topped with more crushed Biscoff biscuits on top.
Signature Black Lemonade ($4.50)
What is this black drink again? A refreshing lemonade cooler in a sleek bottle tinted stylishly-black with activated charcoal. It tasted like… lemonade.
Burgs – 313@somerset
313@somerset #05-01/02/03 Stall 25, 313 Orchard Road Singapore 238895
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Vivocity: 1 Harbourfront Walk, #B2-29A, Singapore 098585
Timbre+: Timbre+ 73A Ayer Rajah Crescent, JTC Launchpad. No 39 & 40, Singapore 139957
Bukit Batok West: Block 451 Bukit Batok West Ave 6 #01-11 Singapore 650451
Punggol: Blk 308C, Punggol Walk #01-308 Waterway Terraces I, Singapore 823308
Lot One: 21 Choa Chu Kang Ave 4, #04 – 16, Singapore 689812
Tampines: Tampines Mall, 4 Tampines Central 5, #04-27/28/29, Singapore 529510
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with Burgs.