Our tiny nation has seen the addition of several outstanding burger brands in recent years, many of which are local names we can be proud of.
Adding to this burger list is OOTB (Out of the Bun) which serves beef, pulled chicken and vegetarian burgers in handcrafted soft buns.
It has opened its first store in GR.ID (the revamped POMO), a 8-10 minutes’ walk from Dhoby Ghaut MRT station.
OOTB has a twist-of-fate origin story, shared by the owner himself.
Just out of blockchain logistic sales in the start of 2020, he started a venture of smoking meats for friends.
With the way ribs are served, there were extra scraps of meat and he didn’t want to see it go to waste. Thus, he started making pulled meat burgers, which quickly overtook orders for smoked meats.
Focusing on burgers for the next two years, OOTB had gone through various R&D, finished their tenure at a cloud kitchen, and set up a shop in GR.ID with loyal following in tow.
Their store is a mix of eclectic neon lights, and industrial looking furnishing with metal barrels and cute chairs which you could open and place your bag into.
“SKINNY PEOPLE ARE EASIER TO KIDNAP. STAY SAFE, EAT BURGERS”. The neon lights make for a good #OOTD spot.
Their menu carries burgers like their Classic Cheese ($12.90), Pulled Chick ($11.90) and THICK Chick ($10.90).
Vegetarians can delight in the offerings of Im Possible ($16.90) and Tindle Chick ($16.90) burgers.
Add $3 more to complete the meal with choice of drink and sides such as fries, sweet potato fries, crisscut fries, cajun fries and coleslaw. Elevate the bougie-ness of your fries for $1.20 with a truffle dip.
Drinks include regular canned drinks and a variety Forrest Brew Kombucha ($5 more) for healthy options.
I ordered the Classic Cheese ($12.90 for ala carte, $15.90 for a meal) which had a grilled (I requested for medium rare) black angus grain-fed beef patty, fresh lettuce & tomatoes, secret sauce, cheddar cheese, caramelised onions, in-house dill pickles.
The patty was made from their Australian manufacturer, with a 80-20 lean meat to fat ratio. As such, together with its bouncy brioche buns, it was melt-in-the mouth with every bite.
The secret sauce tasted alike to ranch and the homemade pickles did cut through the greasiness of the meal, although for me that part could afford to be more pickled and sour.
The spices on the accompanying Cajun fries (included in the meal with a drink) were a good match to the overall meal.
Another burger I got to taste was the Pulled Chick ($11.90 for ala carte, $14.90 for a meal). It came with my side of Sweet Potato Fries (included in the meal with a drink).
Slow-cooked for 24 hours, the pulled chicken is placed in a brioche bun with greens, secret sauce and their house made slaw.
As with many pulled meat burgers, I look to the slaw or accompaniments to the meat, to bring together a well-rounded tasting dish.
The pulled chicken went well with the crisp, refreshing slaw that did well to add texture and flavour to the meat.
With many schools and some offices in the vicinity (they have promotions for schools!), I saw students, working adults and neighbouring residents patronising OOTB with an almost full house, uncharacteristic of the former POMO on a weekday night.
Unsurprising, as its casual ambience and no-frills-just-good-burgers makes for a comforting and satisfying meal out.
OOTB (Out of the Bun)
1 Selegie Rd, 01-08 GR.ID Mall, Singapore 188306
Tel: +65 9750 1027
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
* Written by Laura Wong @llua who has gained nice life advice from dining at tables with loved ones and once-strangers). DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.