New places are always interesting to visit. It always refreshening as visits to new places are often unpredictable, especially when there are not many reviews and there is really nothing to gauge your expectations on except for your own gut feeling on background research of the eatery.
The visit to The Burger Bar at Far East Plaza is no exception. Prior to my visit with my friend, other than the fact that the shop was a collaboration between the popular Fat Boys Burger Bar which has an outlet at Upper Thomson Road which I pass by often and The Muttons from 987FM (if you are reading this, hi from one of your avid listeners back in the days of Muttons at Midnight and one-time caller to You Confess!), we had no idea about anything else about The Burger Bar.
The Burger Bar is located at Far East Plaza Level 1 and it replaces the taiwan/hong kong eatery that was beside the Chippy’s British takeaway stall. It’s a pretty small shop that only has two tables good for groups of 4 and 4 single counter seats that are cramped, so do bear in mind that fact if you are intending to visit.
The Burger Bar is tech-savvy when it comes to ordering. Orders are made on the two iPads at the entrance of the shop. It adopts the style of personalising your burgers to your own specifications. At the iPads, you are able to choose what bun, meat, condiments and sauces would you want to add in your burger, stating the price of the group of items above them if there are additional charges. Sides can also be ordered from there. Once you confirm your order by pressing the “check-out” button, the order would be sent to the kitchen and the cashier who would process the transaction and its down to waiting. It takes roughly 15mins for the order to be cooked. The staff were quite helpful and approachable when it comes to assisting the customers with their orders too, whether it comes to product terminology or assistance with the ordering procedure. Thumbs up for that!
Grilled Chicken Cheeseburger
I ordered a Grilled Chicken Cheeseburger with a Honey Oat Bun with shredded lettuce, pickles, bacon, caramalised onions and sauteed mushrooms with Smoked Chipotle sauce. For the cheese I went with Monterrey Jack Cheese. The grilled chicken was really the star of the whole burger. A fresh chicken patty that was juicy and succulent. The other condiments were just as good; the bacon was chewy and the sauteed mushrooms were actually fresh mushrooms, unlike some places where canned ones were used which has a strong taste of canned mushrooms. The amount of sauces used was also just nice, so that the burger is actually neat enough to eat with your bare hands.
Mozzarella Cheese Sticks
For a side, I chose Mozzarella Cheese Sticks. It was sinful at its best and incredibly addictive. The batter was fried and was crispy; the cheese was just stringy and extremely chewy. Although I might not have many experiences with cheese sticks from other places, it was indeed the best one that I had came across for now. And did I mention that it still smells great 30mins after it was served and the texture is still as good?
My friend ordered this burger that looked incredibly similar to mine. He too decided to have a Honey Oat Bun, shredded lettuce, pickles, bacon and sauteed mushrooms, but however chose to go with a pork patty and extra condiments like a sliced tomato and sliced pineapple and BBQ sauce instead. He enjoy his meal thoroughly and even commented that it was really “hotel-standard”. The pork patty as I had noticed stayed intact for the whole time and never crumbled to bits and was pretty firm but not hard to bite, which seemed to be perfectly grilled too.
Chili Cheese Fries
The side he chose was Chili Cheese Fries. It tasted quite decent, but the fries were a bit on the soft side though fluffy. Still pretty decent though nonetheless.
Overall, the price range of the food at burger bar can be slightly steep to some. The Grilled Chicken burger with Mozzarella Cheese Sticks was $19 and the Pork burger with Chili Cheese Fries was $17.50. However, the quality of the food and its execution really justifies its price and makes it worth spending the amount of money. I really hope to see The Burger Bar expands its shop space or business soon though especially give its current outlet’s space capacity; it has the potential to gain a loyal fan base given its roots and the food served. This is really a place worth taking your time to visit though; and I am seriously looking forward to the next visit!
(By the way, all prices are nett and there is no service charge of 10% or GST at 7% being charged in The Burger Bar as of our visit on 9th March 2013. And yes they sell Dr Pepper drinks there too.)
The Burger Bar
Far East Plaza
4 Scotts Road #01-16A/B