(Wildfire Kitchen + Bar had since been rebranded as Wildfire Burgers with a single branch located at 313@Somerset.)
Opened by F&B veteran Michel Lu, Wildfire Kitchen + Bar is a new dining concept situated at Evans Lodge which had taken over the now defunct Hatched.
Being a kitchen and bar concept, the menu here is big on burgers, offering a selection of Classic Burgers and a few that has Asian influence. A small selection of brunch plates are available for those who are not into burgers, as well as Fish & Chips and Hangar Steak.
My dining partner went for the Classic 001 Burger, which comes with a 120 Day Grain Fed Beef Patty, Beer Caramalised Onions, Butterhead Lettuce, Tomatoes and Cheese. Bun was rather light and fluffy, and the beef came with no trace of gaminess and was pretty firm without being too loosely packed but a tad grainy. The other condiments also combined well with each other, and despite it being rather decent, it seemed to lack a certain factor to make it feel impressive. The fries were pretty decent as well, crisp with its golden brown exterior and came with Cajun seasoning.
I am not too much of a burger person, so I decided to go with the Rosti. On first look, the portion seemed generous; even a tad bigger than the burger. It came with Pork Sausage, greens and a choice of either scrambled, poached or sunny side up eggs, with tomato relish and sour cream at the side. Brilliantly executed, the scrambled eggs were very creamy and runny, while the Rosti was well seasoned with salt and crisp on the exterior. Tomato Relish and Sour Cream went suprisingly well with the Rosti, giving a creamy tang. Pork Sausage was also delectable; not too firm though a wee bit dry inside. Overall we thought that it was actually more impressive than the burger, and a dish worthy for a revisit again.
Wildfire Kitchen + Bar is a pretty place for after work chill, probably with a pint of beer and some light bites to go along. As a burger spot, their burgers are generally decent but most had also commented that it lacks the punch of being impressive; perhaps a little time to polish things up would do the trick. Brunch was more impressive given the Rosti, and I have heard raving reviews of the French Toast they serve. Despite being targeting a different audience from their neighbour, I guess Wildfire Kitchen + Bar would give Assembly Coffee a run for their money with their well-executed brunch menu. A spot I will probably return some day, and definitely go for the Rosti and the French Toast soon!
Wildfire Kitchen + Bar
26 Evans Road
313 Orchard Road