Sunday, November 29, 2015

Carvers & Co - Yet Another Burger Joint

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Yes, yet another burger joint. While I'm happy about the variety and competition the various eateries offer, I'm honestly a little jaded by the "famous" or "must try" places that serve middling burgers. But I digress. We were at Carvers & Co for a taste of their much touted beef burger on a sweltering weekend afternoon.

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The Place

Occupying one of the small shophouse units along East Coast Road, just opposite Roxy Square, Carvers sports an industrial chic interior complete with overhanging halogen lamps and heavy steel chairs. One gripe I had about the place. We were seated next to the fold-able doors with the glass panels and could make out second hand cigarette smoke seeping in from outside (we later found out that there was a "designated" cigarette disposal tin just outside and folks from adjourning units were disposing of their cigarettes there as well).

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Pork Get In My Bellay!

As amusing as this dished sounded, it was average at very best. The pork belly came across as very crisp and way too dry; on a bed of crisp bread with a splattering of siracha mayonnaise for that spicy but less than useful kick. Finishing this proved quite a chore and we gave up after a while.

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The (AWOL) Sergeant

Grilled to a medium rare with a mildly salty bovine taste, the beef patty came topped with melted cheddar and a layer of caramelised onions for a dollop of sweetness; sandwiched between two mildly crisp burger buns spread with a thin layer of butter and mustard. Overall pretty decent but I personally would have preferred the buns without the mustard. The additional streaky bacon (+$3) came extremely crisp but was way too dry for my liking (it felt like I was eating a cracker instead of bacon).  

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Truffle Fries

Crisp and topped with grated cheese, served with mayonnaise but where's the truffle?

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At $44 for the both of us, it wasn't expensive but the food was rather disappointing. The beef burger was the only thing that was decent (but nowhere as good as Suprette's) and I don't foresee myself ever returning again. Once again, so much for the hype...

Final Verdict:

Ambience: 6.5/10 (this doesn't take into account the cigarette fumes)
Service: 6.5/10
Food: 5.5/10 (7/10 for the burger)
Value for money: 5.5/10

Overall: 6/10

Address: 43 East Coast Road

Contact: 6348 0448

Opening Hours:

12:00 pm-5:30 pm
6:30 pm-10:00 pm

8:30 am-5:00 pm
6:30 pm-10:00 pm

Closed on Tuesday