Sunday, July 16, 2017

Half Pound Burger Bar & Grill - Decent Value Set Lunch

Half Pound Burger (or HPB for short) sounded promising so we dropped by one Saturday afternoon to partake in their reasonably priced set lunch.

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The Place

Located close to the start of Purvis Street, HPB occupies a simply furnished but comfortable unit just metres away from Saveur.

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Soup Of The Day

It was either the Roasted Tomato Soup or the Potato Leek Soup for the set lunch so we went with the former. The tomato soup came across as rich but a little too zesty for my liking whilst the croutons were overly soggy, probably from sitting in the soup for an extended period of time.

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Grilled Chicken Burger

The grilled chicken patty tasted rather similar to a huge piece of chicken satay but came across as a tad dry. Decent flavour though but maybe having a bit of sauce would make it better? Side of fries was okay though the dipping sauce was rather interesting; a mildly sweet and creamy butter base that actually went well with the fries.

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Petite Half Pound Burger

As far as burgers go, this isn't anywhere near the best I've had but definitely not near the worst either. The patty was juicy though it was rather compact and strangely tough with a mild brovine flavour. Layered with Monterey Jack cheese, a strip of decent candied bacon (not as good as the one from Peter Luger or Clinton Street Baking or Bird Bird) and capped with a crisp, buttery bun (a wee bit more time on the grill would have been better in my humble opinion).

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Sure the food at HPB isn't fantastic. But at $17++/pax for lunch (includes a drink), it's actually pretty decent value for money especially in the City Hall area.

Final Verdict:

Ambience: 6.5/10
Service: 6.5/10
Food: 6/10
Value for money: 7/10 (based on the set lunch)

Overall: 6.5/10

Address: 8 Purvis Street

Contact: 6906 1900

Opening Hours: 12:00PM - 10:30PM (Closed on Mondays)


Sunday, July 02, 2017

Morton's Part XII - A Burger Month Special

In celebration of Burger Month, Morton's introduced a "Surf & Turf" burger for a limited period of time (May 15 - June 14 2017). Lobster and wagyu beef? I was hooked.

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The Place

The bar @ Mortons (a separate, slightly elevated space just across from the main restaurant) wasn't open till 5pm (even though the website stated 12pm) so we had to partake in our meal at a corner of the restaurant where the bar counter is situated (if you're only having burgers, you can't have it in the main dining area).

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Chicken Goujonettes

Chicken goujonettes are just a fancy name for chicken fingers/tenders/fillets and Morton's rendition came across as decent; crisp on the outside but tender on the inside without coming across as too greasy. However eating everything alone in one seating can prove nauseating so best to share. Didn't quite fancy the mustard mayonnaise sauce by the side.

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Surf & Turf

And the burger that drew us to Morton's, Surf & Turf. Thick, perfectly done (medium as per my request) 8oz slab of wagyu patty with bits of fat within for that chewiness. Topped with chunky truffle lobster salad and sandwiched between two deliciously buttery and crisp brioche buns; excellent. Came with a mountain of crisp, fresh tasting fries as well.

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A burger and a plate of chicken fingers cost ~ $88, which isn't cheap by any standard. However the burger is excellent and worth a try even though it costs ~$20 more than the regular USDA Prime Burger (which was a wee bit disappointing the last time I had it). I seriously hope Morton's considers having it on the regular menu. 
Service was very good as usual but the wait for food this time round was a little long (almost 30 minutes) which was quite a bummer.

Final Verdict:

Ambience: 7/10
Service: 8/10
Food: 7/10 (8/10 for the Surf & Turf burger)
Value for money: 7/10
Overall: 7.25/10

Address: 4th Storey, Mandarin Oriental Singapore

Contact: 6339-3740

Opening Hours:

Monday - Saturday 5pm - 11pm
Sunday 12pm - 9pm

Dining Room
Monday - Saturday 5:30pm - 11pm
Sunday 12pm - 9pm