Located at Cathay Cineleisure, Burger Bench & Bar is a western restaurant which specialises in serving hamburgers.
'Bench & Bar' is often related to judiciary and legal matters, and the name of this new Burger place gives you the clue that it is opened by a lawyer. Well, it is opened by none other than celebrity chef and ex-lawyer Willin Low, owner of Wild-Rocket, Wild Oats and Relish. You know, that handsome chap that always appear on TV.
Burger Bench & Bar, otherwise known as B3, occupies where Subway used to be at Cineleisure, one of the most prominent spaces at this popular place. With tables shaped like school-canteen benches, it is a suitable hangout place for groups of friends. And the 3rd – B ‘Bar’ is because there is Asahi beer on tap. How wrong can a combination of burger and beer be?
Now, at burgers priced at $8.00, a meal can off-set you by $11.80 with a $1 add-on for potato chips and $2.80 for a drink. That is a lot pricier than the fast-food restaurants around within walking distance.
But people are willing to pay for ‘real’ food – because this is as close as gourmet burgers as you can get. I had a Saute Mixed Mushroom Beef Burger, and the beef patty was a lot more juicy, tasty and substantial than ‘those ordinary burgers’. I overheard a patron from the next table saying “This is Amazing!”
The truth was I was a little suspicious when asked if I was willing to top-up a dollar for chips. There the imaginary of ‘those cheap packaged potato chips’ appeared in my head. I was wrong, and what I got were actually home-made yellow and purple russet potato chips that are crunchy and crisp with an authentic potato taste. And my friend couldn’t stop nibbling at my chips.
The Japanese Curry Chicken Katsu Burger could do better with a sweeter curry sauce and more tender chicken, but this interesting recipe is still worthy of a try. And like a child eating his first big burger, I made a little mess, and wished there was some cutlery.
Do not give the Dark Chocolate Soft Serve a miss. Jelat (rich), creamy and not as watery, it adds a final sense of satisfaction to end off the meal.
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Burger Bench will be serving the last burger on 31 July so I feel oblige to write about it. Every time I pass by Burger Bench & Bar, I see that it isn’t as crowded as the fastfood and other restaurants nearby. Now, Singaporeans, if I have one thing to say about eating, it would be: STOP EATING JUNK.
I’ve eaten here a few times, and Burger Bench & Bar’s burgers are very delicious and comforting. Sure, the ingredients aren’t organic but at least they are not made of processed meat loaded with chemical preservatives.
The other day, I ordered the Chicken Breast burger ($8.50) at the counter, got a number, and they sent the burger to me. Chicken Breast because it’s healthy, low-fat, high in proteins. I love it that the joint provides healthy alternatives to their more unique burgers such as green curry catfish burger ($8.20) and Japanese curry torikatsu burger ($8.20). It has caramelized onions, shredded cabbage or some vegetable, pickles, and they bothered to stuff the breast with sundried tomatoes. Although chicken breast is tough in general, the more I ate it, the happier I got. At least this chicken breast was juicy, so it was not overcooked. The vegetables were crunchy and fresh. It was filling up my stomach and yet I felt light.
Two minor grouches I have is: the restaurant could have been more positive. For instance, at the condiments corner, it wrote, “Mustard: Not for non-beef burgers.” See the negativity? Two negatives: “not” and “non.” It could have been rephrased by saying “Usually for beef burgers.” I think this negativity spills over so that the workers looked tired. The second gripe I have is: if this is a healthy joint, as it promotes itself, then why are the condiments processed? And the buns of the burgers too? Go all the way, man.
Overall, I like this place very much. So now you have two choices: (1) continue eating the fast-food junk and end up with cancer or (2) eat healthy. Your body is your temple. Don’t let another healthy joint close down again.
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ED: With many hot burger joints in the food scene, competition is hot and every joint has their own unique concept and traits to survive the endless horde of burger hungry Singaporeans. Armed with a novelty concept, Burger Bench & Bar seems to be among the few in the front line. B3 (Burger Bench & Bar) are a Western/Japanese fusion style burger joint that uses real meat from Australia and real fish fillets & chicken breasts rather than re-constituted meat. They also do not use preservatives or artificial flavouring! (Means their burgers don't last for 4 years without decomposing :D ) Their believe- Fast food doesn't mean junk food!
My partner and I decided to fuel up at B3 before watching Transformers 3 (which was kick ass and Megatron died) We were contemplated to order fries as we wanted to put BFF (Best Fries Forever) to the test and we order just 2 burgers in the end. I had the Mushroom Beef Burger while she chose the most interesting choice in my opinion, the Green Curry Catfish Burger!
Mushroom Beef Burger $8.20
While waiting, we could actually hear spanking sounds in the kitchen. Nothing kinky what are you thinking? They really do hand pack their burgers! Unless.. It was really the sound of something else. The burgers arrived pretty quickly on a Japanese bento tray. It was average in size unlike those American style ones. The sesame bun was slightly toasted. Juice oozed out as i my teeth sliced through the medium beef patty and the fresh button mushrooms burst which each bite... Continued on http://cinnamonsin.wordpress.com
Green Curry Catfish Burger $8.20
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