Mon - Sun: 07:30 - 00:00
Occupying the ground floor of Kam Leng Hotel at Jalan Besar, Suprette is a diner and bar with an American-inspired menu available from breakfast to dinner. In addition to craft beers and singe malts, the cocktail list is a mix of classic and modern tipples.
I was craving a good burger and the wife happened to be on leave so we headed down to Suprette for lunch one weekday afternoon. Our last visit there was absolutely delicious so it was the natural choice for a burger fix.
Chunky Chicken Chowder - This was part of the set lunch that the wife had and it came across as creamy but a wee bit too salty. However the chicken chunks were plentiful which was rather unexpected.
Chipotle Chicken Sandwich - I had a bite of the chipotle chicken sandwich and it proved to be very decent; a tad creamy with a tinge of spiciness and sandwiched between two crisp bread halves. Served with shoe string fries and salad - all for $15 nett inclusive of a soup and a drink. A pretty decent deal if you ask me.
Suprette Burger - And my sole reason for coming to Suprette, the namesake Suprette Burger ($20 for lunch, $25 for dinner), topped with bacon (+$3) and mushrooms (+$3). The hand chopped patty was done to medium well even though I had requested for medium rare but still came across as flavourful and juicy with bits of fat for texture. Add plentiful mushrooms, crisp bacon strips, a layer of gruyere cheese and two wonderfully buttery and crisp buns for the ultimate enjoyment. Oh and let's not forget the mountain of crisp shoestring fries (free flow if you visit during dinner but a single serving is more than enough for me).
Lunch cost the both of us to the tune of $42.54, which was well worth the money in my humble opinion. A pity there is no option to have the burger as part of the set lunch (even with a top up) but in itself, the set lunch does represent decent value for money. But the draw (to me at least) is still undeniably the burger.
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I went to Suprette for lunch today to try their Suprette Burger and went away quite disappointed.
When I arrived one table was occupied and the service staff were sitting behind the service/bar area, both on thier mobile phones. I had to call out to get thier attention. But hey, we're all on our phones these days and the place was almost empty so this is minor - but a sign of things to come.
Ambience? Not much, it had cheap tables and decor and looked a bit grubby. Maybe it's better without daylight.
The burger for lunch is $22+++ and is served with fries. The waitress asked me how I like my burger done and I asked for medium. You'd think this was a good sign but wait... About 20 minutes later my burger and fries arrived and they looked good. The fries were crispy and my first bite of the burger was juicy BUT about three bites in I realised the burger was a lot rarer than I expected for medium doneness. I'm OK with medium-rare so I didn't immediately mind. However my next bite nearer the burger's centre led me to do something I rarely do - I had to spit it out. It was cold. I'm not talking about room temperature cold, I'm talking about it-came-from-the-fridge cold.
I get it that the place wasn't busy and the meat has to come from the fridge when a customer orders but the chef should have compensated for that during the 20 minutes it took to prepare this burger. He/she knows the burgers come from the fridge and should be experienced at dealing with that fact - not serving mostly raw/inedible burgers to customers.
I had to leave about 3/4 of the burger and I frankly lost my appetite at the idea I could get food poioning. The waitress, when I called her over, didn't seem surprised but to her credit asked if Iwanted anything else. I said no.
At this point I decided to conduct a test as I asked for the bill without specifically asking for a discount or suggesting the burger should be free (I'm sure however I looked quite unhappy). Before, I've been in a US food chain here in Singapore when one of my party of 4 had an undercooked item and they refused to let us pay for anything (OK, props to Chili's - and everything else was good). Would the waitress waive my bill or would she just charge me the full amount (not unusual in Singapore even when you point out something was inedible and in fact uneaten)? Well, she gave me a 20% discount so again some credit to her for trying. But is was still a bit insulting when I left so much of the burger and my lunch was spoiled.
My review could have been very different if the burger was cooked well enough, but not today.
This place was one of our first dating place for me and my then-boyfriend (now husband). It was also our favourite. Their panseared salmon, pork chop, burgers was superrrr-ette! Until this week when we went there again to re-live good moments shared in that quaint cafe for the past 2 years, the food was the most horrible you can imagine.
Had a pork chop. Large slab of meat dry and unflavourful, side with too much fries....it look totally unappetizing. The only good thing going was its nachos with melted cheese. But then again, i could make it myself too. Buy nachos, buy a jar of cheese with Jalepeno (yummyyyy), pop it into microwave and pour melted cheese onto nachos. viola!
I had a bowl of salad...pfftt!
I was in search of a good burger, having been recently disappointed by W39's over-hyped rendition and word on the street was that Suprette served up one of the best burgers in Singapore in current times. Since it wasn't too far from our place, the wife and I decided to drop by one Sunday morning for brunch (yay to free parking at the public carpark).
Suprette is actually housed in the heritage Kam Leng Hotel (first established in 1927 and later extensively refurbished and reopened in 2012), along the busy and sometimes chaotic Jalan Besar Road. The simply furnished eatery is quite small and can probably take up to about 30 customers in one sitting. As it is located on the ground floor, all the views you get are of cars and passers-by (relatively rare). But the place is cosy in it's own right, exuding an unhurried, small world charm amidst the hustle of the passing traffic. However, having said that, pray for quiet patrons. During our visit, there was a relatively loud table who held us hostage with their gossips and that marred our experience quite a fair bit.
Pasta Of The Day - Pasta of the day happened to be Carbonara so went for it. In a "tribute" to the local dining scene, the spaghetti is served on a water resistant brown foil (like those you would get at nasi lemak or economic beehoon stalls) placed in a old school tin plate. Or maybe they just wanted to save cost and do away with the fancy tableware. Anyways, the spaghetti was a little overcooked while the cream sauce came across as a tad runny. Throw in generous handful of porky, fat laden bacon bits and you end up with a rather uninspiring rendition of this Italian classic. I reckon I could get something similar at a random western food stall in Singapore, at a fraction of the cost.
Suprette Burger - The sole reason why we were here; Suprette's eponymous burger, with an additional topping of bacon and mushrooms ($3 apiece). Soft buns slathered with butter and toasted on the griddle till crisp and golden brown on the surface, sandwiching a juicy, beefy patty with bits of fat for that extra chewiness and topped with a layer of gruyere cheese which imbued it with a faintly sweet, nutty taste.The additional topping of mushrooms was worth it, adding an earthy perspective to the mix but the bacon did come across as a tad too crisp, dry and lacking in salt. Overall still a good burger and one of the best I've had in a while (last one was at Minetta Tavern in New York).
There is only 1 dessert available daily and we didn't fancy what was on offer that day (lemon meringue pie with vanilla ice cream) so we skipped it.
At $20++ for a basic burger with fries, it is honestly a little on the pricey side but I reckon it's well worth the dough. Service was decent and I'll be happy to return just for the burger (and the nostalgia from the hotel), minus the bacon strips of course.
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