CLOSED PERMANENTLY: Burger+, Clarke Quay: A+ for Effort, B+ for Korean Burgers

Burger+ opens their second outlet at Clarke Quay Central mall, taking over the space where Chili’s @ Clarke Quay was previously at. It prides itself on serving an authentic Korean gourmet burger experience with a Western twist.

The owners of Burger+, with more than 10 years of F&B experience in established fast casual chains in South Korea.

Besides burgers, Burger+ offers fried chicken and locally-brewed beers to go with it – a classic combination in South Korea. With anticipation, I made my order at the counter and was given a buzzer to self-collect my food and drinks later. No service charge.

For fried chicken, one can choose from having half a portion ($15.80), whole portion ($28.20), drumsticks ($10.80 for 3 pcs, $19.80 for 6 pcs, $29.80 for 9 pcs) or wingettes & drumettes ($9.20 for 6 pcs, $17.20 for 12 pcs, $24.80 for 18 pcs). Also, you can choose from 4 different flavours with varying spice level.

Honey chicken

We are not in the mood for spicy stuff so we opted for honey chicken and soy garlic chicken drumsticks. If you’re up for it, the server recommends going for Burger+ fiery “hot yangnyeom” which is a specially formulated Burger+ sauce; a childhood favourite of co-founder Lee Mihyun back in South Korea.

I prefer the soy garlic as compared to the honey chicken as I find the honey chicken sauce to be too sweet for my liking. I like my fried chicken to be savoury. It is also a pity that once you get past the crispy skin, the meat is bland and tough.

Soy garlic chicken

For burgers, each beef patty (130g) is a mix of USDA Prime and choice beef, comprising of 4 different cuts, one of which is short rib (remaining cuts are “trade secrets”) and cooked medium well on the griddle.

The potato flour buns, made in-house, are soft and fluffy.

No fancy toppings here – the Korean bulgogi burger ($13.80) is complemented with caramelized onions, lettuce and bulgogi + lots of mayonnaise. This is an indulgent one and I like the sauce.

You get more toppings with the truffle burger ($21) which comes with truffle slice, truffle puree, caramelized onions and button mushroom slices. Even with all that, my friend isn’t too impressed with the truffle burger: she feels that it isn’t juicy enough and the addition of truffle does not do much to elevate a mediocre burger.

Breakfast burgers

With the beef patty cooked medium well, I have to agree that it is not as juicy and flavourful as I hope for – I could only taste the sauce but not the beefy goodness. This comes as a surprise to me as the go-to person in the kitchen is Nick Lee, who used to be the executive chef at Lawry’s The Prime Rib Singapore for over 17 years.

The cheese fries ($7.30 for regular, $9.80 for large) is a hit for us with a good portion of melted cheddar, parmesan cheese and cheese sauce. Crispy fries with savoury gooey cheese goes well with cold beer.

Their 777 beer ($8.80 for 330ml bottle, $12.90 for a pint, $49 for 2L tower) is a clean, crisp, and slightly bitter lager crafted by Randy Liew, the award-winning brew master of Thirsty Asia (previously brew master of The Pump Room).

Burger+ also has a decent selection of cocktails for you to try. With a name like Miss Korea ($19) for a cocktail, I knew I had to try it. Miss Korea consists of gin, egg white, strawberry and lime juice. Nope, having that didn’t prompt me to go under the knife. Oops.

From 8 am till 5 pm, Burger+ also offers breakfast toasts (egg toast with ham & cheese/ avocado/ bacon & cheese/beef bulgogi). For folks partying at Clarke Quay, you now have another option for supper as Burger+ is open till 3am on Fridays and Saturdays.

All in all, the food here is satisfactory but it would not be the first place that I think of if I want to satisfy my burger and fried chicken craving.

Clarke Quay Central #01-076, Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore 059817
Tel: +65 6909 5684
Sun – Th: 8am – 1am
Fri – Sat: 8am – 3am

Food: 5.75/10
Decor/ambience: 6/10
Price/value: 5.75/10

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Written by Vanessa Khong. Vanessa is someone who enjoys checking out the local food scene. She believes the way to her heart is through her stomach.

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