Sunday, 3 March 2013

Food Review: Omakase Burger at Turf City, #01-05 Grandstand, Singapore 287994

If you are looking for a burger, and fast food is not an option (even if the McD Everyday Savers Menu is such a draw!), may I suggest you consider Omakase Burger?

It's a really unfortunate name though. "Omakase" means "I leave it to you" in Japanese, but these burgers have nothing to do with Japan at all. Which is really misleading because I think of rice burgers with ebi fry when you say Omakase burger.

But what I actually read about this place is that the founder had gone to the States, and fell in love with In-N-Out burgers (just like everyone else!) and decided to recreate that back in Singapore. 

He took a really scientific approach in seeking the Perfect Patty though - using an excel spreadsheet to cross-tabulate the different parts of the beef, and the marinate. Finally, he found one which was the closest to what he wanted!

There are only 4 types of burgers on the menu, just like In-N-Out, it's a rather minimalistic approach. But there are way more other things than burgers, if you fancy chicken or salad.


The place is very nicely decorated. If only it is not located at such an obscure inaccessible area like Turf City, which you must drive to get into!

It was very empty on a weekday night.


Other than the outside area, there's also a more cosy inner area with dim lighting. One thing I really like was that the ventilation was done well - there's no greasy smell at all!

I was pleasantly surprised to see the beverages served in the Bodum double-walled glass! Really chic, and a bit strange for a burger joint. Lemonade was $4.50 and quite strong/sour, and the Coke was $3.90 (wow, overpriced much?). 

Even the fries were served in Bodum glassware. We had the Sweet Potato ($4.90) and Truffle Fries ($5.90). They were medium-cut fries, quite flavorful and crispy. A worthwhile companion to the burgers.


And here's the meal! The only thing that says this is a burger joint inspired by In-N-Out was probably the red plastic trays. 



So after all that... how did the Omakase Cheeseburger ($13.90) perform? Well since I had tasted the original before, I could say that it is pretty close to it. The patty was juicy and marinated just right. The cheese and thousand island dressing inside complemented the beef and the bun was slightly fried to emanate a light fragrance.


I did have some trouble finishing the burger though, but I don't think it was the burger's fault. Perhaps it was my appetite that time.. unless I visit it a second time and experience the same thing, which then it's because the burger was not interesting enough to keep me eating it.

It is also rather pricey if you add everything up -- it was around $26 per person with tax!

I will still recommend the place despite the location and price, only because it is rare to find good burgers in Singapore but Omakase tries to fill the gap with theirs. Also because I have a soft spot for fans of In-N-Out.



Omakase Burger
200 Turf Club Road, #01-05 The Grandstand, Singapore 287994
Tel: +65 67632698
Mon - Thu: 11.30am - 3.30pm, 5pm - 9.30pm
Fri - Sun: 11am - 10pm


1 comment

  1. wow, serving the fries in a Bodum glass is interesting :) can't wait to venture this new food hub :)

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