May 22, 2014

Omakase Burger Opens New Branch At Wisma Atria With New Exclusive Items

When Omasake Burger was launched two years ago at The Grandstand, it garnered many positive reviews and some even described it as possibly the best burger in Singapore. My first taste of it was indeed delicious, so when the burger joint recently opened its second branch in Orchard Road with the lure of a much more convenient location and new exclusive items, I thought "why not?" so, off I went.

Taking over the unit on Wisma Atria's level 1 where Thai café Coffee Stars by Dao used to be, this branch will perhaps also appeal to those looking for a quick casual meal in between shopping sprees, except that it can come up to quite a not-exactly-cheap amount for a supposedly quick casual meal of burger + fries + drink (we paid $30 for one set). But more often than not, I would think "what the heck! Just eat lah!", as long as it's justified by quality.

And quality is what Omaskase Burger prides themselves on. The beef patty for their burgers are made with 100% USDA choice-grade premium cuts (no fillers! phew!), specially grind, blend and hand-form to ensure freshness. "Omakase" means let the chef decide and entrusting the meal to him, but I like it that we can choose our preferred beef doneness for an optimized personal experience.

Prices start at $14.90 for a Omakase Cheeseburger (hand-grounded beef patty, toasted artisanal bun, melted American cheese, lettuce, tomato and secret Omakase sauce) and goes up to $19.50 for an Ultimate Cheeseburger (topped with Omakase uncured applewood smoked bacon, grilled onions and mushrooms).

Unique to the Wisma Atria outlet is the Beef Tallow Fries ($5.95/6.95) - French fries deep-fried in freshly rendered beef fat! Sounds so decadent and flavorful! But it's only available on Saturdays and Sundays (why? why? why?) so we didn't get to taste it during the weekday afternoon when my friends and I were there.

We did try the other exclusive item though; The so-called "Rolls-Royce of bacon" which was featured in their signature Applewood Smoked Bacon Cheeseburger ($17.90). The beef patty is topped with bacon that is said to be slow-smoked over applewood chips for a deep and complex aroma, ours came a tad overcooked resulting in a dry and hard texture. If the bacon is as superior as it's touted to be, this could be an unfortunate case of good ingredient wasted by poor execution.

Overall, the burger was still satisfactory good with its imported American cheese melted over the delectable beef patty and Omakase's secret sauce, also in most part attributed by the pillowy-soft bun which was an improvement level up from the previous version after 2 years of research. The size of the burger was just nice for me, though it's considerably small for what you would expect at its price. Might not be sufficient to satiate a hungry appetite.

Our side of Truffles Fries ($7.30/$8.30) was decent and the classic Root Beer Float ($5.80) served with Vanilla soft-serve ice cream is always a delight.

Okay, been there done that. On to the next better burger.

Omakase Burger

Wisma Atria
Address: 435 Orchard Road, #01-02/03, Singapore 238877
Contact: +65 6737 3218
Opening Hours: Daily 10am-10pm / Full menu available from 11am daily / Kitchen is closed Mon-Thu 3-5pm, all other hours: desserts & drinks only

The Grandstand
Address: 200 Turf Club Road, #01-05, Bukit Timah, Singapore 287994
Contact: +65 6763 2698
Opening Hours: Mon-Thu Lunch 11.30am-3.30pm, Dinner 5pm-9.30pm / Fri-Sun All-Day 11am-10pm

Prices are inclusive of 7% GST. No service charge.

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