To some, the ideal burger is to drown a perfectly seasoned beef patty between a lightly toasted bun in a myriad of Mexican-style sauces to the point that it would require more slurping than chewing. To others, it’s a matter of combining homemade cooking techniques, fresh ingredients and precise layering for a perfect bun to patty to condiment ratio. After all, the permutations for a burger are just endless, what with the vast variety of tasty toppings and creative presentation styles.
At the end of the day, I reckon that the perfect burger – whether traditional, vegetarian or radically experimental – is nothing short of a beautiful thing that can change your life from the very get-go and speak to you, and only you, in an utterly personal and sometimes mildly titillating way. That is why we, at Men’s Folio, don’t believe in “Best Burger In Town” statements or awards; we merely suss them out to aid you in your protracted search for your burger-soulmate. Here are three to get you started.
MEATliquor SINgapore – Cheeseburger
London’s most influential burger joint, MEATliquor has picked Singapore as its first international outpost. An institution for liquor and laughs, MEATliquor SINgapore will offer a space full of theatricality (interior themes reference the maritime heritage and culture of the local area), tried and tested favourites from the UK and an evolving localised menu of locally sourced Singapore ingredients to sit alongside an extensive list of cocktails such as Duxton Fizz and GibSIN Martini, as well as beers on tap served in sharing growlers or pints. Of the variety of burgers, we’d recommend starting with the classic Cheeseburger – Beef chuck patty with cheese,red onions, pickles, lettuce, mustard and ketchup served on buns.
MEATliquor SINgapore is located at 99 Duxton Road
Axis Bar and Lounge – Burgers and Burgundy
Indulge in the sumptuous trio of miniature sliders; starting with the Minced Lamb Burger, peppered with fragrant Indian spices, crisp red onion and mint yoghurt dip; followed by the Wagyu Mini Slider, topped with caramelised onions, cheddar cheese and truffle aioli. Round it up with a Teriyaki Chicken Burger, accompanied with crunchy romaine leaves and pickled vegetables for a tangy kick. Axis Bar and Lounge has paired these delectable homemade burgers with a range of burgundy-style pinot noirs from Argentina, New Zealand and of course France – the perfect complement for a spectacular evening.
Axis Bar and Lounge is located on Level 4, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square.
Morton’s of Chicago – Million Dollar Burger
Not known by many, Morton’s of Chicago was founded on a burger. One of the restaurant’s two original founders, Klaus Fritsch, was a chef at the Playboy Club in Montreal. Soon to become his business partner, Arnie Morton, was served Klaus’s signature hamburger and it impressed Arnie so much, that it was then dubbed the “Million Dollar Hamburger”. Morton’s of Chicago celebrated its 17th birthday last month and marked it by launching the Million Dollar Burger. A modern twist on the classic, the decadent burger is made using the finest USDA Prime Beef, topped with thick slices of rich Foie Gras and hunks of braised short ribs, all drizzled with black truffle butter and served on a lightly toasted brioche bun with a side of hand-cut French Fries.
Morton’s of Chicago is located on Level 4, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square.