Overeasy, Orchard

When I was the in the U.S., diners were my favourite guilty pleasure. The food isn't the greatest, but they're unabashedly, and sinfully, comforting in that greasy, indulgent way. Plus, diners are mostly open through the night, and can be counted on for a most satisfying supper.

Singapore has its 24-hour mamak stalls, which are awesome in their own right; but sometimes, in the dead of night, all I want is a milkshake and burger and fries, American diner-style. And Overeasy's second outlet in the heart of Orchard, fills that niche pretty nicely.

As with all diner fare, Overeasy's food isn't the most polished or refined, but it is hearty, decadent, and appealing, albeit in the most unhealthy way, and thoroughly enjoyable. It's classic diner cuisine, done commendably.

Service is chirpy and cheerful, courtesy of our pretty waitress, whose wide smile and tonal lilt helped shake off a tough day at work.

A must-try, the Good 'ol Fashioned Mac & Cheese ($14) was a signature for good reason. This was wonderfully cheesy, a layered dimension of gruyere and cheddar and parmesan, and not cloyingly loaded with cream.

The Breakfast Nachos ($20) was simply, nachos luxed up with scrambled eggs. I've always thought of nacho chips as background filler for the toppings, negligible and trifling; but these were notably better than any other, and the highlight of the dish. These had a beautifully toasty corn essence, thicker than the usual chips, and stayed crunchy under the blanket of sour cream and salsa.

The Truffle ($28) wasn't the best burger we've ever had, but it sure hit a bulls-eye on the pleasure-button. The perfectly medium-rare Wagyu patty, dripping with robust juices, bore the distinctive fragrance of a smoky char. The truffle accent was slight, but that was compensated by lashings of shimeiji and shitake strips, melded with gooey Swiss cheese and caramelised onions.

No visit to the diner would be complete without its calorific drinks, like the ever-popular Root Beer Float ($10) and all-Americana Homemade Lemonade ($8), refreshing but weighted with sugar.

Overeasy @ Orchard
541 Orchard Road
Liat Towers #01-01
Tel: 6684 1453
Open Mondays to Thursdays from 11am to 12midnight;
Fridays from 11am to 1am;
Saturdays from 10am to 1am;
Sundays from 10am to 12midnight
Website: www.overeasy.com.sg

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