It's not often that we eat sinfully indulgent foods like burgers or steak, (u know, coz we now prefer a diet of light soups and salads more conventional of older folks) but every once a veryyy blue moon, we actually crave a good juicy burger.
And where else to satisfy that craving but newly opened Three Buns, an offshoot of hipster burger joint Potato Head Folk. I usually stay away from new launches but Potato Head is a well-established purveyor of the best burgers in Singapore. So we figured, can't go wrong!!
The menu at Three Buns is a little more adventurous than its Keong Siak parent Potato Head. And a lot more Asian: so expect ingredients such as pork floss, fried shallots and miso-this or dashi-that. We liked it, the unabashed East-West fusion worked.
One thing I've noticed about the Potato Head stable of restaurants: service is invariably great. Our servers were, without exception, smiley and cheery. And the clubby hip-hop music just added to that groovy, upbeat ambience.
Excellent food and service aside, this is hardly a first-date place. Well, not unless you're totally fine scaring off your tinder-swipe-right guy with all that meat-jus dribbling down your chin. But...of course, if your date still digs you after seeing all that slobbery mess, then, he/she is a keeper for sure.
The beautifully charred Crackalacka Corn ($8), seasoned with paprika mayo, oro del maso parmesan, toasted brioche crumbs, calamansi, and chilli, was a complex punchy riot of deliciousness.
The Miso Dirty Fries ($9), loaded with miso bernaise, smoked chicken sausage, floss, and pickled chilli was scrumptious.
I love fried shallots and would highly recommend any of their burgers with bawang goreng, like the Smokin' B Boy ($23). A sumptuous 150gm hunk of black Angus beef patty, slathered with bbq ketchup, dingley dell black beer, smoky mayo, then topped with treacle streaky bacon, lashings of bawang goreng, smoked cheese and sandwiched between fluffy brioche toasts. Absolutely glorious!!
The Burning Man Burger ($23) had a smidge more kick, with gochujang ketchup lending a subtle spice, and dashi mayo rounding it off with a umami accent. Melty cheese, bawang goreng, perfectly medium black Angus beef patty and toasty brioche completed the yummy ensemble.
I like that the drinks at Three Buns use metal straws. It makes me feel good and saintly when imbibing. We took our waitress' suggestion: the refreshing and not too sweet Strawberry Fields ($18) with bombay sapphire gin infused strawberries, peach liquor, and a base of tonic water.
Three Buns by Potato Head Folk
60 Robertson Quay
#01-01 The Quayside
Tel: 6909 7838
Open Tuesdays to Fridays from 5pm to 12midnight;
Saturdays & Sundays from 10am to 12midnight;
Closed on Mondays