After winning the 2012 August Man A-Listers competition, Mittu has spent a...
Since settling down in his new home in Tiong Bahru, Pern's been busy familiarising himself with the area, getting ready for the newborn and racing around the region conceptualising resorts. Clearly he hasn't had much time to take a drive round town in his Citroën DS3. The peripatetic finally had some time off and craving some Aussie fare, run all over town in his search for prime meat.
So another Sunday rolls around for this DS3-spinning omnivore. With a jingle playing in my mind from a time spent in Oz (don’t ask how or why – just nod and read on) and a thought of . . .
“The Burgers are better at . . .”
I fire up the 1.6 L VTI 120.
With the vegetarian wife in tow and my Fitness First membership renewed I thought why not spend the day tasting some of Singapore’s epicurean burger delights.
Not one to discriminate the first port of call would be a quick sampling of the fastest burgers available.
Stop 1 – McDonalds’ Drive Thru
This breakfast burger comes with a smile (1 of 7,000 employees in Singapore) a flash of neon and LED lighting that even the “three conic dial” dashboard and chrome finish of the DS3’s interior finds hard to compete with.
With this opportunity for ‘Drive Thru’ I order the plain sausage Mc’muffin and the wife, a bacon and egg Mc’muffin, sans the bacon. No fries this early unfortunately so we split a couple of deep fried goodies – hash browns.
As bright lights, graffiti and cooking oil assault the senses I ponder that the first McDonalds’ restaurant in Singapore was opened in 1979. On that day the world's highest volume of hamburgers was served here. A veritable sugar + carbo-overloaded October day at Liat Towers! Today, over 110 McDonald's restaurants across the island serve 1.2 million customers every week.
Now that is a lot of Burgers!
Hmmm obesity problem – what?
Stop 2 – The Big Bad Wolf
Post twenty stomach crunches and a colonic we head off to find some partners in crime for our burgers are better buffet. Kristian Hunt; burger connoisseur, big guy, mate and A-lister winner and his petite yet can put away a burger or two partner Ashleigh gleefully sing their way into the DS3.
Sliding his seat back to fit his 6’4” frame, the DS3 easily accommodated Kristian and the girls in the back - A pocket rocket with room to move! With sports mode engaged we hit the ECP out to 226 Tanjong Katong Road. After punching a couple of holes in the environmentally friendly parking system we wander to a place with a rather cool name.
What’s in a name? Well burgers . . . and some rather decent ones that allude to this whimsically named burger joint.
Simplicity is key so the buffet team orders – 1 x Big Bad Wolf Burger; fresh all beef patty, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, caramelized onions and special sauce, 3 x The Works; abig bad wolf burger topped with fried egg, crisp bacon and cheese, 1 x Portobello Burger; grilled whole Portobello mushroom with balsamic vinaigrette, rocket leaves, sundried tomato relish, caramelized onions. And yes, we would like Fries with that, Coke Floats; the old fashioned way in a frosted mug, with vanilla ice-cream (other choices available), Apple Pie and 4 beers each. . . what? No . . . none for me. I am a responsible driver
With no sighting of little red riding hood or even the three little pigs (pork burger?) the team left with a slightly heavier DS3. Thankfully the perfectly tuned dampers get the additional load in the DS3 to hug the road with the control of a mountain goat.
Stop 3 – PS café
With heart rate beating faster . . . is it the adrenalin of throwing the DS3 around like a go-cart or the congealing of non-trans fats in the arteries . . . we head to a little jewel within Singapore.
This jewel is formerly known as the Central Manpower Base of Singapore (“CMPB”) and former British army barracks. My father remembers this as the place where he was initiated into the ranks of National Service (NS) and maintained his NCO status, while I remember it as the lush green hill where I played with cousins during my sporadic visits back to Singapore to see family and friends.
Now days this ex military base has become a lifestyle destination attracting all citizens, residents and visitors of Singapore. Having myself seen many an iteration of Dempsey Hill I am always attracted to the green that its surrounds itself with. Brought up in the bush in Sydney there is security when surrounded by flora that transcends the physical . . . not to mention being able to experience this with one of the best Burgers in Singapore.
PS Café, 28B Harding Road, is a favourite. For food, atmosphere, interior design, service, floral arrangement, food, view and ambience. Did I mention the food?
The PS Brunch Burger is the bomb. You do pay for what you get though coming in at $29++. But hey it’s not like I am eating burgers every week . . well . . . apart from this little exercise. If you are also feeling really decadent you also up the ante by swapping the normal (amazing) shoe string fries with the truffle variety at an additional cost (what? Can? cannot la? Too much la! – this is Singapore la)
So as the burger buffet ends on a high my little vegetarian seeks to end this Sunday on an even higher note with a choice from one of the best cake selections internationally (or says my beautiful patisserie expert).
Taxi? Ah, not today. Thank goodness for the DS3’s ESP, ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution) and EBA (Electronic Brake Assist to counter the additional mass x force = acceleration on the PIE via the ECP past the AA.
p.s. the burgers are better . . .
in ya belly!
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