Opened by the Wild Rocket group, Burger Bench & Bar (B3) is kinda like Relish’s teenage sibling. Located at Orchard Cineleisure, B3 is fast food style – you order at the single counter, then take a seat with a number to wait for them to serve you your order.
The burgers here are on average $8, so at half the price of Relish’s burgers, don’t expect gourmet-style burgers, or the ability to request for your preferred doneness. These are no-frills burgers, but at the same time are damn tasty ones, and quite good value for money given the quality.
A had the beef burger with mayo and sundried tomato relish, and I had the beef burger with cheese and sautéed mushrooms. The patties are quite juicy, flavourful and not overdone. I like the shredded cabbage that provides a good alternative to iceberg lettuce. I really enjoyed mine cos I’m a sucker for a good mushroom and cheese burger. A’s was on hindsight quite similar to the Wild Rocket burger but also good.
Naturally, we also ordered the fried chicken wings with the chef’s chilli sauce dip. I maintain that you really can’t screw up chicken wings, and this is no exception. The wings were well fried – not greasy and very juicy and tender, and the chilli dip looked nondescript but packed quite a punch.
They have a home-made soft serve dark chocolate ice cream too, which we thought would be an interesting change from the pale brown versions you get at buffets like Sizzler. This is not for the faint hearted. The chocolate was quite potent and intense – great for chocoholics but a bit too strong for me. Good texture though – very smooth and creamy.
I daresay I’d rather come here for good, simple burgers than the slightly ponced out ones at Relish. They’re half the price, but certainly not proportionately less tasty.
Good and very affordable (except for the over-priced drinks which are essentially canned drinks). And burgers are made to order so while they taste better than any other fast food burger, it’s hardly fast to be served. I’d still highly recommend it though. Definitely the best thing at Orchard Cineleisure.
Burger Bench & Bar
#01-02 Cathay Orchard Cineleisure
Open daily: 12 noon to 11 pm