Since the first time we wrote about this place, we’ve been back quite a number of times for their burger, and we’ve reached the conclusion that as far as cheap, ‘low-end’ burgers go, this is probably one of the best we’ve had in Singapore.
We’re raving about it because we’ve had it two weekends in a row now – last Sunday, right before A went to the army, and again tonight. A’s a bit sick (again), and whenever he’s ill he tends to crave comfort food. Last night it was Teochew porridge, the food of his childhood, and today it’s a no-frills burger, the food of his slightly more recent past – university in the US.
Everything is just right with this burger. The cheese is melted into the patty, not dumped on top as an afterthought. The bacon isn’t too crisp that it crumbles when bitten. The lettuce is cut into strips, rather than one entire piece that makes the burger hard to hold. The patty is juicy, full of scrumptious fatty bits and well seasoned.
Given that it’s an Australian café, the coffee here is pretty good too. They serve a half decent flat white, and the cappuccino is really quite good. If you decide to come here for the burger, you can always kill two birds with one stone and drop by Swirl Gelateria since it’s just next door. The service staff are very friendly, and it’s a nice quiet place to chill out - a much-needed break from the people-spotting hustle and bustle of Island Creamery. I had an Earl Grey ice cream the other day from here, which was an interesting and very refreshing flavour.
I hardly call it a no-frills since we order the burger with the works. The guy calls it the whopper when calling out the order to the not bad looking cook/waitress. And I don’t recall having any burger with egg while I was in America.
Anyway, since I’m sick, this really is comfort food for me. Ahhh…
Renaldo’s Apple Strudel & Pastries
557 Bukit Timah Road
#01-12/13 Crown Centre
Opening hours: 10 am – 8.30 pm (Fri and Sat, closed at 9.30 pm)
The 'not bad looking' girl's sister (who runs the original Renaldo's outlet) was actually a former beauty queen ;)
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