Saturday, January 05, 2008

More burgers at Barracks

C says:

Our repeat trip to Barracks to try their other mini burger flavours came sooner than expected. We happened to be free at lunchtime on Saturday, so we headed over at around noon for lunch. After our disappointment the last time when only the cheddar cheese and bacon burgers were available at dinner time, we deliberately went at lunchtime today.

Imagine my initial horror when we were presented with their brunch menu instead of their regular one. I panicked when the American Sliders weren’t immediately apparent, but A was quick to point me to the rather large photo of them on the menu. *Phew* The flavours weren’t printed, so ever the pessimist I had a sinking feeling of deja vu, but luckily all 5 were available this time *Another phew* Unfortunately you can’t order 2 different flavours per pair, so we decided to pig out, and had a pair of the sautéed mushroom and onion ones, and a pair with blue cheese and bacon.

Thankfully our good experience the other night wasn’t a fluke. The burgers were just as good if not better, thanks to the more interesting toppings. Out of the 3 we’ve tried thus far, my personal favourite is the blue cheese and bacon, because it’s the most interesting flavour pairing. Unsurprisingly, A still prefers his good ol’ cheddar cheese and bacon. I’ll give the mushroom and onion a miss next time – with cheese and bacon on the menu, the mushrooms and onions, which were finely chopped then sautéed, simply couldn’t hold their own in terms of flavour.

Because we hadn’t had breakfast and were absolutely starving, and because we wanted to try as many things as we possibly could, we also ordered a Summer Stack, because A was quite entranced by the description on the menu. It was described as layers of mozzarella, proscuitto, pesto and tomatoes, so we expected some kind of carb-less lasagne. To our surprise and slight horror, it was a full-on sandwich – all that, and sandwiched between 2 slices of bread to boot. I must say though, that it was a really really good sandwich. Pretty greasy from the pesto and olive oil, but incredibly tasty.

The place has a very nice lazy vibe on a Saturday afternoon. Yes, there are some tables with overdressed hipsters and yummy mummies with princesses-in-training, but it still feels relaxed and laidback. I’m happy that I’ve satiated my truffle fries obsession (for now), and it looks like we’ve found a new default place for a weekend brunch.

A says:

Yummm. As good as the burgers are, I’m not sure if they make for a good breakfast meal. I think I’m actually more inclined towards my proscuitto sandwich or try more stuff from their brunch menu. Burgers would still be my top pick at dinner though.

Choupinette’s food may be better, but Barrack’s relaxed, spacious ambience and easy availability of parking make this one of my top breakfast choices. Portions are also pretty big.

Note to self: Iced coffee is good but iced latte is better.

Barracks at House
8D Dempsey Road
Tel: 6475-7787
Mon – Fri: 12 noon to 11 pm
Sat – Sun: 11 am to 11 pm
Trunch: 2.30 pm to 6 pm (sandwiches and desserts only)
Brunch (Sat & Sun): 11 am to 4 pm


Anonymous said...

These guys need a lesson in coffee making. The last time I was there, the coffee (flat white) served was burnt. After returning this cup the staff tried again but the second cup of coffee was also no better. Credit to them, I did see them trying to figure out the temperature settings on the coffee machine when I left.

Anonymous said...

Love the truffle fries and the mini burgers. YUMmmm...
Thanks for the great recommendation!
By the way, I don't normally drink tea with dinner but I was feeling slightly bloated from eating WAY too much. I decided to try the ginger and peppermint tea which turned out to be lovely. Wonder if they sell the tea leaves for this...