Review: Bite into Juicy Bulgogi Burgers and Sweet-Spicy Fried Chicken at Burger+

Review: Bite into Juicy Bulgogi Burgers and Sweet-Spicy Fried Chicken at Burger+

The kid-friendly burger joint in Singapore's Orchard Road wins with big Korean flavours and crackling ice-cream

Whether you order the mains, sides or drink, you’ll quickly realise that this Singapore-based burger joint in Wisma Atria and Clark Quay Central doesn’t do subtle. It’s full-on flavour for everything on the menu. Let’s break it down. 

 

(1/21) The Cuisine

American-Korean fast-food. 

(2/21) What's On the Menu 

Burgers, Fried Chicken, Fries, Drinks, Ice-Cream, Kids Meals 

The menu is substantially long for a fast-food joint, even serving breakfast. But you best go for any one of 11 burgers, six flavours of fried chicken, milkshakes, alcoholic drinks. For kids, they too have a selection of combo kids meals at S$10.50 each. These meals are mini versions of regular burgers with either milk or a soft drink. 

(3/21) 11 Must-Try Burgers 

Top Choice: The Truffle Burger

The Truffle Burger at S$21, is their most expensive but gives great reward. You bite into an unmistakeable smoky aroma of truffle, a triple-act of truffle puree, wild truffle shavings, and truffle mayo. In between all that though, there’s space for sizzling button mushrooms, sweet caramelised onions and always the star, a salted and seared fat-infused US-beef patty with dripping juice on butter-melted buns. 

Truffle Burger, it's most expensive of 11 burgers at S$21, with truffle made three ways. Photo: Burger+

Then there are others too, 10 more in fact. Now most of their burgers are under $15, including its signature Cheese Burger and Korean Bulgogi Burger. Most popular add-ons range from S$2 to S$3, like truffe slices, bacon, cheese.

You best eat this quick though, as the potato-flour buns are good in mouth but bad in the hand. Made in-house daily, they are exceedingly soft to bite into. But in the hand, it soaks through under oozing meat juices. 

Three out of four of Burger+'s signature burgers. From left to right: Double cheeseburger, avocado burger and Korean bulgogi burger. The final is the truffle burger (pictured above). Photo: Burger+

 

(4/21) Six Sweet-Spicy Blends of Fried Chicken

Top Choice: Hot Yangnyeom Chicken, Soy Garlic Chicken

Chimaek, short for “chicken” and “maekju = beer” is what millions of Koreans eat after-work. It’s equal to the Singaporean supper of prata and teh tarik (very sweet black tea), in other words- a mainstay. Here, you get to choose from six classic Korean chicken flavours, between 3- 18-pieces. They are either sweet, spicy or a marriage of both. Yangnyeom Chicken and Hot Yangnyeom chicken, is at once, sweet, spicy, and succulent. Yangnyeom is a Korean red paste made from gochujang, or hot pepper paste and brown sugar. In particular, the latter is described on the menu as “unforgettable hot burning spiciness”, and we think, after wiping our sweat, not for a rookie. 

Hot Yangnyeom chicken, 6-piece. It's made from a traditional sweet-spicy Korean paste. Photo: Burger+

The sweet ones are classic South Korean marinades of Soy Garlic, and Honey Chicken, both Burger+ signatures, coated in sticky and simple sweet soy sauce and the latter with added garlic, though faint. 

Then there’s another thing called “Mixed Parts”. I leaped at the prospect of perhaps eating a sizzling plate of expertly grilled chicken hearts, offal and other innards that are usually served in South Korea’s many chicken-and-beer restaurants. Disappointingly though, it was explained to me that “Mixed Parts” was merely a choice between half or whole chicken, cut into parts. You see, a menu without innards in South Korea is like a menu missing afternoon tea in Britain. 

Soy Garlic Chicken, 6-piece. Photo: Burger+

This finger-licking fare does get heavy rather quickly for an average eater. But if you’re someone who can eat buckets of Korean chicken, this spot might quickly make its way on your list. 

 

(5/21) Truffle or Garlic - Which is the Best Side? 

Thick-cut truffle fries with cheese, truffle oil, truffle mayo. Photo: Burger+

Top Choice: Truffle fries

Truffle fries is having more than a moment. These days, it seems to be on every burger-serving, cafe-hopping menu. And this one's quite the satisfying side- a heap of thick cut potato sticks with a big toss of truffle oil, savoury cheese shavings and truffle mayo. Or, if you're a fan of the lesser-known but equally wonderful garlic fries, show that some love.

And, does anyone still do straight-up puffed prawn fritters nowadays? Well, they do, and really do make the age-old recipe to a chewy crisp. 

 

(6/21) A Super-Sized Sharing Platter for Groups

If you come in a group of at least five, you might want to order a sharing platter that comprises fried chicken, burgers, fries and other sides that range from just under S$70 – S$190. 

Sharing Platter Feast C with 25-piece wings and drums, 12-piece prawn fritters, five burgers and two regular fries., under S$90. Photo: Burger+

 

(7/21) Satisfying Egg Sandwiches for Breakfast

Top Choice: Egg Toast with Beef Bulgogi

All-day breakfast is a neatly packaged pillowy warm sandwich, brim-full with continental eggs, ham, cheese and a hot Americano if you want a combo.

We recommend the Egg Toast with Beef Bulgogi, a sweetly rich bulgogi mayonnaise with thinly sliced beef- a Korean specialty. 

The breakfast spread of egg toast with ham and cheese, egg toast with avocado, egg toast with bacon and cheese, , egg toast with beef bulgogi. Photo: Burger+

 

(8/21) Drink Up with Beer and Soju

Top Choice: Honey Avocado Milkshake, Soju 

Now if you’re in the mood for the true-blue Korean eating experience, you’ll need a drink. And here, they have more than beer. Choose everything from wine to house-crafted Korean-style beers and soju, the second biggest selling alcoholic drink in Korea. 

A selection of beer, featuring the Hong Kong Gal Rae? Photo: Burger+

 

(9/21) Desserts, a Meal of their Own 

Top Choice: Woo Yu Jollypong Ice-Cream, Honey Avocado Milkshake

Under S$6, the signature Woo Yu Jollypong ice-cream makes for a crackling spoon-licking dessert. Woo Yu is essentially vanilla ice cream topped with Korean puffed-rice snack Jollypong. Others include the equally popular Woo Yu Injeolmi and Red Bean, vanilla ice-cream topped with chewy Korean rice cubes and red beans.  

Now here’s the American part- milkshakes. And this is better ordered as desserts than a drink to go with your meal. They are seriously heavy, thick and creamy, almost a meal of its own. Many go for the Avocado Honey Milkshake and Hazelnut, both under S$10. 

Honey avocado milkshake (with whipped cream). Photo: Burger+

 

(10/21) What's the Bill? 

Burgers S$7.90 – S$21 

Fried Chicken S$9.20 – S$24.80

Side Dishes S$4.50 – S$12.80

Sharing Platters S$66.90 – S$189.90

Ice-Cream and Milkshakes S$4.80 – S$12.80 

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A feast with bulgogi chicken hotdog and bulgogi pork hotdog. The dark Korean glaze comes with a special blend of sweet soy sauce-sesame oil. Photo: Burger+

 

(11/21) An Inviting Ambience

An inviting eatery, contributed mainly by its design. There are plenty of window views in the eatery at clubbing district Clarke Quay's Central shopping mall. In the shopping belt of Wisma Atria mall,  the eatery occupies a doorless circular space, like a pushcart in a mall.

The whole atmosphere is kept casual, though you might feel that you’re stepping into a set of a K-pop music video, complete with monochromatic marble-like table tops and neon lit décor. It offers quite the sensory pleasure. In the background is a playlist of K-pop that often attracts a young trendy teenage crowd, though the beat-heavy music does not intrude in conversations, something to appreciate. 

Part of the interior of Burger+ at Clarke Quay. Photo: Burger+

 

(12/21) Noise-Level 

Conversation-friendly at lunch, louder at dinner. 

(13/21) Walk, Bus, Train or Drive? 

Highly accessible, located at level 1 of Wisma Atria shopping mall in Singapore’s shopping district of Orchard, connected by its nearest MRT, Orchard Station that’s just under the mall, with bus stops right outside. It’s also reached by malls along the whole stretch of Orchard and Scott Roads, through underpasses. 

If you drive, Wisma Atria’s parking is comparatively emptier than neighbouring malls, like Ion and Takashimaya.  

At Clarke Quay, it's at The Central mall level 1, which you can reach by Clarke Quay MRT  that's right below. 

Part of the interior of Burger+ at Clarke Quay. Photo: Burger+

 

(14/21) Just One More Thing

Does not serve signature Korean chicken offal, or innards like chicken hearts, skin, liver, and more which are regularly ordered to accompany fried chicken at typical chicken-and-beer eateries in South Korea. 

 

(15/21) Location and Hours

Wisma Atria 435 Orchard Road #01-37/38 Singapore 238877 Sunday to Thursday: 8am to 10pm Friday to Saturday: 8am to 11pm

Clarke Quay Central 6 Eu Tong Sen Street #01-07 Singapore 059817 Sunday to Thursday: 8am to 1am Friday to Saturday: 8am to 3am

 

(16/21) Dietary Restrictions

Very limited vegetarian options, no vegan options. The only vegetarian burger is the Vege Cheeseburger with avocado and portobello mushroom. 

(17/21) Halal-Certification

None 

(18/21) Wheelchair Access

Yes. Both Wisma Atria and Clarke Quay branches are single-level eateries in a shopping mall with comparatively big spaces between each table. 

(19/21) Kid-Friendly

Yes, baby chairs provided.

(20/21) Reservations

None required, but open for reservations via three ways: 1. Call them at +65 6694 1226 (Wisma Atria) or +65 6909 5684 (Clarke Quay) or 2. Email them here or 3. Fill in their online form . Website here 

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