What brought me here was a unique situation that involved my oldest friend. He suggested a restaurant some time back and because the burger I had there wasn’t satisfactory, he tried to make up for the situation by recommending Omakase Burger, saying that it’s guaranteed I’ll love the burgers here.
I didn’t manage to try the place out till a sudden hankering for satisfying, beef cheeseburgers started stirring within me. Being a person who trusts my meat instincts, I confirmed the place’s name and location with John and soon after, Roli and I made a beeline for the place that in some reviews, has been known to deliver quite possibly the best cheeseburgers in town.
What a claim! So now aside from my craving, I had to go down to see if Omakase was living up to this tall order.
To get an objective feel of their burgers and set a benchmark for future visits, I went with the original Omakase Cheeseburger ($14.90). Together with a side of cheese fries and an iced lemon tea, and the total reaches $26.90. According to them, their burgers utilise hand-ground beef patties made from a proprietary blend of 100% USDA Choice-grade premium cuts. This means that they use cuts like sirloin and striploin from the second highest grade of USDA beef.
Presentation was as simple yet appetising. You could see the beef patty, melted cheese, tomatoes and lettuce, all at first glance. After a couple of poorly taken pictures, I moved in for the kill. Upon taking the first bite, I could immediately taste the clean, fresh beefy taste from the patty. It gave off the lighter flavours you’d expect from prime cuts and as you can see in the pictures, the done-ness was a lovely medium. The other ingredients were fresh and went very well together, and the ‘secret Omakase sauce’ played a big part in this. The bun despite being soft and fluffy, was doing a great job in holding the juices and keeping the burger in one piece.
Roli and I both agreed that the burgers while very pleasant and tasty, were still not the best we’ve had. We didn’t find ourselves marvelling at the quality and flavour of individual ingredients and simply found that it worked as a whole. Almost everything was ‘light’ in flavour so there was no bold, smoky taste that one usually gets from a robust, slightly charred American cheeseburger. One burger that creates this experience is the one I had at District 10.
Nevertheless, it was a satisfying and excellent dining experience. The fries were cooked just how I liked them, with the majority being golden brown yet soft and doused in cheese! Considering the price, I would say that at a la carte, it’s great value but with the sides and drink, that value pretty much dissipates. Definitely nowhere near the ‘superb‘ category. 8/10.
Roli managed to get their month’s special, the Port Wine Burger ($16.90) featuring a beef patty marinated with 72-hour port-wine reduction and a touch of blue cheese. The other noticeable difference from the original burger is the caramelised onions that were cooked till soft and juicy.
You can taste the wine reduction sauce that contains a slightly fruity aroma, but without the prominent smell of alcohol. The taste of blue cheese was really slight but I think that makes sense since the whole burger had a lighter flavour anyway. So this prevents the cheese or the sauce from overpowering the other ingredients.
Again, the ingredients went very well and the whole burger was a smooth, clean combo of delicate flavours. 8.2/10.
This outlet was located in Picnic, which uses a style that’s similar to Marche. Patrons are given a token with a number that the multiple food vendors within the area can charge your orders to. So upon ‘checking out’, your bill is tallied and you settle the total amount there.
Ambience is clean and modern, with various eatery brands setup as quaint little stalls. There’s a dessert station almost in the middle, with an impressive display showcasing various desserts, from cakes to gelatos. Patrons are free to seat anywhere and choose from different dining setups. The high ceilings adds a very spacious feel and there’s even a mini arcade where you can find some of the more classic games.
Omakase’s service was prompt though I think a there’s rooms for being proactive. When we visited the establishment, it’s clear that it was our first time and the staff didn’t make any recommendations. It’s through sheer luck that we spotted the special burger of the month.
Should You Try It?
Yes. The only time you wouldn’t want to try here is if you only want hardcore American-styled burgers with sharp cheese and charred, thick beef patties. Other than that, their burgers are definitely something you should enjoy. While the sides aren’t of great value, I think they do help create a fuller, more satisfying meal. I mean cheese fries and burgers…what’s there not to love right?
Omakase Burger (Wisma Atria)
435 Orchard Road
#03-15, Wisma Atria
Mon – Sun: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
Tel: +65 6734 8352
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