I have had Japanese hamburg steaks before and they’re basically freshly made beef patties that are pan-seared / char-grilled on both sides, just like how a steak would normally be prepared. But what convinced me of this place’s value was their free flow salad and egg. I thought it would be a constant flow of shredded cabbage with sesame sauce salad dressing (because that’s what I’ve had in other establishments) and some boiled eggs on the side, but it turned out to be entirely different. It was so much more.
So let’s get into the meat and food.
Their menu was simplicity at its maximum, with only two hamburg steak sets to choose from. The first was Keisuke Prime Beef Hamburg Steak Set ($18.80) and the second was similar, only with triple cheese!
I ordered the set without cheese (just in case you’re wondering why…it’s cause our Swiss foodie Roli ‘claimed’ the cheese option first) and it was really not too bad. The beef patty was nicely seared with a moderate amount of char on each side. The insides were still moist, juicy and the meat looked freshly prepared. Texturally, it’s still a hamburger patty but the flavour was definitely more satisfying than your average patty. It’s also not overdone, which can only be found in gourmet burgers that have been cooked to perfection.
The set came with an Ebi fry, which was very decent. It’s evenly but not overly battered and was fried to perfection. The prawn was plump, juicy and went well with our dipping sauces.
There were 4 choices for dipping sauces and wanting to play safe, I went with their Keisuke ‘Original’ Sauce, which was labelled as soya based. The sauce however, was more on the sour side. It tasted more like vinegar and may have been accidentally swapped with the Oroshi Ponzu sauce instead.
In addition to every set ordered, diners are given access to a salad bar, fully stocked with fresh ingredients. We also had access to a live egg station where you could request for any cooking style. I’ll talk more about the salad bar below. All in all, it was a satisfying meal and the salad bar + egg station upped the value considerably. Very pleasant surprise. 8.5/10.
As mentioned, Roli had the Triple Cheese Prime Hamburg Steak Set ($20.80) and it was exactly the same as what I had on my set, with only two differences. The beef patty’s centre was filled with melted cheese and Roli picked the Teriyaki Mayonnaise dipping sauce. I definitely preferred the more savoury, sticky texture of this sauce.
I liked the cheese because it was pretty fragrant and added another depth of flavour to the burger. I wouldn’t say that it reminded me of a gourmet cheeseburger, since it takes a lot more than cheese to make such drastic leaps in flavour but this version did deliver a tiny bit more satisfaction. But I wouldn’t say that it’s worth the additional $2 so if I’m ever here again, I’ll still go with the original version. 8.6/10.
I’ve shared that when you order the set, it comes with free flow access to a well stocked salad bar. There were plenty of choices on the bar, from various noodle / pasta dishes and crisp vegetables to freshly cut fruits and coffee jelly with fresh cream topping. Even without being a fan of vegetables, I could tell that the ingredients were freshly prepared and were an explosion of colours.
Aside from the impressive salad bar, diners have access to a live egg station where your choice cooking style is just a request away. Judging from the colour, I can safely say that they use well above average eggs. Whether it’s scrambled or sunny side up, you can see a golden-yellow hue in the yolk and there’s a fuller, richer taste of the egg. There’s even some cheese melted into the scrambled eggs, for that extra kick in flavour. I was highly impressed with how they didn’t scrimp on the quality despite serving a room full of hungry diners. Thoroughly well done. The salad bar deserves a 9.2/10.
The ambience is simple and the service staff is very good at handling the crowd. Food is served quickly and servers are always with an upbeat attitude. When I request for something like replacing soiled chopsticks, I’m greeted with a positive-sounding “certainly” and within a few seconds, I find new chopsticks on my table setting.
Chefs tending to the salad bar are also courteous and never dismissive of any questions the diners might have, unlike several buffet places that unfortunately compromise on service standards to ensure faster food production. Here, you get the best of both worlds. I feel well taken care of here, at Teppanyaki Hamburg Nihonbashi Keisuke Bettei.
Should You Try It?
I say yes. Go for it at least once, try out what is quite possibly the most well-maintained salad bar in Singapore and indulge in premium eggs, cooked your way!
Teppanyaki Hamburg Nihonbashi Keisuke Bettei
72 Peck Seah Street
Mon – Sat: 11:30 am to 2:30 pm (Lunch)
Mon – Sat: 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm (Dinner)
Tel: +65 6908 4348
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