bookmark_borderLunch At The Hand Burger, Raffles City Shopping Mall

Located opposite of Aerins, this newly opened (close to 3 months old) restaurant, with unique name and cool simple environment, caught my attention when I was strolling around in Raffles City Shopping Mall. What more is that the concept of The Hand Burger is somewhat familiar to The Daily Grind in Malaysia.

The Hand Burger

A quick scroll through their menu, one would notice that the list of burgers isn’t as extensive as compared to other restaurants. However, it is safe to say their list / menu is designed sufficiently to fit (almost) everyone’s tastebuds. Ranging from beef to chicken and vegetables to pork, they serve gourmet burgers using freshest ingredients. Yes, you heard me right. They do have pork burger. Pork!

Lychee Mint Crush

With recommendation, I picked Lychee Mint Crush as my drink. Now… I don’t usually like my food / drink to have mint taste / flavour in it. So, it was a risky choice at first. But after the first sip (and each subsequent sips after that), I tend to like it very much. The faint taste of the mint coupled with the blended lychees, it was really refreshing and soothing. Each sip makes you crave for more.

The Works Burger

For main course, The Works Burger was my pick. Combination of 180 grams of sirloin beef patty, cheddar cheese, sunny side egg, fried onion rings, basil pesto mushroom, garlic mayo and sweet onion jam, in my opinion, it’s really delicious.

The Works Burger

The patty was moist and wasn’t overcooked while their homemade sauce went well with the burger. On top of that, the bun that they used wasn’t those ordinary ones from outside.

The Works Burger

If I’m correct, they specially made these buns to be used for their burgers. It was soft sweet and nice.

Straight Cut Fries

On the side, I took straight cut fries over stuffed tomato (with coleslaw in it). It was nice and crispy. Their sweet chili sauce (not in the photo) was equally good as well.

The Hand Burger

Overall, from the menu to the dining tables and chairs to the food presentation, they defined their way of running a food joint and I think it is a good thing as they managed to separate themselves from the rest of the usual food joints. My first dining experience with them was pleasant as their staff were attentive and helpful. And the chance of me going back there is high as I want to try their pork burger.

Address:
252, North Bridge Road,
#B1-77/78,
Singapore 179103.

Tel. No. : +65 6334 4577

bookmark_borderAerin’s In Raffles City Shopping Centre

Raffles

Raffles City Shopping Centre, is strategically located along North Bridge Road. Its silver exterior with Raffles Tower rises behind the shopping complex is hard to miss when you are around that area. I’ve been there like 8 times in my previous visit (business trip) to Singapore. I’m not sure why but I always ended up in there. I guess it is quite convenient since it is walking distant from other shopping malls such Suntec City, The Adelphi, Peninsula Plaza and Funan DigitaLife Mall.

Raffles City

Inside, there are plenty of branded boutiques, Marks & Spencer, Robinsons as well as eateries outlets/restaurants. One particular restaurant that I always wanted to get my hands on is Aerin’s. I’m not sure where is the restaurant’s exact location but I’m sure that it is situated somewhere inside the shopping centre. I could easily get lost in there due to the complexity of the building structure.

Since it was my last night of my business trip, I was eager to meet up with my friend, Joyce, who works in Singapore. And the only place that is suitable for both of us to meet up for dinner was at Raffles City Shopping Centre since it is reachable by walking and/or MRT.

Aerin's

Candle

From outside (of the restaurant), it looks posh with mini fountain within the vicinity. There is mini candle placed on each table to create a warm surrounding. As I said, there is a mini fountain in the middle of the restaurant.

Caesar Salad

Anyway, to cut things short, we ordered Caesar Salad as appetizer. It wasn’t ordinary salad like what you get from typical western restaurant. In it, there are smoked salmon, (either beef or pork) bacon, capers, a slice of lemon and lettuce (duh!!). As salad dressing, they have their homemade Caesar dressing. It was good and fresh but I find the dressing rather too creamy. It is alright if you share the dish with others like we did.

Aerin's Tagliatelle

For main course, I ordered Aerin’s Tagliatelle. It is like the-ever-famous carbonara but with extra fillings in it. Fillings such as smoked salmon (again!!), roe and mushrooms. Sadly, they failed to add bacons in it!! Sauce was not toooooooooo creamy, smoked salmon was fresh and lots of sliced mushroom. It was cooked to prefection. I love it but then again, having ‘creamy’ Caesar Salad as appetizer and another cream-based dish as main course makes me feel a lil jelak (in Malay).

Fillet of Snapper

As for my friend, she ordered Fillet of Snapper. They managed to not overcooked yet leaving the flesh silky smooth. Originally, it came with french beans and mashed potatoes but my friend only wanted french beans due to her diet (hint : wedding *me faints*). I don’t really like to eat fish except for a few and this will definitely be in my list of fishes I will consume. It is that good.

Tiramisu in Glass

No meals should end without desserts. Hence, I grabbed the menu again and targeted Tiramisu in Glass. Joyce, as usual, opted for tea, Jubilation, rather than sinful dessert like Warm Chocolate Pudding. Tiramisu in Glass, being the usual, but with a shot of espresso between layers of cream. Nothing special yet nothing bad about it.

Jubilation

Jubilation, a tea, is a combination of several tea leaves. Not too strong yet not too vague taste. All in all, it was a good dinner. Good food. Good environment and cozy place. The cost of this dinner was claimable negligible as I managed to meet up old friend of mine and most importantly, talked crap for the entire evening.




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