Published on Wednesday, 13 April 2016 00:00
Written by Cheryl Teo Kai Lin
Burp Kitchen & Bar (Burp for short) is a rustic little gastrobar which overlooks Bedok Reservoir. A scenic view from the cozy confines of a restaurant accompanied by great food is one of the simplest pleasures of life that we all love indulging in. Did we mention that Burp is also home to one of the most affordable brunch and salted egg yolk dishes in Singapore?
Burp opened its doors in the heartlands of Bedok just last year, and even though it is not located near a MRT station, it is strategically situated just next to the tranquil Bedok Reservoir and makes the perfect oasis for one to retreat to after a relaxing stroll through the park to work up an appetite. Burp Kitchen originally started in February 2015 at the Toa Payoh golf driving range and operated there for two months before shifting to its current location in October 2015. The three founders are friends who got to know each other in Temasek Poly, and initially, their dream was to own a food truck in the United States or Australia but when the opportunity knocked on their doors to start locally, they decided to give it a shot since they are still young and not tied down with commitments. Burp Kitchen & Bar was conceptualized out of the basic philosophy of Singaporeans' passion for good, hearty food and having a place where customers know that every time they return, the food and customer service will always remain at a consistent standard.
The décor is simplistic yet classy and comfortable with warm lighting that will put you at ease as you unwind with a drink while waiting for your food. The menu (check it out here
) is a melting pot of American, Mexican and Asian fusion dishes that will take your tastebuds on a trip around the world. The inspiration and ideas for the massive fusion menu started when the exposure to American street food culture presented itself to the three founders through various forms of social media, TV shows, movies, blogs and forums. The amazing feat of American street food culture is that there is already a vast range of fusion food through the various ethnic groups influences. During the planning stages of Burp's menu, the founders wanted to realize their dreams of serving up American street food mixed in with an Asian twist so that trying something new would not sound so daunting for those who are not familiar to the former. The ultimate aim of Burp's menu is to bring you on a culinary travel of various food cultures around the world and to provide an understanding of how the vast differences of flavors could go along hand in hand to form the perfect dish.
Salted Egg Wings, $14
Chicken Wings, Salted Egg Sauce, Chili Padi, Curry Leaves
Burp's salted egg wings will send all salted egg fanatics into a frenzy with crispy fried chicken wings drenched in a luscious, thick and gooey salted egg yolk sauce. The sauce got little bit too overwhelming for me the more that I ate, but if you truly love salted egg dishes, this is absolutely perfect for you as they are really generous with the amount of wings (four wings and four drumlets) and eggy gravy. The chili padi and curry leaves' flavors are infused with the sauce to give it just a little kick without being too spicy, and even though the bowl is flooded with the creamy goodness of the salted egg yolk sauce, the chicken wings still remain crispy yet juicy on the inside.
Eggs in the Hole, $10
Croissant, Poached Eggs, Chorizo, Sautéed Mushrooms, Potato Hash
I cannot emphasize how much this is a DIE DIE MUST TRY brunch item. All the wonderful ingredients in the pot complemented each other so perfectly, it is like a match made in heaven. Two perfectly poached eggs is laid seductively over a bed of chopped chorizos (sausage made of pork and paprika), roasted potato hash and mushrooms sauteed till tender. A scoop of creamy tomato basil soup is used for the base and the rest of the ingredients are stir fried and added to the pot, with cherry tomatoes thrown in for a pop of colour and freshness. The chorizos are slightly spicy in nature but extremely succulent and when the juices leak all over the potatoes and mushrooms, it gives the dish a spiced greasy goodness with the aromatic flavors of the pork fat. My suggestion is to break the yolks and mix it up to balance out the saltiness of the dish, cut a slit in the crumbly, buttery croissant and spoon in the heavenly mixture. The result is a savory, rich and juicy brunch item with multi-dimensional flavors and textures that will leave you craving for more.
The Weekender, $16
Rosti Stack, Bacon, Sunny Side Up, Sausage, Sautéed Mushrooms
A breakfast food platter that consists of two pieces of rostis, two rashers of bacon, a sunny side up egg, sautéed mushrooms, a choice between pork or beef sausage, lettuce and cherry tomatoes. Go with The Weekender if you can't make up your mind, you can never go wrong with a myriad of breakfasty foods. I especially adored the rostis in The Weekender, they were savory, crispy and slightly charred on the outside, but soft and buttery on the inside. I would order a huge stack of it by itself if it was possible.
Beef Bulgogi Tacos, $12
Beef Bulgogi, Lettuce, Caramelized Kimchi, Gochujang Aioli
This is easily the best taco I have ever had, hands down. You should not leave Burp until you have eaten their Beef Bulgogi Tacos. The bulgogi beef chunks are well marinated and even though they are cooked all the way through, I was extremely surprised by how juicy and succulent they were. They literally burst with juices and were so soft that they practically fell apart in my mouth. The secret to it is the usage of finely sliced striploin that even when fully cooked will give a melt in the mouth texture due to its natural fat marbling. It is then marinated with a range of secret ingredients with the perfect ratio and grade of soy sauce in the marination process that allows the meat to stay juicy and tender despite being cooked through till a nice char on the exterior. Squeeze a wedge of lime over the contents of the taco before you bite into it. The taco is a mix of grilled beefy succulency, with a nice zest from the lime to add a refreshing taste, caramelized kimchi that is both sweet and sour at the same time, and spicy garlic sauce that provides a fragrant zing to it.
Mother Clucker Tacos, $12
Chicken Chunks, Peanut Sauce, Cucumber, Red Onion
This taco tastes exactly like what you would expect if you had chicken satay with tortillas. I am not a huge fan of satay, so this dish did not really appeal to me. But for satay lovers, you would be pleased to know that the peanut sauce and chicken chunks in the taco could rival that of famous satay stalls.
Crabby Patty Burger, $18
Squid Ink Bun, Lettuce, Battered Soft Shell Crab, Salted Egg Sauce, Curry Leaves, Chili Padi
You can now die happy knowing what the famed Crabby Patty from the Spongebob cartoons tastes like. The squid ink buns are slightly briny and salty but still light and fluffy, the battered soft shell crab is extremely crumbly and coated with crisp golden bread crumbs that gives an additional crunch to the already crispy shell while the crab meat remains tender on the inside, and the salted egg yolk sauce is not as overwhelming because the porous nature of the buns and deep fried crab absorbs the sauce and diffuses it throughout the burger.
Curried Pork Burger, $14
Brioche Bun, Lettuce, Curried Pork Patty, American Cheese, Caramelized Onions, Curry Mayo
When I order a burger, I naturally gravitate towards beef patties because I believe that beef is the only way to go with burgers, but Burp's Curried Pork Burger was a pleasant surprise as it was extremely delicate and oozing with its own porky juices. The brioche buns were pillowy and fluffy just the way I like my burger buns to be. The pork patty is marinated in curry for that umami flavor with a dollop of curry mayo for that added spice and richness.
Burp Kitchen & Bar is definitely a breath of fresh air amongst the abundance of hawker fare one typically finds in the heartlands. The lucky residents living in the East need not travel to far flung reaches of Singapore just to get their brunch or salted egg fix as they have one located in Bedok. Initially I assumed that this modest little neighborhood cafe is only riding on their picturesque view of Bedok reservoir for customers, but I was dead wrong. Burp's food is the embodiment of shiokness, so much so that your own burps will still taste good after having a an extremely satisfying meal there.
Address: 740 Bedok Reservoir Road #01-3165, Singapore 470740
Opening Hours: Tue-Fri: 12pm – 12am, Sat-Sun: 11am – 12am
Phone: +65 9711 9030