Published on Friday, 16 March 2018 00:00
Written by Cheryl Teo Kai Lin
Stepping into HANS IM GLÜCK German Burgergrill is like stepping into the pages of Grimms’ Fairy Tales. You’ll half expect to spot a remnant of a fairy’s glitter trail fading in mid-air and sparkling in the sunlight, or curious pixies peering at you in wide-eyed wonder from the crevices of tree trunks.
Escape from the hustle and bustle of Orchard Road and wind down at this paradisaical refuge where you will be transported to a fairytale forest with great German grub. The magical illusion is achieved with the installation of slender birch trees which are abundantly scattered around the restaurant, and sprout out from the floorboards, soaring right through its ceilings.
When thinking about German cuisine, sausages and pork knuckles immediately come to mind, which is much of the limited German culinary offerings offered in Singapore. HANS IM GLÜCK differentiates itself and offers a breath of fresh air with gourmet burgers made from sustainable and high-quality produce that will delight both carnivores and vegans alike, and even the most health-conscious diner.
According to the founders of the restaurant, they have painstakingly sourced for the best beef butchery in order to create the perfect fat to flavor ratio of beef used in each patty.
Diners have the option of customizing their burgers with sourdough or multigrain buns. Those who are not a huge fan of bread or carbs can choose to go “naked”, which replaces the buns with lettuce and other vegetables. The patties are made from 100 percent beef or chicken breast meat.
The restaurant also offers a wide choice of meatless creations with a variety of tasty ingredients and condiments for vegetarians and vegans.
Of course, no German restaurant is complete without the quintessential German brews that they offer in a wheat version, from the tap or an alcohol-free variety. Besides beers, the restaurant is stocked with a thirst-quenching array of refreshments that include sodas, juices, teas, coffees, cocktails and wines.
Jalapeno Poppers, $10
Cream cheese is packed into a a slightly sweet and spicy Jalapeno and heavily coated in breadcrumbs before it is deep-fried to a golden-brown perfection. This bite-sized snack explodes with a creamy cheesy goodness within, the cheese helping to soothe the spiciness of the jalapeno without taking away the vegetable-like crunch of the chili. A fiery chili sauce is served on the side for chili-heads who would like to amp up the spiciness of this dish.
Beer-Battered Onion Rings, $10
These circuitous golden-brown beauties contain just a whiff of the aromatic taste of hops in the beer. The onion rings are extremely crunchy with a savory taste, and the thin slice of onion encased in the perfectly crispy batter has been internally cooked into a soft and flimsy strand that deliciously contrasts with its crust with a hint of sharpness and sweetness.
Hans Im Glück, $17
Hard cheese, Parma ham, rocket & balsamic vinegar
Sandwiched between two toasted multigrain buns, the salty, fatty and woody flavors of the premium parma ham shine through the burger, accompanied by the leafy and ever-green crispness of the lettuce and arugula, the sweet acidity of the balsamic vinegar, the sharpness of the crunchy raw onions complementing the flavorful beef patty. However, we find that though the beef patty may be flavorful, it is a little too dry and too tough for our liking. But then again, we have to take into consideration that German burgers tend to differ from its American counterparts, with the latter adopting a softer, tender and more moist interior, and the former preferring an al-dente sort of bite for the patties.
Mushrooms, 3-pepper sauce & rocket
This is a burger packed with tons of flavors. The spicy 3-pepper sauce gives the burger a huge kick that cuts through all that gorgeous molten cheese heaped onto it so that it prevents the cheesiness of the burger from overwhelming the palate, yet giving it a nice creamy texture. The mushrooms add a musky, earthy, juicy and silky profile to the burger, a very nice complement to the rigid patty. The burger is packed with the ubiquitous arugula, lettuce and raw onions.
Mushrooms & chive sauce
The beef patty is simply paired with lettuce, mushrooms and chive sauce in a sourdough bun. The tangy and refreshing chive sauce starkly contrasts with the deeply earthy and musky mushrooms to create a beautiful exchange of flavors in the mouth.
Omas Geheimnis, $12
Chocolate cake, vanilla ice cream & whipped cream
This bitter-sweet indulgence with a rich and gooey chocolate cake is served warm and oozing with molten chocolate. The cake is abundantly thick, rich, creamy and velvety. The cold vanilla ice cream and whipped cream stabilized the scales on the richness of this dessert and added a refreshing milkiness to the dark and heavy chocolate cake.
HANS IM GLÜCK German Burgergrill
Address: 362 Orchard Rd, International Building, Singapore, 238887
Hours: Sun – Thurs 11am – 12am, Fri & Sat 11am – 1am
Hi, I'm Cheryl. I possess a joie de vivre spirit unique to my character, my expressions of euphoria are wild in nature and I approach life like one colossal party. I love venturing into the unknown and exploring all that is possible; from exotic foods to cliff-diving. When I am not seeking out something extraordinary to check off my bucket list, I love curling up on a comfy couch with a glass of wine and a book in hand. Follow my personal adventures in my blog here where I let loose of all inhibitions, voice my inner-most emotions, exult in all that is wonderful, unleash the monsters within, lose myself in beautiful reveries, reminisce treasured memories and curate recherché experiences.