I always remember Purvis Street as that lonely lane behind my favourite hangout spot, Ninja Cut. Of course, it wasn’t all that lonely. Purvis Street houses a line of eateries waiting to be explored. My impression of Purvis street changed when I had the opportunity to visit Half Pound Burger Bar & Grill one fine afternoon. Craving for a burger? Or just can’t think of anything to eat around City Hall? You might be interested to pop by here instead.
Just a stone throw away from City Hall (and even walkable from Bugis), we stepped into a really lovely and cosy interior with cute strips of cartoons painted on the yellow walls. Half Pound Burger Bar & Grill had an extensive menu selling all things from their specialty burgers, pasta, mains, ultra addictive appetisers, and ciders, but as its name implies, burgers are the specialty here.
Starting the meal with ACE Apple Cider ($13). It contains 5% of alcohol so unlike your usual sweet and slightly sour cider, it had a tinge of bitterness. However, it was still a refreshing drink to have alongside the appetisers.
Speaking of addictive appetisers, I cannot emphasise enough on how good the Crispy Wild Mushroom ($12) were! Although deep fried, the batter wasn’t dry and the mushrooms retained its juiciness and natural flavours. To bring it up a notch, the Crispy Wild Mushroom was tossed in truffle oil, parmesan cheese, and parsley. This is so addictive. Half Pound Burger Bar & Grill really did increased our expectations of the other dishes.
Continuing with more mushrooms, we had the Mushroom Soup ($10), made from fresh mushrooms blended in cream and served with a drizzle of truffle oil. Half Pound Burger Bar & Grill version is not as thick and creamy but really flavourful from the truffle. I especially enjoyed the bits of mushrooms in it.
With such marvellous appetisers, we knew we were on our way into a great meal. When they served up the Half Pound Burger ($22), we couldn’t help but let out a small squeal of delight. 220g of beef sandwiched between 2 charcoal buns which were crispy on the outside and fluffy as a cloud on the inside. Along with the juicy beef patty (which is prepared according to your preference) was a chunky beetroot, pineapple, cheese, and greens. Instead of plain old mayo, beetroot mayonnaise is used as the dressing. The slightly sweet and tangy flavour went so well with the lightly toasted bun and juicy beef. Half Pound Burger Bar & Grill really did it!
The other dish we tried at Half Pound Burger Bar & Grill was the Crab Claw Linguine ($20). I like the fact that the linguine doesn’t soak up the sauce giving it a nice springy texture, making it very light on the palate. There was also a generous amount of shredded crab meat in the tomato sauce. We would have liked it spicier, but for those who are looking for a classic tomato-based pasta which a tinge of spice, this is the one for you.
Half Pound Burger Bar & Grill
8 Purvis St
Nearby MRT: Cityhall, Bugis