We scour the island’s restaurant scene to bring you the new and the noteworthy – it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it! Here, Anthia Chng checks out new burger spot 25 Degrees Burger & Liquor Bar at the spiffy-looking Hotel G.
Originally from Hollywood, California, this casual diner serves a selection of juicy burgers, milkshakes and diner classics, including buttermilk pancakes ($13) and waffles ($13). The décor is modern with a splash of retro, with portraits of American icons adorning the walls.
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Choose from five burgers – the first three are beef-based and come highly recommended. Number One ($14) is topped with rich, creamy gorgonzola, and the herby kick of fresh rocket. My favourite pick, however, was hands down Number Two ($14), featuring a generous portion of melty burrata cheese, crispy prosciutto, pesto and a perfectly cooked, medium-rare beef patty, all sandwiched between two fluffy brioche buns. Not to exaggerate, but this Italian-inspired number was one of the best burgers I’ve had in a long while.
Picky eaters will also appreciate the option of customising their burger (from $9.50) with $2 extras like caramelised onions, sauerkraut and avocado, and a wide range of sauces ($1.50 each) such as garlic, Parmesan and ranch. Another winner is the Sonoran hot dog ($18), a unanimous favourite across the table. Massive enough to share, it includes a bacon-wrapped sausage, pinto beans, caramelised onions and garlic aioli.
What’s a burger without a milkshake? While both the strawberry and chocolate milkshakes ($10 each) were decent, I would have much preferred for them to be richer, creamier and more decadent (like the ones at Wolf Burger). Perhaps the malt shakes ($12 each) would make a better option for my next visit!
Come hungry, as the portions here are big. At $14 a pop, you won’t need to splurge to fix a burger craving. Just stick to the beef options (we found the fish burger rather dry and bland) – and the hot dog! When you’ve well satiated your hunger, head next door to Ginett for crazy affordable vino that start from $6 a glass or $30 a bottle.
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