510 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 (Bishan Park 1)
6459 5743 | grub.com.sg
It might be a bit ulu (Singlish for “out of the way”), and it might get overshadowed by Gardens by the Bay and the Botanic Gardens, but recently refurbished Bishan Park is, I think, one of the city’s nicest green areas. The concrete canal that once channelled water through the park has been removed; in its place is a natural meandering stream with footbridges and steppingstones.
Overlooking the stream in the park’s western half is new bistro and burger joint, Grub, serving no-fuss, family-style favourites made from ingredients sourced from artisanal producers.
First, full marks for service. Our 6pm dinner table wasn’t the easiest to deal with: six adults arriving at different times from work, and four young children spilling crud everywhere and wriggling out of their seats every few minutes.
We stuck largely to the burgers: the order included a pork steak burger with apples and cashew chimichurri ($12), a signature cheeseburger ($11), and a pulled beef burger ($11) with fried egg and mustard sauce. All came with fries; all got the thumbs up. The only non-burger main we tried was the slow-roasted pork belly with mango sauce, mash and cherry tomato salsa ($15); it also hit the spot.
We rounded out the night with light Belgian waffles ($6.50) and not-so-light – fiendish, in fact – churros with dark chocolate and tangy crème anglaise ($8).
There are some excellent craft beers available, including Belgian, Kiwi and American varieties. No wine, but we brought our own (corkage: $20 per bottle).
Note that there’s a “no reservations” policy, and the restaurant is popular – especially, I’m told, for weekend brunch. (The $15 breakfast set looks good: coffee or tea, grilled focaccia, scrambled eggs, mushrooms, side salad, sausage.) So it’s an idea to get there early.
Must-try Dish: Any of the burgers