It’s been quite a while since I’ve written a post here. I’ve thought of a few excuses, but at the end of the day, I’ve just been plain lazy. I’ll make this quick since there isn’t all that much to talk about. I recently went to Relish, along Bukit Timah road. I was actually hoping to hit Bar Bar Black Sheep for burgers but the place was closed, and having gotten into the mindset that I will be putting a meat patty stuck between 2 slices of bread into my mouth, I had to satisfy that craving. Relish popped up as the closest available option. Incidentally, Relish is owned by Willin Low, who runs Wild Rocket.
Let me just say, first and foremost, that I lived off burgers in college. Exam at 8am? No time for dinner? Drive through Macdonalds. Feel like giving myself a treat? Drive through In-n-Out(Best ‘fast food’ burger imo). Everything, from the hole in the wall joint that serves burgers cooked with oil that has been recycled and reused daily since the 1960’s, to the Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller burgers served with a little drizzle of truffle oil, just to you know, elevate the burrrr-gher(french pronunciation), I love. I’ve never really had unreasonably high expectations for my burgers, which makes me a little uneasy when I eat ‘high-end’ burgers. Trying to deconstruct the individual components of a burger and figure out how it tastes on your tongue is like trying to piece together the ramblings of a retard- theyre not meant to be understood, and you end up looking like an idiot. Considering the fact that I just pre-maturely insulted myself, do take this post with a pinch of salt, I’m no burger connoisseur.
We start off with a reasonably simple mushroom soup. Thick, creamy, very intensely flavoured, with good chunks of diced mushroom in the soup itself. I appreciate that the diced mushroom added a little texture to the dish, but there was also smaller bits of mushroom strewn all over the place that made it a little grainy, I thought they could have pureed it a little better. And despite the soup being very hearty, it did get a little heavy towards the end. Okay
Blue Cheese Beef Burger with Rucola, Poached pear and Walnut Butter
This is apparently one of the most popular burgers served at Relish, and it definitely looked the most interesting. The blue cheese component of the dish was actually embedded within the beef patty, which makes sense because the creamy-ness of the cheese contributed to the perceived juicy-ness of the meat patty. Surprisingly though, the blue cheese taste was not as strong as I thought it would be, even less so than some of the cheddar cheese slices I’ve had on other regular hamburgers. The meat was a little overcooked for my liking (I requested Medium-rare), but still packed good flavour. The umami filled patty was balanced beautifully by the poached pear, the sweetness of the pear toned the richness down a notch, but it didnt overpower the palate and the burger remained primarily savoury. Very well played Willin Low.
What really threw the whole burger off was the inclusion of the walnut butter. The butter was just a whisper of nuttiness in the background, chasing the main attraction- the patty, at least for the first few bites. But after I was halfway through the burger, walnut was all I tasted. The only big flaw in an otherwise, good burger. Okay
On a side note, I ordered a side of guacamole to go with the burger and fries, and not only was the guac severely underseasoned, it was ice cold, literally- the core of the guac was still ice. Not good
Bonus photo: In-n-out 4×4 burger: 4 patties, 4 slices of cheese. Greed is definitely good