With line buffet unlikely to make a comeback anytime soon because of the global Covid-19 pandemic, the pivot to a new F&B concept is essential and timely. Given the trend towards casual dining restaurants like Shake Shack, which continues to open more outlets in Singapore, Burgers & Shakers is riding on the same comfort food wave.
We like how the buffet line stations have now been converted into a open kitchen concept whereby you can witness the chefs at work, preparing your burgers, salads and other orders.
The new concept offers a wide variety of handcrafted burgers with plant-based protein options as well as creative combinations, salads, thick shakes, floats and concretes, a wide selection of international craft beers and a dedicated kids’ menu for the little ones.
Ingredients are all said to be sustainably sourced, with a focus on making comfort food wholesome. For instance, the beef burgers feature Angus beef from the family owned Stanbroke cattle stations in northern Queensland, Australia, known for its consistent quality, intense flavour and beautiful marbling. The new CLOVE also offers Impossible Meat and OmniPork, plant-based patties, for those who prefer alternative meat.
For their burgers, we tried the Chef’s Signature Double Up (S$26), a double cheeseburger (one beer battered patty and one grilled), topped with pickled onions and chilli, cheddar cheese, bacon jam and parmesan aioli, and the Le Grand Foie Gras (S$28), a decadent selection that features beef patty with bacon jam, pan-fried goose liver, cranberry sauce and arugula.
You get to choose the buns to go with your burger. We went for the brioche buns for the Double Up and sourdough for the Le Grand Foie Gras. The Double Up is highly recommended for the ultimate indulgent treat while the Le Grand Foie Gras will cater for more refined taste buds. I was pleasantly surprised to see two whole piece of foie gras welded into the lower bun.
For those who don’t take beef, there are chicken, fish and lobster burger options available as well, on top of the plant-based protein options.
For vegetarians, Burgers & Shakers features eight signature salads all made with fresh and locally sourced available produce. We tried The Slim Fit (S$14), presented with red and white cabbage, carrot, roasted cauliflower & broccoli, cucumber, soy beans, cashews and pancake chia chips, is served with soy reduction & wasabi aioli. I love the clean taste for this which was a great appetiser to the greasy food to come.
To complement the delicious food, Burgers & Shakers offers an equally indulgent and expansive menu of thick shakes, concretes and floats, as well as international craft beers. Taking inspiration from popular local ingredients, the “Avochendol” (S$14) concrete pairs creamy avocado with gula melaka, jelly, azuki beans and coconut.
My favourite shake was their signature Kale Almond milkshake (S$10), a vegan creation that blends dehydrated kale grown on the rooftop aquaponics farm with soy milk, toasted almonds, fermented miso, preserved orange and a touch of sea salt. I have not seen or tasted a shake like this anywhere else and would highly recommend it.
Asher tried their Milo Dinosaur and Salted Caramel Shakes (S$10 each) which he absolutely loves.
For those with young kids, the restaurant features a dedicated kid’s menu with fun dishes like SpudsBee (S$9), a dish of crispy potato rosti topped with spinach, tomato and mozzarella, and the AbraShakshuka (S$14), featuring grilled Beyond Meats’ Beyond Sausage, with chunky tomato sauce and broccoli.
We find the new concept to be especially appealing to family with kids who love burgers, fries and shakes.
If you are looking to visit CLOVE Burgers and Shakers, note that it is not accessible from the hotel lobby. Instead, take the escalator up to the 2nd level of Raffles City Shopping Centre and follow the directional signages towards Swissotel the Stamford. You will find it behind the Warehouse retail outlet.
Address: Level 2, Swissôtel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore 178882
Contact/Reservations: Call +65 6431 6156, email [email protected] or book online
Opening Hours (Daily) From 25 September: (Friday – Sunday): 12pm to 10:30pm
From 7 October: (Wednesday – Sunday): 12pm to 10:30pm
Last seating and order at 9:30pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays