Update June 2020: Kraze Burger has closed.
There are three things in life that one should never not cheat on: exams, lovers, and diets.
But if you absolutely have to cheat on the last item in this list, you’d better be darned sure that those calories you’re flirting with are worth every. Single. Bite.
Arriving at the pristine halls of The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands one evening, my friend and I were famished, having spent the afternoon at the ArtScience Museum. Having little room in our wallets for more damage from the other chi-chi fine dining places, and not willing to spend our precious moolah on a certain high end food court (which to me isn’t half as good as the next hawker centre), an affordable, yet satisfying meal was in order.
We decided on Kraze Burger.
Established in 1998, Kraze Burger is a South Korean franchise on a mission to take on one of the West’s most iconic offerings: the ubiquitous hamburger. Walking into its green and brown hued interior, one could easily mistake it for a Western pub – that is, until the upbeat tunes of PSY, Big Bang and the like clue you in.
I settled for the aptly named Semi Nude, which boasts 2 beef patties and 2 slices of cheese packed between layers of grilled sun ripened tomato, grilled onion and topped with a sunny side egg that oozed deliciousness from top to bottom. 😉
Clearly, the chefs at Kraze Burger made the right decision to do away with the chunky buns, leaving room for the more, shall we say, important stuff. 😀 Extra points goes to the presentation; Salad and Kraze Dressing arranged enticingly next to this beauty. 😀 (They seem to have done away with drizzling the dressing in a single line from when I visited a year ago.)
Grabbing my knife and fork, I tucked in. Since there weren’t any “unnecessary distractions” in the way, the Semi Nude should have been relatively easy to tackle – in theory, that is.
In reality, the beef patties broke apart rather easily. Little chunks of meat would scatter over the dressing and I spent most of the time scooping those succulent bits onto my fork before popping them in my mouth! Hmmm, maybe that’s why the dressing was drizzled that way? 😛
Taste wise, it was on the lukewarm side, with chunks of vegetables hidden deep within.
I’ll have to admit that the Salad was kind of a letdown. The menu promised a Variety of Vegetables; instead there was a mountain of Rocket Salad with bits of Lettuce stuck underneath. I gave up trying to tackle this behemoth and went back to my burger.
For some crazy reason, we decided that a couple of burgers wouldn’t be enough to fill our rumbling bellies, so we ordered a Side of Chili Cheese Fries.
Here’s a fun fact: we used to snack on this back in university when the supper stall at our hostel opened for business. Ah, memories. 😀
And these crinkle cut goodies tasted ten times as awesome! Sinful and belly-bulge-inducing, it certainly brought back fond memories of when my friend and I would pig out every other night during our university days. 😉 There’s just one minor problem, though, where’s the taste of chili?!
Kraze Burgers might not have had me going krazy for ’em burgers overnight, but it certainly delivers a decent bite. And while there were little imperfections that might put off the fussier gourmets out there, it’s still good enough for moi. 😀
Unit B2-55, Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Avenue
Contact: 6688 7844
Fri – Sat: 10am – 12mn
Sun – Thu: 10am – 11pm