This is a trip that’s long overdue. Fatburger, coined as “The Last Great Burger Stand” , made its home in Singapore at KINEX and Velocity @ Novena Square back in September, with the gargantuan Quad (XXXXL) Burger making waves among foodies. Hailing from Hollywood, this famed burger chain has enjoyed a massive cult following in America, with celebrities like Kanye West and Pharrell among its clientele and partners.
With its famed reputation preceding its arrival, expectations were high when I visited Fatburger’s KINEX outlet for lunch.
Designed somewhat in the style of a typical American diner, Fatburger occupies a rather small space along the peripheral area of KINEX. A lone graphic detailing the structure of its Fatburger occupies one wall, while the few seating areas available are scattered along the indoor and alfresco areas. I can imagine this space getting quite busy and crowded during the lunch and dinner hours.
Of course, not forgetting the quintessential red plush seats, a fixture of many an American style diner.
Before getting to the burger, let’s talk about the sides first. While Fatburger offers four styles of fries (Fat, Skinny, Sweet Potato, and Chilli Cheese), the real claim to fame would be the Homemade Onion Rings ($5.90).
Supposedly made to order, these are not your typical, batter coated and deep fried onion rings. Far from the run-of-the-mill rings often served at other fast food joints, Fatburger’s Onion Rings are delightfully crisp, with the rings retaining their juiciness and firmness for maximum flavour. Best of all, they’re not oily at all! A satisfying, yet not overly indulgent starter to the meal.
While an order of Soft Drinks ($3.50) grants you unlimited refills (great news for the ardently thirsty, as you’ll see later), the Milkshakes ($6.50) are also worth a try. You can choose from four hand-scooped, slurpilicious flavours: Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, and Oreo Cookies and Cream. Add whipped cream for extra indulgence!
The shake was not overwhelmingly thick, and the strawberry flavour came through quite nicely. I did wish it was less watery, though.
Now for the highlight we’ve all been waiting for – the burger. Ranging from Single to Quad (XXXXL), the Fatburger ($7.90 – $15.90) is the very creation that shot this chain into the burger hall of fame.
Consisting of a sizeable stack of brioche buns, patties, lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions, relish, and mayo and mustard, the Fatburger also comes with its own challenge. Complete the Quad (XXXXL) Burger Challenge and win yourself a certificate and a spot on their wall of fame – if you can, that is. The double patties already proved quite a challenge for me, though I suspect it was the brioche buns that took up more room than they should have.
For the less ambitious (or those with non-expandable tummies), you can add a topping of your choice (cheese, egg, beef bacon, chilli, or onion rings) for $1.
Honestly speaking, the burger itself does not taste astronomically different from others I’ve tried. The brioche buns were decently done, though nothing to write home about. The beef chuck patties, which apparently boast the “golden ratio” of 80% lean bit and 20% fatty bits, were tasty and sustainably portioned, though a tad dry. The melted cheese saved the day and added some moisture and flavour, so I’d highly recommend topping up that extra $1. Though, I did feel thirsty after the meal and drank way more water than usual for the rest of the day.
For the gluten conscious diner, Fatburger’s Skinny Burger ($7.50) puts carb calculating to rest by replacing the buns with a patty. Other options include the Veggie Burger ($7.50), 1000 Island Burger ($8.90), and Western BBQ Burger ($9.90), if you’re looking for variety.
Overall, Fatburger makes a decent addition to Singapore’s burger scene, and is worth checking out once or twice if you’re in the area. I’m curious to see how it’ll hold its own against the much talked about Shake Shack when it hits our shores!
Address: KINEX 01-70/71/72
Nearest MRT: Paya Lebar
Monday to Friday: 11am – 10pm
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: 10am – 10pm
(Last order at 9.30pm)
Extra charges: No