With generous servings and a student-friendly environment, it was no surprise that Burger Shack is a magnet for students studying around the Bukit Timah area. Owned by the chain of Island Creamery that most are familiar with, Burger Shack exudes the same charm, attracting students and youths with its chill and cosy ambience.
Located at King's Arcade, it might be easy to miss if you're not looking out for it.
I like the tin-wavehouse furnishings that gives a rustic feel amidst the modernism we have these days.
Interior, it's uniformly un-uniform, giving its informal and cosy setting. Great place to hang out with a group of friends, to simply chill and have a great chat over some quality fast-food.
Not really very affordable considering how it's supposed to cater to students. However, the servings shocked us that we all thought it was indeed reasonable. Great for sharing!
Student friendly (:
Spaghetti Meatballs ($8.90)
A rather dull dish as it had too much tomato content in its sauce, making it too sweet. The spaghetti was also a lil' overcooked, missing out on the chewy bouncy texture. The meatballs had a slightly stronger beef taste to it, and I personally didn't really like the sharp taste and smell of it.
Fried Calamari ($7.70)
Fresh calamari that was fried to a perfect golden crispy brown! I like the fresh tender calamari used and there was a crunch to every bite. Perhaps it's just me being a super calamari fan, anything that's fresh appeals to me. A slightly better QC would help though, as there were some really huge pieces clumped together and had thick batter that covered the taste of squid rings.
Nacho Fries ($6.70)
The serving of this shocked us as we'd expected it to serve as our sides, given that we were eating at around 3pm. It was a huge bowl, bigger than the spaghetti, but awesome for sharing! Just that we didn't expect such huge servings and over-ordered (again). The shoestring fries had special seasoning that brought out the savory bits and were fried just right, with no soggy fries at all! Coupled with the cheese sauce, it was a great blend of flavours. The beef bits, however, gave a slight 'mexican' taste to it, perhaps it was seasoned with jalepenos to give that twist of flavour.
Brownie with Very Berry Ice-cream ($4.80)
Same as the one you can find at Island Creamery, the secret to great brownies is probably serving it warm. I like how the brownie doesn't have overpowering chocolate taste (chocoholics might disagree with me) yet brought up the slight sweetness of chocolates and wasn't too sticky. The nuts added into the brownie also added to the varied texture of the brownie, giving it a homemade touch. The berry icecream, however, was quite disappointing as it had many icy bits to it, and wasn't smooth icecream. It felt like it had probably been placed in the fridge for a prolonged period of time.
One of the many ice-bits inside the ice-cream.
Overall, it was a good experience and I would love to re-visit and try their burgers! After all, they're supposed to be known for their burgers. The food isn't exactly spectacular, but taking into consideration its ambience, some hits, and the affordability (given the huge servings), it is worth a visit. It's a really nice place for chillin' out and I can imagine it as one of my favourite haunts if I were still a student!
Overall Nom Factor: 7.0/10
559 Bukit Timah Road
#01-01 King's Arcade
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