Notice: This restaurant is no longer in operation
There seems to be a burger craze in Singapore, with gourmet joints sprouting everywhere using premium ingredients. Not exactly a threat to the Golden Arch, but a refreshing change from your usual variety. And at Hua Li Xuan, they are doing it fusion-style!
Located at Iluma, its one of the restaurants in the open area on level 5. I always liked such settings for its non-claustrophobic feel and people-watching ability. The staff here were mostly mainland Chinese but they could comprehend English fairly well, pleasently taking my orders without a hitch.
Pepper Beef Burger Set ($7.80)
Given a choice of steamed or fried mantou, I went for the healthier choice as I reckoned it would softer and lighter. Came wrapped like a real burger, it revealed white buns sandwiching a beef patty, lettuce and tomatoes. The black pepper sauce was thick, flavourful and not too spicy, complementing the mantou rather well.
The patty was alright with a moist texture, but mine contained too much minced vein that was hardly chewable. It could be just this one that the proportion could be improved. Coming with standard tasting fries and coleslaw, the set was rather filling overall.
Mini Burgers ($4.80)
My girlfriend ordered this as she wanted to try a range of stuffs. And when they say mini, they really meant it! Each was probably the size of two stacked-up macarons and could easily be devoured in one mouth. My girlfriend had the mantous to be garlic-baked and chose fried fish, teriyaki chicken and sweet and sour pork for the fillings.
Taste-wise, they were actually pretty good, each having a distinct flavour and texture, with the mantou tasting abit like garlic bread. Good for a light snack, but hungry men would probably find this barely an appetiser! We added some piping hot onion rings($2.00) to make it more complete!
Total bill for two was $17.65, which was rather affordable for a quick dinner. They also had a wide range of la-mien pasta and hot grills on their menu. I would probably be back to give those a try!
6 hours ago