Updated 29 Oct 2021
This is a follow-up post on the original article published in 2018 which follows the update.
Kelvin and Vivienne were forced to close in Feb 2021 due to supplier issues with the beef. They had a few months to revamp the workflow and supply issues. Fans would be glad to know that they are back in business and improvements have been made the burgers!
Due to the increase in the price of beef, the basic burger is now $7.50 and the double pattie is $11.(they come with fries) It is the best double cheeseburger you can get for $11 and easily trumps a lot of other burgers selling for $15-$20. 4.5/5
In the past I have lamented about the quality of their fries which I felt was their only weak point. I am glad to report that they are vastly improved. The fries are triple cooked now and are super crisp with a fluffy centre. No more complaints!
Non beef eaters can opt for their chicken sandwich which is very good. The chicken is well marinated and juicy and the crust is crispy. They have a new spicy mayo dressing which is very nice but has quite a spicy kick. You can opt for the non- spicy version if you don’t like too much heat! 4.25/5
Original article published Apr 9 2019
Hawker centres have traditionally been the place where Singaporeans can find cheaper versions of restaurant food. In the 60’s, it was the Hainanese who brought Western dishes like steaks, pork chops and chicken chops out from the expensive restaurants and into the heartlands. In the 90’s the same thing happened with Italian pastas. The trend continues with the latest being a slew of gourmet hamburger stalls to hit the neighbourhood.
The gourmet burger trend in Singapore has seen many eateries serving up quality burgers. In 2016, I did a burger roundup of the best burgers and the average price of the burgers were around $15. Half of them have since closed. I believe the reason is quite obvious. Singaporeans like the freshly cooked beef patty of a gourmet burger, but we don’t want to fork out so much money for it.
Not surprisingly, gourmet burgers began to appear in our hawker centres to cater to the segment of the market that lies in between the fast food burger and the gourmet burger ie, a good quality burger that costs between $6-$10. Burgs by Project Warung is one of the most successful. They started selling a freshly made burger for $4.50 at Golden Mile hawker centre that comes with fries! Other hamburger hawkers have also jumped onto the bandwagon, like today’s young couple who used to sell seafood white beehoon before making the switch to burgers.
I had my first taste of Hammee’s burger about 2 months ago and my first impression was very good. The patty was beefy and juicy and the buns, which are made by a small local bakery, was soft and fluffy and soaked up all the juices nicely. However, there were a few things which I thought could be improved, like the type of cheese he used, the sauce, the size of the patty, etc. Kelvin was quite receptive to some of my suggestions and has been fine tuning the burgers for the past two months and now it’s time for the big reveal!
What I like about the burgers is that they are simple and straightforward. There are no fancy add-ons, just a nicely seared and flavourful beef patty made from several specially selected cuts of beef with melty cheddar cheese on top and sandwiched in a nice soft bun with some lettuce, tomatoes and pickles to cut through the fat. The classic, $6, should satisfy those with a small appetite. But if you have a bigger craving, there is the option of upgrading to “premium” which has a 120g patty for $8 and if you want more oomph, to add a slice of smoked bacon for another $2. 4.25/5
At $6, this is one of the best “cheap and good” gourmet burgers that you can get in town! With good burgers at this price, I really have to think twice before trying to make my own!