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Morton’s UDSA Prime Burger – the best burger in Singapore ?

Morton’s is an institution in Singapore. The restaurant is renowned for their succulent steaks and seafood, and the bar, well, their martinis are pretty legendary.

There are tons of places I’ve heard or read of in Singapore, reputed to have “the best burger in Singapore”, but in the mood for a classic burger, I figured why chance it – let’s go to Morton’s for their USDA prime burger.

At dinner time, it’s only served in the bar (the one next to the restaurant, not the martini lounge). It’s dim there. As in, squintingly so (I’m blaming the light, not my poor eyesight), but there’s a true retro feel about the entire restaurant. It makes you feel like you should have dressed up in your furs (sorry PETA) and diamonds to have the pleasure to dine there.

Now on to this famed burger – the photo does the burger no justice, so you’re going to have to trust me on this.

The kitchen considerately halved the burger and served us on two plates, but I’d imagine when it is whole, to be a towering beast of a burger. It comes with pretty much everything – enormous beef patty, perfectly seasoned and cooked just right at medium rare, so it was juicy and succulent, cheese, crispy bacon and sauteed mushroom and onions.

Served with hand cut fries – thick cut, crispy on the outside, fluffy and soft on the inside – there was also a small “garnish”, which included fresh tomato and sliced red onion, both of which added some freshness and crunch to each big mouthful of burger.

Messy, juicy and utterly delicious – it’s everything you want in a burger, right down to the lightly toasted sesame seed bun.

OK, I know I have to give other burger joints a chance now – any suggestions on challengers for this grand title ?

Morton’s Bar 12.21
Mandarin Oriental Singapore
Fourth Storey
5 Raffles Avenue
Marina Square, Singapore
Tel: 6339 3740

Bar 12.21 open
Monday – Saturday 5pm – 11pm
Sunday 5pm – 10pm

Prime Society does a damn fine steak…sadly not much else.

It’s been ages since I’ve really craved a steak.  Never been a huge steak fan, but when we were back in Sydney we used to do steak and mash every Monday and since arriving in Singapore my palette seems to have changed.  Given it’s been so long, we thought we’d not push our luck and try somewhere we haven’t been so tried to book a table at Mortons but were told that the earliest reservation they had was at 9.30.  I would have eaten my own arm by then so we decided to give Prime Society a go – D has been wanting to go there for a while now.

Their site is so overly fancy that trying to find the menu and a contact number was difficult to find and for someone like me who has very little patience to start with, they almost lost me there.  But I persevered and ended up speaking to someone who just should not be answering phones for service establishments – she couldn’t get my name right even as I was spelling it and was not rude, just came across as really incompetent but I got my 8pm reservation, so I was happy.

We arrive at the restaurant, which takes up a large corner lot at Dempsey Hill and I am surprised that it is so empty on a Saturday night.  Fair enough, it IS a large restaurant, made to feel even bigger by the very very high ceilings, but that just made it look, well, empty.  And that is never something good for restaurants.

Luckily, things turned around at that point.  The service staff were knowledgeable and attentive while managing to stay discrete and allow D and I to mull over the menu and wine list.  They do suggest wines with each steak, but sadly the amarone they suggested with the T-Bone was not even on the wine list, although a Valpolicella Ripassa was, which sufficed for the evening.

We started with the carnivore plate entree – made for sharing, a combination of cured meats, sausage and sliced steak, served with hommous, olives and sundried tomatoes.  The salami was delicious – all the flavour with not too much salt, but the rest of it was pretty blah.

However, the special T-Bone steak, at a whopping 600g was absolutely superb, and after all, that’s what we came for.  D and I decided to share it and boy were we glad we did – it was huge – even with the bone.  The meat though, was perfect for the two of us – D likes his steak medium, me, medium-rare and the meat got rarer as we got closer to the bone.  The steak itself was melt-in-the-mouth delicious and required none of the red wine jus that we ordered with it.  Sides of garlic potato puree was left pretty much untouched by D and I – he didn’t like the garlic and I thought the consistency reminded me of glue.  The rosemary potatoes were unremarkable and the truffle cauliflower cheese was lovely, but as we make it ourselves at home with lashings of truffle oil, we are a tad spoiled and missed the truffly goodness in tonight’s.

Dessert was the only other winner – Frangelico affogato for me, Amaretto affogato for D served with a shot of delicious espresso and sticky, chewy really good vanilla ice-cream.

They really do need to do something about the ambiance though – the decor is confused – think they are trying to be too-cool-for-school, piping chillout tunes but the high ceilings and lack of soft furnishing just make it lose all its appeal.

All in all, if you really fancy a good steak, go to Prime Society – just don’t expect too much else from the rest of the meal.

Location: Blk 10 #01-20
Dempsey Road
Tel: (65) 6474-7427