Monday, October 31, 2011

Canada’s best burger comes to Singapore! (Triple O’s by White Spot)


I may be a Manitoba girl, but I am familiar with Vancouver’s famous White Spot burger. My first encounter was on a family holiday to Vancouver tacked onto my dad’s business trip, and entertainment was provided one evening – a sunset cruise along the coast! I was just a kid so have no idea who got the message mixed up, but my family showed up expecting a dinner cruise.  It definitely was not.   

The shrimp cocktails and other hors d’oeuvres on offer did not appeal to the 11 and 9 year old palates of me and my sister, so by the time we docked in Vancouver we were cranky with hunger. Where do you take two fussy-eaters for a dinner that isn’t fast food after 9pm in an unfamiliar city? The solution was White Spot

After making the discovery, we must have averaged a meal a day at White Spot. Like Denny’s or Perkins, it’s one of those North American family restaurants that serve everything from strawberry waffles to chicken stir-fry to Caesar salad. Of course, the most popular menu item is the hamburgers which White Spot has been perfecting since 1924 when it began as a drive-thru. 


Now, 15-odd years after my introduction to White Spot, I can enjoy this Canadian comfort food in Singapore!  

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I was invited to a food tasting at the new Asia Square Food Garden, but I certainly wasn’t expecting to see White Spot. As one of the dozen outlets at this green-themed food court the menu at Triple O’s by White Spot is limited to the all-time favouritesjuicy burgers, chicken strips, fries, onion rings, soda, and milkshakes. In addition to standard fries, you can get sweet potato fries (healthier and tastier!) and the artery-clogging Canadian creation poutine (fries smothered in cheese and gravy).   

So did the Singapore White Spot burger live up to its reputation?  It sure did!  Since this was a 12-course food tasting I had just a sliver of a bacon and cheese burger, but it was delicious with almost equal amounts bacon and beef sandwiched between the fresh-baked bun. While most of the beef you encounter in Singapore is from Australia, they use 100% American chuck to make their patties and a dollop of their signature Triple O sauce (a mix of mayo and relish) means that the burger is never, ever dry.  The sweet potato fries were crispy on the outside and melted in your mouth with that rich sweet potato flavour – five fries were not nearly enough!  The only thing I didn't finish was the chicken strip which was cold by the time I got to it. 


Since this was a tasting I didn’t pay much attention to prices, but zooming in on my photos it looks like burger sets with a drink and fries start around $12 SGD (or $8+ for the breakfast burger sets). This puts Triple O’s  by White Spot on par with other high-quality burger spots like Carls Jr. From the sides menu, it’s $2.90 for sweet potato fries or onion rings, $4.90 for poutine, $5.90 for a milk shake, and S6 for the vegetarian patty burger.  

If you’ve never heard of Asia Square Food Garden it might be because it’s brand new, having just opened in October 2011. In addition to boasting new restaurant brands, the Food Garden differs dramatically from your average Singapore food court by being spacious and decorated with greenery like full-sized trees. You’ll also find 11 other food outlets serving yummy Korean food, soup, handmade noodles, healthy salads, steaks, curries, and more.   

One complaint – opening hours are weekdays only! Where am I supposed to go for a great Canadian burger on the weekend?

Asia Square Tower 1, Level 2 Food Garden
8 Marina View, Singapore
Monday to Friday 9am - 9pm  

 


35 comments:

  1. I've never had poutine. Heard so much about it that I kind of have to try it.

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  2. Don't try it! If you never taste poutine, you won't be able to crave it. It's one of those foods that tastes so good but is so, so bad for you.

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  3. Hmm, I haven't tried Whitespot, now I'm curious.

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  4. It's not Ethiopian food or anything mind-blowing, but it's good when you're craving a burger!

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  5. eager to try the sweet potato fries :)

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