Well, it’s about time. After over a year of whinging and whining to Wild Rocket owner-chef Willin Low that he just simply had to open a burger joint, this crazy, charismatic and very talented chef has done just that. Relish, Chef Low’s super-cool and casual burger restaurant, opened last weekend in Cluny Court, a small development off Bukit Timah Road and just a hop, skip and a jump away from the Botanic Gardens.
When Willin told me that Relish was finally open, I couldn’t wait to rush down and try it. In fact, in the past week, I’ve already been twice. It’s a great place with a very laid-back vibe. The space is great. It’s bright and airy, with high vaulted ceilings and exposed brickwork which give the restaurant a nice retro feel. The staff, wearing bright yellow Sapporo-sponsored T-shirts (hmmmm… Wagamama anyone?) are young, hip and earnest. On one wall, Willin, with the help of a friend, has created a pop-artish mural depicting 3 happy cows and one very scared chicken.
The menu is equally fantastic. That is, if you’re a burger lover. If you’re not, you won’t find too many things to eat. There are a couple salads available, but the star of the show here are Willin’s burgers. Of course, the Wild Rocket burger is on the menu. But so too are several new creations, including Willin’s version of the beloved Malaysian Ramlee burger, a bacon cheese burger, a bbq char siew burger, a seafood burger, a curry chicken burger, and a spiced lamb pita burger. On my first visit, I tried the “Ram-Lee” burger while S had the bacon cheese burger. I enjoyed mine tremendously. The egg was done perfectly and the burger patty was thick and juicy. S must have liked hers too because before I even noticed, she was licking her fingers and her burger had disappeared. With our burgers, we enjoyed a bowl of excellent onion rings and a couple of Mocha milkshakes. And, to my great relief, the burgers were all served with fries (something that Willin does not do at Wild Rocket and that I have always complained about).
Our second visit was lunch with a friend. She had the Ram Lee burger while this time S had the Mexicana and I had the curry chicken burger. I really liked this burger, made with a ground chicken patty and served with curry mayo, curry leaves and fresh onions. This time, we tried some of the yummy beers that Willin has put on his menu. Each burger, in fact, is paired with a recommended beer. The best — or at least the most fun — is Pink Killer, a refreshing pink grapefruit brew that is as easy to drink as a soda.
I’m already looking forward to my next visit to Relish. It’s about time that Singapore finally had a cool, and not stupidly over-priced and overly trendy, burger joint. Relish is simply cool, casual, and comfy. And they serve great food too. See you there!
#02-01 Cluny Court (next to Serene Centre)
501 Bukit Timah Road
Tel: +65 6763 1547