Be Frank ($)
Gourmet hotdogs by new homegrown brand Be Frank, is ready to take all-time comfort food to another level with its flavourful sausages, sauces and toppings, made from scratch with a touch of personality. With five mains to choose from, a quick favourite is the classic American Coney's Island (S$6.50) which is heaped with diced onions on tomato paste minced beef, mustard and Worcestershire sauce. For something a little different, the Bac & Cheeze (S$6.50) and Cheezy Mushroom (S$6.50) feature the delicious Raclette cheese that's melted and scraped onto the hotdogs only upon order, then topped with crispy fried bacon bits and sauteed button mushrooms with garlic respectively.
A lighter bite comes with the Slaw & Order (S$6.50) that features coleslaw made from shreds of crunchy carrot and cabbage and juicy pineapple. And last but not least is the S'mash (S$6.50), that features chunky mashed potato with caramelised onions and homemade gravy. One side not to pass on are the Be Frank's croquettes (S$3.30 for 3 pieces/ S$4.50 for 5 pieces) that's made from mashed potato, bacon bits and stringy mozzarella wrapped in breadcrumbs deep-fried to crispy brown perfection.
#B1-K26, Paragon, 290 Orchard Road.
Teppanyaki Hamburg Nihonbashi Keisuke Bettei ($$)
Juicy meat patties, made up of two minced prime US beef shoulder of different fineness, are the main attraction at chef Keisuke Takeda’s latest restaurant showcasing Japanese comfort food. Similar to his other dining outlets such as Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King or Gyoza King, you’ll find a straightforward menu here as well. There are two versions of the hamburg steak one can get: the basic Keisuke Prime Beef Hamburg Set (S$18.80) and the Triple Cheese Prime Beef Hamburg Set (S$20.80+) that oozes molten cheddar, mozzarella and parmesan when you cut into it. Choose from four sauces – Keisuke original sweet and spicy sauce, Demi-glace, Oroshi ponzu and Teriyaki – to douse your patty in or they’re just as good on their own.
To go with the giant patties of tender minced beef, each set entitles you to a limitless amount of sides. The salad bar is filled to the brim with up to 20 osozai (side dishes ranging from pickled cabbage to potato salad) and the egg station offers eggs scrambled, sunny side up or as a sweet omelette (also known as tamagoyaki). We suggest punctuating the meal with frequent visits to the salad bar and glasses of cold beer to get the most authentic Japanese comfort food experience.
72 Peck Seah Street. Tel: 65/6908-4348.
Ginett Restaurant & Wine Bar ($$$)
Offering a new weekend brunch menu is Ginett, with a selection must-have brunch items that are a great way to start the weekend. The Smoked Salmon Egg Cocotte (S$11) features slow-cooked eggs with smoked salmon and cream, served with a side of crisp toast soldiers, while the Poached Eggs and Merguez (S$12) is a Mediterranean-inspired dish that offers two poached eggs in spicy tomato sauce, served with crispy potatoes and lamb sausage. Those looking for Ginett's favourites from lunch and dinner can also enjoy a selection of favourites for brunch, including the classic Pork Belly (S$16) that features tender melt-in-your-mouth meat, with a side of mashed potatoes and Chimchurri sauce, or the La Côte de Boeuf ($120) - a 1kg bone-in ribeye steak that's cooked to your preferred doneness.
Sweets, pastries, signature cold brews and a selection of cocktails let you kick back and relax with a touch of indulgence.
200 Middle Road.
This article is part of food&travel's Jun-Jul'17 New Bites column. Get the magazine at newsstands, petrol stations, supermarkets and leading bookstores for S$5 bi-monthly, or download the e-version on Magzter or e-shopping.