Thursday, July 27, 2023

Honbo @ CHIJMES - Hong Kong's Homegrown Award Winning Burger Joint Opens In Singapore


Honbo, the award-winning home-grown burger joint hailing from Hong Kong, has arrived at CHIJMES with its first overseas outpost in Singapore. Serving American-style burgers crafted in-house by hand, Honbo's rendition uses its own imported corn-fed USDA Double Gold Beef directly from Wisconsin, USA, and paired with house-made potato milk buns, sauces and toppings. Notably, the potato milk buns are made from a patented all-natural exclusive recipe developed with renowned artisanal baker Eric Kayser, using only hand-mashed potatoes prepared in-house.

HONBO 1.5 4.5/5

Each patty is made with beef ground fresh daily in-house and only smashed on a flattop griddle upon order. The menu offers 2 types of patties - crispy (which is smashed thin patties) and thick. The HONBO Burger ranges from a single crispy patty all the way to four patties, with HONBO 1.5 ($23) being the most popular. It has three crispy patties, cheese, pickles, onion, and house sauce. Sourced from 36-month-old Holstein and Angus breed cattle that is valued for its deeper depth of flavour, the beef patty undeniably stood out with tantalising beefy notes. The fluffy potato buns were stars in their own right, with a tasty buttery crust and could hold their shape even under the weight of the ingredients. I love how the sharp and acidic raw onions and pickles cut through the richness with a tang.

The Gold Standard 4.2/5

The thick patty is showcased in the style of a basic Hamburger ($15) of a single thick beef patty, followed by a Cheeseburger range of single, double and The Gold Standard ($28). We had The Gold Standard, a double Cheeseburger with additional Applewood smoked bacon, complemented with pickles, onion, lettuce, and house sauce. While this was just as scrumptious with added freshness from the lettuce, I prefer the Honbo 1.5 as it offers an ideal bun-to-patty ratio.


To amp up the Honbo experience, try your burgers with the exclusively developed hot Flagrant Smash Sauce.

Scallop Burger 3.8/5

Limited for 3 months only, the Scallop Burger ($26) is an interesting option, comprising sashimi grade Hokkaido scallops dressed with Honbo's own piquant wasabi Pico De Gallo concoction. This was delectable with juicy scallops, but I prefer my burger to be more indulgent and sinfully delicious, like the above!

Chilli Fries 3.8/5

Sweet Potato Fries 3.8/5

For sides, the Chili Fries ($15) is highly raved for its robust chilli topping, which is for sale too! My all-time favourite Sweet Potato Fries ($8) took on a different look with a thick cut and a sugary crust. This unexpected touch of sweetness provided a delightful contrast to the savoury notes of the burgers, making them even more irresistible. I reckon they will be great with the chilli topping too.

Photos and words by Si An. A girl who is allured by travelling, loves the feel of freedom, smell of the rain and the aroma of fine coffee and food. Note: This is an invited tasting.

30 Victoria Street
Singapore 187996
Nearest MRT: City Hall (EW, NS Line), Bras Basah (CC Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 12pm - 10pm

1) Alight at City Hall MRT station. Take Exit A. Cut across Raffles City Shopping Centre to Bras Basah Road. At the junction of Bras Basah Road and North Bridge Road, cross the road to Chijmes. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Bras Basah MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk southwards towards Victoria Road. At the junction of Bras Basah Road and Victoria Road, cross the junction to Chijmes. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

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