Time Out says
The first international franchise of Amsterdam's famous burger joint
You might have heard of Lombardo’s when it first opened in Amsterdam. Its debut creation – an opulent, over-the-top $250 burger, with lobster tail, Wagyu beef, foie gras and truffle shavings sandwiched between 25 karat gold-covered buns – caused quite a buzz.
You might also know Lombardo’s as one of Amsterdam's top burger joints. It has, over the past nine years, gained some 2,000 five-star reviews on TripAdvisor. And even if you don’t, the Singapore outpost – the brand’s first international franchise – makes sure you do, with declarations of its humble achievement painted on various parts of the wall.
It hopes to convince you to part with $25 for just the burger, and nothing else. Granted, Lombardo’s buns are larger than most and almost two-palms-wide. Each fluffy vessel – buttered and toasty on one end and sprinkled with sesame seeds on the other – are a worthy base to deliver the Black Angus beef patties into your mouth.
Staying safe is your best bet here. We like the Dutch cheese burger ($22.50), which forms the foundation for many of Lombardo’s permutations. The beef patty, amply seasoned and juicy but lacking a Maillard-approved crust, comes layered with complementary, classic fix-ins: melted English cheddar, sweet red wine onion compote, mini pickles, lettuce, and homemade burger sauce. It’s accessorised to form creations like the beer-braised pork ($29.50), blue cheese ($28) – and our favourite, the greasy goodness of pancetta and a fried egg in the Hangover Burger ($27.50).
Shooting for bolder creations is where the burgers failed to impress. Resist your patriotism and skip the chilli crab-inspired Singapore Fling ($35). The crab meat mixture, strong and pungent, overwhelms each bite with spice and fishiness. The Silence Of The Lamb ($27.50)
has an assertive gaminess and its goat cheese crumble brings on more funk than flavour.
A few non-beef options and two sides complete the menu. Skip the roasted vegetables ($8) since you’re already indulging and order the lemon zest fries ($8), which are light, crispy and perfumed with bright, citrus notes.
We can say this about Lombardo’s Singapore – some things don’t quite stack up. Between its hits and misses, this famed burger joint doesn't earn the same full five stars here just yet.
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What the stars mean:
★ Poor ★ ★ Promising ★★★ Good ★★★★ Very good ★★★★★ Exceptional
15 Duxton Rd
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