Mayfair, London’s surf and turf specialist Burger & Lobster makes Jewel Changi Airport its first Singapore outpost offering lobster rolls, Atlantic lobsters and prime beef burgers.
Jewel Changi Airport may not be the newest shopping mall attraction in Singapore – that honour now goes to the wholly renovated and reimagined Funan relaunched just a couple weeks back – but it’s still drawing the crowds for a number of its F&B concepts. One of the more successful ones is Burger & Lobster, the popular lobster and burger joint from London that’s transplanted to Jewel’s Canopy Park with a rather spectacular view of the Shiseido Forest Valley.
Like its many outlets around the world, Burger & Lobster Singapore offers a menu that revolves around the lobster – the Atlantic lobster, to be more precise. The Original Lobster ($65++), for example, is one of the most luxurious – yet simplest – offerings ever. Fresh lobster from Nova Scotia in Canada, flown live here to Singapore – on better than cattle class, because it needs to properly survive the journey – and then simply steamed or grilled to maintain its crustacean sweetness. All you need really is to douse it with the house lemon garlic sauce for maximum satisfaction.
But of course Burger & Lobster has to pay tribute to Singapore with its new location. The Sambal Glazed Lobster ($65++, main picture) is available exclusively at Jewel, and smothers its original lobster offering with a robust and spicy sambal chilli sauce that’s reminiscent of a combination of chilli crab and the stuff that’s slathered over sambal stingray. It’s actually rather mouthwateringly delectable, and you’d be glad for the toasted brioche bun to help mop up that messy sauce.
Alternatively there’s its famed Original Roll ($40++, pictured above), its take on the lobster roll with tender sliced lobster meat blanketed in a most buttery brioche roll. You’ll still need the house sauce to elevate this to rapturous levels, but at least you don’t have to wrestle with crustacean shell to derive gastronomic pleasure. Would there be a sambal version of this, we wonder as we tear into this mercilessly.
Then there’s burger side of things. The Mayfair ($25++) features a juicy patty of grilled Nebraskan beef patty sandwiched between a butter brioche bun complete with house-made pickles, onions and a “secret” burger sauce. It’s a decent burger to be honest, although there are better in town.
For drinks, we can’t recommend the classic B&L Gin & Tonic ($14++, below) enough. It’s refreshing enough to help wash down the heat of the day (and that from the sambal lobster), yet flavourful enough to stand on its own. For a fruitier tipple there’s the Ruby Fizz ($14++), comprised of dry vermouth and raspberry liqueur that’s then topped up with soda. If you prefer something more of a proper aperitif, the Bitter Americano ($14++) of Cynar, Aperol and soda will hit the spot.
“Many Singaporeans have Burger & Lobster on their dining shortlist, particularly when they visit London. Hence, we are delighted to open our first restaurant in Singapore and welcome both local visitors and travellers to a unique dining experience in this exceptional setting. Our presence in Jewel is of strategic importance to Burger & Lobster’s global growth, especially in Southeast Asia,” says Misha Zelman, owner of Burger & Lobster.
We’ll be upfront to say at this point in time we’re not too keen on braving any kind of queue just for a good burger or even a great lobster roll – to be fair we wouldn’t bother with the lines at Shake Shack and A&W either. But Burger & Lobster Singapore is definitely a great addition to Singapore’s dining scene.
Now if only we didn’t have to go all the way to Jewel Changi Airport.
Burger & Lobster (Changi Airport)
Address 78 Airport Boulevard, #05-203 Jewel Changi Singapore 819666 (Google Maps link)
Opening Hours 10am to 12am Sundays to Thursdays, 9am to 1am on Fridays, Saturdays and eve of public holidays