The scorching heat outside was no competition for the air-conditioned Publika, and it wasn’t so much a surprise that when we arrived at Fatboy’s Burger Bar for a review, the first thing we did after plonking ourselves under the fan is order drinks to soothe our parched throats. After placing an order of Soda Lemon Mint, Tarzan – a concoction of pineapple juice, ginger beer and a dash of grenadine syrup, and Vanilla ice Milkshake, we settled down for our mission – to taste some of Fatboy’s must have burgers.
Having opened in Publika in 2012, Fatboy’s is still getting rave reviews from diners for its burgers (no surprises there). The restaurant, fashioned after American diners, stays true to its theme from jazzy music to the chatty bustle of patrons to the sinfully good burgers. Everything about this place puts you at ease and before you know it, you’ll be digging into some seriously good burgers with gusto, just as we did.
Although Fatboy’s is known for its build-your-own-burger concept, there is also an extensive menu of burgers you can choose from. And with beef, pork, lamb, and chicken options available, you can be sure there is something for everyone. Even vegetarians can tuck into a burger here. But if you don’t fancy a burger, you could pick up some comfort food like country-fried steak, fish and chips, and mac and cheese.
Upon recommendation, we tried the Beer-Battered Onion Rings and Fried Dill Pickle as appetisers and were not disappointed. The batter was crunchy, while the onions and dills retained their freshness. The dill, although not so famous here, is part of the menu as they want to keep it true to the American diner experience. A word of warning, it is best to go slow on appetisers as the burgers can leave you feeling done-in. With appetisers out of the way, Fat Basterd, Bushtucker, and Bolly Wooly made their grand entry. The portions are big enough to be shared and come with a serving of thick, crispy fries. The Fat Basterd was my favourite; consisting of double pork patties, extra thick bacon, cheddar cheese, and a fried egg, all topped with Fatboy’s homemade sauce, served in a sesame seed bun, this towering glory is a sinful mess of delight.
The Bolly Wooly is a lamb burger which carried a Bollywood flavour, hence the name. The lamb patty, sandwiched between honey oat buns, is dipped in Fatboy’s special curry remoulade and chutney sauce which resulted in a slightly sweet and spicy taste from the chutney and curry. Our final entrant was the Bushtucker, a crowd-pleaser we were told. The ingredients include a grilled beef patty, bacon, melted emmental cheese, beetroot, wild arugula, and garlic aioli on a whole wheat bun. The beef patty is juicy and tender with every bite.
Even though peak hours had long passed, the crowd building at Fatboy’s tells that they must be doing it right. The freshness of their food coupled with the generous serving is definitely a draw. Their other outlets can be found in One City Skypark, Avenue K, and Skudai.
Source: The Expat Magazine April 2014
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