SPRINGLEAF PRATA PLACE, THREE OUTLETS INCLUDING 1 THONG SOON AVE, S787431. TEL: 6459-5670. OPEN DAILY 7AM-MIDNIGHT. LAST ORDERS AT CLOSING. WWW.THEPRATAPLACE.COM.SG
If you’ve ever craved a murtabak and a Ramly burger at the same time (RIP, diet), consider the artery-clogging Murtaburger created by this prata joint, which has recently been making its rounds on social media. The adapted contents of the Ramly, the popular Malaysian street burger — mutton patty (instead of the usual beef), sunny side up egg (in place of omelette), chilli sauce and mayonnaise — are stuffed into a crispy roti prata shell.
There’s also mozzarella cheese melting within. It took 15 minutes for our Murtaburger to arrive, ’cos the thin mutton patty is made fresh in-house. The ‘burger’ is folded like an origami square and looks more like an overstuffed quesadilla. We were disappointed that our mutton patty was considerably skinnier than the luscious versions we’ve seen online. In fact, it was barely thicker than the minced meat in a regular murtabak. Each mouthful oozes golden egg yolk, stringy cheese and a bit of that juicy mutton. We use a knife and fork to eat this, and it tastes a bit like a spicy, doughy pizza. We wish there was more mayonnaise in the ‘burger’ to balance the fiery chilli. Moreover, the mutton is also rather gamey. A great idea in theory but, alas, not quite worth the calories.
Another hybrid burger to try: Mac & Cheese Burger, $24
SPATHE PUBLIC HOUSE, #01-01, 8 MOHD SULTAN RD, S238958. TEL: 6735-1035.
OPEN DAILY MON-FRI NOON-11PM; SAT-SUN 10AM-11PM. LAST ORDERS AT 10.30PM. WWW.SPATHEPUBLICHOUSE.COM
This mod European and American restaurant offers “mammoth signatures” like a 1m-long Po’boy sandwich. So we’re not really surprised to find this Mac & Cheese Burger there. Two thick slabs of creamy macaroni and cheese-encased breaded fried ‘buns’ sandwich a beef patty, bacon and pickled gherkins (to cut the richness) between them. Even if you were Shrek, you couldn’t just cradle and wolf down this bad boy like a Big Mac. We dismantle the burger into a messy platter. When sliced, the mac and cheese ‘buns’ spill out their contents, which we scoop up and eat with a bite of beef. It does take away some of the appeal of eating a burger, but it’s just as hearty. We prefer the yummy mac and cheese to the rather dry beef patty, though.