Ï‹berburger at Millenia Walk

collageAnd Zarathustra spoke thus to the people: “I teach you the Ï‹bermensch. Man is something that shall be overcome. What have you done to overcome him?

“All beings so far have created something beyond themselves; and do you want to be the ebb of this great flood and even go back to the beasts rather than overcome man?” – Friedrich Nietzsche, “Zarathustra’s Prologue”, Thus Spoke Zarathustra (1883).

The original translation of “Ï‹bermensch” was “Overman” and not “Superman”. I think it was George Bernard Shaw that took up the “Superman” in his “Man and Superman”.

What Nietzsche is not talking about muscle-bound people wearing their underwear on the outside and zipping around saving the world. He is refering to the “will to power” which he sees as the motivating force of all living things.

One such Ï‹bermensch was Socrates as he calmly sipped his cup of Hemlock while giving his enemies the philosophical and methaphorical finger.

“Power” here does not refer to brute force or domination of others, but something more like “fearlessness”.

Hence, it was without fear that 143 and I went to Ï‹berburger at Millenia Walk. We’ve both heard a lot of things about it. Both good and bad.

Hence, we decided that we might as follow the Aristotelians and go take at look. No point hanging around at the back of the cave like the Platonists, wondering who the hell is making all the shadows and what does the shadow of a deformed rabbit mean.

So. Here is our fearless take on things Ï‹berburger.

It was a slow day. The air-conditioning didn’t seem to be working. This is a bad thing as high temperatures make people sleepy and less alert. While this may be a good thing inside airplanes, it dulls the service staff.

The menu came in an amazing unopenable design that would have made Arthur Andersen proud. After some prying, we managed to get to the first page and ordered what was there.

In addition, we ordered a side of Portobello Mushrooms and some pickles and settled down to wait.

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And wait.

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And wait.

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And wait.

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And wait.

Wait, is that our order?

No it’s not. It’s for the people who came in after us.

And so…

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We waited. Finally, this blog was assigned by a higher authority, such as a woman, to go hunt for the meat.

Turns out that the serving staff’s computer did not transmit our order to the cook’s computer despite the fact that they were standing next to each other.

Riiiight…

Some of you, gentle readers and food lovers, might be wondering why so long and no pictures of food?

Me too.

Anyway, the food finally arrived after another family who came in way after us was served. I can tell you, a thirty-minute wait really whets the appetite.

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Despite the fact that we told them that we were hungry, they gave us pickles. Which were quite horribly pickled. Them vegetables were removed from the pickle jar too soon.

Harsh, acidic with a touch of eye-watering acridity: Ï‹berpickles. This is what evil must taste like.

But there is alway hope. There seriously is not much you can do to spoil Portobello mushrooms. Especially a $5.50 Portabello Mushroom, is there?

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To use the word “miniscule” to describe the mushroom would leave me no word to describe my satisfaction.

Finally, after the world has been fed, our lunch arrived at 3.15pm.

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Can you give me a Hallelujah?

Anyway, the burgers are about your standard gourmet burger size. Mine was the Ï‹berMonster burger or something like that. It meant an extra 50g of beef and some bacon.

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I ordered medium rare, but it came out well-done. While you can really taste the beef, it was slightly dry on the inside, not quite what I expected after reading the reviews for this restaurant.

Anyone whose had a FatBurger will know the kind of juiciness that is expected of a premium burger.

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The bacon also came as a surprise. Dry and limp that added no moisture and taste to the burger. The pig died in vain.

And yes, I agree with everyone who’s been there: the hamburger buns subtracts from the whole “Premium” experience.

143’s review of her burger was simply: “MOS burger tastes better”.

We quickly finished the food and walked out. Service was bad. Food was so-so and it was all über Preis festgesetzt. I mean take a look at the mushroom.

To use the original translation of the over-used “über”, überburger is über steuerpflichtigem.


Posted on 6th Aug 2006 in Food and Drink, Western

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There Are 17 Comments

 

dach commented on August 6, 2006 at 11:46 am


Awww.. I would have bitch-slapped the wait staff if I were you . Bad service puts me off, especially when you are paying a ‘premium’.

Did it not occur to them that people coming in after you were getting their food first?

Layout looks good.


 

Ivan commented on August 6, 2006 at 2:02 pm


Actually, I asked them that. They just kept quiet and repeated that the computer went on the blink, but of course, it worked fine for the other folks.

About the layout: Thanks. I was a little concerned it would breakdown on the Mac.


 

umami commented on August 6, 2006 at 2:54 pm


You should have told them to cancel the order, it is amazing how fast the items would then appear on the table.


 

bottomless pit commented on August 6, 2006 at 3:22 pm


I totally agree after trying it out….. it was overstated and simply over hyped for such standards… really very disappointing….fortunately we didn’t had bad service when we were there.


 

carrie commented on August 7, 2006 at 1:04 am


“The pig died in vain” – totally cracked me up. Nice redesign!


 

sesame commented on August 7, 2006 at 1:11 am


Thanks for sharing the review Ivan. I’ve always like Mos burgers and I’ll stick to them. 😉


 

ivn commented on August 7, 2006 at 2:29 am


@umami: The waiters were covering up their mistake so I timed my “inquiry” just as the restaurant manager stepped to the cashiers. It did little good though.

@bottomless pit: You were lucky. We encountered both. Bad.

@carrie: Thanks! And it’s true, the bacon was badly done.

@sesame: Good call. I never realized that MOS served US Beef until it was removed. Alas.


 

Leslie commented on August 8, 2006 at 12:00 pm


With that, we can say that the prognosis for Uberburger is very guarded. The 3 year survival rate is about 20% unless radical surgery is performed.


 

Loh commented on August 25, 2006 at 3:49 am


I always tell my friend never expect too much from a restuarant despite good reviews as different people have different taste and opinion.

People do make mistake, no one is perfect.


 

Ivan commented on August 25, 2006 at 6:03 pm


@Loh: Thanks for sharing about your friend, but how difficult is it for a restaurant to manage the 3 to 4 tables that were occupied at that time? There were many things that they could have checked, for example, why we were sitting there drinking plain water for 30mins, or why people who walked in after us got served first, or simply walked up and asked how are things.

Your apologist’s viewpoint is not valid here as a restaurant’s critical success factors are food and service quality. Granted that everyone makes mistakes, but instead of admitting it and making good, they tried to cover up and hide the fact from their manager and blamed an inanimate object (that functioned for other people BTW) on their oversight.

No. There is no valid excuse.

Your remark on the difference in opinion and taste does not apply here as there are too many independent bad reviews for this to be an isolated incident.


 

Loh commented on September 24, 2006 at 2:57 pm


Dear Ivan,

Thanks for your post.

Even in 5 stars hotel there are bound to be multiple complains, it is just a matter whether people bothers to make a fuss or “comment” about it. There might be good points about Uber but it wasn’t stated here, unfortunately it resulted that there are too many independent bad reviews for this to be isolated incident.


 

Ivan commented on September 24, 2006 at 5:07 pm


@Loh: I do not understand your point. Are you saying that my blog post resulted in other \”independent\” bad reviews? It would be good to elaborate on your view. I think you misunderstood my post as it was on covering up mistakes instead of apologising and making good.

While there might be good points in the sense that \”there is good in everyone\”, I cannot \”state it\” as it was not visible to me. So it wasn\’t.


 

Loh commented on September 26, 2006 at 11:42 am


Ivan

Sorri to make you confused.

What I mean is that bad things always reflected in forums not in your blog only, which is why u will say that there are too many independent bad reviews for this to be isolated incident.

Covering up mistake — Maybe this is what u see or heard but I believe the manager on duty knows what are going on??


 

ivn commented on September 26, 2006 at 1:54 pm


@Loh: Actually, I am more amused. Despite admitting that I heard and saw the cover up, you still believe the duty manager was aware of what was going on? But, you weren’t there, were you?

Of course, far be it for me to comment further on your beliefs.

Actually, a lot of good things are reflected in forums too; just that it’s not about UberBurger. 🙂


 

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