Fat Boys The Burger Bar on Upper Thompson Road

Wimped-out Fat Basterd

Hamburger is the tenderest cut of beef you can find, bar none. Traditionally, it is made from beef chuck; minced and reformed with minced onions, salt, pepper and a little Worcestershire sauce. Fried or steamed and placed in between two buns, it’s lovely.

It is also very versatile where you can add and riff off almost whatever you like, but that versatility has been perverted in the recent past to the point where a lot of people swore off burgers. While having a slice of foie gras in the burger occasionally is nice, I, for one, decried the absurdity of using prime Wagyu beef for hamburger meat when it was first introduced; all that wasted marbling. In fact, I do remember an article where some unscrupulous restaurants grind chuck with bacon fat and called it “Wagyu Burger”; the point here is that you really can’t tell if it’s Wagyu or not.

These days, perhaps of ennui, I tend towards simpler combinations. This is why, on a lazy Saturday afternoon, I headed towards Fat Boys, The Burger Bar.

Crispy Hot Wings

Pretty good crispy hot wings, especially with Wasabi Mayo

It was a sunny rainy afternoon, in line with the kind you find in a tropical clime. That is, it was hot and wet, which is good if it was a woman but bloody murderous for weather.

Fat Boys is an open-air establishment with the air-conditioning running. It boggles the mind why they do this since it’s a massive expenditure with very little returns. I was half-afraid that condensation from the air-con might drip on me.

Since all the good seats were taken, I took a bar seat. I was given several options on their menu which was confusing because of all the assumed-to-be-clever names. I was tempted to try the vaguely racist-sounding Bollywood Burger (a fine example of what passes for wit around here) which was on their Specials board but I found out that it was on their regular menu too, so I gave it a miss.

And since I am no longer 13 with something to prove, I chose a wimped-out Fat Basterd Burger. Just a simple burger with a single beef patty, an extra bacon slice and a nice fried egg on top. And because it’s traditional, I also ordered their crispy fried chicken wings and some onion rings (because I love onion rings).

Crispy Calamari Rings with Wasabi Mayo Dip

Even though they were over-fried and tough, I liked the crispy chicken wings because of the Wasabi Mayo dip that came with the Calamari rings. Fortunately the dip was refillable at no extra charge.

And speaking of rings, the onion rings transformed into Calamari rings, possibly on the way to the kitchen. I was OK with that even with the price difference since it was a lazy weekend. They were a good side to munch on if you’re hungry.

So how was my wimped-out Fat Basterd Burger?

It was not what I expected of a burger at that price. Slightly over-cooked for medium rare, I could not taste the beef. The beef patty tasted dry, generic and very close to a Wendy’s burger. I would have preferred a runny egg but hey, you can’t always get what you want.

And finally, the bacon was not what I expected too. Typically, you add bacon as a taste booster and, more importantly for me, added texture with the crispiness, so I was a little sad that it wasn’t crispy bacon which would have been awesome.


Fat Boys the Burger Bar has attitude, sounds fun but unfortunately, it can’t hide from the fact that the burgers and sides need some work especially if you are asking for a price premium. Size is one thing, but if you give me a large quantity of inferior product, it’s a lot of inferior product to go through. Service is friendly and efficient but I would prefer accuracy over warmth. Then again, it’s a lazy weekend afternoon so everything’s mellow.

Fat Boys the Burger Bar that I went to is at 187 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574335, tel: +65 6252 8780. Opening hours: 4pm to 12 midnight from mondays to thursdays, and from 12pm to 12am on fridays, saturdays, sundays and public holidays.

Wimped-out Fat Basterd Innards

Posted on 23rd Sep 2010 in American


There Are 8 Comments


tootall commented on September 23, 2010 at 4:13 pm

do they serve other burgers besides beef?
I heard their selection of beer is quite extensive.


Nicholas commented on September 24, 2010 at 10:38 am

That’s not medium rare… that’s not medium well! BLASPHEMY!


Derrick commented on September 28, 2010 at 2:45 pm

this review coming from a beef expert such as yourself reaffirms my decision to give them a miss.

But where would u go for a nice burger ? burger bench and bar ? most original burgers ? spruce ? relish ? or DIY ?


ivan commented on September 28, 2010 at 4:25 pm

@Derrick: thanks, not an expert, just like beef a lot. And the answer to your question is coming soon, in stunning digital format, to a blog near you.


ivan commented on September 28, 2010 at 4:45 pm

@Nicholas: I know!


ivan commented on September 29, 2010 at 4:34 pm

@tootall: Did you read my post?


tootall commented on October 26, 2010 at 5:44 pm

yes i did read. sorry for the confusion. i meant do they serve chicken or lamb burger etc besides beef?


ivan commented on October 26, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Ah. Oh yes, they do serve other burgers besides beef.

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