A hamburger at Luke’s Oyster Bar and Chophouse


Truth be told, I deal with stress by cooking and eating. Mostly eating. This is why on a particularly trying day at work, I told myself I needed a hamburger for lunch. A serious burger for a serious man on a serious day.

And some solitude. A quiet moment to regroup and refocus. And where better to gain a respite from the grindhouse than a chophouse?


This wasn’t my first visit to Luke’s and on my first visit, I noticed 3 things: the lunch menu is different, the Clam Chowder was too good to share with people and the Stout Milkshake is awesome.

With a rather full lunch crowd, I was more than happy to sit by myself at the counter. With a copy of Prachett’s latest, I’m set. Besides, I like watching people prepare food; the Shrimp Cocktail looked marvelous.

However, I think a Shrimp Cocktail for lunch sounds a little too frivolous for a workday, so I opted for the working man’s Clam Chowder. It came in one of those nice resealable jars. Drizzled with some olive oil, I was in heaven.

The Clam Chowder serving was generous, full of clam, potato and flavor but I do think that some of the more salt-wary people might want to ask for less salt for this. I think the Clam Chowder had a “good salt” where it was salty enough to pique and wake-up my taste-buds without me reaching for the water glass. If I need water, then it’s over-salted.


The problem with me for wanting a serious hamburger is that once it arrives on the table, the craving for it goes away. So when the burger and it’s accompaniments was placed in front of me, I quailed; the whole was definitely greater than the sum of its parts.

Luke’s hamburger is made up of the classic premium combination of Sirloin and Ribeye; Ribeye for the tenderness and Sirloin for the flavor. It came perfectly cooked with a nice char; the texture was good without that mush that you get from an overworked patty.

Unfortunately, for me at least, the melted cheese got in the way of the taste of the beef. Initially I was somewhat disappointed that it was all tasteless. That is until I scraped away all the cheese, the flavor then exploded in my mouth. It’s a damn fine burger.


The side salad, a Coleslaw I believe was deliciously refreshing and I was glad Luke’s separated the veggies from the meat; I tend to eat the veggies last as a vague Mea Culpa for all that meat. Unfortunately I couldn’t finish the whole plate including the excellent fries. Oh yes, I loved the pickles too.

This was because I needed to save room for that one comfort food that I craved ever since I tried it: The Stout Milkshake with warm, soft Chocolate Chip Cookies. Indescribably good and comforting, the milkshake is why I traveled to Luke’s. It hits the spot every time.

Lunch at Luke’s Oyster Bar and Chophouse was very pleasant. I had a great chat with Travis Masiero, owner and proprietor about the state of the food in Singapore and how service can be enhanced if customers would take the time and talk to the service staff. All in all, it was a great hamburger lunch rounded off with a nice milkshake. I’d recommend having the bacon option but leaving off the cheese.

Oh yes,while I think we didn’t climb to the top of the food chain just to eat tofu, Luke’s does a vegetarian burger too.

Luke’s Oyster Bar and Chophouse is at 20 Gemmill Lane, Singapore 069256,Tel: +65 6221 4468, Opening Hours are: Mon–Fri: 12pm – 12am, Sat: 4pm – 12am, (Closed on Sun).

Stout Milk Shake: When done well, this could be one of the best milkshakes I've tasted in a long time.

Posted on 15th Nov 2011 in American, Singapore


There Are 8 Comments


Rubbish Eat Rubbish Grow commented on November 15, 2011 at 6:45 pm

How much does it cost? I heard Luke’s pretty pricy, about $160 per pax at least.


Ivan commented on November 15, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Well, Luke’s not a low-mid-end restaurant. Expect a premium dining experience.

However, having said that, it all depends on what you order because my last dinner there was about $60/pax and the 3 of us had oysters and stuff; we left sated.

If I remember correctly my lunch of clam chowder, burger and milk shake was about $60+ but remember, I couldn’t finish it because I over-ordered.

It’s not easy to go to over $160/pax as everyone would have to be exceptional eaters.


janelle commented on November 16, 2011 at 10:20 pm

pratchett! a fellow pratchett lover! is it ‘snuff’ you’re reading?


Ivan commented on November 17, 2011 at 1:13 am

@Janelle: Second time round reading it and I invite you to ponder upon the name of this food blog. πŸ™‚


janelle commented on November 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm

yes! πŸ™‚ if i were to start a food blog, i’d name it ‘The Joye of Snacks’. heh…

i only started pratchett three years back and i’m trying real hard to finish all the discworld books! (hard because i always have to read my favourite books again)


Ivan commented on November 18, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Wonderful! You should! I started back in the late 80s when his books began to appear in SG. I own about 3 copies of every book because they get worn out from re-readings. πŸ™‚


janelle commented on November 20, 2011 at 3:47 pm

i definitely shall try (getting all the books not the blog coz even though i LOVE cooking, eating and sharing i don’t have the patience to pause and shoot before scoffing down the food)! πŸ™‚ so i’ll just enjoy your blog; the patience to share, the detailed description and the satirical bits.


Ivan commented on November 21, 2011 at 2:22 am

@janelle: Thanks! It’s always nice to know someone enjoys my blog.

Just to note: Kinokuniya tends to restock reprints of Prachett’s old books. I managed to snag Dark Side of the Sun and Strata recently.

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