Hans Im Glück German Burgergrill – Delicious and healthy vegetarian and vegan burgers on Orchard Road

In Singapore’s burgeoning food scene, it is heartening to see the newly opened Hans Im Glück German Burgergrill on the busy Orchard Road. This international German chain has chosen Singapore to be its first outlet in Asia and its 50th outpost in the world. The cushy and green ambiance – in the form of a rainforest promptly catches your attention if you are walking past the Royal Thai Embassy in Orchard. Named after the famous German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, Hans Im Glück has a sprawling space that seats 180 covers and extends in a narrow and linear passage perpendicular to Orchard road.

Hans Im Glück

Hans Im Glück

The Orders
Their menu is modeled after a storybook and is well-made with great visual appeal. By practice, I opened the second last page of the menu hoping to find some vegetarian options mentioned there. To my pleasant surprise, vegetarian and vegan burgers lead the menu. Apart from that, there are a total of 11 vegetarian and vegan burgers on the menu that boasts of a variety that will make you squeal in delight. Kudos to that as the menu shows that it not only Portobello that can go into making a vegetarian burger.

Hans Im Gluck vegetarian and vegan menu

Hans Im Gluck vegetarian and vegan menu


To begin with, we ordered the ‘Beer-battered Onion Rings’ to start our meal. Cooked in a light and airy batter, these golden onion rings are perfect as a simple snack. An appetizer that’s ideal for rustling up and sharing with friends. It disappeared in no time and I wished for more rings for that price point. They have four sauces on every table: Sweet Chilli, Orange Mustard, BBQ Sauce and Vegan Mayo. The Orange Mustard and BBQ are a must-try and go very well with the onion rings. Highly recommended.
Beer-battered Onion Rings at $10

Beer-battered Onion Rings at $10


Next on the side, we tried the ‘Sweet Potato Fries’ which were well-seasoned. These fries are loaded with salt, crispy on the exterior and quite addictive. A tasty nibble that goes well as a side along with the burgers.
Sweet Potato fries

Sweet Potato fries at $6


After staring at their menu for 10 minutes and being spoiled for choice, we ordered the ‘Wolpertinger’ Burger. This contains a spicy corn patty with aged cheddar cheese and avocado cream. They offer 3 options for the burgers – Sourdough, Multigrain in buns and the Naked version – without a bun. We tried the Sourdough bun which is specially flown in from Germany and went well with this patty. Add in the BBQ sauce to elevate this combination on the whole. They also offer an option to double up your patty at an additional price of $4 as mentioned on their menu. But when I inquired, the option to double up on a vegetarian patty comes at an additional price of $8 which is not mentioned on the menu. I wish they sort this out soon and keep the price at $4 which is the same as the other burgers.
Wolpertinger

Wolpertinger at $15


The other burger we tried was the ‘KÄSEBOR’ which has a spinach and cheese patty, parmesan and pesto. The pesto is on the salty side and you’ll need to take one or two bites to get used to the overall taste. This burger was top-notch in its overall rendition – packed with flavor and texture. It paired very well with the multi-grain bun. Their burgers give the wholesome meal experience because of the quality ingredients used in their preparation. For those who work or are roaming in the Orchard area, their daily lunch set is available from 11am to 5pm.
KÄSEBOR

KÄSEBOR at $16


Apart from this, in their drinks, we tried the ‘Still Lemonade’ in the mango-ginger flavour. An apt thirst-quencher to to get your taste buds to a fruity fresh feel. I’m sure I’ll head back to this place soon to try the other vegetarian burgers and the desserts.
For their lush and green environment and a convenient location, for their ample options for vegetarians and vegans and for offering quality ingredients at a good price point, Hans Im Glück German Burgergrill is a must-visit.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Burgers ★★★★
Nearest MRT: Orchard
Address: 362 Orchard Road, Singapore 238887
Timings: Mon-Thu: 11am – midnight ; Fri-Sun: 11am – 1am
Website: https://hansimglueck-burgergrill.sg/
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Hungry Heroes – Tessensohn Road

With Batman vs Superman not hitting the mark, a lot of expectations are pinned on Captain America: Civil War for the superhero crowd storming the theaters. Nevertheless, we always look forward to this genre for the larger-than-life characters to infuse entertainment into our daily routine. Hence, I finally decided to visit Hungry Heroes, a superhero themed cafe situated at Tessensohn Road in Little India. Located in an unassuming alley, the cafe lights shone bright through the dark night. They have a cool logo that looked quite interesting. There are fewer options for vegetarians on the menu but my fascination to explore a different dining ambiance led me to this place.

Hungry Heroes

Hungry Heroes


This two floor cafe has the decor nailed to the T. Large figurines adorn the walls – most of the superheroes are from the owner’s personal collection. There is a huge chandelier made with tiny superheroes stuck together. The place is a delight for fans of superhero memorabilia – there’s a lot to look at and admire. Needless to say, this cafe is quite a hit with children and a good option if you want to throw a birthday party for large groups. The placemats were newspaper style and quite hilarious to read. They helped in bringing the superhero world to the forefront on the table.
Hungry Heroes decor

Hungry Heroes decor


HH placemats

HH placemats

The Orders
As a refreshing summer salad, we ordered the ‘Super Corn-y’ salad which was fresh corn shucked from the cob and served along with a tangy twist. The charred effect on the cob was definitely a hit and the tomatoes and onions lent balance to the salad.

Super Corny

Super Corny at $5


As a complete no-brainer, I had to try their (only) vegetarian burger offering called ‘Mario’s Lifeline’. Neatly stacked with layers of vegetables on the breaded and fried portobello mushroom, this burger was damn good! I was glad the the mushroom patty had a crisp bread covering which gave the necessary bite to the burger. Having said that, I really wish F&B outlets think of using ingredients like beetroot, chickpeas, zucchini etc. instead of the traditional mushroom offering everywhere. (Just a thought!) The fries and the side salad were well made.
Veg burger

Mario’sl Lifeline at $21


As a fun accompaniment to the burger, we ordered the ‘Colossal Coke Float’ which was a refreshingly bubbly ice cream float. Imagine a mammoth 1 liter mug on the table – that quantity is obviously to be shared 🙂 The vanilla ice cream was delicious and as it melted and blended with the coke, the drink became more tasty!]
Colossal Coke Float at $10

Colossal Coke Float at $10


Along with the food menu, they have an extensive drink selection in the form of beers, ciders and wines. Happy hours ends at 8pm, so if you are in the weekend mood, place an early beverage order.
Red wine

Red wine glass at $10


Advance reservations are recommended for this place. A special mention to service staff who clearly knew that I had vegetarian food requirements (as I had mentioned during reservation) and they were helpful, provided guidance and followed up when I actually visited the restaurant. For their superhero memorabilia, for their unique implementation of the themed cafe concept right from decor to the menu, for their service and good food, Hungry Heroes is worth a visit!

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: American ★★★
Nearest MRT: Little India/ Farrer Park
Address: 33 Tessensohn Road, Singapore 217656
Timings: Tue-Fri: 4pm – 11pm ; Sat-Sun: 12pm – 11pm
Website: http://www.hungryheroes.sg/

Roosevelt’s Diner and Bar – Dorsett Residences [Permanently Closed]

Think of a conveniently located cafe with a nice bustling feel to it. Roosevelt’s Diner and Bar situated conveniently above Outram Park MRT fits that description perfectly. Whether it be a weekend brunch or a dinner, this cafe has it all in terms of food and drinks. It has an NYC style industrial chic decor filled with warm lights. If you are looking to chill with some laid back and casual vibes, then this cafe fits the bill.

Roosevelt decor

Roosevelt decor


Roosevelt entrance

Roosevelt entrance

The Orders
If you are used to authentic Western food, then you will immediately assess that the menu had it all. Personally, I was happy to see a vegetarian burger that was not a Portobello Burger. There were a variety of options in drinks, starters, desserts and milkshakes, so in that sense you will be spoiled for choice.

Roosevelt menu

Roosevelt menu


I am always happy if a cafe tries to offer a non-mushroom burger in their menu and hence I ordered the ‘Deep Fried Vegetarian Burger’ which was a neatly stacked layer of vegetables, coated in breadcrumbs and fried. It contained red bell peppers, tomatoes, onions and lettuce and was served along with a bunch of french fries. The burger was quite delicious but it was a bit crumbly, so you have to be a bit careful while biting to it – otherwise it can get messy.
Veg burger

Vegetarian burger at $16


The other main for the night was the Roasted Veggie Aglio Olio. I was happy to see that this was a more substantial plate of pasta as it incorporated vegetables. Normally, this pasta features only mushrooms. The vegetables were well roasted and seasoned. Overall, a good dish.
Roasted veggie Aglio Olio

Roasted veggie Aglio Olio at $15


Since Singapore is pretty humid, its important to nail summertime desserts. And the ‘Roosevelt’s Salted Caramel Milkshake’ totally lives up to expectations. The evening light cannot do justice to the picture. It’s not loaded with ice and actually malted well to create real volume, this milkshake is totally recommended.
Roosevelt's Salted Caramel

Roosevelt’s Salted Caramel Milkshake at $8


For the variety in the menu, for casual vibes and attentive staff, Roosevelt is worth a visit for basic Western comfort food done well.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Western ★★★1/2
Nearest MRT: Outram Park (Exit H)
Address: 331 New Bridge Road, #01-02 Dorsett Residences, Singapore 088764
Timings: Mon-Thu: 8.30am – 10pm ; Fri-Sat: 8.30am – midnight ; Sun: 8am – 10pm
Website: https://www.facebook.com/rooseveltsdinerbar/

Blackbird Bistro and Bar [Permanently Closed]

While roaming at Dhoby Ghaut, I was surprised to find a New Zealand themed eatery hidden in plain sight! Situated at Handy Road in the stretch between Plaza Singapura and the Cathay, Blackbird Bar and Bistro spells charm. The well-done interiors, good music, and friendly welcome by staff elevated the initial impression of the restaurant. There is ample seating space as the restaurant is deceptively large. If you are watching a movie at the nearby theaters or looking for good happy hour deals or brunches, this place shall not disappoint you. Their 1-on-1 cider deals are totally worth getting during happy hours.

The Orders
I was in a bread and cheese kind of mood and ordered the ‘Summer Squash’ sandwich. What I love about a good grilled sandwich is that as you bite into it, the whole combination should be crispy, gooey, salty and comforting in all ways. This sandwich was all that and more. It had grilled aubergines, zucchinis, capsicum, basil pesto and brie on Turkish bread. The bread had a nice panini press feel to it and is worth trying. The fries on the side were well done and this item is quite filling.

Summer squash sandwich

Summer squash sandwich at $13.90


We also ordered the ‘Rigatoni’ as the pasta main. It was cheesy and piled high with vegetables. The pasta was slightly overdone and the dish needed a little more seasoning. A decent dish, but not one of their best efforts.

Rigatoni

Rigatoni at $17


As we liked the food, we decided to try the desserts as well. Their ‘Fig and Honey Ice cream ‘ definitely looked like something that should not be missed. Seated on a soft bed of berries, this huge scoop of ice cream looked regal. The sprinkled icing on the sides made it look like a planet in the solar system. Extremely tasty, highly recommended.
honey and fig icecream

Fig and honey ice cream at $5


Chocolate fans will not be disappointed with the next dessert offering. The ‘Lava Cake ‘ was an eruption of luscious chocolate. When we cut into it, the ganache flowed right out of the center. The scoop of vanilla ice cream lent a nice balance.
Chocolate lava cake

Chocolate lava cake at $10


Since the dessert portions were huge and were pocket-friendly, we also tried the ‘Custard Cake’ which was the daily special.
Daily Special

Daily Special at $5


I had heard about their charcoal buns and would have liked to try them if Blackbird offered a vegetarian burger on their menu. For their affordable bistro food, top-notch desserts, friendly service and the ambiance, Blackbird Bar and Bistro should not be missed.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Bistro food ★★★1/2
Nearest MRT: Dhoby Ghaut/Bras Basah
Address: 6 Handy Road, Singapore 229234
Timings: Tue-Sun: 11.30am – 3pm ; 6pm – 10.30pm
Website: http://www.blackbird.com.sg/

Sweet Potato and Chickpea Burger with Tahini Spread

I was surfing the web and saw that most of the food-related updates were connected to the Superbowl. Finger foods, bar bites, burgers and beers comprised most of my news feed. To add to that, I was missing vada pav from back home. This dish was a result of all such thoughts. I decided to use sweet potato as the primary ingredient. Most vegetarian burgers contain mushrooms – but I’m not a big fan of them. To add some body to the burger, I used chickpeas. This combination worked great together and the patty had layers of flavour and texture. When slathered with some tahini yogurt dip topped with thinly sliced onions, it was a perfect bite. It is not very oily and the patty has loads of texture on its own. We paired it with wholemeal buns – but they are good enough to eat on their own. For those who are vegans, you can just skip the yogurt spread. I would love to hear how it turned out in case you try it 🙂

Recipe Details :
Serves: 3 pax
Time: 45 mins
Difficulty: Medium

Ingredients :

  • For burger patty

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 2/3 cup chickpeas, soaked overnight. Else use canned ones.
  • 1/3 cup of all-purpose / wheat flour
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Salt to taste

  • For tahini spread

  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Sweet potato and chickpea burger

Sweet potato and chickpea burger with tahini spread


To make the patty:

  • If you are not using canned chickpeas, pressure cook or boil soaked chickpeas till they are soft.
  • Wash and peel the sweet potato. Coarsely grate it to yield around 2 cups. Once grated, squeeze out the water from the sweet potato.
  • In a bowl, take the grated sweet potato, chickpeas, flour, salt and the spices. Mix well to combine. While mixing, try to keep different textures of the chickpeas. I left some whole, some were partly broken and some were smoothened into a paste.
  • Make rounds of the patty mixture and flatten them.
  • Sweet potato and chickpea burger patty

    Sweet potato and chickpea burger patty

  • Heat a non-stick pan on medium flame and add the oil. Place a flattened patty and let it cook on one side. After about 2 mins, flip it to the other side. Remove it when golden brown and crisp.

To make Tahini spread:

  • For the spread, take all the spread ingredients in a bowl and stir. It will seem thick at the start, but as you keep stirring it, you will get the desired consistency.
  • To assemble the burger, I placed the patty on the lower half of the bun, added a layer of onions on top of it and then topped it off with the delicious tahini spread. We had a great meal!

Tips:

  • Do not overcook the chickpeas. You need them to give texture to the patty.
  • Squeeze as much water as you can from the sweet potato. If the patty mixture is too “wet”, it will not get crisp.

Real Food – Orchard Road outlet

An organic, healthy, vegetarian restaurant coupled with relaxed ambience sounds almost surreal. This place, however, is true to its name. Situated in Orchard Road, is a spacious restaurant called Real Food that will make you feel at ease with its decor and ambiance. The restaurant has two types of seating : sofas and large wooden tables. These sections are bifurcated by a huge wooden book shelf and can accommodate small and large gatherings. I prefer the sofa section as it has a lounge feel and is ideal for long friendly chats. When you are seated on the sofas, you can see a lovely photo collage on the walls facing you and when you turn back, you can grab a book and begin to read. You never know how time passes by at this warmly-lit place.

Real food decor

Real food decor

The Orders
For starters, we decided to go for the ‘Herb Salad on Tomato Bruschetta’. The bread had a nice crunch which contrasted well with the cherry tomatoes, herb and vinegar topping and we gobbled it up in no time. To beat the heat, we also ordered the ‘Organic Lemonade’ at the same time and it was absolutely refreshing.

Herb salad on tomato bruschetta

Herb salad on tomato bruschetta at $7.80


Organic lemonade

Organic lemonade at $5.80


Next, we ordered the ‘Beet (Millet) Burger’ since we had heard so much about it. This is a delicious handmade patty made with beetroot, carrot and a combination of other veggies. It is slightly crumbly in nature but quite tasty and I enjoyed the burger. It is served with sweet potato wedges which makes the whole dish an interesting combination.

Beet burger

Beet burger at $12.80

For the next dish, we went for the ‘Balsamic Cherry Tomato Prune Pasta’ which was just OK. The pasta was dry and needed more sauce. It is better to eat it when served hot. Since their menu is quite extensive, it is better to try out other dishes if you are headed there for the first time.

Balsamic cherry tomato prune pasta

Balsamic cherry tomato prune pasta at $8.80

My friend ordered the ‘Stuffed Veggie Salad’ which was a beetroot patty with combination of veggies (like the burger), but excluding the bun. It is quite filling on it own and totally healthy.

Stuffed veggie salad

Stuffed veggie salad at $9.80

They have some interesting desserts on display at their counter and all of them are gluten-free. We ordered the ‘Vegan Brownie’ which was a large slab of deliciousness and can easily be shared by two people. We also ordered ‘Chocolate and Date Cake’ which was a small square filled with the rich taste of natural dates and I would totally recommend it.

Vegan brownie

Vegan brownie at $6


If you are a fan of rice, then the ‘Baked Brown rice’ is recommended. After the meal, you can also shop around the grocery section for organic items. The restaurant sells a variety of chips, coffee beans, teas, honey, juices, sugar, nuts and cooking items. Their menu is crystal clear and states which items are vegan and/or gluten-free. From a healthy vegetarian perspective, for their comfort, ambiance, variety in menu, affordable cost and delicious food, Real Food is totally worth a visit.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Vegetarian ★★★★
Nearest MRT: Orchard
Address:181 Orchard Road, #02-16 Orchard Central, Singapore 238896
Timings: Mon-Sun: 10 am-9 pm
Website: http://realfoodgrocer.com/

Third and Sixth Bistro

Situated in Seah Street , this restaurant is a hidden gem. Named after its unit number – 36, Third and Sixth Bistro is the perfect place to unwind with friends after a busy day. One of the first things I noticed was that they were playing the hits of the 90’s and I was almost instantly humming along to the tunes. The tables are large (and broad) with long bench styler seats. Since we had reserved in advance, we were immediately attended to. The staff remembered that I had specifically mentioned egg less mains for me during my phone enquiry for a reservation. That attention to detail has stayed with me. For those who have not figured out yet, I eat eggs when it is used as an ingredient in desserts or bakery items and do not consume it in other forms. The menu instantly appealed to me because of the interesting names and clear descriptions about the ingredients of every dish on the menu.

The Orders
Burgers are famous at this joint and we went for ‘Fungus Among Us’. The patty is replaced with two grilled Portobello mushrooms. Mushroom lovers can have a go at it along with the option of fries or wedges as the sides.

Fungus among us

Fungus among us at $17

Labelled under ‘Sinless Grub’, ‘Stan Winston’s Head’ struck a chord with me. It had an interesting combination of butternut pumpkin and soy beancurd wrapped in a tortilla. The wrap was delicious and I was intrigued by how completely filling and non-messy it turned out to be. Chips come as crunchy sides to the wrap.

Stan Winston's head

Stan Winston’s head at $9


The other dish that we tried was the ‘TM’n’T’ which is their vegetarian pasta offering. There was nothing unique about the aglio olio pasta and it could have done with some more seasoning.
tmnt

TM’n’T @ $12


They also have a Soup of the Day. The day we went, it was ‘Potato Soup’. I tried it on a whim – and was very happy that I did. They also offer quite a few ‘Happy Hour’ promotions. The environment exudes camaraderie as it was clearly visible that it was started by three friends who are passionate about their joint. The place has a chill-out ambiance and a kind of instant appeal that makes you want to linger at your table long after the meal is done. Well worth a visit for an evening’s relaxation with some music and friends.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Burgers, Pasta and Wraps ★★★1/2
Nearest MRT: City Hall
Address: 36 Seah Street, Singapore 188392
Timings: Refer their Facebook page mentioned below
Website: https://www.facebook.com/3rdand6th