The Place Carne Singapore opened at Amoy Street few days ago and is the first international outpost of the innovative burger chain anchored around sustainable gastronomy. Created by celebrated Argentine chef Mauro Colagreco, whose restaurant Mirazur in France is the current #1 on World’s 50 Best Restaurants and has 3 Michelin stars, CARNE’s concept echos the belief of Chef Mauro’s: “Every time you eat, you decide the world you want to live in”. Expect burgers, milkshakes, local craft beers and breakfast selections at the 80-seater smart-casual burger joint.
The Food Carne Singapore works with local and organic farms and producers who fulfil the criteria of sustainable and responsible practices. Apart from the grass-fed beef from Argentina and cheeses, everything else is sourced locally or from neighbouring countries. The meats used are free-range, such as grass-fed beef and hormone-free chicken.
I managed to try a couple of burgers. For once, the Classic Burger (S$19.50) is a combination of the Butter bun, natural Argentinian grass-fed beef, local oak lettuce, organic tomato, organic red onion. Expect a soft bun which makes it easy to chew, and tender beef patty here.
A Singapore exclusive with Argentinian accent, the Beef and Chimichurri Burger (S$24) is a twist to the classic burger with the addition of its signature chimichurri, artisanal murcian cheese, pickled jalapeno, organic red onion and local arugula. Go for this flavour if you are craving for something more punchy in flavour.
Lastly, the Veggie Burger (S$16) works surprisingly well for me. Turmeric bun, grilled portobello, local oak lettuce, tomato tapenade and charred halloumi cheese, needless to say I love the portobello.
For sides, the must have here is the Tripled Cooked Agria Fries (S$8.90), very crisp and addictive for me. Steamed, frozen, and deep-fried; the fries follow a precise and methodological three-step cooking process proprietary to Carne.
To go with the burgers, there are also Milkshakes (S$10) like chocolate and vanilla flavours.
From the breakfast menu, expect the likes of yogurts along with sandwiches like the Ham and Cheese Sandwich Toast ($17).
Rants It is inevitable to compare the prices of Carne to other burger brands like Shake Shack and the prices are definitely on the higher end.
Will I Return Again? For a casual burger meal in the Telok Ayer precinct, Carne is a worthy option to consider. Prices for the burgers are higher than the mass market brands around, and that is definitely attributed to the premium ingredients used.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
88 Amoy Street
Monday to Sunday: 8am to 11pm
Ranted by The Ranter