The next time burger cravings hit you (and if you are feeling adventurous), why not try something new?
Let’s take a look at some “unique” burgers that can be found in Brunei. These aren’t your typical burgers. In fact, some of them may even wow you with their looks and taste. For a burger to be classified as “unique”, the following criteria has to be met:
– The burger is only available at one place.
– The burger gives a unique taste and experience.
– The burger is a permanent item on the menu. (Not seasonal!)
– There is a physical shop that customers can visit and is easily accessible.
– The shop is open at least 6 days a week.
Without further ado, let’s get into it.
#1. Aussie Burger
How much? $13
Where? Paddington House of Pancakes, Unit 3-4, Ground Floor, Spg 58, Serusop, Brunei-Muara, Berakas A
Opening hours: Daily from 8.30am to 10pm
This burger is like another variety of the waffle burger, but instead of using waffles, pancakes are used instead!
For the patty, you can choose either chicken or beef.
I opted for the chicken patty and it was really thick and well seasoned. The patty was very lean as well and it is super delicious.
The dish includes fries and fresh salad on the side with a tasty BBQ cumin sauce.
Apart from the patty, you also get crispy onion rings, lettuce, mozzarella and sautéed mushrooms on the burger which makes it really tall.
It is possible to squeeze everything and take a bite on it without having to use any cutleries. (However, be warned: You may struggle doing this!)
Eating this burger with pancakes instead of buns really does give it a unique experience as pancakes are flat, cakey and more dense. And no, they don’t use any maple syrup with this burger! It is the savory type with the BBQ sauce and all.
#2. Curry Buttermilk Burger
How much? $5.90
Where? Burger Dairy, No. 17, Ground Floor Block B, Bangunan Gadong Central
Opening hours: Daily from 9am to 10pm
I’m sure you have heard of buttermilk burgers and salted egg burgers before. These two burgers are common these days.
But what about curry buttermilk? The combination of curry and buttermilk on a dish is quite rare itself, let alone on a burger!
If I’m being perfectly honest, the sauce is more curry than buttermilk. The buttermilk contributes to the thickened consistency of the sauce.
The sauce reminds me very much of Japanese curry, and it’s a tad bit spicy.
Pieces of fried chicken used to make this burger. And my oh my! It’s good!
#3. Rock & Roll Burger
How much? $4 (beef)
Where? Taty’s Cafe, The Core Food Court, UBD
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday & Saturday from 9am to 7pm, Friday & Sunday from 11am to 6pm
Let’s get into the sweeter side of things!
If you love PB&J sandwiches, you may love this burger. They use the same ingredients except that they add meat into the mix! (Yep! You read that right!)
I absolutely loved this burger. It was certainly a very different (interesting) experience devouring it, instead of the usual savoury burger experience that we are all used to.
I personally prefer beef with this burger because the sweetness from the peanut butter and jam tastes good together. Both of these components also have different textures, with the peanut butter being pasty and jam gel-like.
#4. Italian Burger
How much? $11.90
Where? Burger Dairy, No 17, Ground Floor Block B,
Bangunan Gadong Central
Opening hours: Daily from 9am-10pm
Eating this burger felt like I was eating a pizza (in burger form)!
Double beef patties topped with tomato-based sauce, melted mozzarella cheese and honey garlic bun. Eating this burger certainly felt like a “2-in-1” experience!
#5. Groovy Burger
How much? $4 (chicken)
Where? Taty’s Cafe, The Core Food Court, UBD
Opening hours: Monday-Thurdsday & Saturday from 9am to 7pm, Friday & Sunday from 11am-6pm
This is the second burger from Taty’s to be featured in this article. And it’s oh-so-sweet!
If I’m being perfectly honest, I have yet to come across another burger joint in Brunei that serves “sweet tasting” burgers.
For this burger, maple syrup is used for the sauce. On top of that, a hash brown is added, giving you that unusual extra element.
I recommend opting for a chicken patty! Chicken and maple syrup go so well together! The maple syrup is poured lightly over the burger, giving it a subtle hint of sweetness.
#6. Rendang Burger
How much? $6
Where? Simpur Herbal Cafe, Universiti Brunei Darussalam nearby the Botanical Research Centre
Opening hours: Monday-Thursday and Saturday from 8am to 5.30pm, Sunday from 8am to 2pm
Move aside ‘Nasi Lemak’ burger, it’s time for the ‘Rendang’ Burger to reign.
What’s not to love about a Malay dish being turned into a burger?
At Simpur Herbal Cafe, the beef patty is first dipped in the ‘Rendang’ sauce for one minute to absorb all the rich flavours. The ‘Rendang’ sauce is then poured over the patty on the burger. (The ‘Rendang’ sauce on its own is rich in spices, coconut milk, etc.) Sweet potatoes and salads are served on the side.
Though the following did not make it to my list of “unique” burgers (because they did not meet the criteria above), they do deserve honourable mentions. Some of these burgers are sold only during events, via online vendors (lacking a physical shop) or are no longer available (seasonal).
This burger is the epitome of a Japanese burger. Kitaro Restaurant once served Rice Baga, a homemade teriyaki chicken patty is sandwiched between two smoked rice “buns” smothered with teriyaki sauce and partially wrapped in seaweed! Sadly, this is no longer available in Brunei.
Nasi Lemak Burger
As ‘Nasi Lemak’ burgers (such as the one above from Marrybrown) can now available at various eateries, I’m sorry to say but they have lost their novelty. However, if eateries could use rice buns, I think that would be really unique!
Instead of using buns for burgers, the ‘Donut Burger Brunei’ vendor uses donuts. I would normally see them at events. However, I’m unsure if they are still selling donut burgers.
This was from KFC’s seasonal menu. It was available fairly recently. This was the only burger that I know of that uses maple syrup apart from Taty’s Cafe (see #5 above).
An egg that’s placed at the centre of a patty. The egg yolk would burst in your mouth once you take a bite out of the burger. This burger is usually available at events under Charcoal Restaurant. Previously, it was sold under Happy Tummy Truck.
What do you think?
*Editor’s note: This story was written in collaboration with our local friend from Da’ Food Enthusiast who you can follow on Instagram by clicking here. To read Da’ Food Enthusiast’s past articles, click on the following links: Battle Of Brunei’s Salted Egg Fries & Taste Of The Philippines In Brunei: 6 Must-Try Dishes.