Published on Monday, 13 June 2016 00:00
Written by Cheryl Teo Kai Lin
Salute Coffeeshop is home to passionate chefs serving up gourmet food in a humble setting at affordable coffeeshop prices for people from all walks of life to enjoy. One of these gourmet food stalls include Jack Ripper – a burger joint commited to only using the best and freshest of ingredients in its towering burgers.
Jack Ripper took over the space that used to house The Travelling C.O.W. (a burger joint with ramen noodle buns) just last year in the hipster kopitiam. Jack Ripper is a collaboration between Absinthe’s Executive Chef Nicholas Reynard and the man behind Salute Coffeeshop (who chooses to remain anonymous). With such a prominent chef from the illustrious fine-dining French restaurant as the brains behind Jack Ripper's menu, one would naturally expect great things from this burger joint.
White Chocolate Milkshake, $8.50
The white chocolate milkshake was extremely creamy with extremely strong notes of vanilla ice cream and melted white chocolate. It was almost like drinking straight out of a white chocolate fondue, except that it was lighter, more flavorful and refreshing. The scoop of cookie ice cream on top helped add a nice buttery flavor and velvety texture to the milkshake.
Dark Chocolate Milkshake, $8.50
Chocoholics would love this rich and sinful dark chocolate milkshake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream colorfully sprinkled with hundreds and thousands. The rainbow confetti of little sugar beads provide a sweet crunch to the thick and smooth milkshake inundated with molten dark chocolate. Both the white and dark chocolate milkshakes' recipes were created by a Melbourne chocolate specialist, which explains their phenomenal flavors.
Ripper's Classic, $16
The sexy buns on this burger seduced me as soon as I laid eyes on the Ripper's Classic. The buns were toasted for just the right duration for its sweet and buttery aroma to be coaxed out with a slight crisp around the edges yet still remaining light and fluffy as pillows on the inside. The flame-broiled patty which is made from 100% premium grass fed beef from a combination of different cuts from Japan and Australia was a thick hunk of juicy, tender and succulent meat perfectly seasoned with a melted slice of sharp cheddar cheese enveloping it. Sweet caramelized onions, fresh tomato slices, a green romaine lettuce leaf, and the savory and creamy secret in-house made Jack sauce completed the gorgeous work of art that is simply just packed and dripping with its natural beefy juices. The delicious spicy cajun fries was as equally gratifying as the burger, beautifully deep-fried a golden brown with a crispy exterior and fluffy potato interior.
Tofu Burger (Burger of the Week, inclusive of milkshake), $22
Despite having a largely carnivorous diet, this vegetarian burger was still surprisingly tasty. The chef refused to let me in on what the patty comprised of, but from the looks and taste of it, I would say that it is predominantly based on potatoes, broccoli and carrots finely minced and mixed together to form a patty, then coated with panko breadcrumbs and deep-fried till a crispy crust forms on the outside while the inside is cooked through and remains moist and soft, yet with a little bit of a crunch from the carrots. It is put together with a gooey slice of sharp cheddar cheese, tomatoes, romaine lettuce, the secret Jack sauce and sandwiched between two tofu buns coated in beaten egg prior to it being deep-fried for that outer layer of eggy goodness. The whole shebang is a vegetarian's dream of an oily and comforting monster burger with multidimensional flavors and textures. The burger of the week is not listed on the menu as it changes up once every week, so you would have to ask the chef what he has cooked up on that particular day that you go down to give them a try.
Address: Salute Coffeeshop, Blk 119 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-40, Singapore 151119
Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 10pm (Tues-Sun), Closed Mon