Ashes – Smashing Good Burgers at Golden Mile Food Centre!
Ashes officially opened on 16 September 2019. After working for five to six years in various hotels, Lee Syafiq(first from the left) decided to open his own stall. To him, having people like the food he creates is a very rewarding feeling and it motivates him to continue on in the food industry.
Ashes, like a typical cafe, does main courses, side dishes, and desserts. How often will you find a hawker stall selling all three? They specialise in burgers, mac and cheese, and froissants (ice cream filled croissants).
To start things off with a bang, we dug into the Best of Both World burger ($9)! It was created because the owner really liked mac and cheese, and burgers. So, why not put them together? Sandwiched between their homemade charcoal buns are smoked cheddar, turkey bacon, their signature sauces, and breadcrumbs. It is meant to be a messy burger that oozes with cheese once you bite into it. The flavours of the mac and cheese and beef patty melded really well. I felt that the patty was a little too salty though.
The Ashes Smash Cheese burger ($5.90) is another one of their signatures. Their beef patties are grilled American style — smashed onto the hot grill. This is usually not seen in a hawker setting either. It is a standard beef burger complete with a nice crunch from the inclusion of fried shallots. The patty was juicy and very flavourful. Like the previous burger, the patty was a tad on the salty side.
The thick fries were crisp on the outside, and fluffy on the inside. The outer crust had a bit of texture to it, which reminded me of potato wedges. As with all fries, they’re best eaten when they’re hot!
To spice things up, we added some grilled chicken to the Mushroom Mac and Cheese ($8) The mac and cheese is made with three types of cheeses — mozzarella, smoked cheddar, and parmesan. The earthy flavour of the sautéed mushrooms was properly infused into the sauce. As much as I love mushrooms, the taste got a little too overpowering for me. I wished the taste of the cheese was more prominent. The tender pieces of grilled chicken were really well seasoned. Ashes marinates the chicken for more than a day with fresh garlic and cajun spices. That explains why it’s so tasty!
Now, the moment my sweet tooth had been waiting for, the froissants. We had the strawberry froissant and milk tea froissant ($4 each). Baked fresh daily, the croissants are filled with a mix of cream, and ice cream. They are then coated with a layer of chocolate ganache. My companions said it reminded them of doughnuts. The strawberry cream was fresh and bright. The milk tea cream was light and carried just a hint of tea. Both froissants were not too sweet.
One thing to note is that the size of the froissants was inconsistent. The strawberry froissant was a lot bigger. But the size doesn’t change how delightful they were to tuck into.
Ashes might be new, but they definitely are very promising. Can’t wait to see what else they come up with in the future!
Address: Golden Mile Food Centre #B1-24, 505 Beach Road, Singapore 1999583
Phone: 9270 4670
Opening Hours: 11am to 9pm daily.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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