Dojo – Pork Burgers in CBD
Dojo refers to a formal training place for Japanese martial arts. Inspired by Japanese culture for delivery quality and creative dishes, Dojo sets itself apart by creating an array of pork burgers. Collaborating with Ninja Joe in Malaysia, Owner Michael worked with Ninja Joe to come up with these pork burgers strictly for this this brand.
So the story goes… Michael runs a backpacker hostel down the road, met Janice (owner of Ninja Joe) when she visited Singapore. Janice wanted to find a property to invest, so decided to collaborate with Michael to open Dojo. And in October, Dojo was born. The recipes here are different from Malaysia.
This self-service burger outlet has a small space with a small menu – eight burgers, two sandwiches, two salads and eight choice of snacks. But it is a hit among the working crowd in CBD district.
Honestly, there was nothing much to shout about their appetizers. We had the Komba Bao ($6 for 2 pieces) with braised pork belly served in very oily mantou. Then came the Pork Grillets ($6) which was slightly tough and dry. But that may be because we spent a long time taking photographs. So we ordered Pork Grillets XXX with fats ($8) after the photoshoot, and it was slighting charred, real fatty and juicy. But I will have a hard time finishing it.
For a local palette, go for Hadoken ($13) as the juicy pork patty is covered with spicy chilli meat sauce, cheese and bacon. It feels like a twist to the Rendang burger, plus the crunch bacon certainly make it one notch better. Alternatively, if you are a mushroom fan, Kaiju ($12) will make you happy as it’s just like our childhood Mushroom Swiss, with an earthy combination of shiitake, champignon and paddy straw mushrooms.
If you really really love pork (and very hungry), the Sumo burger ($13, additional $2 to upgrade to chilli cheese fries) may impress you. It is stacked with salad, pork patty, crispy pork belly and roasted sesame dressing.
If you prefer something more lean, go for the Little Dragon ($12) with lettuce, tomatoes and cheese atop juicy, grilled pork chop. They use grilled pork steak, instead of a minced pork patty, so it is very lean (and slightly tough for me).
I would say, they serve decent pork burgers in CBD area. Nothing impressive about the drinks menu though, I hope Dojo will be pairing their burgers with beer in the near future.
Address: 72 Circular Road, Singapore 049426
Tel: 6438 4410
Operating hours: Mon – Sat 11am-3pm, 6pm-10pm. Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays