Shaker Lakers – Superb Burgers And Fusion Dishes From An Ex-Marche Chef!
Tucked away in Yishun Park Hawker Centre is a western food stall that you definitely would not want to miss! Shaker Lakers, opened by Irishman Michael Quinn and Singaporean Gillian Pua, serves up fantastic handmade burgers and pasta with a Peranakan twist.
Mr Quinn and Ms Pua met while working at Marche, where they discovered a shared passion for food and a dream of starting a western food stall of their own. The pair settled on setting up a hawker stall, as the costs of opening a cafe or restaurant proved to be too pricey.
Shaker Lakers makes every item on their menu from scratch, and nowhere is this commitment to freshness more prominent than in the Lakers Signature Beef Burger ($7.50). The beef patties are made to order, with Chef Michael forming the patty by hand before searing them on the flat top stove.
This seals in the patties’ natural juices, while also creating a crunchy outer crust. I took one bite and that was definitely one very juicy bite! With the toppings, things are kept simple with lettuce, tomatoes, melted cheese and onion sauce. Think of them as a great supporting cast, letting that glorious beef patty take centre stage!
The burger also comes with a side of hand-cut potato wedges, which had a nice golden crust while remaining fluffy on the inside. While the burger was slightly small, the big flavours of this dish made it a very satisfying meal, and something I would go out of my way just to have again!
The Sambal Prawn Linguine ($8) is the perfect example of how Shaker Lakers have combined flavours from the east and west.
The linguine was cooked perfectly al dente, with a satisfying bite. The pasta comes with three deshelled prawns, which are not only convenient for eating but also infuses the fresh prawn meat with the flavours of the sambal.
The sambal itself gave the dish a nice spicy touch without being too hot to handle. Make sure to drizzle your pasta with some calamansi lime juice to cut through the richness of the sambal sauce! My only criticism of this dish was that it was slightly oily.
Shaker Lakers combines top-notch cooking with fresh ingredients that are prepared in-house, something that you do not usually find in many other western food stalls in Singapore.
With its superb classic western fare and innovative fusion creations, you will be coming back whenever you need to satisfy your Western food cravings. What’s more, Shaker Lakers has a blackboard that they update with their special menu items for the day, so head on down to try the newest this stall has to offer!
Address: 51 Yishun Avenue 11, #1-24, Yishun Park Hawker Centre, Singapore 768867
Opening Hours: Tues - Sun: 11.30 - 2pm, 5 - 8.30pm. Closed Mondays.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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