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Saturday, April 20, 2024

The Betterfield

The Betterfield steakhouse is a small cozy restaurant tucked in the Central business district along Robinsons Road. They serve an offerings of burgers and steaks. Let’s check them out with a dinner dine-in.

Welcome to the Betterfield
Welcome to the Betterfield!

A steak and burger place

The establishment is not large, a bar floor to ceiling drinks storage greets you at heart of the restaurant cum pub. Seating is offered via a mix of tabled and high tabled seating. Let’s dwell straight into what is on offer.

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Entrance
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Restaurant bar
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Burgers on offer

Menu offerings revolve mainly around simple burgers and al-la crate western grill dishes. Their burger offerings are affordably well-priced in the $20 range. Starting off is their Crispy Panko chicken burger ($20). It is essentially a chicken cutlet burger- fried chicken thigh with garlic aioli with fresh spinach sitting between a pair of toasted bread buns. It is juicy, and not overly drippy too or dry too. A good middle ground.

The Betterfield Crispy panko chicken burger ($20)
Crispy panko chicken burger ($20).

Next up on their burger arsenal is their Pulled Duck Burger (also $20). It comprises of shredded Duck confit similarly found in their duck and pasta dish. You duck sits on a bed of lightly toasted burger buns and lettuce topped with Thai chilli sauce with spinach. Both burgers all comes served with fries and salad tossed in seasoning vinegar as sides.

The Betterfield Pulled Duck Burger ($20)
Pulled Duck Burger ($20). It is a flavorful contraption of a burger, loaded with tangy chili sauce which is not that spicy.

Also, I found their burgers well-done for the price, and the money is in the toppings, less the more conventional buns and fries which are nothing to scream home about. Additionally, if you can’t get enough of their truffle fries, you can opt for their side of Ultimate truffle fries ($12).

The Betterfield Truffle fries, regular fries topped with generous servings of Truffle ($12)
Truffle fries, regular fries topped with generous servings of Truffle ($12).

Still, The Betterfield had managed to pull together quality in the areas which matter, putting forward a value proposition rivaling those offered by other burger joints in the price range, like Fat Boys Burgers and Wolfgang Zwiener, but better than those offered by Simple burgers and Burger Frites. Also, if you desire something more filling, there are also 4 pasta options priced in the $20 to $25 range.

Truffle creme pasta, essentially pasta topped with Truffle ($20)
Truffle creme pasta, essentially pasta topped with Truffle ($20).

Try their steaks

In addition to their burgers is their steak highlights. Per-dish recommendations includes their 200g Ribeye steak ($24) or if you desire something tad more premium, their Aged Ribeye beef steak ($38) is one worth considering.

Notably, this price range is similar to that offered by iSteaks, but with a smaller menu offerings. Their aged steak is seasoned with a smokey taste, while their regular ribeye has a more “vanilla default” beef flavour you expect from freshly prepared medium-rare steaks which has minimal external fat.

Combination Beef Platter ($100)

Moreover, if you are in a group, or undecided on what beef to enjoy, their Combination Beef Platter ($100) gets a recommendation. It is tad a steak taster or sort with a combination of thinly sliced ribeye, aged ribeye, wagyu, served with truffle mustard and mesclun salad with Maldon sea salt.

Your combination steak platter ($100) is flame grilled in front of you
Your combination steak platter ($100) is flame grilled in front of you.

Here, the steaks come in a variety of aged levels, which the staff will gladly explain to you upon servings. There is also a fiery spectacle of your steak platter is flame grilled in front of you. Portion-wise, it can feed about 3 pax with a couple of additional sides (or burger mains in my case). Quality is good, though I would had appreciate more portions, and variety of sauces like the steaks we tried previously on our dine-in at Redeye Smokehouse.

Flame seared grilled on your table before serving
Flame seared on your table before serving.

Additionally, non-steak options includes their Duck Confit. It’s a $22 confit of duck leg, served with Berry compote, potatoes mushrooms and spinach. Their duck confit has a pleasant touch of being well-cooked soft without being dry. The portions may not fill you up fully though, especially if you are a big eater.

The Betterfield Duck confi (S22)
Duck confi (S22)

In addition, there is free-flow of plain water, a great welcome. Wrapping up with drinks are a menu selection of teas, coffees and cocktails priced around the $20 mark. Interestingly, there are no toilets in the restaurant here and is a 5 minute walk away tucked in a separate mall.

They used to operate at Bras Basah

Notably, the Betterfield used to operate at Bras basah area in the 261 Waterloo St in-town when we last visited them almost 5 years ago. Today, they are sited on the ground floor of Crown at Robinson just opposite along Robinsons street. Also, the area is notably very quiet past office hours. Still it is within walking distance to the nearest hotspot, Lau Pat Sat market which we checked out the Food Folks outlets recently.

Furthermore, interestingly Betterfield had been around all these years, under a sister branch known as Steakville. Also, following this Covid-19 circuit breaker restrictions, the staff indicated that there could be consolidation of restaurants to one location potentially as a virtual kitchen, or even offering a “cook at your home” service.

All in all, it is nice to see The Betterfield back as the steak house we come to know it as. Though the steak scene had gotten more crowded since we last visited them. The place is good for quality steaks but don’t expect the portions to go with it. They are open till 10pm daily.

Verdict:

Must Go! | Actually pretty Good | Worth Trying | Shortlist Optionally | Should Avoid

The Betterfield Locality Map

140 Robinson Rd,
#01-02 Crown at Robinson,
Singapore 068907
Opening Hours: 12pm to 10pm daily

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