The latest burger joint at Marina Bay Sands brings the nostalgic American luncheonette experience to our sunny island

1. The Pedigree

Restaurateur Chris Barish loves burgers, so much so that he opened Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer in New York in 2015 with chef Joe Isidori. With 11 outlets around the world, the gastropub aims to bring the bustling New York spirit to Singapore, complemented by a laid-back vibe, well‑curated music playlist and, of course, burgers, shakes and beers.

2. Soul Food

“It’s important to have different kinds of protein on the menu,” says Barish, who wants to cater to diners “from ages eight to 80”. But burgers retain the pride of place here. These include The Greg Norman burger (pictured) comprising medium rare Wagyu beef patty, creamy buttermilk-dill sauce, melted blue cheese and nutty arugula, bookended by two fluffy buns. There are other options too, including chicken, lamb, fish and vegetarian.

3. A Cold One

Black Tap offers a variety of mocktails, cocktails and craft beers. “We have 12 beers on draft as well as bottled beers sourced from Brooklyn, California and Australia,” says Julie Mulligan, Black Tap’s partner and head of development and design. There’s also the local Singapore Blonde Ale, with a slightly sweet and citrusy finish, perfect with burgers.

4. Sweet Surprise

It’s hard to resist the CrazyShake milkshakes. There are eight flavours ranging from Cotton Candy (strawberry) to Sweet N’ Salty (peanut butter). The most indulgent is the Cookies ‘N Cream Supreme, thanks to its thick and rich milk base served with a towering portion of whipped cream, loaded with crushed Oreos, and an ice cream sandwich with a chocolate drizzle.

5. A Slice of Soho

The Singapore outpost has stayed true to the look and feel of the original 15-seater burger joint in New York’s SoHo neighbourhood. “We used a lot of motifs and design elements such as black-and-white stripes, blonde wood and pops of neon colours,” says Julie. What makes it distinct from the other outlets is the 10m by 6m mural by local graffiti artist Has.J, which reflects the city’s vibrancy and street culture.

Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer |  L1-80, Bay Level of The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands (South Promenade), S(018956) | 6688 9957 |

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