Mano a mano!

Mano a Mano!

Story & photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling GourmetTM

Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet goes to 313 Orchard to relish…

MARVELLOUS, Sensuous & Glamourous hand crafted Handburgers. That is the only MSG you will find here, because one of the 3 Directors, Chef Anna Lim is very particular about having no MSG and no preservatives in her restaurants. Even the burger buns are hand baked here daily. Rectagular and cube shaped lamps plus bench like tables set the scene for ‘posh’ burgers.

Every entrée comes with a choice of chunky fries, soup or Caesar Salad. I tried Blue Cheese Handburger…150g of prime New Zealand grass-fed beef with roasted pear for a touch of sweetness and texture, sexy melting Blue Cheese, sweet Onion Jam, handmade BBQ sauce on Baby Spinach & Tomato, all held together with a toasted caramelized onion bun. I sank my mighty molars in to find… OMG! It was delectable! Meaty & tasty!


Note the Caesar Salad in a nice bowl






Yummy Yummy!

I sampled also the aptly named Happy Lamburger which had 150g of premium New Zealand Lamb, 20mm thick, served “medium well”, ever so lightly spiced with Feta Cheese& Cumin, topped with an Egg ‘sunny side up’, minty Mayonnaise on a futon of Coral Lettuce plus Tomato slices. The bun is different being a rustic Cornmeal bun. With this, I recommend the Lychee with Mint Crush wonderfully presented in a Daiquiri glass with chunks of lychee and flecks of mint. This refreshing slush is excellent with the lamb as I find it takes the place of the traditional mint sauce.


I love Lamb!




LYCHEE with MINT  Crush!

The chunky Mushroom Soup that accompanied the burger was also chunky and flavourful without being over salty. It is the kind of soup you could find in a pricey French style Bistro.
The Caesar Salad that comes together with the burger was a lovely Surprise! I expected a few tired lettuce leaves and some limp tomato slices with Vinaigrette…but it was served in a bowl with half a boiled egg, cherry tomatoes, brown bread Croutons Paysanne, Romaine Lettuce. The icing on the cake, or should I say Salad, was über-crunchy Bacon rashers!

Burger for Dessert?
It looked like a burger BUT it was actually two soft & fluffy Donut buns holding a “patty” of 70% Dark Chocolate Couverture spiked with crunchy Macadamias. The trimmings include Cream Cheese with Apple Brunoise which looks like mayo with onions, plus butter icing and Strawberries which replace the tomato.

They also have something awesome called “The Works” and “Double Ecstacy” which I have yet to try, so I am coming back for more Handburgers!

Incidentally, “Mano a Mano” means in Spanish, “hand to hand“.

As The Travelling Gourmet, I always say, “Food is Life!”
Live to eat and be well and happy! 


The Handburger

313 Orchard Road,


313 @ Somerset,


Tel: +65 6509 6214

Hours: 11.30am to 10pm daily

Ambience 3.5*           Cuisine ****           Service****

About thetravellinggourmet

As a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer he has travelled the world in a keen & indomitable pursuit of exotic delicacies & fine wines. His articles have been published in over 20 prestigious publications, both local & international. Dr. Lim has toured and trained in Wine Evaluation & Oenology in most of the world's top wine producing areas from France to Australia. The Travelling Gourmet says, "Gastronomy has no frontier. These are the gastronomic voyages of The Travelling Gourmet. My unending mission. To explore strange new cuisines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." Have pen, will travel. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage & retrieval system, without permission from Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet and/or MSN. Material may be works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents may be true but may also be products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance whatsoever to actual person or persons, either dead or living, events, or locales may be entirely and purely coincidental and unintentional. No part of this website may be used to villify others or for criminal purposes. Interests: Travel, Food, Wines, Cooking, Wine Appreciation, Parachuting, Languages, Music, Reading, Swimming, Hunting, Ballet, Fencing, Archery, Anthropology and more... The Travelling Gourmet is a copyrighted trademark. All rights and photos reserved. No part may be reproduced without permission.
This entry was posted in Food and drink. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s