A Birthday at Burnt Ends, 20 Teck Lim Road, Keong Saik, Singapore

Burnt Ends, 20 Teck Lim Road, Singapore
Burnt Ends, 20 Teck Lim Road, Singapore

We rocked up to Burnt Ends (facebook. 20 Teck Lim Road, Keong Saik) on a Saturday evening, foolhardy, without having made a prior reservation.

One last table was available outside where we could watch couples out on dates and the Potato Head valet slot cars atop double-yellow lines.

Beef marmalade and pickles. Burnt Ends, 20 Teck Lim Road, Singapore

Toast, Tomatoes, and Lardo. Burnt Ends, 20 Teck Lim Road, Singapore
Started with beef marmalade and pickles on toast, and tomatoes and lardo also on toast.

Burnt Ends Sanger (pulled pork burger with coleslaw, chipotle aioli, brioche bun), Burnt Ends, 20 Teck Lim Road, SingaporeThe Burnt Ends’ sanger (pulled pork with coleslaw and chipotle aioli in a brioche bun). Cheesy bit was suspiciously reminiscent of the melted yellow cheezwhiz slathered over nachos at the bowling alley that used to occupy the grounds of Orchard Cineleisure.

rump cap, burnt onion, and bone marrow. Burnt Ends, 20 Teck Lim Road, Singapore

Would have liked a little more char on the rump cap with burnt onion and bone marrow. The marrow also needed a tiny pinch of salt and pepper to perk it up.

With such a promising yet lackluster meal, we marked another year of a dear friend’s existence.

There’s nothing like a spot of catching-up to render one fully cognisant of the futility of one’s well wishes. I wish my friend had had a happier married life in the past year – not spending time in the same flat in different rooms engaged in separate activities; not failing to pray together or read the Bible together as if they were strangers to a common faith; not staring into a future of continuing to be not-quite-wedded…

…with us helplessly spectating…

Burnt Ends, 20 Teck Lim Road, Singapore

Perhaps, only prayer…

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