Three Buns might have been there for more than 2 years when I firstly had my feet stepped into the venue. Yeah, actually I was so excited to visit it when it's just established. However, my sister went there first without me and that ended up making me keep delaying going there as I had to find a companion. Weeks passed and finally BAMMMM! 2 years already LOL. Nonetheless, call me lucky that Three Buns finally released some of their new menus and my foodie friends and I were invited to give them a try. So there I was, becoming the super late first timer *giggling*.
Entering the venue, you would be amazed by what's behind the door because honestly speaking, I didn't expect it was that huge from the outer appearance. For me the design was uniquely remarkable, especially the mezzanine. Looking at the people sitting there reminded me of Char-Char, one restaurant in Seminyak Bali where the guests sat on the staircases facing the road and doing people-watching. So this was like indoor people-watching, what a distinctive idea! I would call this restaurant an art space as well since the overall arrangement beyond the mezzanine was so stunning for me. The kitchen which came in bus shape, the real plants all over the corners, the beautiful wooden furniture, simply every single detail amazed me. I once heard that it used to be very hot because of the semi-transparent ceiling which allowed natural sunlight ran into the venue. However, listening to the guests' complaints, they now made the restaurant fully air-conditioned, so let's say bye to get sweating.
Having its outlets operating in Jakarta and Singapore, Three Buns mainly specialized in burgers. The guy behind the recipe, Chef Adam Penney, brought the idea from London all the way to Southeast Asia. Wondering how it looked like? Sit back, prepare your coffee, and enjoy the rest of the blog post.
Baby Huey (IDR 90k)
120g prime beef patty, cheese, ketchup, pickles, and spiced mayo
If I recalled correctly in my memory, this burger was one of the most favorites from Three Buns. Yes I remembered at the first few months the restaurant was there and everyone posted about it, it was featuring this Baby Huey. Yeah you read it right, super attractive name.
Actually, looking at the toppings, this was pretty much like cheese burger. Simple combination typically delivered there with beef patty, cheese, and pickles. I couldn't mention what's it in particular, but there's strong flavor from the pickles which didn't really go well with my palate. Fortunately, it was saved by the tender and luscious patty, so I guessed next time the first request would surely be 'no pickles please'.
Burning Man (IDR 100k)
120g prime beef patty, smoked cheese, roasted jalapeno, ketchup, dashi mayo
If you had the spicy-tolerant taste bud, Burning Man might be what you wanted. Same as the prior one, but replacing the pickles with jalapeno. Yesss, that chili which has been well-known for being so hot. Combined with the dashi mayo, this menu brought out that mix of sour and spicy flavors to burn your tongue (in a good way for sure). Quite a decent option to try ;)
Fun Boy Three (IDR 110k)
120g prime beef patty, roasted portobello mushroom, miso garlic butter, double ketchup, truffle aioli, and cheese
Coming with different stuffing, this Fun Boy Three paired your beef patty with portobello mushroom. I was always a lame for Portobello Mushroom as I couldn't say no to almost any dishes containing it. Not being an exception, this burger was a delectable one with additional miso garlic butter, truffle aioli, and cheese. One of my most favorite among the three; presenting succulent taste, mind-blowing aroma, and beautiful mix of texture from the juicy patty, slightly crispy bun, and chewy mushroom. Yummmm!
Bellyfull (IDR 90k)
Steamed rice, den miso glazed pork belly, griddled daikon, cuciwis greens, sunny side up, fried shallots
Moving to the new menu I mentioned in prior. If rice burger's something already familiar for you, let me introduce you to Three Buns' rice bowl which came with the burger toppings. Yesss, exactly similar to the burger, just that the carbo part was changed to rice instead of buns; couldn't suit Indonesian taste bud better, could it? Don't misinterpret the name Bellyfull as something coming in gigantic portion that would make your tummy full. Instead, that Belly stood for pork belly, whereas for the Full, it might indeed reflect the generous portion for the toppings. Having the sunny side up perfectly runny, it's such a delightful taste having the yolk mixed with the rice and the big cuts of juicy pork belly altogether. Not to mention, the fried shallots which had been my all-time favorite toppings since childhood time. Extra extra joy there <3
Burning Man (IDR 95k)
Stir-fried rice, 100g aged beef patty, gochujang sauce, scallions, ketchup, dashi mayo, smoked cheddar
The rice version of the second burger I had. As said by its name, Burning Man, it indeed burnt your tongue with the hot flavor, but at the same time burnt my addiction to it. I was totally sold! So surprising that I loved loved loved this rice bowl version far better than the burger one, while I usually tended to picked buns than rice for carbo. So I guessed not much explanation needed here, you gotta try yourself :)
The Vanilla Guerilla (IDR 45k)
Dark chocolate brioche bun, vanilla ice cream patty, with hot salted butterscotch sauce
Having had much savory ones, sweet would always be the next. Hearing that this dark chocolate bun with vanilla ice cream stuffing was one of the most favorite, I didn't put any doubt to go for it. Well, in my thought that's so called totality. So being good in savory burger alone's not enough and thus they had to excel in the sweet ones as well. Three Buns proved it right; this dessert couldn't go better. It was super tantalizing with the extra moist bun and the luscious vanilla ice cream whose sweetness flawlessly balance the brioche bun itself. The butterscotch dipping made it become even far more hypnotizing. I loved it to the level that next time I guessed sharing shouldn't be an option *peace*.
Cereal Milk Shake
Before I had my first sip from this glass, I had been warned that this drink was addicting yet it's quite a heavy one, just like breakfast shake. Then I took my first sip, ignoring the warning, and oopsss, I guessed I had fallen into the trap as I found myself couldn't stop from sipping some more. Fragrant vanilla and cereal blend which was too good to resist, being neither overly sweet nor too milky. If I could have this for my daily morning breakie, I guessed every evening would be too long to wait for the sun to rise and have another breakfast <3.
As I believe most of you must have been to Three Buns, so if you used to love it yet you couldn't bear the heat, you'd better shoo your bad memory away as it's no longer hot. Nevertheless, for you who haven't tried Three Buns, you surely had to, especially their 'must-have' trio of Burning Man Rice, The Vanilla Guerilla, and Cereal Milk Shake!
Pssstttt. For you who reside in Bali, Tokyo, Seoul, or Hong Kong, I heard they plan to expand there so wait for your turn :)
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