The newest addition to Indonesian-based brand Potato Head family, Potato Head Folk has opened its doors in Singapore offering a boho-chic F&B experience where guests are treated to distinctively different restaurants and bars spanning across four floors in what used to be Tong Ah Eating House, an iconic building on Keong Saik Road established in 1939.
Designed as PTT Family’s ‘home’ in Singapore, Potato Head Folk has the intimate feel of a private house – the first floor is the kitchen – the dynamic burger restaurant Three Buns; the second its living room – a relaxed restaurant with table service; the third its private studio – a decadent drinking den; and the rooftop its garden – a tropical-paradise open-air bar.
Three Buns serves an entirely homemade menu of mouth-watering burgers, sides, sodas and cocktails. With burgers named after iconic songs from hip-hop culture, my lunch at Potato Head Folk was a laid back afternoon in what felt like the eclectic living room of a quirky collector.
Smokin’ B-Boy (S$28): prime 150g beef patty, double smoked cheese, Dingley Dell beer & treacle cured bacon, BBQ ketchup, smoky mayo & crisp onions in a demi brioche bun.
Honky-Tonk (S$19): buttermilk fried chicken, coleslaw, lettuce, pickles, ‘Big Poppa Hot Sauce’ & den miso mayo in a sesame seed bun.
James Brown aka The ‘Codfather’ of Soul (S$26): cod fish fingers, mushy peas, lettuce, bread & butter pickle tartare sauce in a rice bun.
Naughty Fries (S$10): spiced bearnaise, hot beef chilli, crisp shallots, parmesan and sesame seeds.
Beets by Dre (S$7): caramelised and pickled butternut squash, roasted beetroot, feta cheese, gocthugaru & crisp sage.
For dessert, I had Penney’s Pot Heads in every flavor on the menu: Rich Chocolate (S$4), Zesty Lemon (S$4) and Sticky Icky Wicky (S$6), a sticky toffee pudding served with clotted cream, gula melaka and toasted coconut butterscotch sauce. The chocolate flavor is exactly what it is, rich and melt-in-your-mouth creamy. Predictably I enjoyed the lemon pot better as it sent a solid tart punch that made my eyes squint. I fell in love with the toffee pudding though, it hit all the right spots with its dense texture and delicious accoutrements. And the best part had to be the serving portion of these pots – moderately dainty and a perfect three-spoon indulgence to cap off the meal.
Drink-wise, I had the homemade Bare Roots Cola (S$7), made from lavender, coriander seed, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise, ginger & citrus zest – superbly refreshing!
All in all, I appreciated the hip ambiance of the restaurant and the whimsy interior decor designed by Australian artist, David Bromley. Food-wise, I liked the sides, the burgers filled me up adequately but frankly, felt somewhat overpriced. I can see myself wanting to go back there again for lunch (definitely must have Sticky Icky Wicky again!) but there are other gourmet burger joints that serve bigger portions with sides at better price points that would appeal to me more.
※ Personal scribblings: Part 1 of 4 back-to-back events on a normal day which led to a fortuitous encounter! Wheeeee~
Potato Head Folk
36 Keong Saik Road
Tel: (+65) 6327 1939