Big Bern's American Grill: This Muslim-Owned Hawker Stall Serves Yummy Halal Western Food In Singapore


Faruq Senin •  Mar 25, 2020

Halal western food in Singapore might be aplenty but to find one that stands out from the rest might be a little tricky ? If you're a fan of western food, you'd want to check out Big Bern's American Grill as it offers something different.

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Set up by Muslim-revert Bernie Utchenik and his wife, Zee Faudziah Utchenik, the stall at Timbre+ specialises in halal Southern Louisiana cuisine. Fun fact: Bernie (also known as Big Bern) used to own the famous Botak Jones chain and its halal counterpart, Botak's Favourites!

Credit: Big Bern's American Grill on Facebook

Once you arrive at Timbre+, you'd be able to spot Big Bern's with its American-style "food truck". For the uninitiated, Timbre+ is a modern and hipster hawker centre complete with live entertainment on some nights.

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One of their signature dishes is none other than their Cajun chicken (from $7.80) - chicken breast is marinated in their own blend of Cajun spices then charbroiled before it's topped with melted mozzarella cheese and homemade Cajun sauce. Even if you're not a fan of chicken breast, you have to try this as they grill it till it's moist and tender ? What's more, their recipe has been tried-and-tested for 20 years!

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Credit: Zee Faudziah Utchenik on Facebook

Another Louisiana special you have to try is the Po'Boy (from $9.80)! This dish has an interesting history back in Louisiana - it used to be made by those who didn't have a lot of money would make sandwiches using French baguettes and whatever ingredients which were cheap and available. It used to be called "Poor Boys" but the South Louisiana accent pronounced it as Po'Boys. Once you order a Po'Boy, it'll be freshly cooked. The cheesesteak Po'Boy is a hot favourite - sliced ribeye is sauteed with onions, green peppers, beef gravy and cheddar cheese and stuffed in a buttered bun ?

Credit: Zee Faudziah Utchenik on Facebook

If you're a fan of steaks and burgers, don't leave Big Bern's without trying their Prime Ribeye Steak which is well-grilled and tasty. This 200 grams of New Zealand ribeye is topped with their homemade gravy and garlic butter plus 2 sides of your choice. Pick the Cajun fries to accompany your meal!

Their burgers are also really inventive with options like pulled beef brisket, Whoopass chilli cheese (minced beef with Whoopass chilli con carne) or the simple Big Bern's Cheese Burger. For those of you staying off meat, you can also try their Impossible Cheese Burger which uses 100% plant-based Impossible meat.

So, if you're looking to satisfy your cravings for halal Western food in Singapore, why not make Big Bern's American Grill your next foodie spot?

#HHWT Tip: To practise some social distancing during this COVID-19 period, we recommend ordering your food from Big Bern's via foodpanda, Deliveroo or GrabFood. Or if that's not possible, you can order takeaway too.

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Average price of main dishes: $8-$20

Opening hours: Mon; 11.30AM-3PM, Tue-Thu; 11.30AM-3PM, 5.30PM-9PM, Fri; 11.30AM-3PM, 5.30PM-10PM, Sat; 5PM-10PM (closed on Sun)

Address: 73A Ayer Rajah Crescent, Timbre+, #01-35, Singapore 139957 (3-min walk from One-North MRT Station)

Contact: 6262 3085, [email protected]

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