Springleaf Prata Place at Upper Thomson

Springleaf Prata Place
No. 1 Thong Soon Ave
Singapore 787431
Tel: +65 6459 6970
Open 7am-12am daily (last order 1145pm)

Halal status: Halal-certified
Halalicious rating: 8.5/10
Average spend per pax: S$10
Recommended dishes: Murtaburger (S$7), Portobello Mozzarella Cheese Prata (S$6)

Hello guys! Sorry I haven’t posted in a while – I’ve been so busy with family stuff, but rest assured I have been eating so much halal food and taking pictures on the reg LOL. You can check out my newish instagram account @halalicioussg for a sampler.

On to brass tacks – I know I’m so ketinggalan (left behind/outdated) but I finally got around to trying the notorious Murtaburger from Springleaf Prata Place near Upper Thomson Road!! Even then, it was at the behest of a colleague who was dying to try the Plaster Blaster, which is sort of like an eggs benedict but with prata instead of english muffin/brioche.

Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s have a look at the menu at Springleaf Prata Place:

Springleaf Prata Place - Menu 1

Ewah-ewah, check out their Ultimate Hawkerfest section right thurrr

Springleaf Prata Place - Menu 2

Dranks and stuff

We arrived early on a Tuesday evening, and were the second ones there (apart from the abang-abang airforce making their orders in the reflection):

Springleaf Prata Place - Ambience 1

Red, like the interior of WORD. too.

Springleaf Prata Place - Ambience

Order and pay at the counter first, so you can leave without a care in the world after you’re done eating

Springleaf Prata Place- Alfresco

If you don’t want to sit inside, you can also sit at the wilderness-adjacent tables outside

Springleaf Prata Place - Halal Certificate

So halal it hurts

So I got the Murtaburger (S$7), which features a ramly-style mutton patty wrapped in egg, and mixed in with gooey mozzarella cheese and mayonnaise, with a delicious, crispy prata folded over it:

Springleaf Prata Place- Murtabak Burger

The Murtaburger (S$7) – 9.5/10

Springleaf Prata Place - the Murtaburger

YUMMMMM

I was really worried the portion was going to be insane and it was just going to be one massive heart attack on a plate, but thankfully it was pretty sensible! I think there was only one mutton patty in this serving, although reviews that I’ve read in the past talk about a two-patty party. !!! I guess one patty is enough for me, while a second one might have taken me over the edge, so it’s all good.

The explosion of textures and tastes in my mouth when I had my first forkful, was just phenomenal. The prata was crispy, the mutton patty ultra juicy, and the cheese!! Oh, the delicious, stringy, gooey cheese was just the best. It was the most satisfying prata dish I’ve had in years. 9.5/10

My colleague had the Plaster Blaster (S$5), which features slices of ham (probably turkey) on a bed of crispy, plain prata, and topped with a beautiful poached egg with hollandaise sauce:

Springleaf Prata Place - Plaster Blaster Prata

Plaster Blaster (S$5) – 8.5/10

I thought this would be an odd combo, but strangely enough I thought the textures and tastes worked well together, especially due to the salty taste of the ham slices. Personally, I still much prefer the Murtaburger though! More is more. 8.5/10 

We were also curious to try the other specialties at Springleaf Prata Place, so we got the Special Paper Prata with Milk and Sugar (S$1.90).

Springleaf Prata Place - Special Paper Prata

Special Paper Prata with Milk and Sugar (S$1.90) – 7/10

This was a little disappointing – I don’t know what I was expecting, but this was like basically really, really, crispy prata with condensed milk drizzled all over it. I think I wanted it to be crispy on the outside but to still retain a bit of the chewiness within. Alas, this was all crisp so it was like eating plain old Khong Guan biscuits with milk and sugar on them. A novelty and worth a first try, but probably not for repeat visits. 7/10

We followed up these earlier acts pretty quickly with the Portobello Mozzarella Cheese Prata (S$6), which is basically a bougie version of the regular mushroom cheese prata:

Springleaf Prata Place - Portobello Mozzarella Prata

Portobello Mozzarella Cheese Prata (S$6) – 9.5/10

I have to say, I REALLY enjoyed this. The slices of portobello mushroom imparted a lot of flavour, whereas the relatively blander mozzarella cheese provided a beautiful stringy, oozey texture. The prata here isn’t crispy, maybe because of the cheese, so it was pretty soft and tender, which I also thought was great in this instance. A winning combination. 9.5/10 

Being the greedy guts that I was, I gatal-ly (naughtily?) ordered a bowl of Kambing Soup (S$4), just to try even though I was nearing capacity:

Springleaf Prata Place- Mutton Soup

Kambing Soup (S$4) – 7/10

The colour was not at all inspiring, as was the very discernible layer of oil, but I have to admit it tasted slightly better than it looked. Slightly only! I found it a little bland and dilute, which was disappointing. I like my mutton soup rich and ultra tasty. This was pretty weak. Luckily the chunks of mutton within were very tender and delicious, so it wasn’t all bad. 7/10

I ordered a Mango Lassi (S$3) to wash down all this food:

Springleaf Prata Place - Mango Lassi

Mango Lassi (S$3) – really delicious

The colour of the lassi was not at all inspiring, but the taste was delicious! It was sweet, not tart or sour, and you could really taste the mango in the drink. Yum.

After inhaling all of that food, we trooped out of the restaurant feeling full and satisfied. The location is a bit of a pain for a Westie like me, but I really enjoyed the specialty pratas here. I definitely foresee myself coming back here (or the Jalan Tua Kong branch) for more of the murtaburger when I’m feeling a little #PBG (perangai budak gemok, which loosely translates to fat kid behaviour).

Springleaf Prata Place
No. 1 Thong Soon Ave
Singapore 787431
Tel: +65 6459 6970
Open 7am-12am daily (last order 1145pm)

Halal status: Halal-certified
Halalicious rating: 8.5/10
Average spend per pax: S$10
Recommended dishes: Murtaburger (S$7), Portobello Mozzarella Cheese Prata (S$6)

 

Victory at North Bridge Road

Victory Restaurant
701 North Bridge Road
Singapore 198677
Tel: +65 6298 6955 or +65 6298 3502

Opening Hours
7am to 11pm daily

Last Saturday I went to Arab St – not for Arabic class at Al Markaz, because I haven’t gotten my exam results yet and therefore do not know if I can advance to the next level (maybe I failed boohoo!!! Ugh). Instead, I went to run errands with my mum, before heading to my favourite Victory Restaurant for some grub.

Victory was established literally over a century ago in 1910, and has been a staple of the Arab St/Kampong Glam neighbourhood since. My family has been quite partial to Victory in lieu of its rival neighbour Zam Zam, so this will not be a comparison post, although I hear the murtabak at Zam Zam is tougher than Victory’s. (Gosh is this another Puncak vs Cahaya?) Anyway we sat upstairs in the airconditioned dining area and had our orders taken by this elderly and diligent Indian uncle I’ve seen several times in the past.

Here’s a look at the menu:

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Which other establishment offers 5-6 tiers of pricing for their murtabak!!

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Dranks not very visible, sorry!

I got my usual small Beef Murtabak (S$5) with no onion (yuck):

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Yehhmeeeeee look at the beef spilling out

So I love this, right. It’s always so delicious. There are some purists who will tell me either that (a) it tastes infinitely better with onion, or (b) that chicken murtabak is the real signature at Victory. My response is, feel free to order that while I eat the version that I prefer, thank you.  Anyway the murtabak here is really good. They are very generous with the meat filling, and the dough is crispy at some parts and tender at others. The curry that accompanies the murtabak is also tasty and slightly spicy – I usually drink a couple of spoonfuls of the curry alone right after my food arrives, because it’s so good. 9/10

My mum ordered the Mutton Briyani (S$6.50):

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The cucumber in tomato sauce came with the murtabak, but I readily offered it up to my mum since I’m not naturally a raw vegetable type of person.

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A closer look

According to my mum the briyani here is usually really good but for some reason that day the mutton was weird and rather dry/grainy. I didn’t taste it because I’m not the biggest fan of briyani (omg except for the one I had at this Pakistani hole-in-the-wall family establishment called Khushbu in London, on Osborne St near the entrance of Brick Lane further ahead! LIFE-CHANGING BRIYANI. Please have it if you’re headed to London sometime.)

Back to the Briyani at Victory though, my mum barely finished it, which is sad. I will conisder this an exception since she eats the Victory briyani every couple of weeks or so, and it’s mostly been delicious in the past.

Anyway bad briyani or not, I will definitely keep coming back here to Victory to enjoy their cheap and delicious murtabak. It is a pity they don’t open past 11pm to cater to the supper crowds, but I guess you can walk down North Bridge Road to The Ramen Stall for that!

Victory Restaurant
701 North Bridge Road
Singapore 198677
Tel: +65 6298 6955 or +65 6298 3502

Opening Hours
7am to 11pm daily