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BlackGoat Review: XL Fried Chicken Burger, Black Garlic Steak And More By Ex-Michelin Restaurant Chef

8th May 2023

BlackGoat in Mountbatten has great fried chicken burger and steak

blackgoat burgers - flatlay

My colleague raved about the burgers she ordered in earlier this year, that saved her from a dreary quarantine birthday. Then, BlackGoat blew up online, but closed for a bit for Hari Raya celebrations and then some, but I finally managed to make time for a visit late last week.

blackgoat burgers - storefront

The black-clad team behind BlackGoat is relatively young, headed by 23-year-old Fikri Rohaimi, who’s already got an impressive culinary resume for someone so youthful. He’s previously worked at Burnt Ends and three-Michelin-starred Zen—apprenticing at the former while still in JC!

Food at BlackGoat

blackgoat burgers - charcoal grill

One of the first things I noticed at the stall was the small charcoal-fired grill fronting the shop, flames shooting up with the dripping fat from the beef. Each item is prepared to order, then rested, with a meat thermometer and press-check ensuring it’s cooked to the exact doneness you’ve requested.

blackgoat burgers - nz grassfed sirloin

Something to note about BlackGoat is that there’s no fixed menu: you’ll have to head to their Instagram page to find out what they’re serving for the week. On our visit, the New Zealand Grassfed Striploin with Black Garlic ($15.50) was our choice of steak, with other options including Black Angus Rump Cap with Korean BBQ Sauce, Fried Garlic and Nori ($16.50) as well as Free Range Lamb Leg with Sarawak Pepper Jus, Sumar and Sambal Belacan ($17).

blackgoat burgers - nz grassfed sirloin detail

We asked for a medium-rare steak, and that’s exactly what we were served, perfectly red-pink on the inside, with an even brown crust outside.

blackgoat burgers - nz grassfed sirloin slice

I appreciated how the steak was sliced for us, and extra points go to the extra-sharp knife that cut it, because it made for such easy, pleasant eating.

blackgoat burgers - nz grassfed burger black garlic dip

Salt, pepper, and good ol’ charcoal smoke are all that flavours each steak, then enhanced with the umami-laden black garlic sauce on the side. While the fries are standard frozen stuff, I found them a superb vehicle for the garlic dip.

blackgoat burgers - grassfed flank and chuck burger

We got ourselves the Grassfed Flank and Chuck Burger ($15) too, sandwiched with caramelised onions and a house-made burger sauce.

blackgoat burgers - grassfed flank and chuck burger cross section

This burger is for those who love a good meaty patty—the meat is coarsely ground to Fikri’s specific requirements, with 20% fat and a blend of both chuck and flank steak, that gives it that extra flavour and a good bite.

Each handmade 150g patty is lightly brined, just with a touch of salt, other than which it’s all beef and nothing else. The star of this show is really the patty, livened up with the tangy mustard-mayonnaise-ketcup sauce that is slathered on the bun. It’s so good, it’s secondary that the burger buns come out of a bag.

blackgoat burgers - white pepper chicken burger 2

I’ve been building up to the pinnacle of our meal at BlackGoat, which we now come to: White Pepper Fried Chicken Burger ($14), where a whole deep-fried chicken thigh is drenched in a house-made chipotle sauce, then generously sprinkled with za’atar—a spice mix of Middle Eastern origin, which Fikri makes himself with toasted sesame seeds, smoked paprika, thyme and more.

blackgoat burgers - white pepper chicken burger cross section

Each chicken thigh is marinated with white pepper—thus the name—and other spices, then brined in buttermilk, before it’s double-fried. For a touch of freshness, you’ll find a house slaw tossed with balsamic vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil beneath the chicken patty, though it’s easy to miss with the ultra tasty chicken and that tangy-spicy chipotle sauce.

blackgoat burgers - brownie

Occasionally doubling up as BlackGoat’s front-of-house is Fikri’s friend, Ethel, who comes up with the rotating menu of desserts at the stall. On the menu that day was Brownie, Hazelnut Roche, OffDay Espresso Caramel, Vanilla Ice Cream ($10), which properly impressed us—and we both aren’t dessert fiends, mind you.

blackgoat burgers - brownie detail

Heated up on that same grill, then drizzled with a house-made coffee caramel speckled with halved hazelnuts, this brownie was moist and lusciously soft, yet extra fudgy. There’s a light sprinkle of salt too, though I wished the bananas could have been bruleed for that final touch.

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Ambience at BlackGoat

blackgoat burgers - ambience

Jalan Batu Market & Food Centre is an 850m, or 11-minute, walk from Mountbatten MRT Station. It’s not the most convenient place to get to, nor is the hawker centre the nicest and most modern. Built in the 1960s, it’s a little basic, though clean and well-kept. Netting has also been put up around the hawker centre so you can be quite assured there won’t be birds hovering around while you eat your burgers.

Keep an eye on BlackGoat’s Instagram for the latest updates: they started taking orders at 5:15pm on the evening we visited, and the queues only built up as we had our meal there. P.S.: we hear that sometimes they’re sold out as early as 6:30pm!

The verdict

blackgoat burgers - burger on grill

With only one small charcoal-powered grill and a lean team who want to serve good food, it’s no surprise that you’ll have to wait for your food. Come with the expectation that you won’t get your food that quickly, unless you’re one of the first to arrive. My lament here is that Jalan Batu is so out of the way; my dining companion would spoil himself with a BlackGoat treat every other week, while I told him my family might even have weekly cravings if we stayed nearby.

Burger fans should check out Fatty Patty in The Bedok Market Place for alcohol-infused burgers. Alternatively, One Fattened Calf near Buona Vista is said to have some of the best burgers in town.

Address: 4A Jalan Batu, #01-05, Jalan Batu Market & Food Centre, Singapore 432004
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 5:30pm to 8:30pm (or sold out)
Tel: 8383 5982
BlackGoat is not a halal-certified eatery but uses no pork or lard

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Photos taken by Melvin Mak.
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BlackGoat Review: XL Fried Chicken Burger, Black Garlic Steak And More In Mountbatten
  • 8.5/10
    BlackGoat Review: XL Fried Chicken Burger, Black Garlic Steak And More In Mountbatten - 8.5/10



– Excellent food
– Well-priced for the quality


– Location is out of the way
– Waiting time can be long
– Short opening hours

Recommended dishes: New Zealand Grassfed Sirloin and Black Garlic ($15.50), White Pepper Fried Chicken Burger ($14), Brownie ($10)

Opening hours: Wed-Sun 5:30pm to 8:30pm (or sold out)

Address: 4A Jalan Batu, #01-05, Jalan Batu Market & Food Centre, Singapore 432004

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