Restaurant review: Black Tap at Marina Bay Sands

If the fam is rather partial to a great burger and an insane milkshake, you need Black Tap at Marina Bay Sands on your radar, stat!

We’ve made it our life’s mission to track down all the cool places to eat with kids around Singapore. The restaurants where good food and good service go hand-in-hand. So, hands up if you like a great burger washed down with an INSANE milkshake? If you’re a yes and a yes, then you need to know about the new burger joint in town that’s getting people excited for very good reason. We ended up in Marina Bay Sands at the weekend with the kids in tow and found ourselves eating more calories in an hour than we usually would in a week… Black Tap, we can’t wait to come back for more of the same!

The food

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Burgers done right! Photography: Black Tap

If burgers are your thing then you’re not going to be disappointed. Yes, you will have to queue to get a table (the restaurant doesn’t take reservations), but console yourself with the knowledge that you’ll be feasting on an excellent meal that will leave you stuffed for hours.

For conservative burger connoisseurs, try the All-American Burger (meat, cheese, the classics) but for the more adventurous meat lovers amongst you, our advice is to go for the award winning Greg Norman Burger with Wagyu beef and blue cheese: it really is a bit spesh. Other notable tries include The Vegan Burger (black bean patty), The Falafel Burger (it does what it says on the box) and our personal fave, The Texan Burger (cheddar cheese, BBQ sauce, bacon and a whopping great onion ring).

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There’s no kids’ menu, but chicken wings do the trick if your little ones can’t manage a whole big burger. Photography: Black Tap

We should note that there is NOT a dedicated kids’ menu, which we think is kind of a shame. There are the side order options like chicken wings that might please some kiddos (less fussy ones than ours: ours wouldn’t eat them as they were covered in sauce), but otherwise it really is a case of sucking it up and buying an enormous meal for your child, or just divvying up what the adults order to share amongst smaller diners.

The Shakes

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Milkshake heaven… What would you pick? Sweet n Salty or Cake Batter? Photography: Black Tap

Honestly? Seeing is believing. Where Black Tap lets us down a tad with its lack of children’s menu, it makes up for it tenfold with its unreal signature CrazyShakes. They’re not cheap: one of these bad boys will set you back at least $22, BUT we had one between four of us and we deffo could not have managed a slither of a morsel more. Choose from visually astounding Cotton Candy (pictured top) or mega-choclately Sweet n Salty, or play it safe with good ol’ fashioned Cake Batter. We went for the latter and honestly can’t quite believe how ridiculously delish it was. And for those grownups who are not feeling a shake piled high with candy? The craft beer menu is pretty awesome in itself.

Diets need not apply.

Black Tap, 10 Bayfront Ave, Marina Bay Sands Shoppes, 180 Bay Level, Singapore 018956, t. 6688 9957; www.marinabaysands.com

Top image: Cotton Candy CrazyShake by Black Tap

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