Younger folks might remember Big Bern’s American Grill at Timbre+ and Glutton’s Bay, but long-time fans will be familiar with the true OG Western food brand Botak Jones. Founded in 2003, with more than 13 outlets scattered around Singapore back in the day, Botak Jones is now back and better than ever at Depot Lane under the name The Original Botak Jones.
Detroit native Bernard Utchenik aka Bernie and his wife Faudizah Mohd Ali decided to set up shop at one of their old haunts to reach out to one part of their previous customer base. While they’re still in the midst of receiving their official halal certification, all the dishes are Muslim-friendly.
Bernie is one of the most jovial people I’ve ever met and he takes a lot of pride in what he does, right down to teaching his staff every preparation step for the more challenging recipes like Chicken Gumbo ($3.50/5.50). He has since taken a step back, and acts as more of a consultant, with Faudizah being the one who plays a more active role on the operations side.
Ever since their opening, the humble stall has seen astounding queues that stretch across the coffee shop. Initially, it was a bit of a struggle keeping up with the flow of orders which also included delivery orders, especially with such a small kitchen space. But since then, their mini squadron of chefs have been keeping operations going at a smooth and orderly pace.
On their menu that is written entirely in Comic Sans font and quirky food descriptions, you’ll find a number of hearty American fare made according to original recipes from their heyday. Expect to find classic favourites such as The Botak Burger ($10.50 for a la carte, $13.50 for a set), Chilli Dawg ($13.50), Fish and Chips ($8/15) and Rosemary Lamb Chops ($22.50 for two, $29 for three)….
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