In-N-Out burger worth queuing up for? Some early birds were there at 7.30am today
I should have known: Hyped burgers never live up to the hype.
Yet I went all the way from Toa Payoh to Timbre@Gillman to buy the famous In-N-Out burger.
The cult burger brand had a pop-up store earlier today, which started sales at 11am.
Some people came as early as 7.30am to be the first in line while others skipped school and work to have a taste.
Arriving at about 10.30am, I was one of the last few to get a wristband - and the chance to buy the burger meal.
Unfortunately, others weren't as lucky.
One man, visibly angry, kept saying he was "disappointed with the management" and quite literally stormed off when told that there weren't any more wristbands to be given out.
Another irritated couple said: "We came all the way from Choa Chu Kang and we didn't get wristbands.
"This is nothing but a gimmick. Can't believe I came all the way down."
At this point, I was seriously hoping that it would be worth travelling all the way for an In-N-Out burger.
I had tried it once in the US after a road trip and well, I fell in love there and then.
Although I have to qualify that at that point (it was way past midnight), even a cold Zinger from KFC (my least favourite burger in Singapore) would have tasted like heaven.
When I finally got to make my order, I got a Double Double Cheeseburger (animal style) meal for $7.
The biggest letdown? The fries were replaced by potato chips.
I wish I could say that it was magic in my mouth when I first bit into the burger. Unfortunately, it wasn't.
I still preferred McDonald's McSpicy burger. Now that's magic in my mouth... every single time.
While I didn't hate the Double Double, I definitely wouldn't queue up for four hours (at the rather inaccessible Gillman Barracks no less) for one.
While I do like the crispy buns, the rest were frankly nothing to shout about.
At least one other person shared my opinion. She thought it was a little disappointing - compared to the Stateside options.
But others did not feel the same way.
In fact, everyone I met at Gillman was raving about it.
Student Nicholas Kok, 15 (below), said after taking a huge bite out of his burger: "It is not comparable at all to a McDonald's burger."
Hmm, guess I'm in the minority when it comes to my opinion of the In-N-Out burger then.