On a sunny day, a trip to the beach usually involves eating a “light” lunch, for fear of being confused with a beached whale. On a rainy, miserable day, it doesn’t matter, since you won’t catch me sunbathing anyway. A recent trip to the beach happened to fall on one of those apocalyptic days we’ve been experiencing of late. It was therefore the perfect day to try out new American eatery Hotshot and not feel too guilty about it!
Right at the end of The Pulse’s strip of restaurants, Hotshot is a very cool hangout that pays tribute to Californian surf and skate shacks. There’s the actual restaurant, which serves a wide selection of classic American comfort food, and there’s also a small takeaway joint that serves only burgers. Much like its sister restaurant, Bibo, the interior of Hotshot is very funky, with quirky works of art that include an almost-life-size statue of Bart Simpson crossed with a skeleton… For something less weird, there’s also a big food truck that serves a daily special drink – which happened to be a hot toddy on this particular day.
Since we had two furry friends waiting (im)patiently outside and we needed to remain in their line of sight, we could only really try the takeaway joint and managed to score a couple of bar seats overlooking the beach (and our furry friends).
The menu is limited to Hotshot’s classic cheeseburger, with the option to add a selection of toppings (we both added bacon and avocado) and either fries or salad. The burger comes very simply wrapped in tinfoil and the chips in a plastic container, given that it’s all supposed to be to takeaway.
The patty had a decent flavour and was just the right size, but, for me, it was a little overcooked and crumbly. The sweet brioche bun was a tasty contrast, but I did worry that without the bacon and avocado, this would have been quite a boring burger.
The chips were skin-on, American-style thin, and didn’t seem to be too greasy. They therefore had the potential to be great, yet were significantly underseasoned and, perhaps due to the plastic container, some were also pretty soggy. Since I don’t eat Ketchup and am not a big fan of American mustard, it would have been nice to have a special burger sauce, or BBQ sauce in which to dip my chips.
The burger with fries and a drink costs $150. Add on bacon and avocado and you’re paying $200 – which is definitely quite steep for fast food. At least when you get it ‘to go’ there’s no service charge, although actually service was pretty good. I think Hotshot has the potential to serve some really awesome burgers, so I’m not writing them off just yet, but there is definitely work to be done…
G/F, Shop 114-115, The Pulse
28 Beach Road
Tel: +852 2515 1661
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays