Little Hiro @ King’s Arcade

Little Hiro's signage.

Little Hiro’s signage.

Little Hiro is a popular burger shack in Bukit Timah. It used to be known as “Burger Shack” before a major revamp of it’s menu & decor. The food served have a fusion of Hawaiian & Japanese. They still serve the same affordable burgers as before, and is still a very popular burger joint among the residents and students there.

A little glimpse into Little Hiro's philosophy.

A little glimpse into Little Hiro’s philosophy.

Aesthetic
The decor of Little Hiro is quite fun & quirky. The place is usually filled with students & its decor is kept simple & bright for its target audience. Aluminium sheets are used for decor/partitions, painted bright blue & yellow colours, making you feel like you are in a beach shack. The whole place definitely gives off a Hawaiian vibe. Owner, Ian Kwok, attended a friend’s wedding in Hawaii and fell in love with its atmosphere & food. He decided to revamp “Burger Shack” to look like a beachside barbecue after his experience in Hawaii.

Little Hiro's menu.

Little Hiro’s menu.

Food
As said earlier, Little Hiro serves Hawaiian-Japanese cuisine. Most of their menu items are burgers, but if you are uninterested in having burgers, there are some things from the grill, rice plates & other side dishes to choose from. One aspect that makes Little Hiro so popular is the price. Prices are kept very affordable even though ingredients are fresh & imported from all over the world. Hence the place is constantly crawling with students from the nearby junior college. I would liken Little Hiro’s quality of food & affordability to that of fast food joint “MOS Burger”. It is definitely a step up from fast food, but if you are looking for something more gourmet, like “Fat Boys” [Review soon], you won’t find that here.

The owner of Little Hiro, Ian Kwok, is related to the owner of Island Creamery. Thus, you can find some of Island Creamery’s desserts being sold in Little Hiro. [Review soon] Of course, an Island Creamery outlet is just a stone’s throw away, so if you prefer, you can head there for more desserts after a visit to Little Hiro.

Tropical Fruit Punch ($3.30) You can change your meal's drink for an additional cost. A little tropical taste of paradise. It was quite interesting that the fruit punch was yellow. I've always seen red fruit punch. My friend said it was not bad.

Tropical Fruit Punch ($3.30)
You can change your meal’s drink for an additional cost.
A little tropical taste of paradise. It was quite interesting that the fruit punch was yellow. I’ve always seen red fruit punch. My friend said it was not bad.

Hibiscus-Lime Agua Fresca ($3.30) You can also change your meal's drink to this. This was pretty nice, quite refreshing. If it had more taste, it would have been perfect.

Hibiscus-Lime Agua Fresca ($3.30)
You can also change your meal’s drink to this.
This was pretty nice, quite refreshing. If it had more taste, it would have been perfect.

Shio Ramen Beef Burger ($8.90) My main gripe with the ramen burgers was the consistency. This photo was of my friend's burger. I ordered the same, but with a less "crisp" ramen bun. Some were more crispy, some were not.  I think I would have preferred it to be more crispy, as I felt that I wasn't really eating a burger but more like noodles as my ramen "bun" came apart very easily. Overall, the taste of the burgers were still good and both patties tasted great.

Shio Ramen Sanzuko Black Pepper Beef Burger ($8.90)
THE thing that led me & my friends to make a visit to Little Hiro. We were all very intrigued by the Ramen burgers. 
My main gripe with the ramen burgers was the consistency. This photo was of my friend’s burger. I ordered the same, but with a less “crisp” ramen bun. Some were more crispy, some were not.
I think I would have preferred it to be more crispy, as I felt that I wasn’t really eating a burger but more like noodles as my ramen “bun” came apart very easily. Overall, the taste of the burgers were still good and both patties tasted great.

Shio Ramen Chicken Burger ($8.90) Now THE thing that led me & my friends to make a visit to Little Hiro. We were all very intrigued by the Ramen burgers. I did find it to be pretty good. While my friends thought the ramen was quite bland, I thought otherwise and felt it tasted alright.

Shio Ramen Chicken Karaage Burger ($8.90)
I did find it to be pretty good. While my friends thought the ramen was quite bland, I thought otherwise and felt it tasted alright.
One other problem was with the paper sheet provided underneath the food. Me & my friends faced the same problem, we kept cutting into the sheet & it made it somewhat difficult to eat as we were trying to avoid eating the sheet.

Volcano Wings, Extra Hot (4 for $8) You can choose your wings spicyness level of Extra Hot, Crazy Hot or Loco Moco Hot!!. My friends & I were quite disappointed with this dish. We thought that the sauce would be coated all over the wings. Instead it was more like a chilli sauce that was poured over. I did like the wings themselves. Extra Hot (which was the first level) was already pretty spicy for me.

Volcano Wings, Extra Hot (4 for $8)
You can choose your wings spicyness level of Extra Hot, Crazy Hot or Loco Moco Hot!!.
My friends & I were quite disappointed with this dish. We thought that the sauce would be coated all over the wings. Instead it was more like a chilli sauce that was poured over. I did like the wings themselves. Extra Hot (which was the first level) was already pretty spicy for me.

Fried Calamari ($7.90) This was really good. Can't go wrong with a simple calamari.

Fried Calamari ($7.90)
This was really good. Can’t go wrong with a simple calamari.

Worth A Visit/Revisit?
Little Hiro is definitely worth a visit. It’s affordability and above average food keeps the place popular, especially with students. It’s a great place for casual dining. Though the food do vary in consistency, it’s one of the better quality places. I do really like their style of cuisine as well, it’s quite unique & you hardly find any Hawaiian cuisine around here. Quite a few of my friends have expressed their interest in going back to try more of their food items. I would like to make a second visit myself.

Rating

Food
7/10
Aesthetic
7/10
Price
8/10
Service
6.5/10

Little Hiro

01-01, King’s Arcade, 559 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore, Singapore 269695
(Nearest train station: Botanic Gardens)
Contact: 6466 3477
Opening Hours:
Mon – Thu: 11:30 am – 9:30 pm
Fri – Sat: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Sun: 11:30 am – 9:30 pm
http://www.hirobbq.com
https://www.facebook.com/littlehirobbq

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