Monday, June 17, 2013

Burger & Ribs - Review

Burger & Ribs,
17 Jalan 14/22, Section 14,
The Right Angle, Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 012-211 3322
Business hours: open for dinner 6.00pm to 10.00pm.
Closed on Tuesdays. Non-halal.

Burger & Ribs is all about straight talking and straight shooting. Its stark setting of white walls, cement flooring and self-
service merely serve to highlight their specialty – pork done well.

Its founder and resident chef Leslie Chan once worked at Tony Roma's in Hawaii, while his wife Joyce Chuah was an air stewardess. Their young children, a boy and a girl, are extremely well behaved given the confines of being in the outlet while their parents work.

Upon returning to Malaysia, they discovered a lack of good pork rib outlets and decided to venture into business for themselves, serving food that they personally enjoy and ensure that everything they make is made with high-quality ingredients.

This hard working couple has a passion for grilled ribs, and it shows in their food and unique concept where their burgers are served on a piece of waxed paper in a custom-made cardboard tray that customers can take home and re-use for their next visit. This of course encouraged us to dig in with our fingers.

They believe in going green so they offer a RM1 rebate when you bring back the tray. They have a recycle bin for discarded cardboard trays and plastic bottles, and allow retirees to collect the items to sell to recycling centers.

On to the food. Burgers and Ribs serves imported Spanish Iberico pork, although a non-Iberico pork burger is available. Other tasty options include a BBQ chicken burger (RM12.90) a vegetarian falafel (RM11.90), the Hawaiian Pork Burger, Beef and Pork Burger (RM19.90) and Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Burger (RM20.90).

The hand-made burger patty is a marriage of pork and Australian beef topped with an egg. Instead of a patty, the chicken burger is served with a whole piece of boneless drumstick while the vegetarian burger has a crispy falafel patty. Their buns are specially commissioned to their own specs.

The star of the menu is undoubtedly the BBQ Iberico Loin Ribs (RM89.90 for a full slab and RM59.90 for a half-slab). The meat is marinated overnight and there is a 20 minute waiting time for the ribs to be grilled to perfection, resulting in moist, juicy meaty heaven.

Diners who prefer more bite to their meal can go for the Original BBQ Pork Ribs (RM52.90 for a full slab or RM32.90 for half-slab), and there is also the very tender Spanish BBQ Baby Back Ribs option.

While the prices may seem a little steep at first look, you soon realize that you’re getting value for money when you’re chomping on the juicy and tender Spanish pork. We’re all for Malaysia Boleh, but truth be told our local pork variety pales in comparison to the world famous Iberico with its dark and light meat categories. The owners allow BYO for wines, so don’t be afraid to lug a bottle of your fav vino to complete your dining experience.  

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