Sunday, July 22, 2018

FatPapas Burgers & Shakes @ Publika

For Southeast Asian rap fans who step into FatPapas in Publika, the sunglasses-clad man portrayed in a splashy mural beside the counter might look familiar, clutching a huge burger in one hand and a milkshake in the other. That's Singaporean stage star Sheikh Heikel, who first shot to prominence when he won the Asia Bagus talent tourmament in the early 1990s; nearly three decades later, Sheikh and his wife have founded FatPapas, the halal spin-off of Singapore's FatBoy's The Burger Bar.

In KL, FatPapas takes over what was formerly FatBoy's since 2012 in this mall. The core difference: Pork and liquor have been banished from the menu, in line with the FatPapas brand's halal perspective. Nevertheless, FatBoy's fans still have the same hulking burgers to look forward to - our favourite thing to do here is to build our own burgers; for this visit, we started with a double-whammy of lamb (RM18) and beef patties (RM14), all crafted in-house, layered them with a fried egg (RM2), raw onions (RM1), roasted garlic aioli (RM1.50) and cayenne aioli (RM1). It's a fun way to get a burger loaded with flavours galore, with the playful possibility of having an entirely different combination every time (topping options span guacamole to grilled bananas, peanut butter to smoked chipotle sauce, tomato concasse to blue cheese dressing to truffled mayo and much more).

For the ideal intro to FatPapas, also order a milkshake - perhaps in a local flavour such as Gula Melaka or coconut - satisfyingly cool and smoothly creamy, topped with soft toasted marshmallows for a lovely touch; you can even choose to add Nutella, like we did, to blend into your shake for an extra dose of decadence.

Other hearty bread-and-protein offerings include one of the most massive hot dogs we've seen in recent times, the Stiffee Foot-Long, more than sufficient for two to share, showcasing a super-long beef sausage in a 12-inch bun, blanketed in rich chili queso, caramelised onions, chopped turkey bacon and tortilla strips, completed with a generous helping of fries (RM28). 

If you'd like to keep it simple, stick to the signatures on FatPapas' burger selection; the Booly Wooly is a crowd-pleaser, with a lamb patty sandwiched with curry remoulade and onion marmalade in a honey oat bun (RM28).

Beyond burgers, you'll also savour a spicy kick with the sambal chilli chicken boners (RM24; suitable for sharing and snacking) and indulge in the comfort carbs of mac & cheese, coated in aged cheddar, rounded out with grilled chicken, turkey bacon and parmesan (RM28). But our best bet might be the country-fried steak, a breaded cube-steak beef cutlet, pan-fried in herb-seasoned flour, crisp outside and tender within, finished with a cheesy bechamel sauce - it's another whopper, easily enough for two or three persons, making it a solid order for RM36.

Welcome to Malaysia, FatPapas, and thanks for having us here.

FatPapas Burgers & Shakes
G2-30, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas 1, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 1130am-1030pm. Tel: 03-6211-8889

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Barry's Place @ Atauro Island, Timor-Leste

Barry's is the place to both eat and stay at on Timor-Leste's Atauro island; come in the afternoon and you'll enjoy a traditional Timorese lunch that's pretty tasty and well-prepared.
























Saturday, July 21, 2018

Fave: First Anniversary Specials, featuring The Manhattan FISH MARKET

Bring out the food and light the candles on the cake: Fave is celebrating its first anniversary and we're all invited!



We've been reluctant to use Fave before this - plenty of rewards platforms have come and gone over the years, and deals do seem like a dime a dozen. So when the folks at Fave encouraged us to check out their mobile app, our level of excitement wasn't exactly skyrocketing.




But after having tried it out over the span of a few hours one afternoon, we can report why so many people love Fave. You'll get to discover not only deals, but potentially some cool 'indie' brands you might have missed, covering things to eat, do and see. We especially like FavePay, which makes paying for our meals more convenient than ever.




So here's what's happening this month: Fave's birthday gala will run from 25 to 31 July 2018, spotlighting never-before-seen brands on Fave, Buy 1 Free 1 deals, RM11 deals and more.


New brands participating in Fave's birthday bash include The Manhattan FISH MARKET, Dunkin' Donuts, MBO Cinemas and Bata.



We had a sneak preview of The Manhattan FISH MARKET's exclusive deal for Fave users, and it's certainly one for seafood enthusiasts, bringing the ocean's bounty straight to your table.


For RM60, you'll enjoy a massive platter showcasing crunchy prawns, crispy fish fingers, cherry snapper fillets, calamari coated with crushed peanuts, and battered onion strips, with four dips of Cajun Honey Mustard, Smoky Chipotle, Tartar and Onion Glory Dip, plus two bowls of hearty chowder and two mocktails of your choice.



That's a savings of nearly 50 percent off the original price of RM110.47. The deal must be purchased during Fave's birthday week, 25 to 31 July, but you can redeem it at any Manhattan FISH Market branch (except Kota Bharu and Kuantan) until 31 August, 2018.



Besides the birthday bargains, Fave regularly features promotional discounts of up to 70 percent, spanning a wide range of popular brands such as llaollao, XIXILI, La Juiceria, Unique Seafood, Bubble Gum Wax, A&W, and Sunway Pyramid.


Speaking of llaollao, that's where we headed next for dessert - for this, we relied on FavePay, a mobile payment feature within the Fave app that promises you cashback rewards every time you pay. No cash or thick wallets needed, just your phone. Yes, it’s that easy! No need for any top-ups like many of the e-wallets available today because FavePay just links directly with your debit or credit card. 



When you visit an outlet that accepts FavePay, tell the staff that's how you'll be paying. Key in the value of your purchase, approve the transaction, and the staff will confirm they've received the payment. Within seconds, we were ready to enjoy our llaollao frozen yogurt and Taste Better durian puffs!


If you haven't checked out Fave, now's the right time to do so. First-time Fave users can key in our special promo code EDKL during payment and enjoy 20% off on your first purchase with Fave (terms and conditions apply; valid only during the birthday campaign from 25 to 31 July).



Happy birthday, Fave!

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