Thursday, March 1, 2012

Five Fatboys & A Funeral


Round Two for both Fatboy's The Burger Bar & Paradiso Lounge at Publika.
Earlier entry on Fatboy's: February 27. Earlier entry on Paradiso: February 26.

The fun facet of Fatboy's is "Building Your Own Burger" _ contemplating the cafe's list of buns, patties, toppings & sauces (most add-ons cost around RM2 each) to combine them in whatever fashion your heart desires. The sauce selection is cropped out of the photo above, but it includes blue cheese, wasabi mayo, honey mustard & garlic aioli.

Customized burger No. 1: We're calling this the Tex-Mex Sin Burger _ a beef patty topped with (deep breath!) chili queso, guacamole, jalapeno, mushrooms, caramelized onions, fried egg & cheddar cheese. A reservoir of juiciness, with each bite casting open the floodgates of flavor.

Customized burger No. 2: Let's label this the Aussie Abstinence Burger _ a pork patty partnered with wild arugula & beetroot & no sauces whatsoever. Lean & green (the meat seems too lean); as with many things in life, sinning is more satisfying _ at least in the short term.

Customers not into customization can choose one of Fatboy's regular burgers: this Holy Caesar sounds like an unholy union of fowl & swine _ grilled chicken & pork bacon _ but it's blessedly tasty, synced with romaine lettuce, Parmesan & kitchen-made Caesar dressing.

Bolly Wooly _ a lamb patty with curry remoulade & mango chutney on a honey-oat bun. The meat is so achingly tender, we imagine it might deliquesce on our forks. But in spite of the savory-sugary topping, it might be too assertively gamy for many of us.

For the next Meatless Monday, bite into this Big Bello _ chunky portobello mushroom with balsamic vinegar, caramelized onions, peppers, pineapple, mozzarella cheese & chipotle sauce in a wholewheat bun. It hits a high benchmark for vegetarian succulence.

What would go well with all five of those burgers? Beer-battered onion rings. Fatboy's also serves non-burger fare _ fish & chips, hot dogs, country-fried chicken & more.

Alcoholic milkshakes! Vanilla & chocolate, spiked with Kahlua & Bailey's respectively. The booze is discernible, though barely potent enough to make a ten-year-old tipsy.

For real liquor, it's only a 30-second escalator ride from Fatboy's to Paradiso Cine Lounge.

A couple of Paradiso's cocktails are named after Hugh Grant movies: Four Weddings & A Funeral comprises JW Black, lime, lemon, palm sugar & vanilla with cinnamon foam.

Bitter Moon, a more obscure 1992 Hugh Grant movie. This one has absinthe, Greek yogurt, Bombay Sapphire, cucumber & mint leaves _ a creative combo that illustrates how the bar here takes its concoctions very seriously.

Fatboy's The Burger Bar & Paradiso Cine Lounge,
Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
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41 comments:

  1. I shouldn't be allowed to build my own burger. God knows how large/tall/high that stack will be! :P

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    1. Bangsar-Babe: the sky's the limit! i think i'll try to build a triple-patty burger someday! :D

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  2. Oh God! They should make your burger No. 1 a permanent on the menu!!! ooooOOOohhh! I'd love mine to be slathered in wasabi mayo!! I want guacamole too! You know what? I'll have one with all in please!

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    1. Vien: sounds like you'll be having a satisfyingly sloppy, lip-smacking burger! =)

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  3. Whoa..do the waiters give you long stares when you order massive burgers like that? hahaha

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    1. Dropsofcontentment: heheh, they weren't fazed by the size of our burgers, but they did seem impressed by the number of burgers we had :D

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  4. I believe you've just planned my next visit to Solaris Dutamas - burgers and cocktails :-)

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    1. The Yum List: sounds like a happy combination indeed! :D

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  5. I want wasabi mayo, fried egg, pork bacon and lamb patty! :P

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    1. CK: that would be no problem at all! very interesting & unusual combination though; dunno how it'll taste! :D

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    2. H@ckiong: Sure you dunwan add peanut butter to that too? :P

      @Sean: Hang on, did I miss the funeral reference? Mana? :P

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    3. Kenny: got! this means you don't read what i write about cocktails. *sniffles* :P

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    4. Yes...I second anything with wasabi mayo...zinggggggg =)

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  6. OMG!!
    I totally need to be here at Fatboys! And I'm gonna move my office here too, so i can eat burgers all day long!!

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    1. I can imagine u doing so =)

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    2. Rebecca: solaris dutamas would actually be a great place to put your office! you'd have enough choices to be able to eat at a different cafe every day!!! :D

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  7. The lamb burger sounded like it may work well, pity about the gaminess. Guess maybe they use local meat?

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    1. Baby Sumo: ooh, that sounds like a logical theory. ya, i do get turned off by the gaminess in lamb if it's overpowering :D

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  8. I like the idea of building my own burgers...but I will have to check with them how tall my burger is going to be with the chosen ingredients. I may well end up not being able to take a bite of it per se.

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    1. Missyblurkit: good point! i think maybe one patty, three to five add-ons, plus one sauce & one cheese might be safe! :D

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  9. customization sounds good. if the burger gets too big, I can only blame myself. Hehehhehe

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    1. Smitten By Food: the bigger the better, could be your motto! :D

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  10. I state to the Holy Caesar...Veni, vidi, vici =)

    Btw, how's d beer-battered onion rings?...

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    1. Ulric: heheh, yeah, maybe you can try ordering the Holy Caesar so that you can proclaim that phrase! :D the onion rings were fine. big, crisp & fairly juicy. just that i'm not really a lover of onion rings =)

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    2. Gonna conquer the Holy Caesar this weekend...and I love onion rings...good to hear they're good =)

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  11. I do make burgers from scratch for the husband on weekends, all wholewheat buns and organic meat patties and rocket salad leaves and low-fat-cheese. Poor guy has to settle for that.

    A to Z Challenge April 2012

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    1. Damyanti: hey, your husband is lucky actually! those burgers sound delicious AND healthy! :D

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  12. Oh gosh... The Holy Caesar sounds simple yet good while the customised burger definitely wins my vote! Haha.

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    1. Chong: oh yeah, i'd venture to say that the Holy Caesar was everything that McDonald's GCB burger SHOULD have been! :D

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  13. My cholestrol is going thro the roof until Genting highland. lol.

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    1. Extreme Power: heh, definitely not a healthy meal, eh =)

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  14. The bello fits me well. :D

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    1. Michelle: it's a good burger, considering no animals died for it! :D

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  15. Hey what goes down at the Cine Lounge? Are they actually showing movies? The 90s was Hugh Grant's era, wasn't it? Before it all went south. Like, literally!

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    1. Min: ooh, they do screen movies, but not regularly. best to call them up at 03-6211-3344 to check on shows & showtimes :D gosh, poor hugh. he'll always be haunted by that divine brown indiscretion, eh =)

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  16. Burger again.....
    Lol....I guess their burger is real good huh...

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    1. Simple Person: heheh, i've enjoyed most of their burgers so far :D

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  17. the 1st picture looks like the burger has been topped with baked beans and tomato sauce. Then I read the caption and it's chilli! Yucks...

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    1. Eiling: heheh, it's chili con queso (melted cheese with chili peppers), basically a tex-mex dip :D

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  18. Now THAT's what i call a burger! How much did your customized cost? Must bust the average budget di la for lunch:P

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    1. Ciki: you're right, the customized burger was budget-blowing! i think it cost slightly more than RM30 :D

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