Monday, October 8, 2012

Burps & Giggles @ Ipoh

Itching for a day trip out of KL? Consider Ipoh, where Burps & Giggles has fast become one of this northern city's most buzz-worthy cafes.

Opened in early September by Julie Song of Indulgence, B&G occupies a colonial-era building that once housed a dressmaker's store among other businesses.

Thanks to its mix of old-world charm and contemporary coolness, folks will enjoy exploring B&G, preserved for posterity with marvelous murals and fun furnishing. 

But B&G isn't relying solely on its setting to lure customers; its menu is laudably inventive, loaded with light bites like mu shu lamb folded in mantao pancake (RM8).

Pumpkin-and-tomato wrap (RM15), swelling with nature's soft, sweet harvest.

Duck pate with biscuits (RM8). For the most part, no unreasonably steep prices here.

B&G's food can't be easily pigeonholed: it's as eclectically cluttered as the outlet, but there's a Mediterranean influence in recipes like these spiced beans and lamb sausages with pesto-laced egg custard and ciabatta toast.

Burgers are a highlight here; the recommendation is the Bam-Bam (RM28), a stomach-stuffing whopper of a Wagyu beef patty, egg, cheese, tomato, beetroot, carrots, horseradish and onions.

Lamb, cheese, red peppers, onions, olives and mint yogurt (RM18). The picture says it all.

Customers with smaller stomachs can opt for sliders like this mini-burger with chicken and egg.

2012 was supposed to be the Year of the Canele in KL. While that never happened, it's nevertheless nice to nibble on these French custard pastries.

There's no escaping them: Macarons have invaded Ipoh too. Very soon they'll reach Kangar.

B&G offers wine, a welcome sight after a nearly three-hour drive here.

Alas, designated drivers must stick to soft drinks and coffee (or must they? hmmmm).

B&G gets packed on weekend afternoons; waiting for a table might be necessary.

B&G is around the corner from Ng Seksan's Sekeping Kong Heng in Ipoh's Old Town. Rumors have it that more eateries will open here, plus a cooking school potentially run by The BIG Group.







Burps & Giggles,
95, Jalan Sultan Yussuf, Ipoh, Perak.
Tel: 05-242-6188
Open 8am-8pm, except Tuesdays.
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43 comments:

  1. wagyu patty for rm28 is a good deal...

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    1. Missyblurkit: yep, full of beefy succulence =)

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  2. Wow! the place looks really good!

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    1. TNG: it'd be nice to have a place like this in KL :D

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  3. Julie sure is one talented lady! Looks like she just keeps on getting better!

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    1. The Yum List: i've never met her, but i hope i'll have the opportunity someday. she definitely seems like an inspiration! :D

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  4. Wow, nice cafe! I like their deco, painting and the feel, must visit this place if we go Ipoh.

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    1. CK: ya, i think you will be able to shoot some very beautiful photographs here! a good place for photography! :D

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  5. Ipoh is too far away, why didn't they open an outlet in KL/PJ? I like the abandoned house look

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    1. Slee: it'll be nice to have an outlet like this in KL! hopefully sometime in the next year or so, in a suitable location, heh :D

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  6. oh my, so much food! Would be nice to have a similar outlet in Chinatown here

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    1. Footfringe: let's cross our fingers that a restaurateur in KL will have the same idea and start looking for a location in chinatown :D

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  7. I had no idea Ipoh was so funky! Although it is hard to not be tempted by chicken rice... Love the creative food and presentation. A day trip methinks.

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: this was my first visit to ipoh since 2003, i think. interesting to see how the place has evolved :D heh, i'm sad that i didn't manage to squeeze in any chicken rice this time though. maybe next time :D and yeah, creativity really runs riot (in a good way) at burps & giggles :D

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  8. Visited this place two weeks back when my friend and I were in Ipoh for holiday. It was packed to the brim during peak hours (partially our fault since it was on Sunday brunch time). Didn't really try their menu but we had their coffees, cake and sliders which were pretty good. Wouldn't mind going back again...

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    1. Chong: ooh, i was there on a sunday too, though for tea, and it was also really crowded. they had run out of several items by then. yeah, i wouldn't mind returning, but the three hours needed to reach the place are a deterrent :D

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  9. Nice place with pretty murals! The 1st pic with that large mural paint..look amazing.With this kind of environment..hhmm..I think I will choose coffee. hehe....

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    1. Melissa: ya, i was really impressed with that large mural! would have liked to sit under it, heh :D i think the coffee here was Ok, but didn't sample much of it =)

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  10. Yeah I love the quirky decor of the cafe too. Looking at caneles here totally inspires me to make some too!

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    1. Baby Sumo: these are the types of cafe that it's easy to fall in love with :D heheh, i'm not a major fan of caneles, but i definitely try to order them whenever i see them anywhere =)

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  11. Such a cute name...and oh my, Ipoh is certainly catching up! Good to know that!

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    1. Pureglutton: yeah, such a cool name! maybe it'll be worth spending an entire week in ipoh sometime to visit the newer cafes here :D

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  12. Nice place to hangout on a lazy weekend afternoon. Thankfully, the premises have been refurbished and the exterior facade maintained. I foresee this cafe to go far, and similar works to be conducted on these priceless structures in old town.

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    1. J2KFm: oh yeah, it's hard to guess from the exterior that there's this charming cafe inside! it looks like the cafe is off to a smashing start so far. looking forward to seeing what else might pop up in ipoh! :D

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  13. Wow…The interior looks fabulous! But the macaroons looks a bit cacat le.

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    1. Smitten By Food: it's a very memorable cafe! heheh, the macarons tasted OK though :D

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  14. I quite like the deco ! Looks like a fav place for Iporeans !!!!!

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    1. Wong: the deco is definitely the main draw here! and i keep hearing about how this place is packed on weekends. i guess ipohans are giving it the thumbs up, heh =)

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  15. wow this place looks promising and since it's by Julie, I can expect that this will be another popular food landmark in Ipoh besides Indulgence.

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    1. Eiling: oh yeah, it feels like julie is virtually the eating establishment queen of ipoh at this point, heheh :D

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  16. You didn't mention whether its halal or pork freeeeee (or maybe I missed it coz I was too busy marvelling at the interior deco!!) loll

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    1. Barry: heh, it's pork-free but not halal. and the deco looks even better in real life (my photos don't do it justice) :D

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    2. Wow... this I must see then! Thanks for introducing yet another gem! :D

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    3. Barry: hope u get the chance real soon =)

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  17. i don't even know that there is a such place in Ipoh..
    I only think about those ipoh delights when I am back home

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    1. Simple Person: heheh, maybe can try visiting this place sometime when u're in ipoh. it's quite nice, quite beautiful =)

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  18. hello Sean,

    Thanks for introducing this place, I went there last weekend on my way to Penang for the marathon. It was indeed a recommended stopover for those who are on their way up north and getting tired with the RnR pitstop.

    The burgers are delicious, the juices are amazing, the coffee was good and not to forget the various selection of pastries and cakes to complete your meal. (owh and CANELE, reminded me of my last visit to Bordeaux - the Canele's hometown)

    I recommended this stopover for my other fellow running buddies and all of them love it.

    Bravo Burp & Giggles

    Cheers

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    1. Shaiful: glad you loved this place. yeah, the buzz for Burps & Giggles has been nothing but positive so far, and lots of people from KL, penang and other places have been stopping by ipoh just to visit this place. here's hoping they'll keep up the good work =)

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  19. just wondering do they serve halal foods?

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    1. the food contains no pork, though there's no halal certification since the beverages include alcohol

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  20. The environment look special~
    By the way, isit easy to find the shop and parking there?

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    1. CL: it was not difficult to find, i think. parking nearby is easy on a sunday :D

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  21. I would like to have bridal shower just small party right there..is there any suitable space??

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