Monday, March 18, 2013

The Grind Burger Bar @ Section 17, Petaling Jaya

Skeptics insist the Klang Valley's burger bandwagon is overcrowded, but the lines of repeat customers at MyBurgerLab, Burger Junkyard, Crayon Burger & Burgertory show these outlets are transcending the hype & proving to be delicious destinations.

Add one more to that suburban shortlist: PJ's Section 17 now hosts The Grind Burger Bar, which (unlike the other eateries listed above) operates everyday for both lunch & dinner, moving into the row that's renowned for Kanna Curry House.

Begin with the Grind House Burger, featuring a freshly ground, hand-pressed Aussie beef patty topped with egg, bacon, caramelized onions & natural cheddar cheese in a house-made brioche with The Grind's secret "Dracula Sauce."

The Grind, opened by a trio of buddies, spices up its selection with pork; our pick's the peppercorn-crusted one (RM16+ with herb-laced fries & salad).

 Fans of fowl might cry foul that chicken merits merely one mention on the menu: a butterflied thigh basted with teriyaki sauce (RM16+).

Vegetarian balsamic-infused portobello burger with grilled peach & baby arugula (RM17+) So far, lots of succulence, but no surprises. Wait: The twists come next.

 Every (hot) dog has its day: For a sausage fest, The Grind has unleashed a Big Black Dog, comprising pork bratwurst coated with chili pork in a charcoal bun.

A tall order: Bun-free burgers can be customized here. This plate's piled high with (deep breath!) pork patty, beef patty, bacon, fried egg, poached egg, Swiss & cheddar cheeses, baby arugula, portobello, sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions, grilled pineapple & peach.

Crucially (for us, at least), The Grind becomes the first of these friendly neighborhood burger bars to serve wine. Glasses cost a fair RM20+; cheers!

Sure, The Grind might not possess MyBurgerLab's creative bravado, but it's still a welcome entry to the burgeoning burger scene. Did we enjoy our lunch here? Definitely.




The Grind Burger Bar,
7, Jalan 17/45, Section 17, Petaling Jaya.
Noon-3pm, 5pm-10pm.
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42 comments:

  1. Looks promising.especially the hot dog although they're a burger bar. Most likely to visit joint rather than others (Crayon & Burgertory) due to its location and parking (hopefully)...

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    1. Chong: yeah, the hot dog's a nice addition to the burger-dominated menu :D the location here is the best for me too, compared to kota damansara for burger junkyard and subang for crayon burger and burgertory. though parking on this street can be very tricky during mealtimes. i think burger junkyard wins for the most convenient parking, heh =)

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  2. Inspired by The daily grind? Hmmm

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    1. Kelly: very clear inspiration from quite a few outlets, no doubt about that =)

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  3. I will wolfishly down both the peppercorn-crusted pork burger and the Big Black Dog along with a Somersby! :D

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    1. Ulric: hope you enjoy them both! it's interesting how all these different burger outlets share a lot of similarities (thanks to myburgerlab, the neighborhood funky-burger pioneer), but they all still also maintain a few different touches that help to set them apart from each other (such as crayon burger's colored buns, heh) :D

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  4. It's near Kanna? Guess I know where to go next paycheque, haha :P

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    1. Lifeasacynic: heh, yep, smack in between Kanna and I'm Spicy. and i believe they have no problem with takeaways too =)

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  5. Interesting to see quite a bit of burger spots popping up everywhere! And the greatest joy for me is if they serve pork burger...and keep the hubster happy with a good beef patty! Yes...this will be our new spot to check out for burgers without hurting the wallet.

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    1. Missyblurkit: ya, sooner or later, there are gonna be too many burger joints, but for now, I think the high customer demand justifies the growing supply, heh =) and yeah, it's nice to have an outlet that serves all the main meat essentials. And it's possible to have a filling meal here, complete with fries and a salad, for RM20 =)

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  6. By the look of it, it look juicier & tastier than Burger Lab...Or maybe im hungry at this hour?? I would hop by very soon to try out their burger and also the sausage!!

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    1. Cindy: Heheh, hope u enjoy it! I think it tastes quite different from myburgerlab, and many people will prefer myburgerlab while some will prefer the grind =)

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  7. Real girls eat meat. Hell yeah! :P
    A win over Burgertory - there's eggs here. And the hotdog.

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    1. TNG: heheh, real girls LOVE meat! :D ooh ya, true, i forgot that eggs are missing at burgertory. and yeah, the hot dog here is as tasty as the burgers =)

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  8. You eat burgers in the same frequency as I eat kampua... LOL!!!

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, that's true! i think kampua noodles might be healthier than burgers though, in the long run :D

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  9. I love that... dracula sauce!

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    1. The Yum List: i strongly suspect it's grapefruit! though beetroot would be the second guess :D

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  10. wow....another burger place!
    first was the trend of bubble milk tea, then Ramen....now everywhere is about burger.
    That tall order looks good! How you ate it lar?

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    1. Melissa: yeah, burgers are becoming a profitable project, it seems! :D heheh, we had to use our forks and knives to cut the 'tall order' into smaller sizes of food :D

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  11. Wow what a grand feast. It's a heaven for foodies. I'm not a boozer but I can have couple of glasses when the ambiance is in favor. I love eating fast food like that. Thanks a lot for sharing about it.

    Regards,
    Finn Felton
    Kopi Luwak

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    1. Finn: hope you get a chance to chow down on some burgers with some booze soon =)

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  12. Before MyBurgerLab, this is the place for burgers, been there once years ago and quite impressed with their food.

    Wilson
    PlacesAndFoods.com

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    1. Wilson: heh, I think u mean the daily grind at Bangsar village. This one is actually a different place, no connection to the daily grind =)

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    2. We were just here last night! At least the hungry mob of college kids haven't invaded this place yet. =D

      Yea, even in a blog post it's possible to mix up the 2 eh? ;)

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    3. Drops of contentment: ooo, I wonder if this will end up becoming more of hangout for families, couples and young adults instead of college students. It'll be interesting to see what direction it takes :D heheh, yeah, i disagree with the grind's decision to choose this name. They should have thought of another name, really, for various reasons =)

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  13. I like the shirts here... are they for sale? Hehe!

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    1. Baby Sumo: wow, a few people have actually asked me that now. heh, the t-shirts seem to be specially made for the service crew here, so i'm not sure if the restaurant would be willing to sell/offer the designs. but i guess we could ask! i'd like the "our buns are pillow soft" t-shirt, heheh =)

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  14. Rightfully named, burger LAB !!!!!

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    1. Wong: experimental burger recipes! :D

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  15. No peanut butter burger here? LOL
    I think I will order the Big Black Dog if I go there.

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    1. CK: heheh, only MyBurgerLab and Crayon Burger serve peanut butter burgers :D ya, the Big Black Dog is a very good hot dog. i really enjoyed it, it's a messy and meaty hot dog :D

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  16. There are so many new eateries to be explored at Sec 17, this place is a must for me! No queue like BurgerLab hor....? :P

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    1. Choi Yen: ya, so far no queue here. and actually you don't need to queue up here at The Grind. you can sit at the table, and the waiter will take your order at the table (it's not self-service). so that's a good thing also, quite convenient :D

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    1. Wei Kee: kanna's still there on that row. this burger place opened a few doors away, on the same row =)

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    1. Musa: nope, pork is served here

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  19. Why was it closed yesterday when i went by to visit around 7pm? Tsk. had so much of hope and was starving.

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    1. Tan: oh that could have been their closing day. sorry, this post didn't include a closing day cos they hadn't confirmed it at that point

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    2. Thnx, Sean. I hope they're open today tho! Planning on splurging my cash there. They'd better include a closing day schedule to inform ppl and avoid upsetting potential customers. =]

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    3. Tan: today should be safe! i hear they're currently closed mondays. hope u enjoy it =)

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