Friday, June 14, 2013

The Burger Factory @ Kota Kemuning & Bert's Jr Burgers @ Kota Damansara

Kota Kemuning might seem like a lush suburb that's cocooned from the culinary crazes of the carnivorous city, but this week's opening of The Burger Factory here proves that no neighborhood is immune from the burger epidemic that has infected the Klang Valley.

Eat like a boss, eat "The Boss" (RM31.90): The Burger Factory's priciest is a mega-whopper of Aussie beef, grilled chicken breast, sharp cheddar, emmental cheese, mustard mayo, ketchup, pepperoni, bolognese, beef bacon, sauteed mushrooms & pineapple.

We have mixed feelings about this; it's undeniably tasty, but in a messy, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink manner, lacking the finesse of flavor to ignite our imagination. Still, we ate it all up; it's a real riot of guilty-pleasure ingredients.

"The Skunk" (RM13.90) lives up to its scary name, made super-stinky with blue cheese, onions & gherkins. Chunky-meaty in a way that will wow flesh-eaters, though the patty slides closer to Kaw Kaw's burger bakar in both taste & texture.

 By now, every self-respecting burger joint serves a portobello mushroom creation for vegetarians.

The Burger Factory's seafood-themed burger, "Marine Tales" (RM13.90), is more like a sandwich, packed with prawns, hard-boiled eggs & caramelized onions.

 Hot dogs in charcoal buns are available too, as are potatoes straight-cut for French fries or shaped into wedges, curled up, waffled or turned into hash browns.

The Burger Factory boasts a calm premises in Kota Kemuning with plenty of parking; it's roomy & comfy, with interesting decorative touches to make its setting more distinctive.

From one Kota to another: Here's a look at Kota Damansara, where Bert's Jr Burgers, a business originally from my hometown of Malacca, opened this month.

Bert's signature is also a biggie, though these burgers lean very close to street burgers too, with potentially cloying greasiness. "The Jawbreaker" (RM16.90) comprises two char-broiled 200-gram beef patties, beef pepperoni, beef brisket, mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, leaves & onions. 

Bert's forte might be these cute names: "Finding Dory" (RM16.90) features deep-fried dory fish with avocado salsa (supposedly), tartar sauce & cheese.

Meat, meet meat. "Baa Baa Black Sheep": Char-broiled Australian mutton, chicken salami, etc (RM17.90) & Hot Chick: Grilled chicken breast & black pepper sauce (RM16.90).

Steamed beef burgers, slightly more moist/wet, are served too, topped with beef bologna.

New York Hot Dog (RM8.90), garlic chicken sausage rolled in egg. Juicy? Yep.

Bert's fries are edible but forgettable. That's OK; there might still be a market for its burgers.

The Burger Factory,
29, Jalan Anggerik Vanilla AB 31/AB, Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam.
Open daily, noon through 11pm.
Bert's Jr Gourmet Burgers,
3-1, Jalan PJU 5/3, Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara.
Open daily, 3pm-10pm

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57 comments:

  1. Hi Sean!

    Hey, another burger outlet in Kota Damansara :) After checking out Burger Junkyard recently, it's time to check out Bert's Jr Burgers. There is definitely a burger revolution in Malaysia right now. The more, the merrier I say.

    Thanks for sharing buddy :D

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    1. Jimmy: oh yeah, your neighborhood is certainly becoming a mini-hub for burger fans. Bert's Jr is very different from Burger Junkyard, since it tastes more 'street burger'-ish, but i hope you enjoy both of them in their own way. thanks for reading! :D

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    2. Hi Sean,

      Finally checked out Bert's Jr Burgers recently. I must say, your review is spot on :) I thought Finding Dory was pretty good. Always a sinful pleasure to check out other burgers out there.

      Bon Appetit!

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    3. Jimmy: thanks for letting me know what you think =) glad u enjoyed the 'finding dory.' It's interesting to see how burger outlets tackle fish burgers. I'd like to see a burger joint someday that specializes in seafood varieties! :D

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  2. What a lovely decor they have! It looks inviting and relaxing with the green and coral colour combination! Their burgers look amazing and quite unique!

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    1. Linda: yeah, i was quite impressed by the decor at the burger factory. it's simple, but it works! :D

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    2. It sure does, Sean! Some restaurants seem afraid to use colour, but colour definitely adds to the attraction and ambiance. :)

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    3. Linda: and coincidentally, green's actually my favorite color (and it's been my favorite color since i was seven years old)! :D

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    4. We have yet another thing in common, Sean! Green is also my favourite colour! The green as in the colour of grass and trees. :)

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    5. Linda: I agree wholeheartedly! Nothing beats nature's shades of green. It's like the color of life :D

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  3. Size/height is a good thing but it takes effort and big jaw to actually eat these burgers!

    On the other note, just realised you're putting/using 'Burgers' tag. It's easier to list down the number of burger joints in Klang Valley. Heh.

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    1. Chong: heh, i actually just cut up the burger into smaller, more manageable pieces if it's too big! :D oh yups, there's now a Burgers tag, though it's not comprehensive. i only recently started using the Burgers tag in april this year, so i still have to go back and tag earlier blog entries like MyBurgerLab, Burger Junkyard, etc :D

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  4. I think Mr. LFB and me should find one weekend and make our own burger at home. :P

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    1. CK: good idea! If you need someone to help you taste the burgers and provide feedback, call me! :D

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  5. Loving the looks of the eggy New York Hot Dog...I'm sure it was messy too...hehe =)

    How's d Marine Tales sandwich/burger at The Burger Factory? Shud be fabs with a creamy egg sauce instead of hard-boiled...but hey tats just the runny me...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: yeah, now that u mention it, I actually preferred the hot dog at Bert's compared to the burgers. Maybe it shows that hot dogs are easier to do right compared to burgers :D
      The Marine Tales made me wish they had done a proper prawn patty burger instead (kinda like Yummylicious!), but on the bright side, their prawns were very fresh. In the end, it tasted kinda, ermm, homemade. But I think you have a point, an added eggy sauce might have pushed it up one notch instead of a rather generic and artificial-tasting dressing that they used =)

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    2. Maybe a sinful but mild salted egg cream sauce to bring us to the heavens...hahaha =)

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    3. Ulric: and add some soft-shell-crab for extra textural crunch! Oops, now it sounds like I'm thinking of Swich Cafe's crab-egg burger! :D

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    4. Hahaha...it's almost there...an orgasmic seafood burger! :D

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    5. Ulric: ya, I think there'd be a nice demand for seafood burgers, since they're not as widely available as beef/chicken/pork. Good seafood burgers though, not filet-o-fish style =)

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    6. I was just wondering if breadcrumbed prawn fritters would be a good substitute for a prawn patty...hehe =)

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    7. Ulric: ooo, now that sounds almost like the start of a Japanese-themed seafood burger. Tempura prawn burger, prawn karaage burger or maybe panko breadcrumb prawn burger is closest to your idea. sounds good though the ultimate deliciousness might lie in what other ingredients to partner the prawn with =)

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    8. U got it! Panko breadcrumbed prawn fritters in a mild but creamy salted egg sauce...with toasted sesame seeds spirinkled on top...the rest of ingredients must contrast d star ingredient here...hehe =)

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    9. Ulric: Wah, can can. Now go propose the plan to swich or junkyard so we can sample this sesame seafood sensation :D

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    10. Junkyard or YummyLicious are our best bets...lolz! =)

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    11. Ulric: and both of them know how to make good burgers =)

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    12. Hi there Sean/Ulric,

      Thank you so much guys for the compliments. Great idea actually, will let you know if we can develop it further. Will definitely credit you both if we can work out the recipe nicely :) If I'm not mistaken, I believe Tokyo Pastry has introduced a charcoal burger with prawn fritters but I have not tried it yet though.

      Have a great weekend guys and thanks again for the support. Getting such great compliments from 2 food lovers such as yourselves really lift the team's spirits ;)

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  6. Another burger place to cater for Kota Kemuning folks.
    "The Boss" looks yummy. (RM31.90) is burger alone or comes with fries as well?

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    1. Melissa: yeah, finally the folks of kota kemuning have their own hipster burger joint too! :D the price is nett, and it's for the burger only =)

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  7. OMG - the epidemic has infested my neighborhood! How does anyone eat that monster burger with TWO big fat meaty patties, LOL! Certainly not the way a burger should be eaten, ie a patty between 2 halves of a bun! For this giant burger, everything has to be taken apart, I guess, before they can be shoved into the mouth, haha!

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    1. Pureglutton: oooh, ya, and your neighborhood seems to enjoy it. the lunch crowd was quite healthy for a weekday =) and you're right, the burger definitely has to be taken apart! it feels like five times the size of a big mac! :D

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  8. Gosh!!!! You sure do eat a lot of burgers, don't you?

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, okie, okie, this will be the final burger post for now :D

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    2. NOOOOOOOooooo Sean, this can't be the end for now

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  9. can i have your top 3 favourite burger joint? That would save me a lot of trouble hahaha, time and waistline wise.. :D

    Lets do a drinking joint hunt one day. 3-4 bars a day sounds fun!

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    1. AugustDiners: heheh, i think if you head to MyBurgerLab in Sea Park and Burger Junkyard at Section 17, you're pretty much covered for now. and of course, The Daily Grind is always worthwhile, rite =) bar-hopping is a great idea. okie, am still waiting for these bars that were supposed to open LAST MONTH to open! :D

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    2. Sean is spot-on...add Burgertory if u fancy a fourth =)

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    3. Ulric: ah yes, for pork pleasure =)

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  10. My goodness! The burger craze is still going on... so many of them until I have officially lost track! Haha.. the Jawbreaker looks really huge! Love their cheeky names too!!

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    1. Iamthewitch: yaaa, i'm having trouble keeping track of them too, even after visiting them heheh :D yeah, i like the cool, creative & cute names for some of these burgers. the jawbreaker will definitely give our mouths a long workout =)

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  11. sean, you should review the steamboat place next to bert's jr. they serve ALIVE prawns.

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    1. Ivan: thanks for the idea! noticed it, and it looked quite busy with customers, but had no idea what their specialties were =)

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  12. Hehe did you go to these burger places in a row?

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    1. Baby Sumo: heheh, nah, can only handle one burger place a day. went to the burger factory on a weekday and bert's jr on a weekend :D

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  13. Like u mentioned, both leaned very close to roadside burgers quality/texture though Aussie beef was used. But of cos, it's a loosely use term huh.
    I'm never a fan of such patties, but i might go fo the Baa Baa sheep for the novelty. As for Kota Kemuning, ermm I'll pass! LOL.
    Dont mind if someone drives though :P

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    1. TNG: ya, i can't quite wholeheartedly recommend these, though i could see they did try to put effort into it. hopefully there'll be enough customers who appreciate that effort and enjoy the burgers here. oooh, kota kemuning is a breeze to reach, using the kesas highway. only 15 minutes from subang, seriously! and it's quite a pleasant neighborhood, heheh :D

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  14. Jawbreaker sounds like a satisfying bite for meat lovers like me:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: meat, meat and more meat! Heheh =)

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  15. hi.
    I was just wondering whether these 2 places offer burgers that can be consumed by muslims?

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    1. Unknown: both of them don't serve pork. i'm not certain if they have halal certifications, but i believe they do want to attract muslim customers, as they have 'pork-free' stated on their menus =)

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    2. ok thanks! will be making my way there after work today to try their burgers. thanks for the info :)

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    3. Unknown: enjoy =)

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  16. Fantastic review. Pictures speak volume of goodness. Will be testing and hope it's as good as it looks.

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    1. BeeRay: ooh, I hope u enjoy the burgers =)

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  17. can i know the "Halal" status? thanks =)

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    1. Azral: i'm not sure if they have official halal certifications, but both these outlets do not serve pork =)

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  18. Berts jr. I've been there two times. Great taste!

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