Thursday, January 23, 2014

Cowboy Burger @ SS15 Subang & Burger Bar @ Wangsa Maju

It's the showdown of two suburban eateries that have latched on to the burger bandwagon, both launched with guns blazing to supply their take on this trend. Let's start with SS15's new kid in town Cowboy Burger, helmed by friendly sheriff James Cheong.

Cowboy is proud of its pork burgers, relying on antibiotic-free meat for its charbroiled patties & creating recipes like the "Very Hot Piggy Burger," crowned with natural cheddar & grilled tomato & smeared with a sticky, sweet-savoury sauce that contains cili padi & lemongrass.

The combination works well enough; Cowboy's fare is fairly priced too, with this burger, fries & a salad clocking in at RM14.80++.

Cowboy's chef is a Malaysian who spent several years in Tokyo, so there are Japanese influences in the food here. The tonkatsu burger (RM13.80++) is well-executed too, topped with Cowboy's own tonkatsu sauce & naga-negi onions.

Special mention to the dipping sauce for the fries, an addictive one infused with mustard's pungent wallop.

The menu is extensive; besides chicken, beef & vegetarian burgers, there are also pork meatballs that can be topped with cheddar or berry sauce (RM8.80++), plus hot dogs, basic pastas, fish & chips, onion rings, nachos & chicken wings.

Bacon ice cream (RM4.80++) is available too, a vanilla flavour laced with plenty of pleasantly chewy meat.

Next up, heading into the wilderness of Wangsa Maju, where Burger Bar operates near the LRT station.

Burger Bar tries to pack as many burgers into its menu as possible too. The char siew pork burger features a regular patty topped with char siew gravy that tastes like a mild, unmemorable teriyaki sauce; still, at RM9.90, it's a budget-friendly option. There's another pork burger here topped with crispy salted fish that could fare better.

Chicken burger with a Caesar salad inspiration, topped with boiled egg & dressing (RM10.90). Creamy, but could be punchier in flavour. Decent enough to satisfy a simple burger craving though.

Beef with ginger mayo & an egg add-on (RM14.90). The Asian inspiration for the sauce is interesting, though the flavours for this also shine a little less than expected.

Miso salmon burger (RM19.90). Burger Bar has also opened another outlet at Kuchai Lama; even though we're nitpicking, it's likely this place will perform solidly in its neighbourhoods. The people behind the bar seem to work hard, so we wish them well.

Beer is available at Burger Bar, helping it live up better to the "bar" part of its name.

Cowboy Burger
25, Jalan SS15/4B, Subang Jaya
Open 1130am-1030pm, except Mondays. Tel: 03-5611-9963


Burger Bar
27, Jalan 14/27B, Desa Setapak, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-6732-6252

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35 comments:

  1. Looks drool-worthy though the bun looks kind of pathetic.

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    1. Suituapui: heh, there's some space for improvement for the buns =)

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  2. Very unique place, Sean!

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    1. Linda: it has a yee-haw charm :D

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  3. Wow! The 2 burgers at Cowboy's looks delish with the different combination of flavours...time to round up a posse and hunt them down =)

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    1. Ulric: hope you enjoy them! I think they're still playing it safe and there's room for more creativity and distinctiveness to help them stand out better, but hopefully they'll keep fine-tuning their recipes and get better in the months ahead =)

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  4. Wooo tonkatsu burger! Haven't had tonkatsu for long time, maybe can have the burger version instead? Hehehehe.

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    1. CK: haha, ya, can kill two birds with one stone ... have tonkatsu and have burger at the same time :)

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  5. the price quite fair enough! compare to the others.
    And I saw beer! Hehehe, come tgt with burger should be a good combination, XD

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    1. 小乱: ya, both outlets are quite reasonable in their prices. and yup, I think quite a few customers might appreciate the presence of beer here :D

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  6. I bet cowboys and cowgirls alike won't have the blues with the tonkatsu burger, eh?

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    1. Kenny: that made me suddenly imagine what Japanese cowboys would look like :D

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  7. I wanted to see something mouth-watering so I stopped by. Mission accomplished.

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    1. Cquek: yay, glad I helped! :D

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  8. Sounds good - I'll have a burger followed by chicken wings, and finally bacon ice cream! :D

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    1. Baby Sumo: sounds like a treat that the kids would enjoy too! :D

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  9. Interesting flavors- bacon ice cream and miso salmon burger, very creative i must say

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    1. Ken: yeah, cool twists to help keep things interesting :D

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  10. I've passed by Cowboy Burger once and we wanted to go there, have earmarked it for our next visit. Is it opened by the same James Cheong that used to be with ruumz (the community site) and also has an art restaurant? I know the guy!

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    1. Huai Bin: I think it's a different james, but I could be wrong! :D

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    2. HAhah that James Chong is currently in the US ..getting lost driving and getting summons for his driving! LOL
      Nope definitely not the same James.

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    3. Rebecca: oh, haha, yeah, I guess one's Cheong and the other is Chong :)

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  11. love how you are so detail :D

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    1. JessY: heheh, well, thank you =)

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  12. So many burger places to choose from! I think Malaysians or rather KL nites have enough places to have burgers 3 meals a day for one whole month.

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    1. Missyblurkit: that's true, we're totally spoiled for choice now, with burgers in every neighborhood :D

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  13. The pricing at Cowboy Burger seems reasonable. And gosh.. the bacon ice cream!!!

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    1. Chong: ya, considering it was a full burger with fries and a substantial salad, we definitely had no complaints. And we knew we had to order the bacon ice cream! :)

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  14. Bun doesn't look too good ya. But a touch of Japanese fusion sounds good. Worth a try ya..And bacon ice cream...Well... I'll certainly go check that one out.

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    1. Sycookies: yeah, they might need to look into making their own buns eventually or improve the appearance. they do have potential, and I think they have the determination to work hard to satisfy customers =)

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: oh yeah, it's not ending any time soon! =)

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  16. Been sticking to mBL and Burger Junkyard as I found the others to be quite dismal. Stil, time for me to get up and into burger hunting mode again! :D

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    1. Rebecca: ya, there are hits and misses at most of the outlets. I think your top bets definitely are the safest bets, but ya, it's good to give the others a shot too! =)

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  17. Yums! Bacon ice cream looks interesting!
    Sean, may I know its located at which row or nearby any landmark? Thanks!

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