Wednesday, February 12, 2014

GRaB Gourmet Ribs & Burgers @ Damansara Jaya

GRaB has a few interesting ideas, though this suburban burger outpost can't completely be extolled as a champion of originality. Still, it's probably worth checking out for enthusiasts in Petaling Jaya.

The big attraction here: Braised beef rib burgers, made distinctive with tender chunks of meat still on the bone. The flavoursome flesh falls off with ease; it's a fun alternative to processed-patty burgers.

Price-wise, it's more reasonable than expected: A rib burger with a moreish Indonesian-style sambal sauce costs RM16 before taxes (add RM3 for hand-cut fries & a side salad).


Also very hearty: "Lamb Bizkit" (RM16), with a lamb patty that's perhaps overwhelmed by toppings of onion rings, a hash brown, cheddar cheese, sauteed mushrooms, gherkin pickles & minted mayo (phew!).


For vegetarians: A falafel burger with garlic mayo sauce. The patty's pretty dense, for better or worse.

The remainder of the menu feels derivative; there's a been-there, gobbled-that quality to something like this "Bull Going Nuts" ...

... its beef patty (nondescript-tasting) partnered with peanut butter & jelly, beef bacon & onion rings. At this point, newcomers to the hipster-burger party really need to raise the bar & make their flavours stand out better.

Service is polite but somewhat sluggish here: The wait for "Egg Crush" (panko-fried chicken, portobello mushroom, sunny-side-up egg, caramelised onions & smoked BBQ sauce) can take more than 15 minutes even when the cafe is nearly empty. On the bright side, the ingredients taste respectably fresh. This one is overkill though; far too hefty to comfortably fit into the mouth.

Parting shot: Another vegetarian burger, pairing portobello mushroom with hash brown. Patrons can also customise their burgers, using components like wild arugula, Japanese cucumbers & guacamole (note: not all ingredients are always available).

The fries? Well, it would be churlish to totally dismiss them, but they're not unmissable.


GRaB Gourmet Ribs & Burgers
7 Jalan SS22/11 Damansara Jaya, Petaling Jaya
Lunch & dinner, except Mondays


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29 comments:

  1. The Egg Crush looks good...worth d min 15 mins wait?...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: heh, if you have more than half an hour to spare for a meal, then yeah, can wait. i guess it's not too bad, since don't have to queue ... can just take a seat at the table while waiting =)

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  2. Another burger place! Some interesting options there though. The rib burger does look like a nice change from a patty.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, that's true, the ribs supply a much meatier bite and potentially more satisfying chew. thicker than any beef patty too, heh :D

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  3. I wish they all did not look so messy... :(

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, the messiness could be part of the fun =)

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  4. I do love ribs, Sean! Not sure about a rib burger, though, but then again, I have never tried one.

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    1. Linda: yeah, i was a bit cautious initially, but it turned out to be tasty! =)

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  5. Argh! u are defnitely killing me in the early morning!!!

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    1. 小乱: i like the sound of that! :)

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  6. Looks like charcoal buns are still the rage these days when it comes to burgers!

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, they're everywhere now! this place serves sesame buns too though, if customers prefer those =)

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  7. it has been a while since i last had burger, they are more to come eh? beef ribs burger is new for me, a bit troublesome to eat isn't it? but looks tempting for sure. i will surely love the portobello one i think. =D

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    1. Jean: heh, ya, i thought it'd be tricky to eat too but it's actually really easy, since the meat can be scraped from the bone, and the bone can be removed from the burger before eating =) ya, portobello burgers are fun to have =)

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  8. Interesting choices, esp the curry ones but still... no thank you, not a huge fan of burgers :P

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    1. Ken: yeah, i've probably eaten more burgers in the past couple of years compared to the past five years before that =)

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  9. The braised beef ribs looks mouth watering! Bet it tasted heavenly and juicy! Is it a challenge to finish it ?

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    1. Kate: it was quite delicious and very hearty. i think one burger would be a lot to handle for a small eater =)

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  10. Kinda odd having a huge bone in a burger. Hehe.

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    1. Chong: heh, yeah, i'd like to see this place focus on their rib burgers, cos i think that would be a good selling point for them =)

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  11. I wont mind taht rib burger actually! At least it's original :P

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, the rib burger turned out to be worthwhile :D

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  12. I stumbled on it a few days after it opened.. will have to go again soon.

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    1. SC: i'm not sure i'll return, since i managed to devour much of the menu, but i think it was worth the visit =)

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  13. It seems that Burger outlets are mushrooming in town!

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    1. Wong: yep, there are probably a bit too many burger cafes by now in PJ, heh =)

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  14. Hi, I wanna ask whether thiss restaurant is pork-free, halal or non-halal. Tq

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    1. EyesCha: yup, it is halal :)

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  15. MUST TRY!! ...halal jangan risau. Owner Islam duduk Taman Tun.

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