Checking out two new burger brands with back-stories worth noting: Harley's in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, opened by the diversified F&B group that runs Canton Fare & Hanare, & Marshall's in Subang, the first Klang Valley offshoot of a popular Penang chain.
First up, Harley's, the culmination of its widely travelled Malaysian founder's nearly decade-old dream to bring in burgers that are meant to taste like the USA's In-N-Out Burgers. No-frills, back-to-basics burgers.
We tried the 2x2 Beef Burger (RM11.90), inspired by In-N-Out's Double-Double. The patties are the main attraction, thanks to their smoky flavour & pleasant char, built with fresh, grilled-to-order Aussie beef (chilled, with no fillers). Beginners can try the basic beef or chicken burgers for RM6.90 each (add RM1 for cheese). Customers also have two sauce options: 'Classic' (similar to BBQ sauce) or 'secret' (maybe like mayo).
Fried chicken is available too, as is coffee (Americanos, lattes & cappuccinos) made with organic beans from Myanmar.
We like Harley's outdoor seating section; it's inventively designed, family-friendly, spacious & leafy. Perfect for a cool evening.
Customers can also choose to eat in air-conditioned comfort; Harley's shares a space in TTDI's LGB Tower with sister restaurant Golden Valley, a Chinese outlet that serves everything from claypot beef brisket to freshwater prawn mee to eggplant with salted egg. Both Harley's & Golden Valley are intended to be halal eateries.
LGB Tower, Jalan Wan Kadir, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
Next up, Marshall's Burgers, which recently opened its first Klang Valley outpost on one of Subang's quieter streets. Marshall's has been operating in Penang since 2012 & currently has branches on the island at Burma Road, Bay Avenue & Hillside. It also has another new Selangor outlet at Damansara Uptown.
Marshall's burgers come in cutely named varieties such as The Boar, Divine Swine, The Cock & The Fat Piglet, but customers can also go hog-wild by mixing & matching different patties. We crowned our chicken thigh with a beef patty for this princely, protein-packed portion.
Prefer pork? Combine a pork chop (RM9.50) with a pork patty (RM8), plus pork bacon (RM2.50), in sticky, sweet-savoury sauce.
23-G, Jalan SS15/2A, Subang Jaya, Selangor
Tues-Thurs, 12pm-11pm; Fri-Sun, 12pm-12am
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