Friday, December 12, 2014

Route 66 Burger Bar @ Changkat Bukit Bintang, Patty & Pie @ Aman Suria & Pampas Burger @ Dataran Jelatek

Getting our burger kicks at three joints that revved up this year, starting with Route 66 at Changkat Bukit Bintang.

Fans of Americana will find much to admire in this watering hole's decor - from Elvis to Marilyn, Budweiser to Bugs, it's like an explosion at the memorabilia factory in Route 66, operated by Changkat's long-running Flam's pizza parlour.

Route 66's selection will thrill burger junkies who like 'em big & sloppy - two customers can share this huge Chili Burger (RM41.80), featuring a 180-gram grilled beef patty with chili con carne, French fries in the burger instead of beside it, plus lots of cheese, jalapenos & tomato sauce.

Route 66's burgers are capably executed to deliver what the pub-crawling visitors to Changkat want. But even those of us who steer clear of the street nowadays may relish the grilled chicken breast burger piled with house-made guacamole, Monterey Jack cheese & beef bacon (RM26.80). Customisation is possible - ask for a sunny-side-up (RM3); the kitchen prepares it well.

Booze makes burgers better - wine by the glass starts at RM23 (Aussie Lyrebird Shiraz). Or try the Crack Baby shooter (RM25; vodka, vanilla syrup, passion fruit, prosecco, creme de cassis).

Next: Patty & Pie, an independent eatery run by a friendly couple in Aman Suria, specialising in burgers & wood-fired pizzas.

Some interesting combinations at Patty & Pie - have your beef patties topped with the likes of mac-&-cheese (RM18), deep-fried prawns (RM20), soft-shell crab or even salt beef.

Patty & Pie's vegetarian burger comprises falafel with baba ghanoush & herb salad (RM16).

And if you really like baba ghanoush (the Middle Eastern roasted eggplant spread), you can have it on your pizza too, with feta cheese, parsley, olives, mint & white sauce (RM26).

For the sweet tooth: Peanut butter & banana milkshake (RM12), & dessert waffle topped with Nutella, choc sauce & ice cream.

Final stop: Pampas Burger in Wangsa Maju, an offshoot of the Pampas steakhouse family of Changkat Bukit Bintang.

Reasonable variety & prices: Beef burgers with beef bacon & blue cheese sauce (RM18, served with sweet potato fries or onion rings), lamb burgers with Swiss cheese & honey mustard mint sauce (RM19), smoked turkey ham burgers with ranch dressing (RM16), salmon burgers with tartar sauce (RM18) & crab burgers with thousand island dressing (RM18).

We visited Pampas Burgers in April; this blog entry is finally out in December. We thought we'd someday return to give this place a second chance - everything we tried here fell short in terms of flavour & textural satisfaction (strange, since a lot of thought & effort clearly went into creating the menu). But months have passed, & every time we recalled Pampas' burgers, we felt no urge to head back. It's very possible there have been improvements, but our first impression was lacklustre - a shame, since we handed a positive review last year to Pampas' steak & burger at its Bukit Ceylon outpost.

On the plus side, the setting at Pampas Burger is pretty & its service team is hard-working.

Route 66 Burger Bar
37, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

Patty & Pie
Jalan PJU 1/45, Aman Suria Damansara, Petaling Jaya. Open Tuesday-Sunday, lunch & dinner.

Pampas Burger
Dataran Jelatek, Setiawangsa, Kuala Lumpur

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16 comments:

  1. I have been to the U.S. (New England), but I have never seen Route 66 except for in photos and videos, and I have always been fascinated by the nostalgia. This place is one that I would really enjoy, I love the atmosphere and old signs and the food looks good!

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    1. Linda: I've loved the idea of route 66 since I was a kid, listening to the nat king Cole song. And yes, those posters and signs are pretty cool ☺

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  2. Wowwwwwww!!!! Burgers galore! Haven't gone out of style yet, this burger trend? You'll see one...and a pizza too in my blogpost tomorrow. I'm ok with both...but the burgers here sure look a whole lot more awesome and droolworthy, a head above the rest!

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    1. Suituapui: glad you like the look of the Burgers in this post!!! ☺

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  3. Tis burger monsta is in hibernation now...will awake n rampage when disturbed by delicious burgers! :p

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    1. Ulric: heheh, the Burger makers are looking forward to your awakening! ☺

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  4. Trio of terrific burger joints there. Huge thumbs up for seeing falafel and baba ganoush getting together in a bun - two of my besties!! Not sure I could handle a beef patty topped with mac and cheese - wow.

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    1. Youhadyourlunch: oh yes, baba ghanoush is a tasty treat, and it's a cool move by patty & pie to introduce it ☺

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  5. baba ghanoush on pizza ?! count me in!

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    1. Ken: yay! Hope you get to try it the next time you're in KL ☺

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  6. Thanks for the write up Sean. We would love to have you back soon as we've really hit our stride after our opening night since putting your excellent advice into effect.

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    1. Patty and pie: I've heard a lot of positive feedback from friends living nearby at Dataran prima who've visited your place in the past few months. Congrats on making many customers happy, and yup, will aim to stop by again the next time I'm in Aman suria. Take care :)

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  7. Booze makes burgers better! I absolutely agree!

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    1. Missy: we're kindred spirits when it comes to alcoholic spirits! :D

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  8. Burger monsta here awaken. hehehe..
    im craving for more burgers & i think i'll have to satisfy this craving soon with more burgers :D

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    1. Rebecca: hope you manage to placate the lust for burgers with some satisfying ones! :D

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