Sunday, August 2, 2015

Green Dot Stables @ Centrepoint Bandar Utama

What happens when a sandwich bar from Detroit that's notorious for offbeat offerings opts to open an outpost in Malaysia? Freaky fun ensues - Green Dot Stables at Centrepoint is where emboldened eaters can experiment with eccentricities such as beef sliders with peanut butter & kimchi, plus a side of fries sprinkled with Milo & sea salt.

The slider selection here is intriguingly eye-popping - expect a variety of combinations that have been tried & tested at Green Dot Stables in Detroit since 2012, many of them originally created by chef Les Molnar (a Le Cordon Bleu Chicago graduate). Each mini-burger costs between RM6 to RM8; you'll need three or more if you're hankering for a full meal.

There's a slider for everybody - The Cuban (smoked pork loin, ham, cheese, mustard & pickle), Quinoa (with watercress & chimichurri), Black Bean Burger (with pico de gallo & creme fraiche), as well as several spicy ones specially conceived for Malaysian palates, like Ikan Bakar (blackened fish, sambal aioli & cucumber), Ayam Pedas (breaded chicken, salted sardines, peanut butter & cucumber), Lamb Curry (lamb patty, curry aioli & chilli salad) & Chilli Crab (crab cake & cilantro lime aioli).

The results succeed more often than not - most of the flavours feel cautiously tuned enough to blend well with each other, so your taste buds will probably be pleasantly surprised, not punishingly shocked. Yes, beef with kimchi & peanut butter can work together! There were instances though when some components could have been refined - perhaps the peril of striving to make these sliders affordable. Bonus points nonetheless for ensuring the buns were better than expected - soft, fresh & fairly fluffy.

All in all, it won't hurt to sample these, especially for fun-seekers who want to try something different. There's also a 'Mystery Meat' slider that's essentially an ever-changing weekly special; alas, it turned out to be merely Chicken Curry when we visited. The other options are too long to list - corned beef with sauerkraut, pickles & mustard aioli, as well as American favourites like a Philly Cheese Steak slider, Coney Dog, Buffalo Chicken, Grilled Cheese, BBQ Bacon & more.

Side dishes are also wacky - try the gooey-meaty Venison Chilli Cheese thin-cut fries (RM5) or the Milo & Sea Salt fries (RM4; the mix might not sound immediately mouth-watering, but it's effortlessly edible, proving that chocolate can go with anything). This is certainly not a run-of-the-mill restaurant when the least quirky recipe available is a hummus ball with fried bread (RM5).

Budget-conscious boozing - the house red (not terribly bad) is RM12 a glass, RM60 a bottle. Cocktails are even more inexpensive; a Mojito costs RM15 & a Margarita or Long Island Iced Tea RM10 (!), but they prove to be cautionary tales. Bonus: The soundtrack here is tuned to Detroit & Motown - The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5 & Lionel Richie.

Green Dot Stables Malaysia
Ground Floor, Centrepoint, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Daily, 11am-late. Tel: 03-7713-5288

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23 comments:

  1. Yeah! This place is not too bad.. Taking over the previous Bernard's (but not whole outlet though)... Came here once with Jenn for their draft beer and mini burger but what addictive was the fries! Somehow fries went very well with beer :)

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    1. Leo: i sort of miss Bernard's chicken rice ... though i hear the rental at centrepoint was rising too much for them ...

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  2. Yeah, I remember reading about this in the papers some months ago. Definitely prefer sliders to full sized burgers...can have more options! :D

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    1. Contact.ewew: that's one reason i like sliders too, heheh ... and if it's not too good, you don't have to finish an entire large burger, heh :)

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  3. Well this place serves really eccentric stuffs. Only adventurous easter would want to patronise :)

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    1. Fabian: adventure is the spice of eating! heheh :)

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  4. This looks like a very interesting place, Sean!

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    1. Linda: it's pretty unique! :)

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  5. Beef with kimchi & peanut butter? Wow this sounds interesting, I want to try! :D

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    1. CK: heheh, i think you might like it! :D

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  6. Kim chi and peanut butter? Hmmmm...gotta try that. My missus makes jars and jars of it, all lined up in the fridge...and hers is nicer than any outside, that much I would say - not that I'm a fan of the stuff, thank you. :D

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    1. Suituapui: kimchi isn't on my list of favourites either :D

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  7. Oh my, this is a different kind of post sean Thanks for bringing this up to us! yey! I love burgers, they should be handled with care! hahahahaha.

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    1. Stevevhan: oh yes, i respect the places that do justice to burgers :)

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  8. I've noticed a trend recently of serving meals in throw-away containers. I really wish they wouldn't. What a stress on our natural resources. :-(

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    1. The Yum List: you raise a very worthwhile point --- i guess for the sort of food that's served here, these containers are convenient and possibly more presentable...

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  9. Petite portion is a great idea! That allows us, greedy eaters to enjoy a few more additional flavors :P

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    1. Ken: yup, we tried quite a lot of flavours here! :)

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  10. The meat patties looks good and well prepared!

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    1. Choi Yen: ya, the meat was generally tasty and well-prepared :)

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  11. BURGERSSS!!!! YAY YAY and YAY! LOL

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    1. Rebecca: triple yay! heheh :D

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  12. Don't waste your time with this eatery. Pathetic service - waited more than 30 mins for a simple bacon carbonara & cancelled it. So can't comment on its taste. They deserve a negative star (should be special category created just for this place). It's also smelly with cigarettes smell despite being an indoor aircond dining place.

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