Thursday, April 19, 2018

Burnin' Pit @ Desa Sri Hartamas

The wait was worth it: After many months of ardent anticipation, Burnin' Pit is finally firing up its grills, bringing sultry Texas-style barbecue to the heart of Hartamas, smoked and sliced in a suave space that's raring to fan the flames of our appetites.

This is merely a teaser of Burnin' Pit's current test run, but it's clear that the restaurant means serious business when it comes to low-and-slow barbecue. The highlight is the premium wagyu brisket, cooked for no fewer than 14 hours, initially over a base of rubberwood, then with the wood of Pahang-cultivated tropical fruit trees, including jackfruit, mango and rambutan trees.

Seasoned simply with kosher salt to let the beef shine, the result is meat made for passionate carnivores, with a clean but memorably resonant richness of flavour that lingers pleasurably on the palate, sumptuously fleshy to the bite, satisfyingly tender to the chew. It'll be no problem polishing off a full plate of this top-notch protein; kudos to Burnin' Pit's founding chef Kok Fung and his team for blazing a fresh trail with their expert execution.

While the Japanese beef is the probable standout (seasonal price; currently RM80 per 100 grams), there's plenty of smoked meat to go around the table. The soft-launch selection also showcases halal-certified BBQ Aussie beef brisket (RM20 for 100 grams), beef ribs (RM30 for 100 grams) and pulled lamb (RM21 for 100 grams). House-blended Peach BBQ and Gula Melaka sauces complement the meat without being overpowering.

Burnin' Pit also puts a local spin on some of its signatures, so in addition to Jamaican jerk chicken, you'll find Malaysian percik-inspired chicken too, plus a brisket fried rice that should be mighty tempting. 

House-made sausages are also available, alongside meaty burgers, sliders and hot dogs, as well as hearty-sounding sides that span mac-and-cheese to corn with coconut milk and plantain chips with pulled lamb, plus sweet treats like beignets and chocolate Oreo sundaes. We'll be back for those.

A cosy den upstairs, lit with bulbs encased in whiskey bottles, complete with a faux fireplace, beckons customers for drinks after dinner, with an alfresco terrace that overlooks the neighbourhood. 

Burnin' Pit
24, Jalan 24/70a, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Open daily; BBQ available 11am-2pm, 6pm till sold out. The rest of the menu is available all day long.




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12 comments:

  1. Those are really serious stuff grill! when i saw a grilled meat from your pic i got my jaw dropped! Like really. I thinks that's my first time seeing that kind of stuff!

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    1. Stevevhan: it'll definitely inflame the passions of all meat enthusiasts! :D

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  2. OMG, that's a fine-looking specimen of a meat! ;) I'm assuming the portion shown is 100g of premium wagyu brisket. I've seen this low and slow Texas-style bbq brisket for so long on TV (and drooling over it)...and now we can finally get it here...yee haw! ^o^

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    1. Contact.ewew: yep, the meat that's being sliced and put on the plate is the premium wagyu brisket - not sure what the exact weight was though. it was genuinely deeeee-licious! :D

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  3. Oh my!!! That slab of meat looks absolutely gorgeous. Hmmmm...I wonder what the carver looks like, as good as the meat? LOL!!!

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    1. Suituapui: i think the carver might meet your approval too, actually! :)

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  4. Here's to hoping that this is as close as the real thing back in Austin, Texas!

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    1. TzePing: yeah, i hope they manage to maintain their opening-day benchmark, cos i really loved the brisket! :D

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  5. Oh gosh those slabs of meat! I must make my way there real soon!

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    1. Phong Hong: yay! maybe you'll bump into me there, sinking my teeth into more meat! :D

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  6. I always drove past this restaurant and would admire the exterior when traffic jams outside. I must go inside and admire while enjoying the burning food! I love anything Texan and cowboys! Yeee Haaaw!

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    1. Twilight Man: ya, the prominent signage here has definitely made plenty of people curious ... the interior designers did a good job! :D

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