Two words: Pork burgers


Good? Excessively!

Now, on to a less monosyllabic review of this joint.

I came across this purely by accident. I live in a house full of vegetarians which means that I am woefully deprived of meat at home. So, one day while at Organic Leaf (2 doors down), I noticed the word "Burger"...yes, it is a trigger word for me and decided to check it out. I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that they had pork burgers. Even though this has become an increasing trend in KL, competition breeds excellence, and you can never have too many burgers. Especially of the pork variety.

Even though I wasn't hungry, I had to try it so I walked in and was immediately struck by how nice the decor was:

It's very open and inviting. I liked it already.

My parents decided to join me and peruse the vegetarian aspects of the menu, of which there is actually a decent selection. For reference purposes, the gravy for the mashed potatoes doesn't have chicken stock or anything, so it's veg-friendly. The service is also rather exceptional as they are well aware of how the menu breaks down and how to recommend items, etc. They also have a portobello mushroom burger and judging from the general quality of food, it should be quite decent. So, the parents ordered some mashed potatoes and I ordered a Grind House Burger with pork (they have the option of beef as well).

The food came quite promptly.

[Mashed Potatoes]

These were really good. The sauce wasn't cloying at all, and the potatoes weren't too creamy as some tend to be. They tasted like potatoes, as they should, instead of a mixture of cream and butter. The garlic bread complemented it perfectly. Overall, a definite must have!

[The Grind House Burger]

The moment this hits the table, you can smell it. And you want to devour it immediately. Add thick cut fries to the mix and you have heaven!

[The Grind House Burger]

This is their signature burger and it bloody well should be too. It's absolutely delicious. I ordered mine without onions...because I just didn't feel like having onions on the day, and I was speechless while eating it. The meat is so juicy and packed with flavour that you just know it's freshly ground and made with love. I need this in my life.

It's isn't often that I rave about burger buns, but this has to be said. These buns were exceptional. Honestly. They were buttery and soft, but sturdy enough to hold the burger without soaking through. If you've  ever tried Gardenia's Butter Rolls, they have a bit of a similar flavour, but infinitely better. Delectable!

Such an amazing burger!

I left thoroughly satisfied and I spent that day raving to all and sundry who came in contact with me about this place. Lo and behold, a few days later Time Out released a list of the best burger joints and this featured on it. Rightfully so!

A couple of days ago, I went back with a group of friends (so that there would be more food) and was equally as satisfied. On my first visit, I was eyeing the Big Black Dog but I think eating both in one sitting may have been overdoing it. So, I was determined not to be waylaid by their rather extensive menu, and order that!

When I got there at around 7:30, there place was buzzing with life, which is quite good for a weekday. They had ordered starters:

[Mushroom Soup]

I'm not overly a fan of mushroom soup in general, but this was pretty good. I dipped a chip into it, so I can't really judge. If you like soup though, go for it!

[Mashed Potatoes]

[Pork Chilli with Cheese]

Yes, there needs to be two pictures of this because OMG. This was SO, SO good I can't even describe it! It paired wonderfully with the chips or even the fries that the burgers come with. Amazing! If you don't order this, just kill yourself. 

There were 5 of us, 2 of whom ordered The Grind House Burger with Pork:

[The Grind House Burger]

Do you see the tongue of bacon? Yum!

[I was too distracted by the chilli to ask what this was but apparently it was really good too!]

[The Big Black Dog]

Don't be alarmed by the colour of the bun. It's a charcoal bun and it's just as yum as regular bread. So, this was a good and proper pork sausage smothered in cheese. Unfortunately, this was somewhat mediocre. The sausage lacked flavour and tasted like it was boiled. It wasn't bag, just below my expectations. Or maybe it's because I ate all the chilli before eating this. Hmmm...

All in all though, this is not a place to pass up. The other joint which is best known for its pork burgers in KL is Fatboy's, and this definitely trumps their pork burger.

Do it! Do it now!

The Grind Burger Bar
7, Jalan 17/45, 46400 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03 79323883
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun - 12pm-3pm; 6pm-10pm
[The Grind is located along the same row as Kanna's Curry House, near the old Rothman's Roundabout]