I am not really a burger fan and certainly am not inclined to go out of my way to hunt for meat patties sandwiched in buns. I always associate burgers with fast food (and that’s not a food preference I place high up on my list) despite the recent craze on this fad where new burger joints have been sprouting up in the Klang Valley like mushrooms after rain (but really, has anyone ever seen mushrooms growing like that in this part of the world?!). Don’t get me wrong – I do enjoy the occasional burger, especially when it’s home-made and I know exactly what goes into that meat patty… blame that on too much of horror readings on the revelation of the burger contents of fast-food giants.
Anyway, back to the burgers… well, I’m sure most of you know about the rivalries among the now-elevated burger restaurants in town, thanks to explicit and troll-fueled write-ups in the social media. Well, it seems my neighbourhood was not spared the burger craze. I decided to check The Burger Factory out on a lazy weekend simply because it’s right there in my backyard and I was looking for a mid-afternoon reprieve from the heat.
Located in a corner lot (which used to house a Chinese restaurant not too long ago), the interior of The Burger Factory is bright and simple, something akin to a casual American fast food outfit. They do have some interesting box-legged chairs with metal framed backs. The menu is simple – just a couple of plastic-laminated sheets.
Cheese N Cheese burger
DL ordered a Cheese N Cheese burger and I had a Hawaii burger – both at RM13.90. The Cheese N Cheese came with a medium-thickness beef patty, cheddar cheese, emmenthaler, mustard mayo, gherkins and caramelized onions. DL seemed happy enough with this although I found the onions to be under-caramelized.
My Hawaii had the same beef patty, a slice of sharp cheddar, grilled pineapple, caramelized onions, coutons, a sunny-side-up egg and honey mustard mayo – all stacked up in a 6” tall burger. Now another thing about eating burgers which vexes me is: how on earth can one accommodate a 6” construction in the mouth? Even if you press down the buns, it’s still too much to take a complete bite and the whole essence of eating a burger is to take a bite off the whole burger so that you get to eat every layer of those condiments in one bite. My jaws are not able to extend that far to achieve this feat. Taking apart the burger and eating parts of it separately is NOT the way to eat a burger, if you ask me, but then with a 6” construction, usually one has to resort to doing just that!
Coming back to my Hawaii burger, the pineapples were a bit lacking, which is a shame because that’s the one item which actually defines a “Hawaii”. And for the life of me, I’m not sure what “coutons” were (that was listed in the menu as a component of this burger) and I don’t recall any crunchy “croutons” (if that’s what it actually meant?) in the burger.
We ordered a basket of curly fries (RM3.90) and together with drinks, the bill came up to RM54.40 for 2 persons.
If you are finicky about beef patties, have a go at their Chicken, Seafood and Vegan burgers. The menu features a host of other items, besides burgers. You can go for Pastas, Oriental (like Pan Mee, Yong Chow Fried Rice, Belacan Fried Rice and Nasi Lemak – errr, don’t ask why nasi lemak is considered “oriental”!) and Desserts. Oh, they also serve a Tea-time Platter (RM29.90) – “English Afternoon Tea” style!
The Burger Factory
29 Jalan Anggerik Vanilla AB 31/AB
40460 Shah Alam
Opens from Noon-11pm