Written with passion by Caleb Ho
Following on from my experience at La Creperie de Caroline’s Pre-Opening Celebration, I promised I would continue my story of KGB on another day. Well guys, today is ‘another day’. Sounds stupid without the inverted commas, I know.
KGB (Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti) – that’s the one in Russia. I dated a Russian girl once and her dad was a shooting coach, so I should know. KGB (Killer Gourmet Burgers) – that’s the one in Bangsar. It’s already on the list of Top Five Burger Joints in KL despite being the new kid on the block. So, my photographer, Charmaine and I checked it out last Sunday.
With bright lights hitting the natural wood on the walls and tables and bouncing off chairs in either red or black, this American-styled burger joint nestled in a tight space in Bangsar gives off an energy that makes you come alive the moment you step in. Light upbeat music in the background mingles with the chatter around you and if it’s quiet you’re looking for, there a few tables outside. Me? I prefer the action closest to the grill.
The burgers come in three varieties – Beef, Chicken and Vege and there a variety of sides to choose from but most notably, eight types of fries. We ordered Spicy Cajun (RM7.90) and they came in 5 minutes - thick fleshy sticks of potato goodness with skin on and none of that oil-drenched effect. It also comes with home-made sauce that gives it that extra dimension – excellent!
Our burgers arrived 20 minutes after (not bad for dinner hour). Charmaine went for the Kickin’ Chicken (RM15.90) - a Parmesan Crusted Chicken, Sharp Cheddar and Wasabi Mayo creation. We subbed the Crusted Chicken with Grilled Chicken just to see how well they grill it and my, the chicken breast was tender and juicy. It’s not every day you get wasabi in your burger but if there ever was a time for new experiences, this was it.
Speaking of new experiences, now I can say what cornflakes in your burger tastes like. I ordered the Bash Beef (RM18.90) which is a mash up of Grilled Grassfed Beef, Beef Bacon Relish, Provolone Cheese, Caramelized Onions and Maple cornflakes. I couldn’t stop. Layers of textures - crunchy, tangy, glazy and juicy all coming together was ‘Man’! Yeah, that’s all I can say – Man! This thing didn’t even need any sauce. And there’s one more thing I like – those fluffy buttery buns. The seared KGB logo on top does absolutely nothing for taste but still – Man!
KGB doesn’t serve its own drinks but they do have variety, from green tea to beer. The closest thing you can get to anything home-made is a Root Beer / Coke float. If you order your drink with a Set Meal (that’s half-a-basket of fries), it’s RM 5.50. Good deal I say.
Before we left, we had a brief chat with one half of the owners. Joey, who was ever so friendly, told us how it all started. She quit her day job and started this with her partner, Steven. Much of what you see in KGB is born out of self-research – the design, décor and recipes were gathered after much scouring. As a business owner myself, I can only congratulate Joey and Steven on a fine piece of work. There’s still some fine-tuning to be done but they’ve made a great start for sure!
23, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru
Tel: (03) 2201-1220
Price Range: RM 11 – RM 25
Food: 4.5 / 5
Drinks: 3 / 5
Service: 4 / 5
Ambience: Bright, cozy and full of energy.
Pros: Their work in making most of their ingredients in-house has to be applauded. Great menu with lots of interesting creations.
Cons: Expect tight spaces at peak hours as they can only seat a maximum of 45. Parking around Bangsar can be hard to come by.
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