The ABC combo : Afternoon+Burger+Coffee@Buns burger bar & Olle Cafe, Desa Sri Hartamas

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It was a cloudy day. I felt like I needed an ABC combo: An Afternoon with Burger and Coffee! There’s this new burger joint that just sprouted up in the Desa Sri Hartamas neighbourhood. Buns Burger bar. They’ve done a good job in the decor of this bar. Rustic feel, brick walls, cool high and low metal chairs, artsy fartsy paintings and retro interior decor with books and bottles on the brick-themed wall.

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I took this shot from where I was seated at. From this view, no one could tell that I was actually in Klang Valley, as it looked like I was having my meal in a cool cafe along the streets of St Kilda, or along Paris. It would be quite nice to just chill here after your meal with a book or catching up with work on weekends with your devices.

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The menu reminded me so much of BEN’s menu. The brown paper, typewriter fonts and no frills design. I ordered the top two favourites of Buns: Beef burger and Champ burger. This afternoon would be a all-out indulgence one!

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The RM 20 Champ burger came with a turkey ham, sunny side, 100% freshly ground home made beef patties and fries as side line. I guess this tagline would be the same in all other burger joints. If your patties are not home made, your competitive edge against others would gravely drop. The seasoning of the burger patty was not bad, not too salty and they did a fairly good job with the grilling. It was quite juicy.

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The sunny side egg did do its served purpose, the oozy woozy job but I think Red Bean Bag’s croque madame won the oozy challenge. Don’t you think so? You can see the link below:

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This was the RM 16 beef burger. Slapped in with cheese and vegs, and fries as sidelines. The beef patty, although reddish looking (I requested medium rare) it was just a little dry, and slightly crumbly. The juicy effect just a few notches down. It was not bad in general, but the “oomph” factor was a little deviated. Nonetheless, I’d still rather pay for this than any burgers in Burger King, which may even cost more than RM 16. This burger comes in handy on one of those days where you crave for a juicy burger and don’t mind topping up a couple more dollars on top of the fast food burgers.

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Now comes the two downsides I noted on my burger chomping moments here:
1) the brown oiled paper on the bottom of every served burger. They were not designed for durability… against sauces! I am a huge fan of mustard, hence you see a huge blop there in the photo. After a while, the paper started to soften and eventually tore through. I had to dig out the torn bits of paper off my sauce before putting them in my mouth. It may be even better off without the paper actually.

2) The metal plates. Nothing against metal plates of course. But they were just too smooth for the tables. I was having a spinning burger meal haha. Everytime my knife and fork dived in, the plate spinned and I had to stuff tissues beneath to stop the plate from moving, like how we stuff papers/tissues under the leg of a table while your are in the examination hall. Frankly, it was really quite hard to enjoy my burger with a spinning plate.

Other than that, pretty price worthy burgers and the ambience was lovely. I would come back for another burger trial. Hopefully, no more spinning burgers?

Address:
Buns Burger Bar
48, Jalan 27/70A,
Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Tues-Sun, 12pm-11pm
Website: http://www.bunsburgerbar.com
FB Page: https://m.facebook.com/bunsburgerbar

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Next stop : Coffee! Just a stroll down several shops and next to Spicy Corner, there lies an awesome coffee joint. OLLE Cafe. Take a look at this awesome, gigantic, chilli red coffee beans roasting machine. Seeing this, and all the packs of coffee beans surrounding the machine in front of the shop, you know that this place takes coffee seriously to a whole new level. The cafe is owned by a Korean, and a few of my close church friends who are coffee enthusiasts as well had become friends with him. After walking around Hapjeong, I can honestly believe that Koreans do love and appreciate GOOD COFFEE. You can see it from here:

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This place serves me one of the best long blacks ever.. even better than Artisan’s in my personal opinion and tastebuds. After a greasy meal 30 minutes ago, it was just so nice to cleanse the palate with a cuppa. No frills of milk, no thrills of sugar. Just plain black. Sipping a good cuppa.. while people watching, listening to the background Korean music was sublime.

Address:
Coffee Olle
26, Jalan 24/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 10.00 am-10.00 pm (except Mondays)
Tel no: 03-6206-3121
FB Page: https://m.facebook.com/ollecafe

This was one good ABC Combo on a weekend!

Wonderful dinner@Peach Garden kopitiam, Kuching

My colleague is such a darling, to escape her home cooked dinner meal just to take me out for a foodieventure experience at Peach Garden foodcourt. She told me this foodcourt is hardly known to tourists and only locals know how to get here. Wow, the foodie excitement was already building up!

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First foodie stop: fried chicken wings!
Slightly spicy,  superbly crunchy and amazingly juicy. Each bite, you get a loud crunch, slight oil dripping out and then came the tender meaty part. This was one superbly well fried chicken!

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Foodie stop 2: this thing was called “Char Kueh” or in english literal translation, fried…ok there is no proper english word for Kueh. It’s like the meaning of cake/dessert but local malaysian way of saying.

This by far is my top top favourite food for the night. You can get the chef to fry it sweet or spicy, or a mixture of both. Being the kia su one, I ordered the mixture of both. Women. Haha.

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Full of wok hei! And thankfully it was not sickeningly sweet. And the chef added a lot of eggs too. Basically fried carrot cake like the ones in Penang, but not so much of dark soy sauce added, with hints of sweetness.

The proper way to eat it? Toothpicks! I had so much fun poking each piece out and munching them while chatting. Writing about this made me want to eat it now!

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Foodie stop 3: kolo mee, this was unfortunately pretty average. I admit that the noodles were quite nice to just slurp em’ up like maggi noodles and you can’t go wrong with adding pork lard and oil into em’ noodles haha. The only downside was that most of the kolo mees here are usually added with coloured char siew slices, which are a no-no for me. I believe if the kolo mee is added with those nicely grilled and caramelized char siews, the entire experience of a kolo mee would totally change!

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Apart from the special noodles and the dressings added to give a kick to the noodles, the minced meat and coloured charsiews complements were a thumbs for me.

On my next trip back to Kuching,  I would very much like to revisit Peach Garden…for the fried chicken and char kueh! And hopefully foodieventure the other foods here too!

Address:
Peach Garden kopitiam
Jalan Song, Tabuan Heights,
93350 Kuching, Sarawak.

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