myBurgerLab is one of those Malaysian feel-good success stories everyone wants to hear about. They were one of the first gourmet burger joints that opened in the Klang Valley and one of the few brands that have managed to stay strong and survive.
I remember the gourmet burger craze like it was yesterday. To be honest, some were good and some were not. It started around 2012 and by 2016 you could see who stood out and who were too gimmicky to survive. myBurgerLab’s claim to fame is simple. Artisan based meat, buns and original burgers no one else makes.
The OUG outlet is actually their second branch. The first was in Seapark, PJ and when they first opened, the lines were phenomenal. I visited them on a Saturday night and they were packed to the brim. There was a line outside but thankfully it moved quickly. The servers were very well trained and they gave everyone in line a menu so that they could decide while standing in line.
I made my decision rather quickly. I wanted to try their Nasi Lemak Ayam Rendang burger everyone was going on about. This burger actually started out as a seasonal burger, a humorous answer to Singapore’s McDonald’s Nasi Lemak burger. Diners loved it so much that myBurgerLab decided to make it a staple on the menu.
I dragged my vegetarian hubby along and our vegetarian or vegan readers will be glad to know that myBurgerLab has quite a few vegetarian options. The Tofu Burger is interesting because you can pick any meat burger style and replace the meat with a tofu patty. So, hubby picked the Spicy Hawaiian 2.0 Tofu style. You can opt to have your burgers as a set, so I chose the Umami Mashed Potatoes and hubby had the Salsa Nacho.
I was curious and wanted a side of mushroom fries so we got that too. They gave us a buzzer that looks like a UFO. Once it rang you could collect your burger at a clearly marked area at the counter. In the meantime, we had fun filling our soft drinks at the bottomless soft drink area. It’s literally a hose that you use to spray the drinks into your cup. Totally groovy!
We didn’t wait long, despite the crowd. Our burgers were ready in less than 10 minutes. I did a quick visual sweep around the restaurant and was pleasantly surprised to find that the diners came from a wide spectrum of age groups. One would expect that restaurants like these would only attract millennials and Gen Xs, but there were plenty of young people with their middle-aged parents in tow. Some of them had even brought their grandparents who were in their golden years. I found this thoroughly interesting.
So my Nasi Lemak Ayam Rendang burger was really something. It had a very strong layer of rending and sambal sauce. If you like spicy burgers, this is the one to go for. There were so many things going on. The bottom bun had a layer of peanut butter and sliced cucumbers and there was a sunny side up egg on it too. The only thing that didn’t work for me was the crispy batter on the fried chicken patty. I found it a bit too thick for comfort.
My favourite part of the meal was the portabello mushroom fries; perfectly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Hubby’s Spicy Hawaiian Tofu was light and sweet, but not overly so. All in all, it was a pleasant evening; except that we had to vacate the seats quickly for the next batch of customers. Things just move really fast here.
- Build your own burger from RM14.90 (inc GST)
- Nasi Lemak Ayam Rendang burger RM18.89 (inc GST)
- Mushroom Fries RM16.00 (inc GST)
8, Jalan Awan Hijau, Taman OUG, 58200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Phone: +60 10-369 5275
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 5.00pm – 10.15pm : Saturday – Sunday 11.00am – 4.00pm & 5.00pm – 10.15pm.