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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Food: Betty's Midwest Kitchen @ Aman Suria

After a review on Rosemary Bites, it's only fitting that I put up it's more popular neighbour, Betty's Midwest Kitchen!

Betty's was actually one of the first places we wanted to write about when we started this blog. Unfortunately we've dilly-dallied and now it's already been awhile since the time we took these photos (Photos are from over several visits; hence the difference in lighting & quality). I'm sure by now many more people have already given this place a try, judging by its popularity and how fast word-of-mouth can spread. But still, there's no harm in another review and sharing the word on good food.

Some of the names of MidWest States lining the wall!
The first time we went to Betty's was actually during Mel's birthday last year. Back then neither me nor Wendy had heard of Betty's (actually I think Wendy might have heard some whisperings..but not me), so it was one of those very rare occasions when Mel actually has a place to suggest that we have not heard of. (Just kidding, Mel!)

The first impression that Betty's gives you is that it's a very simple yet cozy place to come for a meal. It isn't a dressy place, and the furnishing isn't elaborate. Everything is practical and functional and there are interesting pieces of art that decorate the walls, which I give 2 thumbs up to. I am the kind that cannot stand this latest trend of "minimalist" deco, which to me is just an excuse to scrimp on doing any kind of interior designing at all. I'm sure you've come across a place like that, where there is no proper ceiling, the air vents are all exposed, and lightbulbs just dangle on a string...all in the name of being "minimalist". Well, I'm not buying it!

Yours Truly with the kitchen in background

If pictures could produce sound, you'll hear a noisy environment!
Looks kinda like TGIF doesn't it? 
If there's one thing that I would complain against Betty's (Walao haven't done food review yet but already want to complain?), it would be the size and layout of the place. I understand they have limited space to work with because its only one shoplot, but I personally think the kitchen could have designed better. You can't really see it from the photos, but the kitchen counter actually stretches into the eating area, which means people who sit there have to put up with waiters collecting food just behind them too. Again I know they are restricted to the amount of space they have to work with, but I still think the overall layout could have afforded more space for tables and chairs instead.

Okay, now that I'm done insulting the restaurant layout commenting on the environment and ambience, let's get into the weightier matters, which is of course the food!

The benefit of going to a new place with a big group of people is that we get to try out a lot of things on the menu, as opposed to just picking a handful for a meal for 2-3. Unfortunately we didn't take any photos back then of all the things we ate, but of everything we sampled, these are the dishes that we have gone back to eat again and again.. =)

Dog Food served in a dog food-esque pan

First on the list of must-trys at Betty's is this serving of fries called Dog Food (RM 9)! I know I know.. the name doesn't exactly have a very tempting ring to it, but it does make people curious, and trust me when I say it's worth trying! This starter basically only consists of fries, but it is soaked in their signature country gravy and cheese melted on top. I know it sounds simple, but you must try the fries together with the sauce to know what a good combination it makes. Oh and it is also served on a round metal dish to complete the presentation of "dog food"!

Second on the list of must-tries is the Pork Chop with Country Gravy (RM 23). There are 2 other sauces to choose from on the menu (orange cream and apples), but we find their signature country gravy to be the best! The gravy is actually the same one used in the Dog Food, so if you order the Dog Food and this Pork Chop you're actually getting a double dosage of the same sauce. If you don't really fancy so much creamy goodness in your food then don't attempt this combination, but if you love it like me then you've found your perfect match.. =p

But that's not all! The sides are also worth a mention. Or to be more specific, the mash potato is worth a mention. Perfectly pounded into a silky soft texture, the mash has only small hints of sediment or chunks of potato inside. But the real secret lies in eating it with the country gravy - absolutely appetizingly awesome!

But Betty's isn't just famous for pork chops; the pork ribs here are also a force to be reckoned with! For this meal we had another customer favourite, the Baby Back Ribs (RM 32.50). Take 350grams of tender meat that falls off the bone and couple it with a sweet sauce that complements the slightly smokey taste of the ribs, and you know you're in for a real treat! I dare say these ribs can rival even the more established rib joints out there especially with the more affordable price. 

A sticky concoction of apples & moist buttery crumble.

And finally after packing in all that country gravy and baby back ribs, we find ourselves still trying to put away some dessert. The dessert menu at Betty's is very simple, to the point where there is only Bread Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream or Apple Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream (RM 8), or just scoops of different flavours of Bud's Ice Cream. We have never tried the bread pudding, but that's because we've always loyally stuck by the apple crumble - it's become a bit of a routine, really.

As you can see from the picture, each portion is served with 2 big scoops of ice-cream, something very rare in restaurants these days. As for the apple crumble, be prepared to be served something out of apple crumble norm. At Betty's, their version of apple crumble is stickier and more gooey, and there are even cornflakes added into the mix. The gooey texture of the apple crumble takes some getting used to and is honestly not everyone's cup of tea, but for 8 bucks I think we're getting a very good deal.

So after visiting Rosemary Bites and Betty's, it's safe for us to say that Betty's wins by a mile. Although there's nothing wrong with Rosemary, Betty's has the edge because of their attention to detail on the ribs, and because they have that awesome country gravy! Do make a trip here if you haven't already, especially if you're looking for a different venue for porky fare in the future. =)

Betty's Midwest Kitchen | Site
A-G-40, Jalan PJU 1/43,
Aman Suria Damansara,
47410 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
Tel: 03-78800196 (if I'm not wrong, they don't entertain reservations for Friday & Saturday nights)
Opening Hours: Tues - Sun; 11:30am - 3pm, 5:30pm - 10pm. Closed on Mondays.

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