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Friday, October 28, 2011

Food: Andes BYO @ Aman Suria

I don't think Andes needs an introduction. By now Aman Suria should be famous for these 2 outlets - Betty's Midwest Kitchen, and Andes BYO! It's taken us awhile to have our first time at Andes though even after hearing so much about it (we're slow food bloggers like that =P), but we finally made it! Special thanks to e2wen and Mich for recommending this place much earlier to us. Don't stop giving us suggestions ok! =)

Although Andes and Betty's are in different blocks altogether, but along nearly the same row of shoplots, I should think the size of the places are roughly the same. The interior of both restaurants are very different though, but Andes also has that homely feeling. In fact it felt so homely I really felt the drinks kitchen was my own kitchen at home. =P

Andes doesn't have many tables for large groups, but they do have this interesting long table with benches! It's a unique spot because it's the only table on a slightly raised platform. When we were there we saw a group of 10 friends huddled around the table. It looked slightly uncomfortable (especially if some guys are big size =p), so perhaps going to Andes is best in slightly smaller groups.

Everyone talks about Andes for their pork burgers, but we decided to start off our meal with some Pork Satay (RM 12.90)! Not since Melaka have we found anywhere else that sells pork satay, so even though the price seemed a bit steep we ordered it to try.

It turned out to be a good decision because it was tasty! Each stick had nice big chunks of flavourful meat on it without much fat. The meat, although tough in parts, had been well marinated. With 10 sticks in all, it was enough for both of us to share. The mild peanut sauce I suspect is homemade, and I gave it a miss because I didn't think it went very well with the satay. But that's okay because the pork satay tastes just fine on its own. =)

The Australian Bacon Burger Wrap
The satay is good, but of course everyone knows Andes is famous for the pork burgers! Wendy went for that, while I went for the Australian Bacon Burger Wrap (RM 16.90)

Besides the obvious strip of bacon on top of the Australian Beef Bacon Wrap burger, the beef patty is also stuffed with cheese that oozes out while working through the patty. Be warned though: the cheese can harden quickly. When that happens it becomes less fun to eat, so try to eat the burger quick! The beef and cheese surprisingly wasn't that impressive a combination. I would give this a miss next time we're there.

Other than that, the burgers actually look very similar. If you don't believe me, take a look at the next one.

Pork Burger!
That's the Pork Burger (RM 13.90). Can hardly tell the difference right? 

The simple yet humongous pork patty tasted good and hearty with the cheese and Wendy enjoyed it. There wasn't as much cheese in this patty compared to the beef, which meant you could enjoy the meat without having it overpowered.

Both patties do look really thick in pictures, which is also true in real life. Unfortunately just because a patty is thick doesn't mean it's the best. A few years or even months ago this might have been considered the best pork patty in town, but nowadays there are so many pork outlets sprouting everywhere it's impossible not to compare. 

Because I have been spoilt by other pork burgers in recent months, on a scale of 1 to 5 I have to score this a 3 out of 5. An extra 0.5 is given because the price is really cheap relative to other pork burgers out there, but then quality is compromised slightly.

Our drinks - watermelon (RM 5.90) and ice lemon tea (RM 3.50).
All in all, Andes isn't a bad place for a simple meal. At about RM20 per person (without the satay sticks), this is filed under one of the cheap & tasty places for dinner on weeknights. Many other writers have recommended Andes, and now we're jumping on the bandwagon to tell you all to give Andes a try, at least once. =)

Andes BYO | Facebook
K-G-11, Jalan PJU1/43
Aman Suria,
47301 Petaling Jaya,
Tel: +6 03 7804 3732
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri, 12pm-3pm & 6pm-10pm; Weekends, 6pm-10pm

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