Friday, April 22, 2016

Harley's Malaysia (Taman Tun Dr. Ismail)

Harley’s which is nestled in the same building as the Deloitte PJ office is a hidden gem around the Taman Tun Dr. Ismail (TTDI) neighborhood. If you have not heard of them, here’s a hint; they serves California In-and-Out styled burgers.

I’ve heard of Harley’s from Foodpanda, one of the main player of food delivery service around Klang Valley but have not dine in their shop before. Thanks to Betty Liew and the team at Harley’s, I was invited to sample delicious yet healthy burgers on their menu. 

If you’re coming into TTDI, just head to the building which Deloitte is located or look for TTDI wet market, the building is located about 1 minute from the wet market. You might be a bit confuse on where the restaurant is located, but just look for ‘Golden Valley’ Chinese restaurant signage or the CIMB bank on the ground floor of the building. Harley’s and Golden Valley co-sharing the same shop in the building where you can actually orders from both Harley’s as well as some Chinese styled dishes from Golden Valley at the same time.

The menu at Harley’s is quite straight forward where they served made-to-order burgers and sides, fried chickens, homemade drinks and delicious brownies.

One thing you need to be impressed is that there’s no freezer at Harley’s – and you might be wondering how were they able to keep things fresh? Ordinary fridge (without the freezer part) may only allow you to store your meat for a day. You see, the team at Harley’s bought their supply of chicken meat from the TTDI market daily and the beef meat patties are made from 100% ground beef meat, delivered from their Halal certified supplier too. And they source their milk and cheese from the local PJ supplier, Bright Cow for their daily usage. Thus, the ingredients used at Harley’s are freshly supplied and never kept overnight. Fresh and good quality ingredients are used in their daily kitchen production to ensure the food produced is healthy without any preservatives. 

My partner in crime had their Ice Lemon Tea (RM4.50) and we would love to say that this is the real lemon tea with ice. Light on the sugar level and bold in terms of tea smell and taste with a hint of tangy element from the lemon juice. Perfect drink to quench your thirst under this hot and dry weather.

As for me, I had the Chocolate Milkshake (RM7.90) and the texture of the drink is quite impressive. Fresh milk from Bright Cow is blended with good quality Van Holten chocolate powder to create the creamy and chocolatey drink which runs smoothly down your throat. Yum! They have other flavours of milkshakes too - imagine fresh strawberries blended with fresh Bright Cow milk. Heavenly. 

We started off our dinner with some signature California In-and-Out styled burgers. Introducing the very basic version of California styled burger is the freshly ground beef patty on their homemade buns with lettuce. This is the Hamburger (RM7.50) and it can satisfy you with its delicious made-to-order beef patty. The basic burger in this category which is light on wallet. And their beef patties are made from 100% ground beef meat - no fillers and no preservatives. 

If the Hamburger is quite ordinary for you, and you wanted something more; their Cheese Burger (RM8.50) is a perfect choice. Using the same base from the Hamburger version, this one has some melted cheese on top of the beef patty. Say yes to beef patty with cheese! Everything tasted great with cheese, what’s more with freshly delivered cheese from Bright Cow. 

The 2x2 Burger (RM13.50) is the king of burgers where two pieces of beef patties are sandwiched between melted cheese, lettuce, homemade sauce and buns. If you’re a beef burger lover, you gotta try this because it was that good!

You can also mix and match or even top up to create your own version of hamburger. My other partner in crime loved their 2x2 Burger a lot that they ordered a unique 3x3 Burger version (RM17.30) where there’s a total of 3 beef patties sandwiched between the homemade buns. You only need to top up RM3.80 to have an additional piece of beef patty in your burger. 

As for me, I loved their Chicken Burger (RM7.90) where freshly bought chicken breast meat from TTDI wet market is fried and sandwiched between their homemade buns. Unlike the frozen chicken meat used in commercially sold burgers, Harley’s fried chicken is still juicy and tender. Say no to frozen meat parts used in your burgers. 

If you’re a vegetarian, they also have a Vegetarian Burger (RM8.90) where a thick slice of paneer cheese is used as a substitute to meat patties. I actually enjoyed this Vegetarian burger the most that I had my second servings of this burger! Vegetarian is the way to go!

Besides burger, Harley’s also served awesome fried chicken – which I dare to say that it’s better than the main player in the market (you know what I’m talking about). Simply because their fried chicken are made-to-order, hot and crispy when it’s served and you can still see juices flowing out from its meat. Yum! Yum! And their chicken parts are bought from its nearby TTDI market daily – thus, no frozen chicken here. Its Crispy Chicken is available in 2pcs (RM8.90), 4pcs (RM17.50) and 9pcs (RM38.50) portion. Thumbs up to this delicious fried chicken!

You should also sample this Hot Wings where a sweet and spicy sauce is drizzled on the freshly cooked fried chicken giving a kick in your mouth. Available in serving size of 2pcs (RM5.90), 4pcs (RM11.50) and 6pcs (RM18.90). 

Having only these items as your mains might not be a satisfying enough for you. Just like how some of us that need to have a complete meal course by starting our meal with an appetizer or have something more on the plate besides the mains alone. That's why side meals or side dishes plays an important role in your daily meal. I love to have lots of dishes to choose from when I dine in - simply because it makes my dining session more interesting with lots of food texture and flavors; life is an interesting journey after all.

At Harley's you can add on RM6.50 to your mains to make it a Combo Set. A Combo Set comes with your choice of drinks and a side. For the drinks, you can choose from any drinks on the menu - that's so cool; nothing to limit you from choosing your perfect drink from the menu; which I sometimes get upset on choosing the drinks I wanted through set meals. As for the sides, you can either pick the Coleslaw or Potato Salad or French Fries.

It's quite affordable where for instance, you only pay RM15.40 for the Vegetarian Burger Combo Set. Comes with a delicious non-meat; paneer cheese patty filled burger, homemade potato salad and a signature creamy chocolate milkshake. I can eat this every week because I simply love their Vegetarian burgers a lot - great choice for your Meatless Mondays.

An meat eater? It's okay. Make your Cheese Burger into a Combo Set and it will only cost you RM15. A beef burger made from 100% beef meat patties with melted cheddar cheese, homemade Coleslaw and a glass of Iced Americano will be served. Their Coleslaw is fresh and crunchy with balanced amount of mayonnaise in it. Alternatively, you can also order the Coleslaw by itself for RM4.50. And the Iced Americano is exceptionally good where they use 100% organic single origin Arabica beans from the Highlands of Myanmar. It resulting in a bold and aromatic cup of coffee and the addition of ice makes it a perfect drink for me to sip on it in between my meals. But if you're around the corner and wish to grab a coffee to go, their Americano is priced at RM6.50 for Hot, RM8.50 for an Iced and RM8.90 for an Iced Blended version.

If you love the Crispy Chicken, you will love their Popcorn Chicken (RM5.90). It uses the same ingredient and preparation method as their signature fried chicken - but without the bones and in smaller chunks of meat; thus minus the messiness that you might have (I do, okay) when munching on the fried chicken. Since the meat are cut into smaller piece before deep-frying them, the Popcorn Chicken is crunchier since the crispy layer from the batter to chicken meat ratio is more balanced. And the team at Harley's created their own frying batter recipe from herbs and spices - no pre-mixed flour is used. How I wish that I can sneak them into the cinema and say goodbye to those conventional popcorn. Popcorn Chicken at Harley's is way better.

The French Fries (RM4.50) at Harley's are freshly made from its kitchen daily. Its kitchen team patiently cut strips of potatoes from a whole Russet Burbank potato before deep frying them just when you order it. And it's lightly salted with salt and pepper too so that the potato taste remains as the lead in this side dish. Too much salt is not good for you too but no worries about the fries at Harley's because they care for your health.

Among all the sides, I love the Chili Con Carne (RM5.90) the most. Oh well, now you can have some ala-Texas flavors in your burger meal too. Harley's cook this awesome side dish in their kitchen daily and it's actually a spicy stew made of kidney beans, chilies, meat and of course - CHEESE. To me, this dish serve as a kick in my burger meal that I actually dip my fries as well as my fried chicken into this because it's a great alternative to your chili sauce. This Chili Con Carne has this savory cheesy and spicy flavors in it that you'll want for more.

How about a dish which combines their homemade French Fries with the awesome Chili Con Carne? Yes, they actually do, at Harley's. It's their Chili Cheese Fries (RM8.50). Freshly fried fries are topped with the awesome spicy stew and added more melted CHEESE as the finishing. What more can you ask for? Double thumbs up to this one. And do remember to eat it while it's being served or else your fries will lose its crunchiness when it's being left on your table for too long.

As the saying goes again - your meal is not complete without a sweet ending. Harley's heard you. And that's the reason they have Brownies (RM5) on their menu. It's really chocolatey and they did a great job in baking it - and creating this caramel chocolate sauce as glazing. And do eat it while it's still warm and I wish they have ice-cream on this brownies!

For more information on their latest offerings and promotions, do follow their Facebook page here.

LGB Tower, Lower Ground Floor
1, Jalan Wan Kadir,
Taman Tun Dr. Ismail,
Kuala Lumpur.


Emenicse Lau said...

Can i have Harley's email address pls?

Pui San said...

Hi Emenicse Lau,

You may contact Harley's Malaysia through their Facebook page:

Pui San