I have been scouting around for good brunch venues to recommend on my blog; preferably somewhere out of the usual congested areas like Uptown Damansara, Bangsar and Hartamas/Publika.
Somewhere cosy yet still bearing the postcodes of PJ/KL.
Aman Suria is one such area within the vicinity of Petaling Jaya. This particular row of shophouses is made famous by the Bao Bao pan mee, Betty’s Midwest Kitchen, My Elephant and of course, Kayu Nasi Kandar.
Lower down the street and nearer to Dataran Prima Condo, Andes’ famous pork burger was the best pork burger in town (and frankly still ranks among the top 3 in KL/PJ to me in terms of value & price) even before the whole burger revolution started.
And it is still as good, though inflation has set in and prices aren’t as before. Anyhow, RM23.90+ for this monstrous, absolutely lip-smacking, molten-cheese-within-a fat-patty burger is justified especially when you take into account the crisp fries, a side salad and that the patty is wrapped in BACON and topped with an egg.
It might be a bit salty for some due to the addition of cheese and bacon, but it is not unbearably so.
The ubiquitous “Big Breakfast” at Andes takes a different approach.
Select from a list of ingredients offered depending on your hunger level.
My hunger level is always “ravenous” so I selected the 7 ingredients one that cost RM14.90.
Do note that this brunch menu is only available on WEEKENDS (SAT & SUN).
So what I had on my plate was scrambled eggs (love the runny texture but it was overwhelming on butter), 2 pork sausages (feedback given to offer better quality ones so let’s hope that is soon), tomatoes, pork bacon, a poached egg (unfortunately done using a machine), sauteed mushrooms (could do with a bit of seasoning or garlic), smoked salmon and a nice slice of multigrain toast.
While the platter above can best described as ‘just adequate’, the Scotch Eggs and the French Toast is major love.
Try the Scotch Eggs (RM16.90+) which is basically the same pork patty encasing a soft boiled egg with a thick slice of bacon crowning its top.
This humongous BALL (i think it needs a World Cup flag!) sits confidently on a mould of smooth mash.
Gravy is on the side if you do need it, as well as a side salad and again, a slice of toast.
The French toast is not greasy. I repeat, the French Toast (RM15.90) is not greasy. Thumbs up for that!
Using the same bread as before, the toast have an even coating of egg topped with nicely ripe caramelized bananas.
While the brunch is available only on weekends, daily set lunch and the ala-carte menu are available for order daily from 11 am.
I can’t wait to try their set lunches and I’m aiming specifically for the pork nasi lemak and pork chop rice. 🙂
One of the items I sampled from the ala-carte menu is the Fish and Cheese (RM19.90), a cheesy twist from the usual F & C.
While the frying technique is admirable (the crust stays crispy for an hour – yes we took that long to finish it as we had many dishes on the table) the batter was a tad too thick for my liking.
Besides the burgers, there are pasta, salads, soups, chicken, sausage and on the menu so there’s something for everyone here at Andes!
We had a hot chocolate and the Affogato since it was a brunch but no one will stop you from ordering a beer if you wish. The blend for both coffee and chocolate here is Degayo.
The new Andes sports 2 separated interiors. The front is pretty open while the back is dimmer and more enclosed. That also means that it is cooler to sit at the back section.
Personally I prefer the front as it is bright and cheery!
By the way, Andes is dog-friendly. Just make sure that your dogs behave if you do bring them here. 🙂
So there you go. Another weekend brunch venue worth checking out; one that offer real bacon, ample parking, a quiet ambiance and you can make friend with doggies if you have had enough of dealing with humans. Err.. just joking. Or maybe not. 😀
Andes BYO – Aman Suria
K-G-11, Jalan PJU 1/43 Aman Suria Damansara
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia