July 29, 2018
Chuck Berry's 1964 hit 'No Particular Place To Go' rings through Mutiara Damansara's new burger parlour as we enter on a Friday afternoon. On one wall, we spy a cluster of Texan and Utahan licence plates; on another, snapshots of the Golden Gate and Brooklyn Bridges.
There's no mistaking the Americana-themed ambitions of this space, even before you sight the portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Muhammad Ali and Martin Luther King Jr. that line a corridor. Mean Mince's chef-founder Nik Syazmin (Min) had a dream that he'd someday helm a U.S. diner-inspired eatery, bringing it to fruition this month with this friendly, family-owned restaurant that revels in back-to-basics burgers.
True to their name, Min and the Mean Mince team make their own minced beef and chicken patties in various serving sizes.
The MM Sliders showcase three 40-gram beef patties in baby buns, each topped with pickled red onions, caramelised onions or mustard mayo with melted American cheese (RM20; the price currently includes a side and one canned beverage), while the MM Burger comprises a 125-gram beef patty with sunny-side-up egg, cheddar and mustard mayo in a brioche bun (RM18 with the side dish and drink).
The Monster Buffalo Chicken Burger is somewhat more of a sandwich, with a 150-gram chicken patty slathered with buffalo sauce and blue cheese aioli (RM20 with a choice of side - our favourite might be the sweet, crunchy-battered onion rings, but the mozzarella sticks and the cheesy fries will also have their fans - and a Coke, Sprite, Minute Maid or something similar).
The burgers should please patrons who relish moist, juicy patties with a fair bit of flavour, but what we're really looking forward to are the upcoming temptations etched in chalk beside the counter: Deep-fried burgers, grilled cheese burgers, and deep-fried Twinkies, expected to be unleashed around mid-August.
Complimentary popcorn welcomes customers to the table; to complete the diner experience, order a peanut butter shake (RM12) or ice cream soda float (RM8). Min's road to running Mean Mince might have taken several twists and turns (one of his past longest stints was in the kitchen of a Mayfair members' club in London), but he's finally firmly on Route 66.
31-1, Jalan PJU 7/16A, Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Open Thursday-Tuesday, 12pm-10pm. Tel: 03-7733-2512
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