Delicious Pork Burger @ Brewster’s in Greentown, IpohSeptember 28, 2010 | 19,819 views
Irresistible Pork Burger from Brewster’s @ Greentown (RM21/USD6.80)
After two lacklustre meals at the old Brewster’s in old town of Ipoh, I was not expecting much from this renewed interest in Brewster’s since they newly moved to this new premise in Greentown of Ipoh. They had a soft launch sometime in the beginning of this month.
* In case you’re wondering what was this place before Brewster’s relocated, this lot was occupied by a restaurant named Krom Luang, serving Thai cuisine albeit without fanfare or publicity.
The NEW Brewster’s incorporates a rustic ambience with a modern touch; with a designated bar area, a proper dining segment with long wooden tables and chairs, as well as a casual al fresco dining area at the porch fronting the eatery.
Wanna know more about our short lunch session at the new Brewster’s, and wondering what new dishes they offer in their revamped menu? Read on to find out.
The Set of the Day – Pork Stew with Pasta, Salad and Viet Roll, and a complimentary dessert. (RM18/USD5.80)
Walking into the premise, I could not help but be awed by the sheer effort they put in into the decoration of the restaurant. If you can even call the place that. More like a bistro-cum-lounge-cum-eatery-cum-watering hole, one cannot stereotype Brewster’s into any particular category.
And you don’t have to. Really. They have dropped the restaurant moniker attached to their brand, and instead named the establishment simply as … Brewster’s. “Ribs, Steaks, Lamb, Seafood & Parties.” Yeah … talk about partaaaayyyy, people. 🙂
Probably our major grouch of the day; the Open Kitchen concept.
You can choose to be seated on the brighter section on your immediate right, with rows of long wooden dinner tables suitable for a family dinner or a gathering on a bigger scale.
Or, if you’re there with not more than 3 dining companions, consider being seated in the main compartment of the place. The square wooden tables fit four persons with ease, and the pseudo-recliner white chairs were comforting to the posture.
The walls were sparingly adorned with vintage posters and ornaments, all the while being painted with a chic, ash-grey/black shade. This made the place a lot more soothing to the eyes, and imparted a fake sense of being cooler and a cozier environment; suitable for a romantic dinner for two.
The toasted buns looked mighty charred (even burnt) upon arrival … a scary thought to be chewing on carbon unwillingly.
There was one lament we could not put aside though; The place was too warm for comfort. Don’t get me wrong, for they have several air-conditioning units blasting at possibly maximum capacity.
However, the open kitchen concept without proper air ventilation/suction resulted in a smoky, warm and uncomfortable environment. Yes, some of us were still smelling of grease and smoke even after an hour back in our office !!! And the warm lights were not of much help too, contributing to the overall heat in the enclosed space.
But this Pork Burger saved the day.
Let’s talk about the FOOD now, shall we?
The Lunch Set of the Day is still priced at a reasonable RM18++, though they still refuse to serve you with a cup of coffee or tea, or even a glass of warm water. (Mineral water is chargeable at RM2/USD0.65 per bottle)
That afternoon, the choice of main happened to be a Asian style of Pork Stew with Pasta, served with mixed vegetables and a Vietnamese spring roll. My dining companions had the sets, and I did not get to nitpick/scrutinize on the pasta but managed to stole a bite of the tender cubes of pork. Not bad, and this sentiment was shared by the other two on my table. The pasta with chunks of pork stewed to a soft and almost flawless finish was reminiscence of Mum’s cooking. You can even compare this to a traditional and homely version of Chinese braised pork with noodles. And I mean that in a GOOD way.
Moist Orange Cake was a tantalizing, fruity end to the feast. (Part of the Lunch Set)
But if you’re wondering what’s up with all the PORKY-licious goodness, that is because Brewster’s is but only a handful of places in Ipoh that serve pork dishes. Sad but true.
The other place that comes to mind naturally is Berlin’s Bier Houz, situated within the vicinity of Greentown Business Centre as well.
Without a need to compare, the Pork Burger at Brewster’s offered such a delightful bite. Stacked higher than your average burgers (comparable to your Big Mac’s, but take note that this pork burger comes with only ONE thick patty!), this was almost twice the size of Berlin’s pork burger with cheese! (Whoops, did I just do a comparison? Oh well …)
A very flavourful patty of minced pork with the fragrance and robust taste of various herbs and spices, sandwiched between two sides of a rather huge bun toasted on the grill. The bun was slightly dry, owing to the intense heat from the grill (the top half of the bun was charred, as you can see from one of the pictures above). But the juicy pork patty was absolutely delicious.
Yes, this brought back memories of my Nambawan experience, although triple the price. And the thick cut fries lightly salted and seasoned with black pepper, as well as some tangy coleslaw completed the ensemble.
Feeling like you wanna be in the spotlight?
All in all, this experience far exceeded my expectations (and initial reservations). I will probably be back for more, since my intention to try their Chargrilled Pork Ribs was dashed when I was told that they had run out of ribs, and a few other dishes that I did not bother to take note of. They also serve a supposedly good cut of Pork Chop (with a tangy apple sauce, if I’m not mistaken), Pork Knuckle, Grilled Lamb Shoulder, various steaks, many pasta dishes, and soon to include their signature pizzas back into their repertoire.
However, it will seriously help to improve on their printed menus. I have no qualms about a bland, one piece menu listing down every single dish a restaurant offers. Michelangelo’s Pizzeria practises this concept to no fault, emphasizing instead on specials of the day listed on additional one piece menus, or written on the blackboard. However, the flimsy paper-thin menu at Brewster’s easily suffers from wear-and-tear, as well as absorbing liquids from all sources while being flipped, placed and sometimes ‘man-handled‘ by the guests. Lamination, perhaps?
121, Jalan Sultan Abdul Jalil,
Greentown, 30450 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Telephone : 605-241 1105
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Business Hours : 4.30 pm to 12 am Tuesdays to Saturdays
11.30 am to 10.30 pm on Sundays
Closed on Mondays
GPS Coordinates : E101 5′ 43.4″ N4 35′ 53.0″
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