Burger that gives back

(Clockwise from bottom) The 24 Karat Gold Leaf Steak Burger, One Night in Bangkok Spicy Shrimp, and the Original Legendary Burger at Hard Rock Cafe. — Photos: AZLINA ABDULLAH/The Star

A BURGER can often be a blank canvas to unleash a cook’s creativity.

The juicy meat patty, fillings and toasted bun make up your basic burger, from it being homemade, to those being sold at roadside stalls and restaurants, which also affects the pricing.

With this in mind, Hard Rock Cafes in Kuala Lumpur, Melaka and Kota Kinabalu, Sabah have taken the humble burger to another level altogether, with the first edible 24-Karat Gold Leaf Steak Burger (RM130 nett).

They call this the first of its kind with bling, comprising a blend of fresh 227g Black Angus steak burger that gleams with the 24-carat edible gold leaf, cheddar cheese,

lettuce, vine-ripened tomato and red onion.

This is part of the brand’s extensive menu with more than 20 new offerings that are now available at all three restaurants.

The meat patty on this was juicy and succulent, and it was just how a burger should be — not crammed with too many ingredients — and allowing the star to shine.

The gold leaf did not lend any flavour to the dish, but the initiative and purpose of this was for Hard Rock to help those in need.

Through the Hard Rock Heals Foundation, a portion of proceeds from the gold leaf burger will benefit Persatuan Kebajikan Suara Kanak-Kanak Malaysia (Suka Society), a non-governmental organisation which protects and preserves children’s best interest.

Hard Rock’s Love All – Serve All, Take Time to be Kind and Save the Planet motto is in line with its commitment in giving back to society.

To complement the premium ingredients are freshly baked toasted buns, signature sauces and fresh produce.

The brand’s steak burgers are not the only items making the debut in the new menu. Diners can look forward to tasty milkshakes, sliders and sharing platters.

Aside from the gold leaf burger, we tried the burger that started it all – the Original Legendary Burger (RM72 nett) of a similar patty with smoked turkey bacon, cheddar cheese, crispy onion ring, lettuce and vine-ripened tomato served with Hard Rock’s signature steak sauce.

There is also the Cowboy Ribeye (RM150 nett), which is a 454g grilled ribeye topped with herb butter and served with golden mashed potatoes and vegetables.

Moving on to some seafood, the One Night in Bangkok Spicy Shrimp (RM50 nett) was something that made our mouths water, thanks to the concoction of spicy sauce topped with green onions and sesame seeds served with coleslaw.

As far as salads go, their Fresh Beet Salad (RM40 nett) that had chilled beetroot and fresh orange slices tossed in a medley of kale and baby spinach, lemon herb vinaigrette and topped with cubed goat’s cheese and toasted pumpkin seeds was impressive.

All the flavours mingled harmoniously for those in search of something light and refreshing.

Milkshake lovers can rejoice with Hard Rock’s Cookies & Cream as well as Strawberry Cheesecake milkshakes (each RM52 nett).

The strawberry version was particularly good as it had a slight tartness that balanced the sweetness.

“We are excited to introduce our award- winning steak burgers, Instagram-worthy milkshakes, sliders and shareables to guests as part of our world-class, immersive dining and entertaining experience, ” said Hard Rock Cafe Malaysia sales and marketing manager Danish Zulfiqar.


Ground Floor, Wisma Concorde, No 2,

Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.

(Tel: 03-2715 5555) Business hours: 11.30am until late, daily. Pork-free.

This is the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement by StarMetro.

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