IT WAS an irresistibly “moo-ving” invitation to an evening of indulgence. Of good ol’ gourmet burgers and fries with savoury dips on the side.
Aloft Sentral’s W XYZ is currently having its “Mad About Burgers” promotion which highlights Wagyu and Angus beef flown in from Australia and moulded into delectable patties.
Everyone at our table ordered the popular Wild Wild Wagyu Burger (RM52) as this is the star among the burgers but we got the heads up on the other burgers we would be trying.
The Wild Wild Wagyu finally arrived. Mine had a perfect Instagram-worthy layer of glistening, gooey mozzarella draping over the prized 200g beef patty with crispy onions, tomato, gherkins and lettuce, sandwiched between warm homemade sesame buns.
I quickly dipped the side of curly moreish fries into the smoked barbecue mayo sauce as I began vanquishing the sizeable ensemble.
The hunger melted away with the freshness of the Wagyu meat.
There were juicy morsels to savour and the caramelised taste of the onions brought me back to old-fashioned burger flavours. The gherkins added a lovely tangy kick with each bite.
Another crowd favourite is their Lipsmacking Lamb Burger. Everything blended in so well together – the 180g of juicy lamb patty served on sun-dried tomato bagel, garnished with arugula lettuce, onion jam, and feta cheese.
The cumin mayo and lovely olive tapenade with steak fries complete this offering – it was lip-smacking indeed! We were amazed at the absence of any gamey taste.
We asked W XYZ executive sous chef Muhammad NorHanis Nordin what his secret was for the luscious lamb burger.
He revealed, in no sheepish terms, that it lies in the right ratio of fatty and lean meat as well as in using good quality Australian lamb meat for the patty.
“We also used some secret spices to eliminate the gamey flavour, ” he smiled.
Those with more robust appetites might like to try the signature W XYZ burger ensemble with 360g of beef patty served with butter lettuce, sautéed onions, Aussie cheddar, tomato and gherkins.
Basil aioli and black pepper sauce were served with steak fries which seemed to pair well with the various dipping sauces on the side.
The other burgers include their Awesome Angus Burger with mozzarella cheese, crispy onions, tomato, and gherkins with jalapeno and sriracha aioli sauce and the Fantabulous Fish Burger made from crispy battered jade fish fillet with romaine lettuce, tomato, cheddar slice and onion jam served with spicy lemon garlic aioli, tartar sauce.
NorHanis said the idea behind the variety of dipping sauces served with each dish was so that diners might have fun trying out more varieties of sauces if they had each ordered different burgers.
Families and crowds of friends after work were seen unwinding at surrounding tables spaced according to physical distancing regulations with along with frequent sanitisation practised.
All it all, it was a fun “en-cow-nter” with burgers galore in a relaxing, funky ambience.
Mad About Burgers is available from 7.30am to 2.30pm daily.
W XYZ, Aloft KL Sentral, 5, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur Sentral (Tel: 03-2723 1154). Business hours: Noon to midnight
This the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement by StarMetro.