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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Food: Jim's Burgers and Breakfast @ Shah Alam

Update 14/03/13: Jim's Burgers and Breakfast has very graciously offered 25% discount for all readers of Drops of Contentment! Just simply mention our blog name and be entitled to this discount on your food (not applicable on drinks). Only for dine-ins. Thanks, Jim's! :)


We do like to travel far and wide to hunt for food when the time permits. While we do travel around Klang Valley quite a bit, we have precious few reviews about restaurants outside the KL/PJ area. 

Which is why when we got an invitation from Wawa to try out Jim's Burgers and Breakfast in Shah Alam, an area we're largely unfamiliar with, we had to think long and hard! But ultimately, we thought the quest for good food shouldn't be limited by a little problem like distance, so we agreed. =D

Jim's is actually located not too deep inside Shah Alam, just about two or three minutes away from the Management & Science University (MSU) campus, so it's not too hard to find. It is however located at a quieter (still a pretty new development for now) part of town, along a row of neighbourhood shops that also house offices, so the place is very quiet during weekends and non-working days. 

Jim's is operated by a young husband and wife team. Having newly opened, they haven't put in Astro services for the restaurant yet. But not to worry, instead of boring MTV, guests can have a go at playing FIFA on the PlayStation 3, projected on the big wall behind the counter! There are even competitions every now and then for those looking for a bit of friendly rivalry. We think it's a great way to promote healthy socializing. =D

Food-wise, the menu is very much Western-oriented in nature. Though the owners are Malay, don't expect to see any nasi gorengs or mee mamaks here! Having spent 4 years in Philadelphia in the U.S., Wawa's husband is no stranger to the American lifestyle, especially when it comes to food! Hence his endeavor to recreate as closely as possible the staples that make up a simple, but great Western diner. =D

And since Philadelphia is his main influence, obviously there must be Philly Cheese Steaks on the menu! Customers can opt for the regular Cheese Steak, or one that has additional pizza sauce on top. We decided to try the version with pizza sauce, Pizza Steak (RM 13.50), which looks like the pic above.

Don't expect fancy presentation of food here, but do expect a hearty meal! The Pizza Steak was really packed full with beef in the middle, with lots of melted cheese in between. The bread, though fresh and surprisingly soft, was a bit too thick for our liking, but of course no one is forced to finish it. Just stick with the beef and cheese and you can't go wrong! The pizza sauce on top adds a slightly sour flavour, though not a compulsory add-on in our opinion. Have it without to taste the pureness of a Philly Cheese Steak! =D

If you're looking for some lamb variety, how about the Grilled Lamb Roll (RM 7.50)? The size of this is much smaller than the Philly Cheese Steak, perhaps the equivalent of half. But even so, this is the size of at least a hotdog.

The bread roll is generously filled with meaty lamb mince and sauteed onions. Though we liked having the oft-unused lamb, I thought it tasted just a tad dry because of a lack of any sauce (mint sauce would have been interesting!) inside the bread, but that can be easily remedied with a squirt of tomato ketchup or mayo. This Grilled Lamb Roll is good for small eaters.

Philly Cheese Steaks and Lamb Rolls aside, Jim's does strives to serve up a mean burger as what their name suggests, and while we admit we didn't have high expectations, we were pleasantly surprised at what a tasty whopper they churned out!

With all the latest fancy burger joints popping up around the town, it's easy to forget what a traditional burger actually looks like. Jim's has forgotten none of it though, and they will remind you what you have been missing with their The Big Jim (RM 10.50) burger! (we added on Grilled Beef Bacon for an additional RM 2) The patty is a substantial amount of pure beef, with more onions, lettuce, tomatoes, and an ample amount of melted cheese as accompaniment. Do I pique your interest? =D

We were amazed at how juicy and succulent the patty was, and it was also just right in terms of denseness and texture. We especially liked that the beef patty wasn't over-processed, still having a good meaty bite to it. Both sides of the bun are lightly toasted and still fluffy which Wendy really liked (I say a soft bun makes it easier to compress the burger to fit in one big mouthful!) I dare say we made it a point to finish this one, even with all the other food on the table. =P

So while the Big Jim Burger appeals to the purist, the good people at Jim's have also been working in their own laboratory, trying to cook up personalized recipes of their own! In the last 3 weeks they have started a new promotion, called the Crying Jim's

Why Crying Jim? Because although it looks exactly like a Big Jim Burger, the patty inside the Crying Jim has been spiked with a cocktail of ground chilli padi, red chilli and green chili! Read that sentence again and see if the meaning begins to sink in. =P

This Crying Jim really is no joke. It's so hot, customers must sign a waiver form before attempting this burger, just to ensure the owners aren't liable for any problems that may occur after eating it (like acute stomach aches)! 

Can you count the chilli flakes?

When we first saw this, it immediately reminded us of the chicken wings challenge at Chilli Rush, albeit with a more local flavour! Just take a look at all that red in the burger - intimidating much?

As for the taste, well, at first bite it doesn't quite sink in immediately. Do note the presence of chilli is everywhere, there's just no way to avoid a mouthful of it no matter where you bite! Ah but after a second bite and then a third, the familiar burn of chilli padi starts to creep in, and before you know it you're gasping for another round of cold water. =P

So after a lot of gagging and sputtering, the pain begins to subside. And then you're left with this feeling of.......... DAMN SHIOK! Let's Have Another Bite! =D

Alas, no matter how gung-ho you may be, it'll be a major feat if even 2 people can finish one whole Crying Jim burger (we couldn't do it between the both of us, though Wawa tells us this new burger is a favourite amongst their loyal customeres). Don't bother trying this alone if you're not a chilli fanatic. Instead bring a few friends, or just try half the burger and tapau the rest. Trust us - there's definitely going to be leftover. Lol.

All the burgers come with a serving of crispy chips and a pickle. The chips are so crazily addictive, that even though we had so much food on the table, we couldn't help ourselves from snacking on them. Wendy was trying to guess the seasoning because the hot crunchy chips tasted special, but Wawa confirmed that it was just salt. 

And to wash down those Crying Jims, try one of the milkshakes on the menu! We had the Hershey Chocolate Milk Shake and the Strawberry Milkshake (RM 9 for the above, a regular size available at RM 6). We hear milk is actually better than water at alleviating the pain of a burning tongue, so we say this is a good combo..heh. Their milkshakes were creamy, but not too thick, while not too icy either. I wouldn't mind having another.

Ah, I nearly forgot about one more dish we tried, this time off their breakfast menu - French Toast or "Le Toast" as they call it. For RM 6, this is really a steal. 3 halved slices of thick toast coated in icing and maple syrup. Where to find in KL?! I actually would have preferred this to be slightly sweeter, perhaps with some more sugar. But then again I have a serious sweet tooth, so I think most would find this sufficiently sweet like Wendy did. This is a perfect breakfast snack, best shared with 2-3. =)

Speaking of breakfast, if you happen to be near Jim's in the morning, you can stop over here for all-you-can-eat cereal breakfast! Only catch is each person only gets one glass of milk. Each glass after that will be charged. But heck we thinks it's still a good deal. =D

You can even try doing the 14 day Kellogg's Special K Challenge at Jim's. (Best to steer away from the Cheerios and Honey Stars if you are :p)

As the Management and Science University (MSU) campus is just a few minutes walk away from Jim's, it goes without saying there are a lot of promotions for students, and a lot of emphasis on social media. There are plenty of special deals and discounts for those that show them some love on any of the major social media sites, so take note when you're paying a visit to Jim's.

So while we're not sure when we'll be in Shah Alam again, we're glad to say at least now we have one place to recommend here to you Shah Alam-ians! The owners here have put a lot of thought into sourcing good quality ingredients and it shows, especially in the burger buns/loaves. Pricing too is very reasonable for the portion you're getting. Who knows, maybe one day I'll be over here picking up the trophy after winning the mini Fifa tournaments. =D

Jim's Burgers & Breakfast | Facebook
No 1-07-01, Block 1 Presint Alami,
Pusat Perdagangan Worldwide,
Persiaran Akuatik Seksyen 13,
40150 Shah Alam, Selangor
Tel: +603 5523 6728
Email: [email protected]

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