Sep 1, 2014

Ayers Rock Butcher & Grill @ Avenue K - Below Average


A last minute farewell lunch that turned into - an unexpected misadventure.

Ayers Rock Butcher & Grill

We marched our way to the topmost level of Avenue K, during peak lunch hour on Friday. The busiest yet happiest time for us, the white-collared clan, who anxiously anticipate the long weekend ahead. It was the Merdeka weekend after all. Can't wait!

While it was bustling at the lower levels, with stretching queues being a norm, particularly at Taste Enclave and WondermamaX, things still seemed rather idle here. Walking passed the row of existing restaurants, it looked fairly quiet apart Fat Boy Burgers. And a peep into Tsukemen & Izakaya IEYASU and it also showed a slow-moving sight.

And as for Ayers Rocks, pictures proved likewise. But who knows, it could be one of those hidden gems waiting to be discovered.


The only obvious similarity with Ayers Rock - the iconic landmark in Australia, is probably the use of grain-fed meats. But then again, grain-fed beef in this country is imported predominantly from either New Zealand or Australia anyway - so nothing special here.

Ayers Rock Butcher & Grill is Halal. There is another two other outlets - Bukit Jelutong and Kota Damansara.

Premium Ribeye. Rm68.


This is the 350gm, beef eater portion. You can also opt for the 280gm, hearty meal portion for Rm58. We had this done medium and it came a hint pinkier than expected, but I had no qualms in finishing it all up. In terms of flavors, it was at most mediocre, obvious from the shortfall in marination - disappointing on such a great slab of beef. 

Lamb Burger. Rm28.


I didn't quite like this too. The 200gm lamb patty was unsatisfyingly dry and the stale burger bun didn't do much to the taste buds either. The cheese looked really sad unmelted and this burger needs sauce - a lot of sauce. 

Beef Balls. Rm15.


The chunky beef balls - again - was very dry. They could've been a bit more creative with the sides as well. It's all the same! Fries and salad.

Massive Burger. Rm22.


If there's one dish I would recommend here, it would have been this. The 200gm beef patty had toothsome textures, packed and grilled to a juicy perfection.

Overall Rating: 5.5/10. My key takeaways - the meat needs more flavors, the burger needs sauces, the side dishes need dire variation, the cheese needs to be melted properly and the burger buns supplier needs reconsideration. Though premium meat is used, I felt somewhat cheated, from the overpriced menu. I was undeniably expecting a bit more. Did I also mention that the dishes here are no where near Australian? So, if you're looking forward to some Australia inspired dishes and grilled meats here - you will be thoroughly disappointed. That said, I know Halal steak and grill restaurants is hard to come by in KL, still, I would not recommend this one.

Ayers Rock is located at:
Address: Avenue K, No. L3-15, Level 3, 138, Jalan Ampang, 50450, Kuala Lumpur.
Phone: 017-233 7533
Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm Daily


 
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