When you think of American cuisine, greasy and sloppy fast food comes to mind. But here at Betty’s Midwest Kitchen, they serve nothing but clean, wholesome and homely American heartland recipes which chef Betty picked up when living in America with her daugther. This family run restaurant in Aman Suria is barely 3-months old but they have been been raking up new fans by the day. I’ve been here 4-times myself since my first visit in October.
The decor of the restaurant is fuss-free. The wall on the right hand side is adorned with memorabilia hand carried back from the Midwest region which consists of states like Kansas, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North and South Dakota, Nebraska, and Illinois; while the wall on the left side is filled with a variety of piggie pictures. “It’s a subtle way of telling non-pork eating customers that we’re a oinky restaurant,” quipped Eve Fan who manages the front of house. I like her sense of humour.
Having tasted their menu a few times now, I would highly recommend the Jucy Lucy Burger (RM13.50) which has to be one of my favourite dish here. The thick pattie made from a combination of grounded beef & pork makes it extra flavourful and juicy. Topped with melted cheese and served with a side of fries, Lucy can do no wrong. Other commendable dishes you can try here are the Classical Meatloaf (RM15.00), also made with a mixture of beef & pork; the light yet comforting Hearty Chicken Stew (RM13.00) and the BBQ Grilled Short Ribs (RM25.50).
Do ask your waiter what’s the special of the day, or check out the board right next to the cashier for the listing which are usually features dishes not on the regular menu. I’ve chanced upon an excellent Beer Boston Butt (that’s pork shoulders for you, go figure!) which has been braised in a sweet malty beer and onion sauce for 36-hours, served with a side of blanched fresh peas (none of those frozen shit here), carrots and silky smooth mash. All for only RM25.50. So remember to ask for the specials.
If you’re ever just in the mood for snacks, you can order a plate Dog Food (RM7.50), about 175grams of fries topped with brown onion gravy and baked with melted cheese! Definitely not for the faint hearted. I spied Crispy Caramelized Bacon (RM8.00) on the snack menu too but I’ve yet to try it. While most of the food here is pretty good, but unfortunately I can’t quite say the same about their desserts though. The recommended Apple Crumble did not impress us. We didn’t finish it at all. Also, I would’ve loved to see Sweet Pumpkin Pies or Mud Pie on the menu. Maybe one day soon.
Good food and affordable prices makes this a great place to bring your family and kids for a weekend lunch or dinner.
Glossary: Babitarian = Pork loving citizens of our great nation.
A-G-40, Jalan PJU 1/43,
Aman Suria Damansara,
47301 Petaling Jaya,
Tel: 603 7880 0196