A conversation with McCutie 2-months ago:
“You’ve gotta try this burger from this place called Maredo’s.”
“Yea, I went over there with a couple of colleagues today and had it. It’s an Argentinian place and according to them, their people are consume so much beef so much so they’ve become experts on the meat. So yes, they make a mean burger. And it was huge too. Pretty affordable too. I’ll bring you there one day.”
Just 2-days ago:
“So McCutie, where do you want to go for dinner?”
“How about we go to Maredo’s?”
“All the way down town in Jalan P.Ramlee? That’s crazy”
“No, I found another branch of their that’s closer to us.”
“Really now? Where’s that?”
“Just sit back and I’ll take you there. Let’s get Lis to join us.”
So what’s so good about an Argentinian burger you ask? Before I go there, let’s start with the place. Maredo’s must have been around the corner of Jalan Telawi 5 for the longest time, taking over the old Grappa’s lot. But I haven’t been hanging out at Telawi for the longest time hence why it never registered that they’re there. Anyway, the place was quite cozy with more al-fresco dining area compared to the outlet in town. We ordered a bowl of Nachos while waiting for Lis to park her car and get her ass to dinner. The thick mixture of fresh tomato salsa, sour cream and guacamole was quite refreshing unlike the watered down version served at Chilli’s. Then came some bread and a Chimichurri (parsley-vinegarette) dip which was quite interesting and appetizing.
Lis finally arrived and we ordered the burger. Some 15 minutes later our dinner arrived with little fuzz, except for the fact that they didn’t get McCutie’s order right of having the onions and tomatoes on the side. But this was quickly forgotten when we realised that the chef took the liberty to split our order of El Diablo Beef Burger into two servings when said we were sharing the meal. Each of the two burgers were identical in size and they were the size of a regular McD’s burger – only much fresher and grilled to perfection. The meat patties were flavourful and juicy on the inside just the way I like em.
I later found out that the beef was marinated with the same Chimichurri sauce. Apparently what gives Argentinian beef dishes their distinctive taste is this pesto mixture of parsley, oregano, garlic, salt, pepper, paprika, olive oil and vinegar or lemon juice, which also helps to tenderize the meat. Somewhat it sounds similar to ingredients found in Spanish and Italian cooking. You learn a new thing everyday.
The verdict? McCutie has pretty spot on about the burger. At RM31 for the burger, it’s actually quite a steal considering how well it stuffed two stomachs, great taste and it’s of restaurant standards. Definitely would be back to give their steaks a go. Hope they live up to their Argentinian expertise!
Maredo’s Steakhouse can be found at:
Crown Regency Service Apartments,
12, Jalan P. Ramlee,
50250 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2162 8268
1 Jalan Telawi 5
Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2282 0314