Subang Jaya has become a bit of a burger hub in the past couple of years, especially SS15 in particular. I usually dread the thought of driving there - parking is no easy feat, especially with the narrow roads. But there's no denying the abundance of burger joints that have popped up here recently. It must be the crowd. With two universities and an international school nearby, there's no shortage of young, burger-loving customers.
Big Hug Burger is just one of many, comfortably tucked away in the lobby of Subang Square. It was easy to get parking here on a weeknight.
The restaurant interior is very welcoming, with funky knick-knacks on the walls and plush sofas for a comfy casual dining experience. The customers were all university students, relaxing in a large group or taking selfies with the decor.
As this was my first time there, I was a bit overwhelmed by the menu. You can order a la carte or go with a set meal, which comes with fries and a drink. Burgers are not the only thing on the menu, as they also serve a surprisingly extensive range of pastas. Tempting - but when you're a newcomer to a burger joint, there's no point in trying anything else yet.
My brother went with the grilled beef burger set. Simple and definitely an all time classic. Big Hug Burger also offers add-ons to go with any burger, and who can resist throwing in a fried egg? The burgers here are quite sizable, but not surprising considering the pricetag. One burger set goes for at least RM20.
Meanwhile, I chose the Mario chicken burger. I'm not sure why it's called Mario ... but it's good. The shitake mushrooms in this were particularly good. Usually, I'd prefer button mushrooms, but these shitake ones actually went well with the grilled chicken and cheese.
The main burger patties available here are your standard meats: beef, chicken, lamb ... fish too! For fish, there's both grilled salmon and crispy fish, which is a deep fried, breaded fish fillet. I'm really curious about what the grilled salmon burger must be like.
That's not the only seafood you can get. There are also options for ebi tempura and softshell crab burgers. My sister tried the latter, which came with ebiko mayo instead of the classic mayo found in the other burgers. Really good stuff! A great option if you're interested in trying something new.
All set meals come with a bottomless drink and fries. If you take a look at the image above, there's a drinks station in the far left corner at the back of the restaurant. The cashier gives you a cup when you order, and you can pretty much help yourself to everything at the drinks station. There's the usual range of soft drinks and even some lemonade at the side. There are also some small snack packets in a basket in the corner, complimentary for customers. Definitely very attractive for the student clientele, when you're looking for a place to study all day in.
The fries that come with the sets are great too. There's some kind of herb seasoning on them that gives them a really savoury flavour amidst the crunch of a well fried potato. The fries are accompanied by a helping of tasty dipping sauce. I'm not sure what it is exactly - looks like thousand island, but tastes like a sort of spicy mayo. Delicious!
I really enjoyed the atmosphere here, and the food made a great dinner, though sitting on the pricey side. Try and grab a sofa seat if you can ... it really adds on to the comfortable vibe here. So why exactly are they called Big Hug Burger? A visit here isn't complete without a giant bear hug with one of their larger than life teddy bears!