Thursday, October 31, 2013

Johnny Rockets Malaysia @ The Curve

Eagerly anticipated for months, Johnny Rockets blasted off at The Curve this week, the first Malaysian satellite of a California-based U.S. burger franchise.

 Ferociously sunny staff members _ nicknamed 'Rocketeers' _ orbit this diner-style restaurant, their smiles remaining intact despite having to regularly dance in public to hot-blooded hits like 'That Thing You Do,' 'The Twist' & 'YMCA.' A slice of Americana.

 Folks who loathe Chili's or TGI Friday's won't love Johnny Rockets. But there's primal satisfaction in biting down on a well-loaded burger.

 Bacon Cheddar Single, comprising a beef patty, beef bacon, cheddar cheese, coral lettuce, sliced tomato & white onions in a thickly dense potato bun (can be substituted for wholemeal). RM24.90++, comes with fries & a side salad.

Route 66, a beef burger topped with Swiss cheese, grilled mushrooms & mayo. Chicken patties can be requested, no problem.

The patty's substantially meaty _ chunkier than most fast food joints' _ but its qualities are debatable: Some will say it's juicy enough, others will disagree; some will insist it's somewhat salty, but objectors will point out that burgers were never for low-sodium diets.


 Fries show some skin. Pretty good actually; we'd happily finish every fry, carbs be damned. 

 Add RM2.50 to upgrade the fries to either sweet potato fries ...

 ... or better still, crunchy-chunky onion rings. The coleslaw? Crisp.

 Not into burgers? No worries: Johnny Rockets also serves everything from Philly cheese steaks (with pepper jack cheese) to melt sandwiches & Caesar salads.

 The peanut-butter-&-choc milkshake (RM18.90++) had melted by the time we photographed it; while it might look terrible (our fault), it tasted terrific. Creamy & well-balanced in flavor, reputedly hand-spun with premium ice cream, whole milk & whipped cream.

Johnny Rockets Malaysia,
G52, The Street, The Curve, Mutiara Damansara.

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38 comments:

  1. Hmmmmm at the burgers...but the crisp coleslaw, sweet potato fries and the crunchy-chunky onion rings wills me to give tis place a go =)

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    1. Ulric: heh, yeah, the burgers are OK, i'd probably give them a solid B. maybe order just one burger for sharing, and use it to accompany the side dishes. but if i had to return here for something, it'd be the milkshakes =)

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    2. Milkshakes!...slurpalicious :D

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    3. Ulric: ya ... i don't really need to ever have a johnny rockets burger again, but i wouldn't mind their milkshake once in awhile! could tell they used some pretty decent ice cream to make it =)

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    4. Anytime u want to have the milkshakes look me up...hehe =)

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    5. Ulric: yay! the milkshake men cometh to the curve :D

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  2. Very nice decor, Sean. I love Caesar salad! :)

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    1. Linda: oh yeah, there's a comforting assurance about caesar salads :D

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  3. Now, that's interesting! Sure would like to check this place out...but I've never been to that part - 1U, IKEA....oh ya, been to 1U once long long time ago, using hotel shuittle. Other than that, nobody ever took me there. :(

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    1. Suituapui: ooo, it's more of a suburban mall area .. don't think you're missing much, but here's hoping your next round in kl will yield a trip here! :D

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  4. Walked past the place last night - there was a line outside. Methinks I'll wait for when it's quieter :P

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    1. Lifeasacynic: yikes, yeah, i think that would be wisest. this queuing-for-burgers is not a welcome trend, heheh :D

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  5. I just had some peanut-butter-choc banoffee pie this morning, now I want that peanut-butter-&-choc milkshake! Hehehehe

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    1. CK: ya, that milkshake was my favorite thing here. ooo, i also want a peanut butter pie! :D

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  6. Philly cheese steak sounds interesting! At least something special from the otherwise, expected flavors

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    1. Ken: yeah, it's makes quite a meaty sandwich! :D

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  7. I' only knew about the existence thru newspaper.Thanks Sean for sharing your review and photos :-)

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    1. Melissa: thanks for reading! yeah, they've been drumming up a fair amount of pre-opening buzz :D

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  8. Aha...another burger joint! The KV is swarming with burgers now, LOL!

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    1. Pureglutton: it's a good time to be a burger lover!

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  9. Looked like one hella sloppy mess - I love! Should pay this place a visit soon.

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    1. Spicy Sharon: hope you enjoy it! yeah, it's easy to get our fingers dirty with these big, brash burgers, heh :D

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  10. Route 66 and the milkshake caught my attention. Shall try it when I'm in The Curve.

    Just wondering, do the staffs keep dancing for the rest of the time?

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    1. Chong: ya, i guess you essentially know what to expect from the food here, so you wouldn't be disappointed =) heh, the staff dance at certain hours, from what i understand. the safest time to catch them might be at 6pm :D

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  11. Urghh..the burgers didn't look like how I like mine. Will pay them a visit soon enough. Still curious. Might settle for a Philly Steak

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    1. Rebecca: heh, yeah, i hope you'll be able to give them a solid B too. i think their burgers are better than their philly cheese steak though, but that's just my take =)

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  12. Are the burgers greasy? I went to a chain restaurant recently and the burger was so greasy, I felt full after taking a few bites.

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    1. Baby Sumo: oh, not excessively greasy for me; greasy enough to stain my fingers, but i didn't feel overwhelmed by the taste of it, heh =)

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  13. Yes, yes, yes, please! Gosh, these look amazing.

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    1. Cquek: especially for burger fans!

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  14. The queue was too long la. If I queued up I might have chewed off rif's arm in hunger. :P

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    1. Bangsar Babe: heheh, it sounds like they've gotta do something about the queue! i hear it's bad during both lunch and dinnertime :D

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  15. Hi Sean,

    Checked out Johnny Rockets yesterday for an early dinner but was totally disappointed. They have a lot of room for improvement to work on and I hope they can sort out all their problems soon. It was so uncomfortable to be surrounded by customers glaring at the waiters and waitresses. One even got so fed up and started screaming in the restaurant for his food! One family walked out from the restaurant.

    Honestly, I don't think they're ready yet for the opening of Johnny Rockets in Malaysia. Pity the waiters and waitresses, they're were so lost and apologizing all the time while we were dining there. I made sure I gave them smiles and didn't give them a hard time. But I had to share my honest opinion about their burgers when they asked for my feedback.

    My suggestion to your readers Sean? Give this place a few weeks or even months to work things out. I'm sure they will sort their problems eventually :)

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    1. Jimmy: yeah, i went during non-peak hours, so things were fine, and the burgers arrived within 15 minutes of ordering, but i guess things have become more and more hectic since last week. i like your advice, and yeah, i hope they do get the teething troubles fixed as soon as possible =)

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  16. Onion rings look good!!!

    Hmmm bread does look a tad regular?

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    1. Missyblurkit: ya, quite decently done, the onion rings. hmm i think i didn't quite capture the look of the buns, but they're rather dense, denser than regular bread =)

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  17. Johnny Rockets @ Avenue K: the burger beef patty was really good. But the bread bun and fries were hard.

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  18. Terrible burgers. Patty wasn't cooked. But was stale.

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