Monday, May 12, 2014

Lock, Stock & Barrel @ Damansara Jaya & The Balcony @ Hock Choon

Lock, Stock & Barrel has taken over from Dirty Nelly's at Damansara Jaya, with a welcoming vibe that might prove infectious. Even if not everybody knows your name at this suburban sports bar, they'll still seem mighty glad you came; cheers to that. 

The pub-grub menu is packed with temptations galore, from mutton cooked with eggs (RM25) to Mom's Nyonya sambal served with bread (RM15). On one bustling night, with Katy Perry roaring on the speakers, half the menu seemed sold out before 9pm.

We somehow made the wrong choices in ordering, since we struggled to finish the prawn sliders (RM22), blighted by mushy patties, sub-par buns & fries that tasted recycled & refried, even though they couldn't have been. Lock, Stock & Barrel has a fine service team that clearly works hard to keep customers happy; it's highly unlikely they'd try to cut corners in the kitchen.

 Pork sausages & mash (RM25); these bangers were too soft & tasted overly processed, without a meaty bite. We probably would have fared better with the roast chicken or pork escalope. Head here & have fun, but maybe skip the sliders & sausages.

The liquor menu shines the spotlight on beer, whisky & vodka, with no sign of wine. But ask & you'll certainly receive (at a reasonable RM20 per glass); we're grateful that everyone has the right to drink whatever they want at Lock, Stock & Barrel.

One more watering hole for the long & winding road: Checking out the most recent entry into Terrace At Hock Choon _ The Balcony, an alfresco bar-&-lounge that's precisely what its name proclaims it to be.

Deja vu: The Balcony's staff members are also really nice, so we sincerely wish we could say the same about what we ordered. The lamb burger features a patty that's pretty much a mess, both texturally (suffering here from the faux-meat syndrome too) & flavour-wise. Can't see it in these photos, but it's in there somewhere.

Grilled chicken wings that, unfortunately, tasted almost as if they had been marinated with nothing. Tender meat though.

We admit it: The reason we headed here was for The Balcony's ongoing Thursday night booze promotion, a master stroke of gender inequality that allows customers to drink as much wine as they want (RM88 before taxes for men, RM68 for women). Not the most wonderful of wines, but we'll take it.

Who left these on our table? It's all a blur now, but we appreciate the gesture. And we'll take these too.

Lock, Stock & Barrel
27 Jalan SS22/19, Damansara Jaya, Petaling Jaya

The Balcony
241-B, Lorong Nibong, Off Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur

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20 comments:

  1. Wow! So crowded!!! Food must be really good!

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    1. Suituapui: based on the menu description, mom's nyonya sambal definitely sounds promising :)

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  2. I don't like the light fixtures at all, and I find it blindingly bright, and I don't like the decor, either. However, the food looks absolutely amazing, Sean!!! Your photos are great, as well as your descriptions!

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    1. Linda: that's a good point regarding the fixtures and decor :) but thanks for your kind words all the same, much appreciated :)

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    2. Sorry, Sean, I didn't mean to put a damper on your great review. :) I guess I watch too many Food Network television shows and programs where they come into a restaurant, completely gut it, including the decor and menu, and rework it. LOL! :)

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    3. Linda: oh, no worries at all, Linda, i liked your constructive feedback and i think you have valid points :) heheh, those shows are fun to watch ... i've only seen a couple of those kinds of episodes, and they usually do help to improve the restaurant, heh :)

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  3. Huh. Had been wondering what happened to Dirty Nelly's :p Oh well.. turnover's getting faster these days.

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    1. SC: dirty nelly's did have a decent run, i guess, for maybe 2.5 years ... sorry to see it go...

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  4. hmm... a free flow of wine huh..
    well at least it make you happy at the end.. lol

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    1. Simple Person: heh, the free flow of wine was probably the most enjoyable part, true :)

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  5. Both places seem to have good ambiance

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    1. Ken: not bad for chilling out :)

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  6. Hmmm seems like no luck on the food ya, hehehe.

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    1. CK: ya, a bit sad. Heheh. Hopefully better luck next time :)

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  7. Sad to read the Balcony has not got off to a great start. It seems La Mexicana is the only spot that has the recipe right for lasting that location behind Hock Choon.

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    1. The Yum List: ye, i hope they'll manage to work out the kinks for the balcony's kitchen. it's a nice area for relaxing, but its food needs fine-tuning :)

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  8. It's unfortunate to read about disappointing food, though the good side was the great service! Hopefully better luck and quality next time! :)

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    1. Iamthewitch: yeah, i really wanted to like both these places, but the food was not quite up to scratch. here's hoping they both look into it :)

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  9. I hope so too - cos really, chic wings shouldn't be tht hard to prep right?
    Ah Dirty Nelly's gone - I haven't even got the chance to sample their pork briyani lol!

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, something went wrong in the preparation of the balcony's chicken wings :) and it's sad that dirty nelly's is gone .. they had some decent dishes there ...

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