Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Longhorn Steakhouse @ Quill City Mall & Novi Jazz @ Empire Damansara

Antlers away: Another American chain lands in Malaysia, this one with a Texan theme to complement its steak specialities.

 Longhorn's menu hits the essentials - rib-eye, sirloin, tenderloin, porterhouse & strip steaks - with various weight options starting from 170 grams, at prices ranging from RM59.90 for a sirloin to RM169.90 for a porterhouse. The restaurant describes its beef as "aged & hand-trimmed to exacting specifications, boldly seasoned & expertly grilled."

We had an interesting 225-gram tenderloin stuffed with cheddar & beef bacon (RM109.90), then topped with a parmesan crust (RM8.90 surcharge). The meat proved satisfactory, though purists may shudder at how we smothered everything with cheese.

 
Each steak comes with either a huge whole baked sweet potato (our pick) or russet potato, plus steamed broccoli, sauces (including some tangy & surprisingly spicy ones), & unlimited servings of Longhorn's Honey Wheat bread (respectable buns).

 The rest of the menu ranges from crispy onion petals to lamb chops & burgers, grilled shrimp to lobster tails (note that Longhorn Steakhouse has affiliations with Red Lobster in KL), apple pies to cheesecakes, washed down with wine, which is on a separate menu that isn't handed to customers unless requested.

 Bonus beef: A brief glimpse at Novi Jazz, the reincarnation of what was previously Porcelene at Empire Damansara.

 Where's the beef? In the patty & the bacon, in a burger that's piled with gorgonzola cheese, aioli, tomato jam & egg (RM20). Novi Jazz's house pours clock in at RM22 per glass; the remainder of the menu includes blue cheese pizzas & lamb tagines.

Longhorn Steakhouse
Ground Floor, Quill City Mall, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-2602-0871

Novi Jazz
Ground Floor, Empire Damansara, Damansara Perdana, Selangor. Tel: 03-4065-0039


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14 comments:

  1. Sean, I am so happy to see you reviewing a steakhouse...and a Texas themed one, too! Even though I cannot eat beef that first dish makes me want to jump in and eat! The baked sweet potato with the broccoli and steak look so mouthwatering!!! :) I also love the name of this place and the decor. :)

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    1. Linda: i'm glad you like this peek into the steakhouse :) the decor is definitely distinctive, and i was happy to see a sweet potato option on the menu. plus, broccoli is one of my favourite vegetables :)

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  2. Hmmm I am afraid I am in the camp of anti-cheese when it comes to steak. The meat looks beautifully cooked though.

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: heh, yeah, i was torn between plain meat and cheesy meat, but i figured for once, opt for the cheesy :D

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  3. Porterhouse! That's my favorite! That gigantic sweet potato would be more than sufficient for dinner LOL

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    1. Ken: ooo, i don't often order porterhouses cos of their size ... yeah, that sweet potato can be shared by three people! :D

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  4. Ah those pinkish beef looks so enticing. Haven't been to this mall yet myself tho, need to find an excuse.

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    1. KY: heheh, yeah, pretty in pink :) this mall is right across the road from my old workplace :D

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  5. Great to see a baked sweet potato instead of the usual baked potato...but that's quite a giant sweet potato! :D

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    1. Contact.ewew: ya, that sweet potato was well-prepared too thankfully ... not mushy, not hard :D

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  6. I'd pick Longhorn. Love the way the sweet potato is done...whole. I usually cut into half, scared it would not cook inside.

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, and sweet potatoes are more nutritious than regular potatoes, rite :D

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  7. I like sweet potato, no matter grilled, baked or tong shui, all good. Hehehe.

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    1. CK: wah, i forgot all about tong shui! :D

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