Thursday, September 6, 2007

Milwaukee Steak Corner @ Balakong

I remembered blogging on Monday about the Peking Duck and unknowingly put up a picture that seemed to have created a stir, a whole shark fin in a bowl of superior soup. Now, the day after i had my exam and truthfully i didnt want to do anything after that. Wednesday came and i realised my photos couldnt load up from home, and i was stuck with something till late at night when the first thing i wanted to do was lie down on my bed and give it a real good snore.

It is now Thursday morning, and being the "kiasu" me i checked my stats to see it has been falling down at breakneck speed ever since Monday..is it me being lazy that drove the crowd away or the controversial shark fin?.. Or am i being my usual obnoxious self... Well back to the main topic..

A few years back, western cuisine was strictly high class so to speak. Those were the days when going to The Ship was considered a big birthday treat and paying RM30-40 for a steak was a norm. Then the boom came with a restaurants popping up like mushrooms serving "cheap" western food served fast, and eating western food was no longer considered a pride but a slightly more expensive version of fast food over McDonalds and KFC. The craze seemed to have died down with some having made their money moved on and whereas others seemed to have tried to push the quality and at the same time price up as the consumers have increased their appetite when it comes to spending money to eat outside. So back to this restaurant..

Whoever opened this place must be great Harley Davidson bike lovers..with merchandise framed all over to show their passion of the great bike, unfortunately the only thing missing is the great bike itself. Famed for their western food, they take pride by offering more luxurious items like kobe beef (which require a call in advance of a few days) and lobsters unlike the lower end western fare that would offer your usual chicken maryland (which i secretly adore) or your oily fish and chips (another affair).

Pricewise, this place seemed to offer dishes on both extreme ends with steaks coming in different size, cuts and countries and your usual fried affair. From RM15-40 and with fresh seafood and kobe counting by the gram.

Your orange walls and your orange t shirt..double dose of orange will definitely keep the flu away..

Starting off with their escargots (RM12-14), I suffer from poor memory but that didnt make me forget the strong pungent garlic sauce that was generously poured over the escargots and baked. The only complaint? The meat was too tough and excessively chewy..Hmmm..but the sauce? I just wanted to spread it all over my lamb chops and eat..

Speaking of which my lamb rack (RM34) shocked me tremendously. I always thought rack meant lots of chops stuck together in a big chunky way..Although what i got was 4-5 lamb chops with barely any meat and a huge layer of skin and fat which disappointed me.. Is lamb rack suppose to be this way??? The sides consisted of a block of mash potato that stuck tight like a ball, and i could have easily scooped it up and throw it at you and cause a bruise, enough said.

Dad ordered a fish (RM mid 20s) with flesh that tasted pretty good, but i prefer my meatier fishes thank you..

Lastly a sirloin steak that looked like my mom's ostrich steak..(RM29)

All the mains appear to have the same sides, a hard block of mash, mayo loaded mix vegetable , a piece of heavily salted cauliflower and broccoli.. Steaks comes with either mushroom or black pepper sauce although my sister heard a mumble of another sauce..oh well you can always ask for me then..

Overall, what you do get is some quality in the meat you get and of course a kick ass escargot sauce but with these prices, i once use to get the kick by going to The Ship and enjoying the prestige of walking into a restaurant serving western cuisine, moving forward plenty of years, you now can enter in a humble crowded restaurant dishing up steaks at massive amounts and speed. I guess i have really grown up and the only kick i get is entering into restaurants that will swallow my wallet whole, cash and wallet.

Address and contact details:
No.13G, Jalan Kasturi 1
Plaza Kasturi,
Off Jalan Balakong,
43200 Cheras, Balakong
Tel: 03-90764522

A decent 3 out of 5 stars..

25 comments:

babe_kl said...

i find this place so-so only. next time check out Calabria next door. not bad for most items and value for money too

cirnelle said...

Go check out 6-10 at Section 17. Much more worth it.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

babe kl: agreed..but also the busiest in the neighbourhood.. might check out calabria then..

cirnelle: not around the corner for me..i got taman billion around the corner..which has a whole stretch.. heard alot about it..good and bad.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

I saw this place when I drove through Balakong last week. Not bad hor...Balakong oso so happening wan. Nice pics...you even made the mashed potatoes look soft and inviting. :-P

Big Boys Oven said...

hmmmmm..........I think I should take a breeze drive to balakong....lol

ling239 said...

the lamb... >.<"
maybe they have got the terminology wrong ? @_@

btw the fish... for that price i rather go Fish & Co ^_^

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ll: i tell u..hell of a time trying to use this camera..still struggling especially with the orange lighting..yeah balakong jusco damn huge..power d..

bbo: yeah u should..unless u stay on the other side of the world..its far even for me..im from cheras..

ling239: haha maybe i did..who knows..anyone care to comment? well..to be honest..at least the food here were cooked by proper chefs (its open kitchen and i saw the chefs, pretty pro looking) as opposed to shopping centre places which i always doubt (i always have images of foreign workers cooking my food and following instructions from a book)..its just me =)

fatboybakes said...

wow, steak in balakong. who'd have thought. when i was in school, balakong was just the backwater town that students would illegally sneak out to buy cigarettes. we'd (or they) track through the sand dunes, behind our college (royal military college), actually very scenic, to balakong which was no more than a few ramshackled huts, to get their fix.
and that mines lake, was just another abandoned mining lake. meeemorrries.... light the corners of my mind...

jason said...

Pathetically small portions! *scrap of from the makan list*

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

fbb: must be a very long time ago eh..lets take a road trip to balakong 1 day then..

jason: haha its good in a way..my pants are way too tight for comfort atm..

sc said...

i usually go there for dim sums.. ok lar, nothing fancy too...

tigerfish said...

The steaks are all so small! :o
Such stingy portions ...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sc:u mean balakong for dim sum or milwaukee for dim sum??..

tigerfish: haha asian size..8oz probably..but thats about it..i went to prime at le meridien hotel..good place for steaks..and even then they serve in 8 and 12 oz portions..how does USA serve their steaks?

ling239 said...

yes yes yes steak at PRIME is sooooooo good ! ^_^
so many choices of origin and cuts...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ling239: but very expensive =(

ling239 said...

go get the card mar...
then bring ur gf and get 50% discount !! ^_^

Ee Chian said...

I like the shots in this post.. too bad you visit wasn't at par

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ling239: haha must start to save up for the card 1st..

ee chian: thanks..!

Jackson said...

im sure a big eater like me will show a sad face when i see the food portion.. dunno Balakong hv steak also..hehe

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jackson: hahaha..order 2 plates nxt time..

ai wei said...

had been there once. but the serving is quite small >.<

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ai wei: like that if a girl says small then theres really no need to praise abt this restaurant d..haha

seng_128 said...

bullshit steakhouse!lousy food+lousy service! it cost me RM150 on Valentine n spoil my important day! I wait for 1 hour for my main course after my girlfriend's grill salmon come! those staff are daydreaming. they doesn't have a chief at upstair where all the couples are waiting for their food! My rib eye taste like "getah", my gf's salmon like "sampah"! N the shark fin soup is disgusting!full of stinking smell of rotten fish!hav ppl singing hokkien song bside somemore! really bullshit! Spoil my Valentine!

William Rust said...

yes the next door is good :)

Constance said...

Gosh.. Thanks so much for the address. I was going to throw a party there but I did not have the number for reservations. U saved my life.. Great reviews dude..
LOVE THE CONTACT DETAILS!!