Monday, June 22, 2009

Meatworks @ Solaris

Meatworks, a restaurant opened by the National Feedlot Corporation, an envisioned centre for production of beef opened under the Ninth Malaysia Plan can only mean one thing.

1. They take cows seriously and beef is probably as fresh as it can get (not having to travel by air or sea).

Not only that since they have links to the Government of Malaysia (indirect ownership), my halal readers would appreciate the fact that they serve certified Halal Beef and not a drip of alcohol (not that i could find on the menu).

As the menu suggests "This is Beeftopia".

Entering into Meatworks is like stepping into Moo Moo land. Have your choice of cut and preference of "doneness" and off a chunk of meat will go onto the grill. The sizzling sounds that travels from the open kitchen to the dining area is music to the ears.

The decor is classic, love the open kitchen, the brick walls and how it all feels very comfortable.

The retail section on 1st Floor sells various cuts of beef and other miscellaneous products. I eyed upon an area that looks like a perfect spot for a private function, with a small open kitchen. Live performance perhaps like a teppanyaki experience?

Sharing the Mushroom Cappucino (RM15) which came minus the foam and in any case I never believed soup should come in fancy measures. Tasted with a variety of mushrooms bits and controlled use of cream, the downside was the croutons they sprinkled on the top. Either they had forgotten to toast it or it turned soggy by the time we digged into it. Maybe to serve croutons on the side?

A Waldorf Salad (RM24) that i couldn't seem to find the celery although Mom said it was thinly sliced and probably came in a thin portion too. Green and Red apples, walnuts, raisins tossed in a blue cheesed based dressing. Dressing was quite mild and probably appropriate since i am the only one who appreciates the more pungent cheese.

Chicken Tortilla Wrap (RM20-22?) resembled the Mexican food i had a couple days ago and i only nipped on the wedges. Family said it tasted good and wasn't too heavy of a meal.

The Meatworks Rib eye (RM58) . This is the part where it gets confusing, the grilled ribeye with mash that comes in a 350gm portion sells for RM46. If you order this dish which is listed separately from the steaks, it comes in a 200gm portion with what appears to be some extra mixed vegetables. Is RM12 minus 100gm of meat = some mixed vegetables? Needless to say, i questioned what in the world was my sister thinking of when she ordered it.

The "men" of the house obviously needed their meat and so it was.

Sirloin in a glory 300gm portion for only RM43. Cooked according to how you want it (no nonsense of medium becoming medium well and vice versa) and with a bed of mash (heavy hint of milk). Flavourful sauce and a pity of the lack of sauce which looked more like for decor purposes.

The Signature Bone in Fillet, 350gms plus the bone (RM59). With a nice balance of fats and meats, this was fantastic with the sauce. Sadly mine would have done even better if they used seasoning more liberally. Read somewhere that salt and pepper are essential for grilling steaks and mine seemed to lack abit.

With such huge portions and proteins involved, their limited desserts didnt lift an eyelid and we skipped and paid the bill.

Address and contact details:

Jalan Solaris 5, Solaris Mont Kiara

Look for Mohd Faizal Zainal Abidin (Restaurant Manager) - 0122056856

Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. 4 stars if i was a halal customer. I suppose what was really missing was a nice glass of wine to enjoy with the huge chunk of meat. Other than sprinkling abit more salt and pepper on my future steaks and maybe extending their dessert menu, i don't see why this is not a default place to go for steaks. Best part is, you support Malaysia cows too!

36 comments:

CUMI & CIKI said...

Phowar! someone is back into the swing of things!

300 gm! now THAT is a steak:P

Sean said...

hey, thanks for your review! the timing is perfect cos i'm supposed to go here for dinner tonite. i'd like to order the bone-in-fillet thing, but i read somewhere that they have a brontosaurus steak which weighs three pounds?
and what, no wine?!? how to eat steak without wine?!?! will try to buy a bottle from cold storage across the road and bring it in...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sean: the 1kg rib eye in bone takes an hour to cook..just might call in advance (although i dont have the fone number!) yeah..no wine to be seen..

c&c: post birthday celebrations ;) ?

Timothy Low said...

Wow, looks slightly pricey eh? Wonder what's the value x cost for this place ... worth it?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

tim: to put to perspective, sirloin retails at 6.99 per 100gm. So cost price is roughly RM21 (just the meat). Cooking costs, mash potatoes, and sauces, ambience n etc.. should be around there.

My Taste Heaven said...

I would love to try the mushroom cappucino!

thule a.k.a leo said...

famous with lembu saja??? susah la for Buddhist like me...

thenomadGourmand said...

Jz a cheeky thot..no 'urut -ed' beef ala Msian wagyu/kobe? ;) Msia boleh mahh hor??

mh said...

HELLO!!! Have been so busy that I hardly follow any foodblogs back home....

THis place looks good. I'm never a fan of beef, but one bite of a good piece of steak, I'm sorta hook!! (Sorry, Guan Yin Ma, I know I'm supposed to refrained from eating any...but..but.......)

Eh, the place don't serve wine only, or no alcohol at all ar? Halal restaurant izzit??

Reading this beats reading The Advertiser...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mh: halal to the dot i reckon..haha its good steak..

tng: wagyu/kobe involves alot of alcohol too doesnt? then not halal d la..

leo: got lamb/chicken/fish too..

mytasteheaven: its more like soup haha mushroom soup..

thule a.k.a leo said...

but this place is famous for lembu ma... sigh!!!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

leo: nevermind la..my fren say the lamb is damn good..wouldnt mind goin for the baa baa sheep..

MeatWorks said...

Hi from MeatWorks! thank you so much for all your comments. the good bad and ugly are all appreciated! :) I am working on the website at the moment. Please check back by early july for the comprehensive background of MW and improved menu at www.meatworks.com.my

We are fairly new so please do help us improve with your comments!


All the best,
MeatWorks@Solaris

Life for Beginners said...

"Best part is, you support Malaysia cows too!"

*guffaws!!*

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

lob: well in a way its true rite?

meatworks: my pleasure to give you my own humble opinion..look forward to ur new website!

Cindy Khor said...

maybe i'm just too un-patriotic, the idea that malaysian's beef is always tough just got stuck in my head. but your description of the meal doesn't seem to be that way and i do think that its worth a try to visit this restaurant

genuiness said...

the signature Bone in fillet looks suspiciously like a rib of beef (cote de boeuf) and also from your description sounds very much like it. (there are no bones around the fillet)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

genuiness: yeah i had the same piece in another piece and they called it the prime rib..


cindy khor: i suspect that they r prob breeding imported cows haha..

Jason said...

Er... which part of Solaris ah?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jason: opposite cold storage..jalan solaris 5

foodfusspot said...

in all honesty i found the food mediocre. i guess it was a combination of:

- incomplete menu (i went a few weeks ago and quite a lot of items were not available)
- potato salad was in dire need of vinegar or some form of citrus juice to add some tartness to it as the potatoes (a tad undercooked) were swimming in dressing
- fries were too oily to the extent that the excess oil could have been used to fry a second batch.

i'll go under the assumption that they're relatively new and are still experiencing teething problems. the extensive menu comes across as particularly inviting and perhaps in a month will be fully functional.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

I'm all for supporting our local..err...cows. Take me to your leader.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

foodfussspot: i think u answered ur own complaints..being new i suppose its not funny with everything running around like headless chickens..my visit was decently pleasant (just last wkend), so i suppose theres a few pluses..

ll: aren't u oh my gorgeous one-eyed leader???

Anonymous said...

a little bird tweeted that even though the place does not serve any alcohol, its customers can if they want BYOB with no corkage charged.
worth calling and checking beforehand to avoid disappointment or to preempt what could be a satisfying meal!

Luna said...

The little bird heard it right. You could buy wines of your own choosing from Cold Storage right across the street and bring it to the table. No corkage, wine glasses provided. Food's totally deliciousssshhh. Had the Signature dish - had a beefy time :D. Next I am so gonna try the Marinara Pasta I saw on another table's plate. It looks so sedaaaaaaaaap! Hmmm...

Casey Liew said...

Eaten here a couple months ago. Ordered 2 dishes, duck and a steak. The problem started when the duck arrived, it was rubbery. Then the steak came by, i ordered it medium rare (that's how you are supposed to eat a steak), and it came well done!

Sent them all back to the kitchen, and this was exactly what happened. The duck came back, and it was just plain rubber (yes again). Then the steak, i personally ordered it medium rare, and this time it came out rare.

I do wonder, what was the chef doing back in the kitchen? How can he/she screw up the meat temperature. I thought with an extra chance after sending it back, both dishes would come out sub-lime, that said, really disappointing.

Not returning to Meat Works again.

S.N.Rajah said...

I went to Meatworks today, enjoyed the food. But the best part, they let you bring your own alcohol. We went to Cold Storage right opposite got 2 bottles of wine. Meatworks chilled the wine and they had Bordeaux glass :) Was Impressed..

Theresa said...

The service was horrendous...

Firstly, we have to wait to be seated notwithstanding booking made and there were like 4 waitresses asking us on our reservations before we were brought to our table and to find out that they put us on a 4-person table and there were 5 of us.

Secondly, we ordered drinks and only some came..

Thirdly, due to the small table, empty plates were stacking up and no one came to collect, including the waiter that brought the dishes to our table. Believe it or not, he didn't see it!

and afterall that, the food wasn't that great.. definately not enough to compensate such bad service. horrible experience..didn't enjoy dinner at all. will not ever go back.

ryuu said...

Been wanting to eat there for awhile, reading mixed comments here but i guess i'll give it a go eh?

i'll be honest, quite prejudiced bout lembu malaysia unless it's in a rendang, so i'm expecting good things!

Chrissy said...

My first visit to Meatworks was great - food was pretty good, prices were decent and the service was not too bad considering the restaurant was packed.

My second visit to Meatworks (about a month ago) was a different story. Although the restaurant was half empty, service was horrendous. We were seated, then had to wait approximately 10 minutes before we got a menu! Then we ordered ordinary iced water and was told that they only serve bottled water! And that if we wanted normal ice water, they would charge us corkage of RM10 (which is RIDICULOUS!). In the midst of all that, the server walked off mid conversation before we could place our orders for drinks! We spent close to RM80 per person on the meal alone, and we could not even get iced water!

This restaurant certainly does not deserve to be listed as one of Malaysia's best restaurants! If I had travelled a bit further, I would have gotten exemplary service, better meat (and imported too!) at the same price at Prime, Le Meridien (taking into account the SPG card discounts).

I will never go back in spite of the fact the food was actually pretty good. Food alone does not a great dining experience make.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

chrissy: prime may be still abit more expensive, but thats beside the point. now that they have expanded, i have also encountered on/off experience, staffs are not attentive enough to those who sit outside n etc. lets hope they get their act back together

ryuu: so how, went back?

theresa: yeah good service not their forte..

casey: their lost im sure

sn rajah: yeah like the BYO bit..

t. said...

I can't seem to find rib eye of 350gm in the online menu. there's only 200gm ribeye at rm58. is there a separate menu at the restaurant, or the 350gm portion is not available anymore?

Tuan Azmil Abdullah said...

If you're into fresh meat delivered from the farm and never frozen, might also want to try "Menate", in Ampang Jaya. If you drive past ISKL, turn left towards 7Eleven. "Menate" is right by 7E. It used to be called Syamille from Syamille Agrofarm but has since transferred ownership. The meat's still being supplied by Syamille though.

InsiderNews said...

I just can't understand alot of you guys, self proclaimed food lover who does not understand a wee bit of meat!!! First, I hate meatworks, haven't been there and never will go there as they ripped Malaysians off rm250mil!!!

No best restaurants in the world serve fresh meat for steaks!!! They have to first aged! Good meat may go as far as months!! That will make the meat tendered and also brings out the flavor. So please learn what is good meat!

InsiderNews said...

I just can't understand alot of you guys, self proclaimed food lover who does not understand a wee bit of meat!!! First, I hate meatworks, haven't been there and never will go there as they ripped Malaysians off rm250mil!!!

No best restaurants in the world serve fresh meat for steaks!!! They have to first aged! Good meat may go as far as months!! That will make the meat tendered and also brings out the flavor. So please learn what is good meat!

InsiderNews said...

I just can't understand alot of you guys, self proclaimed food lover who does not understand a wee bit of meat!!! First, I hate meatworks, haven't been there and never will go there as they ripped Malaysians off rm250mil!!!

No best restaurants in the world serve fresh meat for steaks!!! They have to first aged! Good meat may go as far as months!! That will make the meat tendered and also brings out the flavor. So please learn what is good meat!