Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Spending New Year Eve with Jake's @ Starhill Gallery, Bukit Bintang

Last year we started the trend of renting a hotel room and doing the countdown with the TV while downing a glass of champagne. While it wasn't great and largely forgettable i.e. looking at people puke from playing Ring of Fire, this year though, my friends vowed i wouldn't go back at 1am as it would be larger, grander and "drunkier" if there was such a word.

So the venue was set, Westin Hotel with a grand 2 bedroom apartment that almost cost close to RM2k.

The alcohol was ready (later on someone else bought another bottle of vodka and 2 bottles of single malt whisky), no champagne but plenty of brut (9 bottles that are not in picture) would do (RM52 a bottle somemore). The alcohol ration was more than half a bottle of spirits and bubbly per pax, plenty to encourage alot of purging.

But first to fill up and line the stomach up.

I first heard of Jake's and their rather expensive steaks in Damansara and never really got down to trying it out because i find grilling your own steaks way more affordable and just as tasty. Well since they had an outlet in Starhill which was basically next door, the decision was made to stuff yourself with good protein as defence to alcohol.

I started off with the Oxtail Soup. The soup was decent with a chunk of oxtail thrown in for good measure. I would have loved some vegetables thrown in too but who's to argue for RM14 especially when you are in Starhill.

Alot of us knew that what comes in must come out and i think the cheaper steaks were on the orders. That still, a sirloin of 200gms cost RM77 and a 500gm porterhouse steak (with bone) sets you back for RM85. Those with a richer wallet can choose wagyu cuts that goes to RM200 plus a steak.

Whether it is sirloin or porterhouse, it is served plain with a dollop of really hot english mustard. Looks rather spartan but the meat does amazingly taste rather good.

Alternatively in their one page menu, you can also choose their other limited proteins such as the seabass which came with some sauce and a whole potato.

Overall quite tasty but it can cost quite abit to dine comfortably here. It is a case of going back to basics and the utmost attention is obviously on the meat. Although i can't see why it is so terribly expensive compared to my current place for steaks, Dish.

Address and contact details:

LG 11, Feast Floor, Starhill Gallery,
181, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2148 1398

Verdict: 3 stars out of 5 stars. I still prefer a sauce to go with my steak and a more comfortable price tag.

On another note, hope everyone enjoyed their new year, and get your asses back to work!

Well what can i say about my new year eve? I guess maybe i might leave it for another day.


thule a.k.a leo said...

so erm... u said what come in must come out.. with that amount of alcohol, I assume that the steak that you downed came out in the end???

superwilson said...

Did know they have one there!

Sean said...

i wanna have steaks at jake's, victoria station and san francisco steakhouse back-to-back someday to confirm which is the best! :D

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sean: jake is ok, victoria and san fran was ok but years ago maybe..not sure whether u want to do the challenge.

superwilson: yeah its them there!

leo: unfortunately.

Bangsar-bAbE said...

Ya lar....what happened on new years eve? Didn't see you at FBB's place also... =(

UnkaLeong said...

tsk tsk tsk...we shall wait for the Jedi council to convene to pass judgement on your MIA act the other day.

So ex one ar the food? Tried it down in Singapore before. Was oklar.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

unka: hahah yeah the steak is not cheap..yes im awaiting the verdict from yoda and co

bbabe: i had a purge, massive hangover and any mention or smell of alcohol created an urge to puke.

siewmun said...

Why didnt u order the US Spare Ribs???? That's the best dish! 5 out 5 for the spare ribs.

babe_kl said...

happy new year joe!

joe chen said...

siewmun: really ar?? ok la..hav to go 1 more time d.

babekl: happy new year!!

qwazymonkey said...

Wow! Old School! Long time no go Jake's already. It's about time to revisit

J said...

So where are all the "ppl doing funny things while drunk" photos?

Happy New Year btw. :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

j: haha where can post on the blog?

qwazymonkey: old school to the O.

CUMI & CIKI said...

steak looks epic.. man, i have hunger now!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: u always have hunger!!

thenomadGourmand said...

Plannin to try La vaca?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

tng: need to stock up my wallet 1st

Anonymous said...

I've been pondering about this alot... it sure raises a few questions..

jfook said...

Wow, I'm hungry already, :P