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

March 4, 2015

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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