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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Tony Roma's Ribs, Seafood and Steaks @ Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur

Since lately I've been posting haphazardly, with most posts hanging without an ending, and the words "to be continued ...." rather misleading and somewhat abused, I pledge to conclude all the infamous sagas, before starting anew.

Good. With that out of my chest, let's backtrack slightly to the Moussandra post and move on from there, shall we?

Privacy ensured in the sense that the high seats hinder the nosy neighbours from prying on your meal ... or eavesdropping on your conversation. =P
Since the last visit to Tony Roma's was sometime during the Jurassic age (ie : when they opened their 1st outlet in Pavilion, and offering 'cheap' set lunches from RM16.90 onwards), I proposed (no, not THAT form of proposing) to have dinner at Tony Roma's over at Pavilion, again. Of course, I can't be selfish since the other 4 pretties (loosely used term, this one) have not stepped into the joint yet.

Fish & Chips (RM26.90)
I still remember my 1st visit to Tony Roma's back then. The service was chaotic, the staff who was on duty to usher the patrons was rather lost in the cloud, walking behind us, instead of showing us to our seats. And no, she was not helping and left us wandering all over before settling down on a table closest to us. Hmm. But surprisingly, she's improved, by leaps and bounds (again, another loosely-used term here) this time around. Yup, she's still there, better than ever! (I'm hopeless here) Of course, her performance scored higher marks when paired with not one, not two, not three, but a WHOLE LOTTA usherers welcoming us at the door! I felt as though the red carpet was awaiting to be rolled out and 'kompang' to be sounded any minute then!
But of course, I was being hopeful, and delusional. But they sure were cheery that evening!

Onion Loaf (Half portion : RM12.90)
We started off with half an onion loaf, which was suitably greasy enough to be indulging, yet tasty at the same time, especially when dipped into the accompanying BBQ sauce. But a little soggy, when ideally the rings should have been crispy. Half a loaf would do the trick, thus don't go overboard if you're not fond of fried, and filling starters.

Complimentary Loaf with Garlic Butter
Their serving of bread which resembled baguette was soft and fluffy when warm, but turned hard rather fast. Highly advisable to eat them while they're still warm.

Shrimp Scampi Pasta (RM31.90)
The portions at Tony Roma's are HUGE. Just like any other American diners out there, eg. Friday's and Chili's. Definitely meant for sharing for light eaters. If the meats don't stuff the hell outta you, the accompanying fries definitely would!
But do take note that the serving will be downsized considerably if you're ordering their set lunches. Understandable, as the sets come with other bells and whistles (soup, and desserts), and at rather reasonable prices.

Chicken Tenderloin Platter (RM28.90)

The chicken tenderloin platter came in a shocking serving of FIVE pieces of palm-sized batter-fried chicken meat. With tonnes of fries (with hints of skins; a good sign as they're not using the average shoestrings from the supermarket), a bowl of coleslaw to balance out the cholesterol (haha .. as if) and a dipping sauce of honey mustard. Though from the appearance the meat looked dry and bland, they were pleasantly juicy, and crispy at the same time. If only they offer a half portion instead .....

The Fish & Chips was equally good, though far from spectacular. With half a wedge of lemon, and the compulsory mayo and chilli (or was it tomato?) sauce.

The shrimp scampi pasta (real name forgotten, sorry!) arrived in its splendour, with more shrimps thrown in than one could count! They were really generous with their ingredients, and not mere small, frozen shrimps, but succulent, M-sized ones were served.

Bountiful Beef Ribs (Roma Rack : RM49.90)

But of course, Tony Roma's famous for their ribs. No, not the staff's, but the grilled ones. Though the outlets in Malaysia are branded HALAL, thus no pork ribs are served. Only beef, which surprisingly managed to irk most of the foodies over here, given the fact that the pork version has garnered quite a following in neighbouring countries.
The beef ribs can be served in two ways. Full rack, or Roma rack. The latter came in smaller portion, 3 gigantic pieces of Char-grilled 'Carnivorous'-wet-dreams-come-true' beef ribs, smothered with their signature sweet and smoky BBQ sauce, and served with plentiful of fries and coleslaw. Tastewise? The tender meat falling off the bone? Checked. Hunger pangs satiated? Checked. Carnivorous appetite appeased? Checked. Juicy and succulent flesh? Checked. Wait, make that half-checked. Though the meat was far from dry, they could've smothered the ribs with more sauce, OR provided a side serving of the BBQ sauce, to 'moisten' the meat, so to speak.

Imagine lying on one's bed, with a almost picture perfect view of KL's skyline. Enlightened?

On the whole, the meal was beyond satisfactory. And I came away feeling as bloated as a puffer. Or something along the line ...
Location : Tony Roma's Ribs, Seafood, Steaks Restaurant @ Lot No LG1.15, Level 1, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel No : 603-2143 3378.

KLCC - Still the tallest TWIN buildings in the world. Boleh eh?

The renewed interest in travelling options for the KL-IPOH route. Thanks to KTM Berhad

A short note : The journey by train from KL Sentral to Ipoh takes approximately 3 hours. Yup, right on time, no delays or other nonsense. No pestering from hawkers selling their 'kuih-muih' on board, but instead the staff from the cafeteria in the train will push their cart ala flight attendants. And they even showed Harry Potter (forgot which chapter though) on the LCD screen throughout the journey. Not bad, considering I paid a mere RM18 for the one-way trip. Go to for more information.


sc said...

i personally find tony roma's mediocre only. i prefer beef ribs from las carretas and pork ribs from cagayan :)

SuwEi said...

The portion is really large!Even me can't finish it..haha! I'm stil wondering how fcoe finish those 5 pieces of chicken/fish..:P
& i'm the KTM supporter!haha!

FCOE said...

hey..back from north?post something good ya!
ya..considering i'm a small eater at times...depending on my moody meal was definitely a large portion..but thanks to u guys..i've distributed my pieces of chicken so didn't have to stuff them down my throat!

frm april 2009,the trains at 1pm and 5pm make only 6 out journey to kl becomes even shorter..say abt 2hrs 30 mins!cool!
now can't wait for the electric train!

allie said...

Tony Roma! Heard so much about it, but yet hv chance to try it out! The ribs make me salivating!

Bangsar-bAbE said...

rif and I always eat the onion loaf - WHOLE! It's so good that half a loaf won't do!

The ribs are pretty good, but still kenot beat pork ribs lar... =P

CRIZ LAI said...

Whoa... I'm still drooling over the spare ribs. Those are really good stuff. :)

JENCOOKS said...

Onion loaf, first time seen it besides trying it. Last time I tried at Pavilion, they were also chaotic, still no improvement?

Your pics of KL twin and tower very enlightening indeed.

Rebecca Saw said...

had the proky ones in BKK.. wahhh..aft tat jz cant accept the beef ones in Msia..hahahha..spoilt already...

New Kid on the Blog said...

this is the place I thought I can visit when am down in KL, but after I got to know they do not serve non-halal food... I've lost the interest. :(

Selba said...

Heard that Tony Roma's in Msia is "halal"...

Here in Jakarta, 1/2 of the menu is pork ;)

You gotta try the honey baby ribs... that's so good!!!

Big Boys Oven said...

Walio! so delicious dishes and so well pick! I just love those ribs but i hope I will get to taste their pork ribs when I am at their other outlet outside Malaysia.

Will you be in KL on this Wednesday nite? let me know

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

they didnt giv u the bottled sauces meh???

haha i liked how u abt just covered urself on every sentence, just in case some1 misunderstood ur proposing to the 4 pretties haha..

J2Kfm said...

sc : oh ya! Cagayan! the one in Bandar Utama right? ok ok ... got it.

Suwei : yeah, they must be thinking, hmmm, Malaysians need to really bulk up, like their counterparts from the States!

FCOE : wah, a diehard fan eh? you can ask for VIP card liao. shorten to 2.5 hours? sure better choice than the buses.

allie : what you waiting for? :) since they've outlets in major shopping complexes, you're bound to bump into one someday. in KL that is.

Bangsar babe : that day the Onion Loaf was so so only. maybe a bit soggy, as i like my onion rings crispier.

Criz Lai : looks tempting eh?

Jencooks : they could use some inhouse staff training, instead of recruiting part-timers aka school children. :)

thenomadGourmand : really that good, the porky one?!! shucks. now i've to get myself over to the nort, south or west for taste.

NKOTB : hahaha ... they could've opened a non-halal outlet somewhere in KL. only for pork lovers.

Selba : ooohhh.. that sounds attractive enough!

BBO : erm, Wednesday not in KL lah. why? got event ah? :) end of the month i'll be there.

Joe :they DID NOT give lah! aiseh. and I didnt know they got various choices of sauce as well. nvm, there may be another visit. or maybe not. hahah ...

foodbin said...

i like their whole chicken.

cariso said...

I walked past it during my last KL trip and it's FULL house. Always full house?!

Sugar Bean said...

The serving is definitely huge!! Can tell from the photos. And the KL scenery is beautiful. =)

minchow said...

I've pretty much avoided TR's after its opening hype all of last year and only hesitantly stepped into the MV outlet when told of the great Happy Hour 1 for 1 cocktail/beer deals. I was rather impressed with the service, the food and blown away by the portion size. The only thing is the furniture's already starting to wear out, the faux-leather seats torn and taped back together rather haphazardly. Will definitely still go back!

Ciki said...

tt's an excellent shot of KL's skyline! erm, we don't really lk tony roma's.. but lk u say, it has probably improved ;)

mboy said...

Wow..The KL skyline pic is reli cool. Lucky u din regret buying ur cam..

backStreetGluttons said...

We have been tempted to try their set thing one time or other , but maybe next time and yes the RM18 is a fantastic ride ! Imagine a horny & beautiful Gang of bona fide Gluttons descending on Ipoh Old Town at 9.45 am on a Wednesday morning , say like 6th May 2009 !

that may save Ipoh (the World) the day after

J2Kfm said...

foodbin : whole chicken? cooked with?

cariso : not really. the Dragon-i, Madam Kwan and Crystal Jade got full 1st b4 Tony's, I'd say. but Pavilion being Pavilion, hordes of tourists and locals like to dine on that level.

Sugar Bean : serving size much like TGIF and Chili's.

550ml jar of faith : what? MidValley outlet is rather new, isnt it? cannot accept if the seats give way so fast!

cumi & ciki : 1st visit was forgettable. then one year on, with more outlets now, they're catching up fast.

mboy : yeah i guess so. i can finally put my 5610 to rest. :) but not at all times, i'm still actively using the phonecam in some of my posts.

BSG : and i can imagine the hawkers in Ipoh shuddering in fear at the thought of gluttons arriving in style, demolishing everything in sight without warning. on a weekday some more.

teckiee said...

haha what i read is that you often eavesdropping on ppl? hahahahaha

choi yen said...

heard so much abt it, no chance to try it...*sigh*

HairyBerry said...

the ribs look good hor? that with the onion loaf is enough to make me happy..

on a different note, anything interesting at the ipoh train station ar? i was thinking, taking the train to ipoh from kl will be a fun excursion.

J2Kfm said...

teckiee : mou lah .. far from it. =P i dun eavesdrop one, HONEST!

mimid3vils : got one, no worries :) go for the set lunches if you wanna sample their offerings.

Nic (KHKL) : ipoh train station? erm, other than some camwhoring oppor, maybe you can walk over to Old Town, which is within walkin distance.

iamthewitch said...

The first thing I wanna comment is, GREAT VIEW! haha.. I've always wanted to visit Tony Roma's but no chance. Now I know which outlet to go for good food with great view. :) And I agree with you, kudos to KTM!!! They also stop in Kampar goodness!! :)

J2Kfm said...

iamthewitch : yeah! not only Kampar, but also Sungkai! Batu Gajah! hehe ... i should promote more, so KTM can hire me as ambassador. =P

fatboybakes said...

hmmm, i coulda sworn i commented on this post...
oooh, i am soo taking the train up to ipoh the next school hols, with the kids. what fun!

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