I read about this place from Suanie's blog and mentioned it to Splashie Boy in passing that there's a new place in 1 Utama with steaks. Hence on Friday, when it came down to choosing a place to eat, I got tricked in trying this place out. Originally I wanted Japanese food (my default choice) but that was vetoed out as he had Japanese for lunch. I offered Korean but he said no way, he would walk into a Korean joint and smoke out his precious BMW Williams F1 white shirt.
So he offered a compromise and said, let's go to 1 Utama (this huge mall) and see what is there. I was all for eating at delicious cafe but somehow he successfully steered me to this Jack's Place claiming he wanted to see this new place. When we got there, he took a look at the menu and said, those steaks look good and next thing I knew, I was sitting in a table there.
I must admit that this place does not look like those normal steak houses as they have a modern feel to it. Reading it's history (started in the 1960s in Singapore) made me associate it with the Ship, a local steakhouse popular in Malaysia.
We ordered an appetiser to share since we knew the steaks will definitely be filling. The stuffed mushrooms with crab and lobster sounded appetising and looked interesting in it's little frying pan. However tastewise, I thought it was nothing great and a tad bit bland. By the way, can you see Splashie Boy's precious BMW Williams F1 shirt in the background? It's a bit blurry since the focus is on the mushrooms.
Whenever I go to a new place, I usually ask the wait staff for their recommendations. The waitress that night said their Jack's special steak was their most popular item on the menu so I ordered that. It comes with white asparagus on top and shitake mushroom sauce. Sides are blanched broccoli and carrots with a huge baked potato. The difference between Jack's Place and the other steak houses in town is they serve these thicker cut tenderloins. Very juicy and almost melt in the mouth. Definitely nicer than the usual sirloin, rib eye cuts that you get in other places.
Splashie Boy ordered the Garlic steak which came with lots of fried garlic. The nice thing about this place is they serve their steaks on the hot plate so if you feel your steak is a bit undercooked, you can sizzle it a bit on the plate. Vegetables are also not overcooked like most places and tastes fresh and crunchy.
They also serve a pretty reasonable set lunches throughout the week (including weekends) for about RM13 for the chicken and fish dishes while the sirloin steaks are about RM18 in the lunch sets.
F346, First Floor Rainforest
1 Utama Shopping Centre (New Wing)
No.1 , Lebuh Bandar Utama Damansara
47800 Petaling Jaya
Tel No: 03 - 7725 1433
(next to La Senza)
*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.