Friday, March 20, 2015

LONGHORN - THE NEW 'MEAT'ING PLACE

Size does matter at LongHorn...the signature Porterhouse is a fine example

Weighing in at a whopping 565g, the LongHorn Porterhouse (RM169.90) isn't something to be trifled with. But to carnivores who wanna sink their teeth into a substantial slab of steak, this thicker cut of T-bone with a good slab of fillet to boot should measure up.
LongHorn Steakhouse which was founded in 1981 in Atlanta, Georgia in the USA. Now part of the Darden Restaurants Inc group, LongHorn is brought into Malaysia by master franchisee of Darden Restaurants and CEO of Secret Recipe Cakes & CafĂ©, Dato Steven Sim (pic below). Another Darden Restaurants’ brand – Red Lobster is already making headway in the local F&B scene and the 3rd brand, Olive Garden will enter the scene sometime in May.
The flagship LongHorn Steakhouse is located at Quill City Mall; the ideal 'meat'ing place for steak lovers to savour LongHorn's legendary aged steaks. While the grain-fed beef comes from Australia, Darden Intl (Asia) Sdn Bhd MD Franchise Ops, Asia Raymond Bauer emphasises that the meat is hand-trimmed to specific US-style cuts and aged.
Proof of the pudding (or should that be steaks?) is evident from the signature Porterhouse and Ribeye (200g – RM89.90 / 310g – RM119.90). The hefty cut is grilled to medium rare, rendering it warm red with pink centre hue; nicely charred and oozing with voluptuous juiciness. It was ever so flavourful thanks to the meat's rich marbling.
Each steak is complemented by a choice of potato (available as a side dishes at RM7.50 each), steamed broccoli and unlimited honey wheat bread. You can choose from Loaded Baked Russet Potato, Sweet Potato with Cinnamon Sugar & Butter (our top choice), Seasoned French Fries or Mashed Potato. Alternative carbo choices (RM7.50 each) include Seasoned Rice Pilaf, Steak house Mac & Cheese, Steamed Broccoli or Roasted Vegetable Medley.
If you like surf & turf combos, I suggest going for Flo’s Fillet and Lobster Tail (RM112.90) - a dream pairing of perfectly aged tenderloin with a succulent lobster tail.
Earlier we had sampled several appetisers and starters while waiting for our steaks to be ready. Go easy on the Wild West Shrimp (personal - RM17.90/ sharing - RM31.90) as overindulging on these crispy, hand-battered shrimp dusted with spicy pepper, garlic butter and house ranch dressing is far too easy.
Decked with four types of melted cheese on each baby portobello, the sinfully good Grilled White Cheddar Stuffed Mushrooms (RM18.90) is another sneaky diet-destroyer. It's kinda hard to stop at one so remember to spread the fat of this yummy treat around.
More devilish temptation beckons in the shape of LongHorn's warm Honey Wheat Bread. Beware if you've a weakness for all things bread and crusty. Throw in a serving of Chili Beef Soup (Cup - RM12.90/ Bowl - RM20.90) topped with onion and cheddar cheese and your resolve will melt away like the butter spread on those sublime buns.
Luckily, it's not all steaks and no prey for non-beef eaters at LongHorn. Our girlfriend was thrilled to chew on the scrumptious bone-in Grilled Lamb Chops (RM55.90). Propped up like a wigwam, the superbly tender chops is enlivened with mint-infused bordelaise sauce, whipped mashed potato and wilted spinach.
More into seafood? No fear, the Longhorn Salmon (RM45.90) - grilled Atlantic salmon suffused with a secret house marinade, served over rice with roasted mixed vegetable should reel you in. It was a substantial piece too but expertly flame-grilled to retain its pink core.
Local tastebuds raised on hot piquant flavours will gladly embrace the Spicy Redrock Shrimp Pasta (RM33.90). Two skewers of nicely grilled shrimp adorn a generous portion of macaroni (a tad too soft for my personal liking) that's tossed in spicy tomato sauce. Dig in and you'd find sweet roasted garlic pips mingling with diced roasted red and green capsicum as well as bits of chilli.
Prefer to play it safe? Then the Spinach Feta Chicken (RM30.90) - tender grilled chicken breast with spinach and grilled red capsicum in garlic jus, liberally sprinkled with feta cheese should be right down your lane. It's a complete meal with side servings of rice and roasted veg. I'm not a big fan of chicken breast but it's great if you're into beef or seafood.
Only chocoholics would understand the decadent idea of merging six types of chocolate with vanilla ice cream to create the aptly named Chocolate Stampede (RM18.50). Suffice to say it's enough to leave you on a chocolate-induced stupor after downing this.
Instead of Granny Smith which can be quite tart for apple pie filling, LongHorn's version uses sweet Fuji apples. Cooked and stuffed into a buttery, slightly crumbly pie crust, we warmed up to the Apple Gold Rush (RM18.50) at once, with lashings of caramel and raspberry sauce giving it the heavenly finishing touch.  

For reservations, please call LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE, tel: 03 2602 0871. Address: Ground Floor, Quill City Mall, 1018, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. 

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