Finally visited the much talked about Red Lobster last week!
Red Lobster is no stranger to those who have gone to the US and other parts of the world that host this seafood restaurant chain which has been around since its first outlet in Lakeland, Florida in Year 1968. That's 46 years back! They now have 700+ outlets worldwide, and the first in Malaysia was opened at The Intermark, Jalan Tun Razak just last month!
It is quite a huge space with more than enough tables and seatings for busy weekends. From what I heard, during its first few weeks of operation, the whole place was full house and packed to the brim, and customers had to queue for an hour or so just to try out the famous Red Lobster! There were some reviews and feedbacks saying that service was slow and all that, but what I think is that every F&B outlet and business in general needs time and space to improve, so I guess everyone just gotta keep calm and be a little kinder with their reviews.
When I was there, they were about a month into operation, and I have nothing to complain about the service that I received. The staff were attentive to my requests and very pro active. Must have learned and improved over time and if your experience with the service wasn't up to expectations, perhaps you should visit again when they're a bit more familiar with everything :)
Now, on to the food!
Was one of the bloggers invited to sample their dishes, and these were our food and beverages menu!
We were first served with the complimentary Cheddar Bay Biscuits, crowd's favourite in the US apparently! It was crunchy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside, and was pretty yummy! Best eaten while it's hot though!
Being a lover of Pina Colada, I opted for the Sunset Breeze Pina Colada mocktail [RM17.90] (was driving so didn't wanna take the cocktail).
It was nice cept' a little too sweet for my liking as it came with rich strawberry topping that made it much sweeter! If you're a sweet tooth, you'll love it. For me, I still prefer my Pina Colada with alcohol :P
Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp [RM39.90]
The shrimps were hand-dipped in Captain Morgan Parrot Bay Rum flavoured batter and coconut flakes, served with pina colada dipping sauce. They were overall leaning towards the sweet than savoury side, crunchy but delicious all in all.
Lobster Pizza [RM36.90]
Lobster pizza! I like the sound of that. They were thin-crusted topped with mozzarella cheese, fresh tomatoes and a whole lot of Maine lobster chunks. The toppings were given in quite a generous amount, just wished that the crust could be crunchier and overall taste to be less bland. Once those are tweaked, it'll be perfect for me.
New England Clam Chowder [RM10.90/cup, RM17.90/bowl]
The above was a bowl full of clam chowder goodness! Loaded with clams and potatoes, the clam chowder was so rich and creamy that I was quickly addicted to the savoury and delicious starter!
Lobster Bisque [RM11.90/cup, RM19.90/bowl]
Just when I thought I had the best soup for the day, I tried the Lobster Bisque and I was sent to taste haven! Also rich and creamy, loaded with generous amounts of lobster chunks, but what really stood out was the distinctive seafood taste in the soup that was salted in just the right amount. I love all things savoury so I preferred this over the New England Clam Chowder! Having said that, both soups were delicious and worth a try.
Now on to the entrées!
Look at all the lobsters!!! I never had this much lobster for a day in my life, and while I was busy taking photos of these mouth-watering dishes, my tummy was yelling for me to be faster and get down to the eating business right away!
Bar Harbour Lobster Bake [RM109.90]
Before the price tag scares you, let me first tell you that this dish is huge and recommended for sharing :) Comes with a split lobster tail, shrimps and scallops on linguine in a savoury broth. Wished that the linguine could have a little more taste to it, but I guess the tastiness of the fresh seafoods could balance up the taste and make up to it.
Grilled Lobster, Shrimps and Scallops [RM99.90]
This dish came with split tail lobsters, skewered shrimps and wild caught sea scallops with wild rice pilaf. This, to me is a wholesome meal, with fresh, juicy seafoods served alongside brown rice and broccoli. It was a joy to eat as the lobsters, shrimps ad scallops were prepared so nicely that we didn't have to dirty our fingers to pull the tender lobster meat out. Plus point! :)
Lobster and Steak Burger [RM69.90]
This dish came with a beef burger patty topped with cheese and onion rings, with grilled Maine lobster and french fries on the side. It's quite an interesting combo, just wished that the burger patty was more juicy!
Crab and Roasted Garlic Seafood Bake [RM74.90]
Alaskan King Crab, shrimps, scallops and potato wedges- Mmmmm mmmmm. We were taught the art of eating the crab, that is to break, crack and pull! I have yet to master it but you can give it a try! ;)
The king crab meat was succulent, sweet and springy. But I felt it was a tad too salty for me, which could be due to sea water. Nonetheless, still tasty and worth a try!
Double Chocolate Torte [RM15.90]
Served with whipped cream and strawberry sauce. It was rich with chocolate and a sweet ending to balance up the savoury entrées.
I personally prefer this classic cheesecake to the earlier Double Chocolate Torte. Can't go wrong with a classic cheesecake!
My lovely company for the Saturday morning lobster brunch! Was nice meeting Weizhi and Lex from kampungboycitygal for the first time, and seeing Kelly and Sharon again!
In a nutshell, I personally believe that every restaurant is worth a visit. We all have difference taste and preferences, and to base our perception purely on the review of others is not the fairest and wisest thing to do. What might seem to be average to others could be your best meal yet. This is something I learned along my quest to hunt down the yummiest foods in town. Always try things for yourself, and make your own judgements ;)
Red Lobster might not be the most affordable restaurant in town, but it's understandable considering the generous amount of lobsters they serve in each portion! Suitable for special occasions such as a romantic seafood date, birthday celebrations and so on.
Red Lobster KL
G-17, The Intermark, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur
Open daily from 11am-10pm
For more info: www.facebook.com/redlobstermalaysia