Dinner at Jake's, Charbroil Steaks, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur

>> Mar 9, 2010

The last time I went to Jakes about 2 years ago, I found the food to be crappy and the service lousy. I thought to myself, this place cannot be getting positive reviews, one after another if they're serving rubbish to their customers. After all, Jake's is well known to serve one of the best steaks in town.

Anyway, I decided to give this place another try. Maybe 'shit happened' the last time I was here. Parking is really a hassle. Try to be patient or pray you're super lucky.

Restaurant Jake's Charbroil Steak

This time round, we were seated upstairs. Jake's has this rustic American Midwest sort of setting, which makes it a great place for bringing the family or even a date.

For appetizers, I heard that the Crispy Potato Skin (with crunchy vegetables, smoked beef & cheese) is remarkable. However, as I am a big fan of nachos, I chose to go for the Beef Nachos RM22.90.

Beef Nachos

The nachos was one of those special dishes that were only served on weekends. However, it wasn't very good. Some of the nachos were soggy, the sauce wasn't anything special, the cheese was alright. All in all, it resembles one of those prepacked nachos that could be purchased at almost all cinemas in the UK.

I thought to myself, they can't be that bad. I'll be more than willing to let them off the hook if they dished out a good steak for me.

For steaks, they usually come in 4 cuts; the rib-eye, T-bone, tenderloin and sirloin. Their choice of beef ranges from Australian Wagyu to Australian grain fed cow and New Zealand beef. This time round, they were having a special menu of beef from the US. I went for the Black Angus Rib-eye RM88.

Note: most of Jake's meat are served with some potato, corn and vegetables. Mustard is also served along with every meat.

Black Angus Rib-eye

Jake's is one of those places that serves up good, 'honest' meat. Honest as in meat cooked with minimal marinate. I rather have my steak cooked in this manner rather than dishing all sorts of sauces into it. Sauces just end up distorting the flavour of the beef.

This Rib-eye hit the marked right on. The beef was cooked to medium-rare, nothing more nothing less, which was what I requested. The beef was succulent and quite tender. For the price I was paying, I was quite delighted with my meat. Looks like they managed to redeem themselves after all.

Rack of Lamb cooked in Mint Bernaise Sauce

The lamb was asked to be made well done. I rather have it medium. Although I ended up eating half of it, it wasn't dish after all. The marinate wasn't strong, the meat was slightly tough due to it made well done, but overall, I must say it was quite good. The lamb was priced at RM48.90.

As for dessert, I wanted to go for the Country-style Hot Apple Pie. However, I was quite bloated from the steak and half a rack of lamb. I guess this will have to wait for my next visit.

Jake's managed to change my lousy opinion towards them. The last time I was here, we came in a crowd of 12, maybe that was the reason why they couldn't cope with our orders. Think about it, placing 12 main courses on the table simultaneously is a little difficult. Another reason could be Jake's improved tremendously.

Anyway, I was satisfied with my meal. If considered meat for meat, Jake's might be able to match up to Prime (le meridien). I certainly would want to come back again.

Restaurant Rating: 8/10 (maybe 8.5 if the nachos wasn't a disaster)
Pricing: RM70-100 per person

*Ratings are based on ambience, service, value and food quality for the price you're paying. Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience

Map to Restoran Jake's, Charbroil Steaks

21, Jalan Setiapuspa,
Medan Damansara,
50490 Kuala Lumpur.

Telephone number: 03 2094 5677
Fax number: 03 2092 2894
Website: www.jakes.com.my

Opening hours:
Mon-Sat: 12.00 PM - 3.00 PM (Lunch), 6.00 PM - 11.00 PM (Dinner)
Sun: 6.30 PM - 10.15 PM (Dinner Only)

Jakes also has another branch in Starhill gallery:

LG11 Lower Ground Floor,
Feast Floor,
181 Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2148 1398, Fax: 03-2148 2398

Opening Hours

Mon-Sun: 12.00 PM 1.00 AM


Nikel Khor March 10, 2010 at 12:26 AM  

best jakes steak in town..

from Nikel Khor

Tummy Rumble March 10, 2010 at 1:32 AM  

@Nikel Khor: lol.. I find ur comments quite entertaining..

Anonymous,  March 10, 2010 at 1:35 AM  

Thanks for sharing. Will want to try this one day

HK March 10, 2010 at 5:10 AM  

i've tried the jakes at starhill. not bad eh. Price on the high end but food's pretty good.

Tummy Rumble March 10, 2010 at 5:09 PM  

@HK: I'm not sure if the price is similar in both their outlets.. I'll let you know when I go to their starhill branch :)

Tummy Rumble March 10, 2010 at 5:10 PM  

btw, you coming back for easter?

J,  March 10, 2010 at 7:48 PM  

some pictures are not so sharp

Tummy Rumble March 10, 2010 at 10:07 PM  

@J: yea, sorry about that. The lightning was quite bad, and I didn't have a tripod with me.. Will try to get better shots next time..

Anonymous,  March 12, 2010 at 4:07 PM  

I found the steak to be good.

Anonymous,  March 12, 2010 at 4:07 PM  

I found the steak to be good.

Tummy Rumble March 13, 2010 at 9:40 AM  

@Anonymous: yea, I have to agree with you there..

thenomadGourmand March 17, 2010 at 6:47 PM  

Yea..been askin ard for a plc for good steaks and Jake's came up consistently. Got to go there soon!

Tummy Rumble March 17, 2010 at 11:21 PM  

@thenomadGourmand: yea man, go give it a go.. :)

Doub,  June 11, 2010 at 8:38 PM  

This joint has been my family weekend eatouts. we've been going there for about 15 years... celebrated birthdays, dinners, first pays etc.

Recommendded selection:
Potato Skin with sour cream
OxTail Soup with garlic bread

Main Course:
Spare Ribs (really their specialty)
Charbroiled fish
my all time fav: 450gm sirloin! n yes, u can ask for more if you want... the max i went was 500gm... typical serving is about 280gm
Lobster Thomedore

Garlic Sauce
Sautee'd onions

Nut Brittle & a cup of coffee..

That'll do you good!

Its not those posh gourmet restaurants that serve food the size of your pinky, its just a place that serves good meat and has a great ambience for a very family-like evenings.

Tummy Rumble June 14, 2010 at 6:24 PM  

@Doub: thanks for sharing.. really appreciate it.. I did a revisit to the place and tried their potato skin.. had their dover sole as well as T bone steak.. I prefered the black angus rib eye over the T-bone. I have yet to try the lobster though :)

Anonymous,  December 17, 2010 at 12:11 PM  

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

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