With much anticipation, the brand Johnny Rockets has finally arrived on Malaysian shores and throngs of people made their way to give the restaurant a shot.
You won’t believe how long the queue can be. On our first attempt, we ended up eating at Senjyu as the lunch crowd (and dinner crowd) at J.R. (I shall abbreviate them as such) seems overwhelming.
As Malaysians, we’re not spared from the American influence. The view of American diners are all over the place, be it sitcoms (Happy Days), Movies (Hair Spray) or documentaries ( erm …… that chubby dude with funky hair that goes around trying American food).
The restaurant setting is such that it brings you not only to another place but it’s like travelling through time.
I’ll just start by saying our visit ended up being quite disappointing.
I ordered the Smoke House Double (RM 31.90) – double beef patty, beef bacon, sharp cheddar cheese, crispy onion rings and “smoke house” barbecue-ranch sauce.
The burger was good but not great. They didn’t ask me how well I want the beef patty to be but I’m glad it didn’t turn out to be well done. The beef bacon that came with it was good too.
Philly Cheese Steaks is one of the star attractions of this place and it was unbelievable that after about 5 minutes upon ordering, we were told that the beef was still in the midst of defrosting, hence only the Chicken variant of it was available. The Phillys Cheese Steak is priced at RM 28.90 while the chicken variant of it is at RM 23.90.
I mean seriously, it’s not like we were there at 10am. It was almost noon and they were readily welcoming patrons, I would expect the beef used on a signature dish to be ready.
Yup, it was a huge let down alright – we’re sure that the grilled thin slices of beef would taste much better than chicken.
As if that wasn’t enough a let down, we were also informed that Wild Mushroom Soup wasn’t available due to lack of mushrooms and therefore we weren’t able to order it.
Bad luck much?
As for the drinks, we ordered a Root Beer Float (feeling American?) and a Strawberry Oreo Crumble that’s part of their Deluxe Shake, it costs a whopping RM 18.90!
Overall our dining experience was on the disappointing side, the food wasn’t bad. In fact it was good but just I feel that it’s priced on the high side. The most disappointing part was to hear that the food was not available to order due to lack of ingredient, or the ingredient wasn’t ready. 🙁
On a positive note, we did enjoy the “Dancing Waiters” routines, it really caught us by surprise.:D Check out the video below.
Looks like J.R. needs to polish their act, clearly there’s a lot to iron out.
At the time of this article, their website isn’t even ready and the main USA website doesn’t even list Malaysia as one of their International outlet.
For more details, you may visit Johnny Rockets Malaysia Facebook Page.