Red Lobster in Malaysia is operated by the Secret Recipe F&B Group in partnership with Darden Restaurants. According to Mr Ray Bauer, Managing Director of Franchise Operations, Asia for Darden Restaurants, Darden has invested into partnerships in cultivation of lobsters and aqua farm facilities for sustainable supplies in the country.
I was invited here for a food review here over the weekend, and I am happy to have gotten a taste of the Red Lobster seafood dining experience.
To start, we had their famous Cheddar Bay biscuits - loved the warm savoury cheese biscuit (texture very similar to a scone). All orders will receive unlimited, complimentary servings of this. Other starters that we had were the lobster pizza (RM36.90) and the Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp (RM22.90). The pizza had a crisp thin base and was topped with Maine lobster chunks, fresh tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. But my favorite starter has to be the shrimp, coated in their signature batter, then tossed in coconut and deep fried to crispy perfection and served with a pina colada sauce. Really yummy!
Both soups that we tried were really delicious too - I had the lobster bisque (RM11.90 per cup, RM19.90 per bowl) and it was creamy, rich and came with generous chunks of lobster. I also tried some of the New England Clam Chowder (RM10.90 per cup, RM17.90 per bowl) and it was also very good. Creamy and loaded with clams and potatoes.
As for the mains, we tried some of their signature combinations - Bar Harbor Lobster Bake (RM109.90), Grilled Lobster, Shrimp & Scallops (RM99.90), Crab & Roasted Garlic Seafood Bake (RM74.90) and Lobster &Steak Burger (RM69.90). These are great for sharing as they are served in pretty large portions.
Bar Harbor Lobster Bake - a roasted split lobster tail, tender shrimp, sea scallops, mussels and linguine in a savory broth
Crab & Roasted Garlic Seafood Bake - Alaskan king crab with shrimp, sea scallops and potato wedges. We got a special tutorial from Mr Ray Bauer on how to shell the crab legs - and thanks to him, I'm now a pro at it! :) Found the crabs to be a tad salty, but still pretty good and it's really fun to eat (so easy when you know how, the meat just slips out effortlessly each time).
Grilled Lobster, Shrimp & Scallops - a split Maine lobster tail, skewered shrimp and wild caught sea scallops with wild rice pilaf. My favorite dish of the day, I really loved the meaty, tender lobster. For this dish, the scallops were the larger variety, and plump and skewered prawns were very tender and juicy too.
Other than seafood, Red Lobster Malaysia also serves steaks, pastas and chicken dishes. All meats served here are certified halal and no alcohol is used in preparation of the food.
Lobster and Steak Burger - beef burger patty topped with cheese, and onion rings. Served with grilled Maine lobster and French fries on the side. I did not try this, so not sure how the burger patty is.
And to end our meal, we had two rich desserts, the Double Chocolate Torte (RM15.90) and cheese cake (RM15.90). Really sinful and good!
By the way, they also have live Maine and Rock lobsters for diners to choose from. The Rock lobsters come from Sabah. They can either be steamed or roasted with a crab-and-seafood stuffing at an additional charge. The live lobsters can range from 600g to 1.5kg. Seasonal price, but for a rough idea, the price will be RM27 per 100 grams for Maine Lobster and RM56 per 100 grams for Rock Lobster.
Verdict: Overall, I was impressed with the quality and freshness of the seafood. The dishes that we had were certainly good and well-prepared. My Top 3 recommendations would be the Jumbo Coconut Shrimp, Lobster Bisque and Grilled Lobster, Shrimp & Scallops.
Opening times: 11am to 10pm daily.
Location: Red Lobster Malaysia, The Intermark, Ground Level, Lot G-17, Intermark Mall, 348 Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2181 4855
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