Monday, October 16, 2006

Going Coastal

The Dinner

The Coast is a new-ish Tex-Mex restaurant in the Hartamas Shopping Center (situated right next to Paddington's Pancakes). It has a casual, light-hearted ambience with miscellaneous things like surfboards, kites shaped like ships and pop art prints which, I suppose, ties in with their "coast/ beach" theme):

The Coast - Interior

One of the paintings on the wall really left an impression on me:

The Ugly Crossdressing Fat Man....

That's either a really ugly woman or an overweight man who has an unhealthy obsession with his momma's clothes....

Anyway, we started off with some Cheese Nachos:


The nachos were alright, overall.
They are priced cheaper than its cousins at Chili's and TGIF and tasted ok - cheesey and not starchy. It also comes with absolutely no meat (which is probably why it's cheaper).

Next, we had the Mushroom Cheeseburger, Beef & Cheese Sandwich and the Fried Chicken Salad:
Clockwise from top left: The Chicken Salad, The Beef & Cheese
Sandwich and the Mushroom Cheeseburger

The Cheeseburger with its grilled beef patty and generous dose of cheese, mushrooms and onions (served with french fries) was monstrously tall. Pat almost had to unhinge his jaw to take a bite.
Taste-wise it was ok.

The Fried Chicken Salad which came with a honey mustard dressing was very reasonably priced (about RM13++ only) but didn't impress me - I found the dressing too sweet and this became increasingly overwhelming as I progressed into the dish. The salad greens were fresh though and there was a healthy amount of chicken, so it balances out I guess.

The Beef & Cheese Sandwich was a bit of a disappointment.
It looks like a Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich but falls short due to its incredibly starchy bun. It's crazy! - it seems to melt in your mouth within the first 3 chews and becomes this uncomfortable mess of sticky flour-y goop.
If you remove the bun though, as I did, then it tastes a lot better as the filling of beef, cheese, onions and green peppers was actually not bad.

Most of the mains range between RM12++ and RM25++ so I thought it was very reasonable. There were also more expensive options on the menu like steak but I don't remember seeing anything cost more than RM40++.

Lastly, for dessert we tried the Tortilla Ice Cream:
The Tortilla Ice Cream

(We got it as part of a deal where you get a free dessert for any bill above RM30++)
Simply put: I didn't like it.
It looked interesting enough and the ice cream was ok but the tortilla thingy was starchy and the berry sauce was so so sweet - like eating concentrated sugar syrup.

So, it's: Reasonable prices, comfortable, casual dining BUT average taste (in other words: "Nothing special").

Restaurant Review
Summary Sheet:

The Coast @ Hartamas Shopping Center

Taste: 5
Ambience : 6
Service : 6
Price** : RM28/++ per person
Parking: OK

** Approximation - 3 course meal, excluding drinks
Telephone No.: 03-6201 2680
Opening Hours: 11am - late


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  1. everytime I walk past that place, it's packed though.

  2. hmmmm...looks like da price is quite okay wey and da servings, quite big portion yeah?

  3. The fried chicken salad looks yummy to me! :) Perhaps eating the chicken + veges alone will be more yummy than with the dressing?

  4. to boo_licious:
    When I went on the weekend it was pretty much completely empty (except for one couple at another table)...

    Although I wasn't impressed with the quality of the food, I think this place has really reasonable prices so it must be very popular with the yuppie/ office crowd on weekdays...
    (Even McD's meal is already RM11++ so might as well add a few bucks for a healthier meal, right?)

    to meiyen:
    The sizing was good for the price -definately not as big as Chili's or TGIF but then again, the prices are much cheaper.

    to cookies_cream:
    I think that would be a good idea!
    (Yeah, the veg and the chicken were ok)
    The only problem is that when I ate there I mixed in most of the sauce already so I couldn't seperate it anymore.

  5. Strange it was empty during the weekend. I went by there during the weekday at night and it was quite full. Yeah, the prices are reasonable but don't expect the same quality and taste of stuff like Chillies since it uses a local substitutes.

  6. Oh my! That burger is insane! Haha man I so want that

  7. to boo_licious:
    (Yeah - and it wasn't even puasa time yet!)
    Well, maybe part of the problem lies in the shopping center itself - there really isn't much to see there so it's usually pretty empty on weekends...
    (Everyone prefers places like Midvalley and One Utama, I guess)

    to Merv:
    Greedy boy!
    Come back to Malaysia and try it lah.


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