Esquire Kitchen has been around as far as far back as I can remember, slowly but surely growing from a few scattered outlets in PJ to about 15 outlets around the KL and PJ area (as well as an outlet in Ipoh):
Esquire Kitchen has simple but distinctly Chinese decor....
Most of their outlets are quite popular as a good Non-Halal place to have Shanghainese and Sze Chuan food while in a shopping center. So, more often than not it's terribly packed and noisy inside (especially on weekends):
That night, we chose to dine at the outlet in Atria Shopping Center. We started off with the Fried Dumplings ("Worr Tip"):
This dish is considered to be one of Esquire's specialties and although it can NEVER be considered healthy (Eek. It's really oily!), it tastes pretty good.
The "skin", although a bit thick, is not starchy (yay!)... and the meat filling with bits of vege in it, although not that generous, is fragrant and delicious.
(Dip it with a little of the Vinegar Ginger Sauce and it is absolutely YUMMY!)
Moving on to the mains, we had the Spare Ribs, Mapo Tofu and the Fried French Beans with Minced Meat:
Overall, everything was delicious.
(Although the serving sizes were a bit on the small side)
The Spare Ribs were reasonably tender and very flavourful.
The Fried French Beans were "crunchy" and fragrant... although a bit too oily.
The Tofu was also good with the tantalising spicy bean sauce... but it was really really spicy! I don't remember it being this spicy all the time though so maybe they just accidentally added a few too many chilis on the night that I was there.
However, my main gripe about Esquire has always been and will always be the level of service....
I mean, I love how they choose to hire older women here and I understand that the poor old dears are overworked (7 waitresses for about 40 packed tables?? Woah! Poor things.... ) but it irks me that my food is served so slowly almost every time I go there and of course, it usually all comes accompanied with an earth moving scowl.
What is the typical dining experience at Esquire, you ask?
Well, it usually goes a little something like this:
1) Order food.
3) Rice is served.
5) One dish is served.
7) Ask for where other dishes are.
8) Response received: "On the way lah"... *waitress scowls*
9) Give up waiting for other dishes and start eating the served dish.
10) Finish eating served dish.
11) MORE waiting.
12) Repeat steps 5) to 11) for second and third and fourth dishes.
Still, I like the food there - especially the soup noodles for a light lunch - so I'll definately still go back for more rounds of abuse.
So, it's: Good food, reasonable prices and a casual but comfortable place to eat BUT consistently bad service especially during "peak" hours and if you're really lucky, they'll forget your order/ serve you cold food.
Esquire Kitchen @ Atria Shopping Centre, PJ
Ambience : 5
Service : 4
Price** : RM 23/++ per person
** Approximation - Chinese style "sharing" meal, excluding drinks
Telephone No.: 03-7729 6563
Opening Hours: 11am to 10pm
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