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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Food: MeatWorks Restaurant @ Citta Mall, Ara Damansara

During precious public holidays, it's hard to find that perfect activity that will make the day feel the most fulfilling! Recently I had to send my car in to the workshop on a public holiday in USJ, so after it was done I suggested we headed to Citta Mall to have a look around, since we hadn't had the chance to visit the place yet.

There are a few eateries in Citta Mall, but most are common names. MeatWorks may not have branches everywhere in KL, but they are certainly an established name in the meat business as far as reputation goes!

The last time we went to the first MeatWorks in Solaris Mont Kiara was a long time ago, so I decided we should try this outlet for lunch instead of the more unknown Gourmandis or Baci. There's a lot more space at this outlet compared to the one in Solaris, so it shouldn't be hard to get a table here.

Not being content with just opening another restaurant, MeatWorks at Citta Mall also has a whole section dedicated to selling food items! 

Wendy was itching to take a look around, but she ended up feeling disappointed since most of the stuff sold there can be found in other supermarkets. Some of the shelves were also sparsely stocked. I guess they are still in the midst of getting all their stock together. They do, however, have a premium meat section and a bakery where they bake up some delectable aromas of which we caught whiffs of while we were there.

MeatWorks has quite an extensive menu, and they specialize more in steaks. Since it was lunch it didn't feel right to be slicing into beef, so I went for the Roast Chicken (RM 30 for half a chicken) instead! 2 quarters nicely divided served on a bed of potatoes, tomatoes and a few strips of asparagus. Oh and half a corn too. According to the menu, these vegetables are organic. =)

Roast Chicken piqued my interest because I had just tried the roast at a new restaurant named icook Italian Gastronomia recently, and I always think it's helpful to compare. The spit-roasted poultry served here were plump and juicy pieces of chicken. Definitely more than enough meat for 2, or 1 if you're a big eater like me.. =P

Sadly although the breast meat was fine, the drumstick was slightly under-cooked with traces of blood still very visible in the middle. The corn was also hard and tough, not what I would expect from a place like MeatWorks. 

Wendy as usual zoomed in on the burgers and went for the Texas BBQ Burger (RM 26). This was much more impressive overall, with far less fault for us to find. The 200g patty was thick but not too thick, and it had the right amount of density and flavour. Topping it off with a sweet honey-chilli BBQ sauce, coleslaw and onion rings made things all the more enjoyable. It was a yummy experience all round. =D

The bread was also toasted nicely, although I always feel there's too much bread in hamburgers! Critics might say this kind of burger can be done at other places too, which might be true, but it's still a burger to remember if ideas are lacking at MeatWorks. =)

Desserts are also available, but nothing sparked our interest, especially not at the prices they charge. We think much better desserts can be found in other places these days..

To sum it up, MeatWorks might have been a hip place to be a few years ago, but these days competition is heating up in the meat business! We think MeatWorks will still be around for some time to come though, and we would regard this as a safe choice for anyone looking for a nice place to bring guests.. =)


MeatWorks Restaurant | Site
Lot 26 & 27, Ground Floor,
Citta Mall @ Ara Damansara,
Jalan PJU 1A/48, PJU 1A Ara Damansara,
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: +603 7832 0871
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