This post was supposed to come before d'italiane Kitchen, but no thanks to Blogger messing up our draft posts, this has had to be rewritten. I think it's obvious I'm still very peeved at Blogger. -__-"
Since the second half of 2011 and all of 2012 thus far, the focus in 1Utama seems to be on the (New?) Old Wing. Completed renovations have brought a host of new eateries, and that's where all action is, at least where food is concerned. But that's not to say there's nothing left in the (Old?) New Wing! Take Chicago Rib House for instance.
Located near the escalator that goes up to the cinema, Chicago Rib House doesn't have a large exterior. Don't let that fool you though, because inside there's a lot more space! The place does fill up on weekends though, so if you're planning to come on Saturday or Sunday prepare to make a reservation or wait for the waiting list to clear.
We love the unique style of menu that Chicago uses, which is large in size and reads like a magazine. The whole menu fits nicely onto the 2-3 pages within, eliminating the need for constant flipping and dog ears over the menu. =D
Don't I read #likeaboss? =P Be warned though, that Chicago Rib House deals almost solely in pork. If you're looking for variety in other meats, this is not where you're going to find it.
We had been on a mini chicken-wing craze during the time we went to Chicago Rib House, so when we saw Hot Buffalo Wings (RM 19.90) on the menu we knew we had to have some! At Chicago, we had the option of Buffalo, Sweet Thai Chilli, or Smokey sauce. We thought it best to just stick with the familiar buffalo. The wings turned out to be spicy, but without much more beyond that in terms of flavour. The wings were big pieces though (Wendy found the chicken meat a little tough in places), and we were happy to see a generous serving of salad and celery sticks on the side, which is more than I can say for other places.
As always, we targeted a burger for sharing. The most interesting one on the menu was this Hickory BBQ Bacon Burger (RM 29.90), ominously presented with a knife stabbed upright and 2 onion rings round the handle!
But we soon became well-acquainted with this hamburger, relishing the mixture of bacon strips, Hickory BBQ sauce and a decent-sized patty. Wendy thought the patty wasn't great, but the combination of pork patty, generous streaky bacon and barbecue sauce saved this burger in the end!
Since the most recommended item to try are the Chicago's Famous Pork Ribs, naturally this was one of our orders! There are 6 different flavours - Original, Honey Garlic, Black Pepper (these three are RM 32.90 for half rack and RM 53.90 for full), Flaming Kansas City or Bourbon Sauce (RM 38.90 for half rack and RM 59.90 for full). We chose the Flaming Kansas City sauce which was a special Chicago Rib House sauce together with a shot of whiskey.
The 'Flaming' is definitely the right word in this case, since the ribs are really served in flames! To accomplish this, the ribs must be served a la carte. At first it looks pretty drab, but then... the waiter pours a shot of whisky over the ribs. And then...
....Light Up! For those who like a bit of limelight during your dinner, this is sure to get the attention of other diners around you. Admittedly this is obviously a gimmick, but it does make a normal plate of ribs interesting!
In fact, we felt the whiskey brought out the flavor of the ribs well. The flesh was falling off the bone, and each bit was nicely infused with the smoky flavour of the whiskey. While it did get a bit too overpowering for me at the end, Wendy was lapping it all up
like the closet alcoholic she is hahah. The ribs were tender, and the portion was big enough for 2-3. Something I'll recommend for sharing. =)
Of course, we can't forget the poor side dishes! We loved the creamy Mash Potato that had grated cheese and bacon bits on top, as well as potato skin inside. This was a nice big helping, again suitable for 2 or more to share.
Coleslaw was good too, although not too outstanding. Serving things in individual bowls does make things easier to share don't you think? =D
By the end of the meal, we were won over by Chicago Rib House and their attention to pork. We've all heard people complain about how there are no pork ribs at other chains like Tony Roma's, so hopefully Chicago can fill that gap! 1U may have a lot of new and interesting places to eat, but Chicago Rib House will always be on our minds from now on.
While we're rather pleased with the food at Chicago Rib House, it does have to be said that there have been many mixed reviews about this place. Some, like us have had great experiences, and others, really not so great. Let's hope they've become more consistent since, especially because we'd like to go back soon. =)
Lot F346, First Floor,
1 Utama Shopping Centre,
Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya,
Tel: +6 03 7727 3210
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am-10pm