Saturday, 11 April 2009

Trying out Tex-Mex @ Frontera Grill, Jaya One

This is a belated post for the other Makan Sister's birthday celebration.

How swiftly time passed! Last year we celebrated Sister's birthday at Marmalade. This year, I rounded up the usual suspects for a makan session. Yahoo messages began popping up all over the screen but nobody could decide where to go eat. Arghhh! as usual. Because it was a work day, we decided to dine at Jaya One, easy to get to for everyone with ample parking space. Since A has mentioned in the past about wanting to try Frontera Grill, so Frontera Grill it was.

Before I get on with the food, allow me a little out of topic rant. It was raining cats and dogs the night we got there. The open courtyard at Palm Square and corridor connecting the blocks were flooded! There were buckets placed all over the place and the poor janitor was frantically trying to mop up the walkway. With the predilection for torrential rain in this country, there should have been proper drainage if one is to have an open courtyard in the middle of the building complex. Aiyo, not so 'Jaya' one la. '

Service at Frontera was friendly and prompt. A lady came to take our orders, since she sounded knowledgeable about the house specialties, we gave up trying to squint at the menu in the dim light and went with her recommendations.

Tacquitos de Pollo (RM19.95)

With the infamous after work traffic made worse by the thunderstorm that night; by the time everyone showed up it was late. We started off with some munchies to stave off the hunger pangs while waiting for the mains. Tacquitos de Pollo came highly recommended. It was a must try. Ok lor, try lor. The menu described it as ‘Frontera chicken hand-wrapped in corn tortillas, then flash-fried. Served with salsa verde and sour cream.’ We made short work of it in couple of minutes and left wanting more. But then hunger was a fine sauce.

Spicy Prawn Diablo, RM29.95

The Spicy Prawn Diablo was served with Mexican rice (which tasted like Tomato Rice to me) and a side of salad. The prawns were tasty with the spicy marinade. My grouse was the prawns were 'wee little'.

Chicken Enchiladas RM28.95

Chicken Enchiladas was again served with Mexican rice and refried beans. I have nothing against what Frontera served but I just don't like refried beans! That is the brown mush at the right of the enchiladas. The enchiladas did not make much of an impression on me.

Fajita Platter Chicken RM31.95

The Fajitas must be everyone's favourite for the night. But then, what is there not to like about Fajitas?

Cheesecake Chimichanga

We eschewed the traditional birthday cake, and just stuck a candle on the desert, Cheesecake Chimichanga. Essentially cheesecake wrapped in tortilla, fried and drizzled with strawberry sauce. Unusual desert, but I'm not sure I like my cheesecake fried. So, it won't make it to my re-order list.

Other than the company which is always good :) On the whole, the food wasn't particularly memorable for me. Frontera Grill is touted as 'the' place in town for original Tex-Mex food. Perhaps my Malaysianised tastebuds could not appreciate it. I was told Frontera serves a more than adequate BBQ ribs. Should I dine there again, I will order those. We skipped those because we had non beef eaters at the table that night.

Frontera Bar & Grill
18-8-2, Block L, Palm Square, Jaya One
72A, Jalan Universiti, Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-7958 8515

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