TR Fire Grill


Expatriate Lifestyle - - December Eats - By KARIN CHAN

Burg­ers, ribs, pan­cakes and dishes we con­sider hall­marks of Amer­i­can cui­sine are easy to find in restau­rants in some form, but eater­ies ded­i­cated to the Amer­i­can style of cook­ing are sur­pris­ingly much rarer. That’s why the brand new TR Fire Grill is a wel­come ad­di­tion to Kuala Lumpur’s culi­nary scene, brought in from Florida, USA by the same peo­ple who own and op­er­ate Tony Roma’s here.

Warm wood fur­ni­ture and soft mood light­ing present an el­e­gant façade that’s smart enough for client lunches yet ro­man­tic enough for din­ner dates. Floor-length glass win­dows at the back flood the in­te­rior with nat­u­ral light and of­fer a view of the busy KL streets be­low. There’s even a cigar lounge at the back, com­plete with premium cigars for sale.

On our visit, we be­gin with the oven baked pizza dip – a de­li­ciously sin­ful shar­ing dish. It’s hard not to warm up to melted cheese and beef pep­per­oni on crispy gar­lic foc­ca­cia bread, but it’s ob­vi­ously meant for a group. A two-person al­ter­na­tive would be the rib­eye steak tacos; you get one each and the ten­der, flavour­ful meat com­ple­ments the av­o­cado and Korean sauce well.

I’m al­ready half full when my oven-roasted half chicken – a house favourite – ar­rives, but I give it my best ef­fort be­cause it’s just that good. Flavoured with a lemon spice r ub, the flesh is suc­cu­lent and juicy, tasty on its own but even bet­ter with a spoon­ful of pump­kin bas­mati rice.

My part­ner de­cides on an Amer­i­can sig­na­ture: an im­pres­sive dou­ble decker of chicken and waf­fles. The crunchy crust of the chicken gives way to juicy, ten­der meat, and the fluffy waf­fles are made with leeks, cheese and chicken ba­con dust for ex­tra flavour. A driz­zle of sweet agave syrup trans­forms it into indulgence per­son­i­fied. While de­li­cious, I highly rec­om­mend shar­ing as the strong flavours can be over­whelm­ing in such siz­able por­tions.

If you some­how still have room for dessert, the Choco­late May­hem is best for true choco­late indulgence with choco­late cake, cof­fee and choco­late ice creams and as­sorted sauces, creams and espresso beans. It’s the unas­sum­ing seared lemon pound cake, how­ever, that proves the sur­prise of the night as the citr usy flavour of the but­tery cake har­monises well with the blue­ber­ries and vanilla ice cream.

Over­all, TR Fire Grill’s prices are very rea­son­able for those seek­ing a hearty, lov­ingly-made Amer­i­can meal in a so­phis­ti­cated set­ting. Con­sider your­self warned, how­ever: come hun­gry, and come in num­bers!

Lot 6.01.06, Level 6, Pavil­ion Kuala Lumpur, 168 Jalan Bukit Bin­tang, Kuala Lumpur Tel: 03-2110 0944­fire­

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