My pub grub affair with a sumptuous Fish and Chips with Mushy Peas!
Hardcore sports fan will be glad to know that they can see their favorite sport games from every angle at Gridiron Sports Café and Lounge while hanging out or dining there! A lovely invitation from gorgeous Esther had a few of us checking out some pub grubs at the sports bar as well as to enjoy some games there that night.
*Picture courtesy of XiangCool
Located in the swanky neighborhood of Bangsar Baru, Gridiron encompasses the trifecta of creature comforts; game watching, groovy tunes and upscale pub grub and beer. The ambiance boasts the lounge’s 360 degree angle of sports viewing in a lounge that has been engineered as the living room. With 33 screens broadcasting the complete sports package, every sports fan can bask into lounge chairs that boast poise and comfort, nosh on scrumptious meals and toss back some classic cold ones. Pronounced as grid-iron and probably named after Gridiron Football, the name fits the selling point of the café.
There is a few pool tables for some enjoyment while some can also just chill out and relax at the sofa corner or hang out in the al fresco area for some nature’s ambience.
As we sink into the comfy sofas, our drinks arrive for our enjoyment. From cocktails to mocktails, beer to wine and more, there is a little of everything to quench your thirst. I loved virgin Mojito as the flavors were refreshing and vibrant from the citrus and the mint!
Pub grub food is usually concocted to go with beer and cocktails. For Gridiron’s fare, there is a keen emphasis on freshness, quality of ingredients and classic cooking styles. The menu offers a surprising varieties from soup, salad, sandwiches, burgers, pies to pastas, Tex-Mex and even a Lamb Vindaloo!
We started off with Crispy Calamari (RM16) served with Thai chili sauce. What’s not to like with crispy juicy squid rings when it’s cooked just right? We had to order another plate of this delectable inkfish!
Creamy Mushroom Soup (RM11) tasted as the description of a rich blend of mushrooms and cream. Earthy flavors took the role of the soup and the creamy smooth texture provided the needed extra touch for the wholesome soup. The crispy garlic baguette does a nice justice to the soup as well.
I love the Lamb Vindaloo (RM18) served with baguette! Richly spiced up and creamy, the lamb and potato was so tender and flavorful. Interesting pub grub dish and went really well with beer or cocktail. I only managed to sample some on a baguette but I actually wanted to hog the whole bowl to myself! Yes, it’s that fabulous!!
The portion of Roast Beef Sandwich (RM18) is very generous. Medium thick roast beef slices were pink but a bit dry. Maybe a bit more horseradish sauce can jazz this up. Love the thick cut fries instead of the usual crispy chips one gets with sandwich. J
No pub fare is complete without burgers! We had the house signature Classic GI Burger (RM22) served on a wooden board with the delicious thick cut fries again. We opted for beef patty as chicken was also available. A thick patty of medium well beef was crowned with a sunny-side up egg while condiments were put aside for some DIY action. The beef was juicy and delicious… basic burger but done fairly well. I m sure the boys will love this during their sports night out.
Shepherds Pie (RM25) showcased a minced lamb stew topped with mash and baked till crispy on top. The minced lamb stew is robust and earthy with a hint of spices while the creamy mash went really well with the stew. A side of steamed vegetables provided the much needed balance for the luscious stew.
My favorite dish of the night had to the Fish and Chips (RM25). Beer battered, the fish was superbly moist and encased in an ultra crispy and light batter. The fish was sweet and flaky so the few of us had to fight for it. In the end, we had to order another plate of this to satisfy everyone’s craving. The thick cut fries made its appearance here again and another surprising side dish is mushy peas! I don’t see this much here and I was really glad to see mushy peas in the fish and chips to make it more British or Aussie fare. The course mashed peas was creamy and nutty and went really well with the fish… a Must-Order at Gridiron!!
Another surprising dish was Peri Peri Chicken (RM25). Half a chicken roasted with spices and herbs tasted quite ordinary till I had it with the peri peri sauce. The sauce is absolutely scrumptious and addictive. Sour, spicy, sweet and savory, the balance hit all the right notes on my taste bud. This one beats the other famous peri peri chicken chain anytime!
Steak and Fries (RM40) was the only dish that I thought was not as great as the rest of the dishes. The sides of mushroom and fries were good but the steak was a bit overcooked as I like my steak medium. Taste wise was mediocre compared to the dishes we had earlier. The sizeable portion made up for the dish.
Spaghetti Aglio Olio (RM23) was also average in my opinion. Pasta was cooked al dente but lacks the distinctive robust garlic flavors in Aglio Olio. A bit spicy and accompanied by lots of prawns and bell pepper, the dish was a bit localized for its diners.
Beef Bolognaise (RM25) fared better than the first pasta. Rich tomato minced beef sauce was piquant and very easy to enjoy with the pasta. A sprinkling of cheese completed the dish!
We ended our pub journey with Chocolate Brownie (RM12). I like this fudgy chocolaty brownie a lot and since most of them were full, I get extra bites of the rich and luscious brownie with vanilla ice cream. Yum!
The food here is value for money as the portions are generous. I would recommend for small-eaters to share. Gridiron Sports Café and Lounge has a great combination of pub grub and sports to cater to those who are looking for a place to hang out after work or for some sports action. It is hot enough for one to let down their hair on a Friday night and cool enough to saunter in with the family for the weekend games!
Gridiron Sports Café and Lounge
No. 11-15, Jalan Telawi 2,
59100 Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: + 603 2201 4820
Tue – Fri: 4pm to 3am
Sat – Sun: 2pm to 3am