With a history that reaches way back to 1968, a cross-border network spanning 700-strong branches, & a tantalising tagline that calls on customers to ‘sea food differently,’ the American crustacean specialist Red Lobster landed in Malaysia this week, brought to Kuala Lumpur’s Intermark complex by local F&B brand Secret Recipe.

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Bar Harbor Lobster Bake

True to its name, this place is all about claw-to-tail eating, with highlights like live Maine lobsters or Malaysian rock ones, steamed or roasted with a crab-meat stuffing. But we’re on a budget, so we opted for samplers constructed for sharing, including this Bar Harbor Lobster Bake. such as a split lobster tail, shrimp & scallops on a bed of linguine in a savoury broth.

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Surprisingly, this surfaced scarcely five minutes after we ordered it – a testament to Red Lobster’s expertise as a fast-service, casual-eating outlet. All of the seafood proved as tender as touted, though in terms of flavour, it bordered on blandness. There’s a mass-market, batch-cooked taste to this, making it fall short of the ocean’s briny richness. RM109.90 before taxes.

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Lobster Pizza

Lobster pizzas are available, embellished with morsels of Maine lobster meat, mozzarella cheese, tomatoes & basil (RM36.90++). A step up from the crab-stick pizzas that delivery chains often offer, though a different dough & prep method might have worked better for the pizza base, which suffered a not-exactly-right texture, somewhere in between bread & biscuit.

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Cheesy Stuffed Mushrooms

There’s lobster flesh in this bowl too, but it’s muddled in a morass of cheesy stuffed mushrooms that seem more ‘guilty’ than ‘pleasure.’ Part of a RM45.90 ‘Seaside Sampler’ platter that also comprises ‘Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp’ (Bubba who?) & fried calamari with peppers (the batter’s a little too soft for that one, pictured further below).

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Coconut Shrimp

On a positive note, Red Lobster Malaysia currently has a strong service team, comprising Asians working alongside Americans from Red Lobster’s headquarters; they’re enthusiastic (some with a sparkling sense of humour), patient (with a smile always near their lips) & obliging (even when tackling tricky requests from customers to switch tables at peak periods).

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Fried Calamari With Peppers

The menu is wide, so even if you’re not into lobsters, other seafood can be ordered, from parmesan-crusted sea bass (RM36.90) to oven-broiled flounder (RM28.90) & mussels marinara (RM26.90).

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Complimentary Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Red Lobster’s (completely complimentary) cheddar bay biscuits are fluffy & savoury, but taste more of baking mix than butter.

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Location and Contact Details

Red Lobster

G-17, The Intermark, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03 2181 4855

Daily, 10am-10pm

Find: Red Lobster directory page here.

Discover more seafood restaurants in KL and Selangor here.

 

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  1. Tengku Nory October 7, 2014 Subscriber

    Shahariah A Shah

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