Hot Jack Cafe @ Pasir Puteh, IpohJune 30, 2010 | 12,647 views
Hot Jack Cafe – A hard to missed corner lot with a catchy signboard facing Jalan Pasir Puteh, before one reaches Shatin Court on the right.
Finally … Thanks to recommendations from a few readers, I came to know about Hot Jack Cafe; a barely half a year old cafe situated on Jalan Pasir Puteh of Ipoh. Though it took me a considerably long, loooonnnggg period of procrastination before making my way over for lunch on a Sunday afternoon.
The cafe serves an array of Western and Asian delights; and thankfully far from the generic, washed-up choices like Chicken Chop, Lamb (or Lamp … :)) Chop, and Fish & Chips.
Instead you get ambitious fusions such as Mediterranean Pizza Chicken Chop, Cajun Spice Chicken/Fish, Turf & Surf (funny it’s not listed as Surf & Turf …. but, oh well), and even Almond Crumbed Fish with Butter and Raspberry Sauce.
Everything on the menu appeared to be reasonably-priced, with nothing beyond RM20/USD6 each. With 12 varieties of chicken chops, 8 methods to serve their fish, and 3 types each of steak and lamb, you know you’re in a fix if you’re one of those indecisive species …….
Grilled tender chicken chop with a tangy and creamy salsa-like dressing on top, the Italian Marinated Garlic Lemon Chicken Chop (RM13.90/USD4.20) came with fries, toasted baguettes and coleslaw
Pan Grilled Fish with Walnut and Grape Dressing (RM13.90/USD4.20) may look dainty in portion, but sufficient for a light lunch. The ladies will love this.
Turf And Surf (RM16.90/USD5.10) – A slab of steak served with grilled prawns, fries and coleslaw
For an additional RM4/USD1.20, you can complete your mains with a glass of iced lemon tea, a serving of mushroom soup, and a scoop of ice-cream for desserts. No doubt value-for-money, as the beverages at Hot Jack will cost you from about RM3 upwards each.
The presentation of the food was pleasant and taken into account. No doubt the chef went to great lengths in matching up the ingredients and sauces, whip up a storm, then meticulously placing them all on the huge white plates. Though it did make portrait-oriented photography slightly hard when everything’s lined vertically with the main item positioned in the middle of the ensemble.
Taste-wise, we had nothing much to lament about. And talking about feedback, good to know that the staff were well-trained and able to throw recommendations, explain in concise details about the foods served at Hot Jack Cafe, and at the end of the meal politely asking for our comments.
The Medium-Well steak came a little overdone, but still manageable considering that I did not break my jaw while devouring all the proteins. And the delicious garlic dressing with essence of the prawns complemented the steak so well.
My steak was supposed to be 70% done, but instead arrived in a well-done manner. Tougher to chew, yes. But still nothing that requires laborious work of the jaw. Moreover, the robust dressing seated on top of the slab of beef (sirloin, my guess … sorry, not good with the parts) reeked of a garlicky aroma, with generous lashings of olive oil (you can see how generous were they in the picture above … and let’s hope it was olive oil!), and a sweet, umami flavour from the grilled prawns. Delicious combination of steak and seafood, though the freshness of the prawns was slightly compromised.
The Mushroom Soup that I did not taste (I abhor canned soups, or instant soups), Iced Lemon Teas that come with the sets, my Jelly Susu Banana (what a name?!) and the Mixed Berries Ice-Cream to cleanse your palate.
I came to the knowledge that the chef came back from New Zealand, as told by the waitress. The place was empty the moment we arrived, but the crowd came in throngs thereafter. It will be a nice touch if the chef comes to the table and mingle with the customers; to establish bonds and generate a pleasant customer-appreciation notion.
Hot Jack Cafe is certainly offering the residents of Pasir Puteh a worthy Western diner for consideration, because so far I do not see any in the neighbourhood. This place does remind me of Capucino Cafe opposite of Ave Maria Convent school with pricing in the medium range, presentation of food in an aesthetically pleasing manner, and quality of the Western dishes above average. Another viable option would be Folie-Folie Cafe in town, or you can try Olivenz Cafe in Ipoh Garden East or the newer branch in Greentown Business Centre.
HOT JACK CAFE (Pork-Free)
No 1, Jalan Pasir Puteh 1,
31650 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Telephone : 605-322 1090, 6016-867 1884
Business hours : 12.00pm – 4.00pm, 6.00pm – 10.30pm.
Closed on Tuesdays.
Directions : Coming from town’s direction towards Pasir Puteh on Jalan Pasir Puteh, you will pass by SMK Jalan Pasir Putih on your right, then Mun Choong Restaurant also on your right. Go straight and you will see the police station on your right, and soon you will reach a row of shops on your RIGHT. The corner shop is named Golden Mouse Hotel (which is a restaurant famous for Kampar Lou Shu Fun). Go straight and slow down for the turning. Once you’re able to turn RIGHT, take that. And immediately head LEFT. You will see Hot Jack Cafe at a corner lot, facing a tyre accessories shop. If you have reached Shatin Court food centre, then you have overshot. Make a U-turn and look for Hot Jack that faces the main road.