San Francisco Steakhouse @ Coliseum Square, Ipoh (CLOSED)May 22, 2010 | 28,023 views
UPDATED Aug 2013 – San Francisco Steakhouse is now CLOSED.
Not sure if the menu changes, but for the time being, you can refer to the sets published above. Every set comes with a soup of the day, and a glass of soft drink of your choice.
In the spirits of NEW chain outlets springing up in Ipoh (just like mushrooms sprouting after the rain; “Bagai Cendawan Tumbuh Selepas Hujan?” ), San Francisco Steakhouse arrived in Ipoh without much fanfare recently.
A thick slab of minced beef patty sandwiched between toasted sesame buns, with a slice of melted cheese, onions, tomatoes and lettuce in between. The serving of Swiss mushrooms was surprisingly on the side, instead of sandwiched between the buns; like pictured in the menu.
Under the same umbrella companies of Tai Thong Group of Restaurants, (other notable eateries include Room Eighteen, Santini Italian Restaurant, and of course; the 798 Public House & Royal China Chinese restaurant located adjacent to San Francisco Steakhouse here), San Francisco Steakhouse (SFS) started with a few branches in the Klang Valley ….
Spanking new, the restaurant resembles a bistro more than a diner, but choose to be seated on the inner area for a more comfortable dining experience.
This SFS outlet in Ipoh is situated in Coliseum Square, next to Impiana Hotel (formerly Casuarina) on Jalan Raja Dr Nazrin Shah (Jalan Gopeng). Fronting the main road, SFS is sandwiched between Royal China Restaurant and 798 Public House (a watering hole?). So you’ll see a somewhat row of seamless/borderless eateries on the ground level. Parking’s not a hassle, as Coliseum Square houses a multi-level parking lot at a flat rate of RM2 per entry.
“De-shelled” escargots baked in a creamy and indulgent herbs sauce. The other option on the menu was garlic cream.
We were initially served with two tiny slices of bread served with a scoop of garlic butter on the side. Funny thing was; as soon as I started snapping, the other appetizer (Baked Escargots) arrived almost simultaneously. And before we could gulped down the last few morsels (half a dozen was served), the mains arrived in tandem! Talk about prompt service …… But let’s hope everything’s cooked ON-THE-SPOT.
The escargots were good, with none of the unpleasant/fishy/gamey taste associated with the snails. But of course, the decadent, buttery herb sauce played a vital role. We relished in mopping the sauce with the bread, instead of the still-frozen garlic butter. Half a dozen for RM15.90/USD5.
NK’s Oreo-Oreo (RM9.90/USD3) looked like an indulgent choice, what’s more with a whole piece of Oreo cookie half-floated on the surface.
Chicken Maryland (RM20.90/USD6.50) – Crispy batter-fried chicken, a whole corn-on-the-cob, a piece of sausage and a battered banana, with fries on the side made up the ensemble.
Famous for their steaks (variants include the priced Australian Wagyu; at about RM168.90 for 220g of rib-eye cut, various cuts of Angus beef), and seafood (live lobsters and oysters in their repertoire as well), SFS also serves a variety of soups/salads/appetizers (I was eyeing on baked potato with bacons, deep fried mushrooms, and ended up with my favourite escargots), as well as an admirable selections of chicken, fish and burgers.
Yes, those thick slabs of all-American beef burgers (even a version that uses Wagyu beef, for about double the price only), a throwback to the American/Tex-Mex diners which we so sorely miss in Ipoh (Chili’s, TGIF, Tony Roma’s ?!!).
The Mushroom Burger (RM22.90/USD7.20) was not exactly my idea of a whopper of a beef burger, being slightly dainty in comparison to Friday’s, or Chili’s, and without the bacons, onion rings, or whatever caloric-horror one can throw in between the buns. But the side serving of Swiss mushrooms was a palate-cleanser of sorts, tasting rather bland, yet provided a contrasting earthy tone to the savoury burger and fries. The coleslaw was forgettable, but the thick-cut fries saved the day.
Go tipsy, or Stay sober? Now THAT … is the question.
Since SFS is still new in Ipoh, and they’re still ironing out the complications (lack of staff, new venture, limited publicity), I was informed that they hold back on the famous lunch sets for the time being.
Yes, for less than RM20/USD6.30 per person (about RM16-RM18 if I’m not mistaken) you have a choice of two lunch sets of the day, which thankfully is being updated on a daily basis. I tried their sets at their branch in Midvalley before, and came out rather satisfied with the quality of the food, the service, the portions and the price.
And here’s the picture taken more than a year ago … I wonder why this was stashed in my backlogs for ages ….
The reasonable lunch sets at San Francisco Steakhouse @ Midvalley
Mind you, they do not serve the usual, ‘generic’ dishes such as Chicken Chops, Fish & Chips and Lamb Chops for their sets. But you get a choice of steak, lamb cuts, pasta, and many more. The set includes a bowl of soup of the day, and a glass of coffee or tea (if I’m not mistaken).
So I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for the outlet in Ipoh to serve the sets, so we have another choice for lunch on Fridays. Or any day for that matter. Oh, by the way, in their outlets in the Klang Valley, the sets are served everyday of the week.
SAN FRANCISCO STEAKHOUSE
No 8, Ground Floor,
Jalan Raja Dr Nazrin Shah,
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Telephone : 605-255 5798
Here’s a GOOGLE MAP to San Francisco Steakhouse in Ipoh
Directions : Coliseum Square is located adjacent to Impiana Hotel on Jalan Gopeng, very near to the roundabout linking Jalan Tambun (Jalan Raja Di Hilir), Jalan Gopeng, Jalan Raja Idris Shah (Brewster Road) and Jalan Sultan Iskandar (Hugh Low Street).