Home Food Reviews Joseph@Kitchen, Menara UOA Bangsar

Whenever I write food reviews, I make sure I give constructive criticisms. That was something rif, Shum and Jeen trained me to do ever since I started blogging. But there are some places I find hard to write about without bordering the mean-zone. Joseph@Kitchen is one of them.

I didn’t plan my visit here; it happened by chance when I was in Menara UOA and didn’t want to walk too far for lunch. Joseph@Kitchen was crowded, disorganized and understaffed. No one bothered to bring us the menu until 10 minutes later and after I requested for one.

We both ordered the set lunch; Jeen’s was RM14+ and mine, RM18+. The mushroom soup was bland, watered down and artificial tasting. Serving size was also quite pathetic — half a small bowl. Jeen’s onion rings took a while to arrive, and from the looks of it, the batter was too hard.

The grilled moza chicken sounded good, but it was disappointing. It reminded me of one or two ‘fantastic’ deals from certain group-buying sites — appeared promising, but short on delivery. For the price I paid, the chicken was small and grilled until tough. The mozzarella cheese on top was a tad hard and barely did any good to the already dry chicken. I didn’t care much for the fries and salad.

Jeen’s aglio olio took forever to arrive. It came 20 minutes after my chicken was served. The paste was mediocre; cooked with chicken ham, onions, garlic, mushroom, chilli flakes and herbs. Ironic how I’m paying more for my set, yet Jeen’s main course was more ample than mine.

Dessert was vanilla ice cream, which I enjoyed more than my starter and main course. With the set lunch, you get a choice of soft drink or ice lemon tea. I had the latter.

If you ask me, the food portion and quality didn’t measure up to the price tag they come with — the food at Joseph@Kitchen was bland, lacking effort and forgettable. I reckon many people eat here out of convenience. Someone did tell me they make good coffees. I might try the coffees (when it’s not peak hours) just to see if there’s anything worth going back for.

Ambiance: 6/10
Price: 4/10
Food: 3/10 (pork-free)
Verdict: Eat here only out of convenience or if you’re a highly tolerant person.

Unit 2-7, Second Floor,
Menara UOA Bangsar,
5, Jln Bangsar Utama,
59000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2282 2242

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Sean June 17, 2011 - 8:07 am

yikes! they also have another outlet at solaris dutamas, but i haven't tried both venues yet =)

Michelle Chin June 17, 2011 - 10:18 am

is it homemade, the ice cream?

Bangsar-bAbE June 17, 2011 - 5:00 pm

Michelle – I wish! It's just normal vanilla ice cream. :(

Sean – You didn't miss out on anything, trust me!

Leo January 17, 2012 - 3:33 pm

I agree. Went there once to an empty restaurant in the evening and waited 45 mins for a plate of pasta, which was crap by any standards.

Jill April 30, 2013 - 11:41 am

so frustrating..the prices are RIDIC for a small portion,staffs who don’t provide the right info because they don’t understand neither english or BM..can’t even make reservations via phone call as the staff has no clue what Im trying to say, as he/she doesn’t understand,in the end i had to personally come down all the way from my office just to make a reservation which could have been done over the phone and could have also save my time!

Toh Chang Ying November 5, 2013 - 2:27 am

I m planning for a biz dinner tomorrow. Thanks for this review!

Cindy September 28, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Our only and last visited to the outlet were terrible in terms of services. The foods were so so only. We found it already closed down since last month..


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