If you are a regular foodie and you follow most mainstream (and non-halal) eating floggers, you must have heard of JTean Kitchen. Located in SSTwo Mall, this place markets its cuisine as fusion bak kut teh. C’mon, that sounds pretty awesome right? A few weeks ago, I rounded up some kakis and we decided to sample the food so many flogs out there have been raving about.
Firstly, service here wasn’t fantastic. We booked the place for 11 pax but a few cancelled. As it was close to lunch time and more people were streaming in, we told them in good faith that they can split the tables for other diners. In return, the waitress gave us super rude attitude, yo. She was muttering to herself, yelling at other staff to help her carry the table, looking extremely annoyed. Another waitress took our order and she didn’t speak English. That posed a problem for bananas like me but I didn’t expect this to happen in a restaurant with an English name + menu and located in affluent PJ. But she was helpful regardless and Mandarin speakers in the crew took charge of the ordering.
The JPork BKT Burger (RM7.90). We came with high expectations based on several blog reviews but were sorely disappointed. The patty only had a hint of BKT taste. Otherwise, all I could taste was the peppery, tangy mayonnaise sauce. What is it even doing in the burger? Boo.
Tean’s BKT that had a mix of ribs, pork belly and stomach (RM20.90). Sadly, it was nothing to shout about. It was like any other average BKT and tasted quite plain.
The Pork Leg (RM10.90).
The J-Ribs served with wedges, side salad and a special sauce (RM34.90). I thought this was the ‘yummiest’ tasting one, relative to the other so-so dishes. The ribs itself were charred nicely and retained some juiciness of the meat but the flavor did not really come through. I was convinced the special sauce was just ordinary black pepper sauce.
Stewed Chicken Feet, Tofu and Mushrooms (RM12.90). This was also pretty average. It had no real oomph to it – no sharp herbal notes or a heaty, flavorful kick.
We all left the place feeling kinda disappointed and our bill for 7 of us came up to RM215.00. Don’t think any of us will be going back anytime soon. I had to eat in Hungry Hog for dinner just to make myself feel better. The redeeming factor for this place perhaps was the decently-priced drinks list with quite a nice selection of ‘fancy’ tea (although I like to kick it old school with pu er in a clay teapot that you make yourself). Oh and SSTwo Mall’s parking is still free.
JTean Kitchen (www)
G-58, Ground Floor
No. 40, Jalan SS2/72
47300 Petaling Jaya
Opening Hours: 10.00am – 10:00pm (opens daily)
Tel and Fax: 03 7954 0819