Secret Recipe Restaurant Review
Eat here and taste the consistent mediocrity of Secret Recipe at IOI Mall in Puchong Jaya
Irish stews are traditionally served with thick cut root vegetables and although the presence of veggies could be detected in this dish they were so thinly cut it looked like the accountants had re-written the Secret Recipe menu
Written by: Michael Joseph
Secret Recipe IOI Mall
Date published: 09/10/2013
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Lot G00B7A & G00B7B, Ground Floor, I.O.I Mall, Batu 9, Jalan Puchong, Bandar Puchong Jaya,
GPS Latitude - 3.046245 - GPS Longitude - 101.618497
Hours: Mon-Sun 11.00am - 11.00pm
I cannot remember the last time I visited a shopping mall and there was no Secret Recipe outlet located there.
According to their website they have 239 operational outlets in Malaysia and you do not grow this big in the restaurant industry without doing something appetizing.
So curious to taste what is so appealling I ventured (with my wife) down to their outlet in IOI Mall Puchong.
After scanning the menu we ordered the following:
3 Cheese Spinach Lasagna - RM16.50
Irish Lamb Stew - RM35.00
Durian Durian Cake - RM7.50
Ice Blended Green Tea - RM7.80
The pumpkin soup was quite nice but I found that with a liberal sprinkling of black pepper it improved the taste somewhat.
The mushroom soup equalled the averageness of the pumpkin soup but adding condiments did little to enhance the taste of this starter.
I'm happy to say the three cheese spinach lasagna was a vast improvement in the taste stakes.
The tomato sauce subtlely gave an essence of oregano and basil that complimented the the mozzarella and parmesan cheeses very well.
Delving inside the lasagna I found a hearty layer of green spinach that Popeye would have been proud of and the pasta was prepared and cooked to a consistent firmness without any crispy edges.
I knew if the Irish Lamb Stew tasted as good as it looked on the menu this would be the dish of the day and although I was slightly disappointed it still did taste quite good.
The lamb shank was tender and just melted off the bone which was great but the accompanying sauce just lacked a bit of culinary sparkle.
I just thought the stew could have delivered a more distinct traditional Irish stew taste that would really set it apart from other restaurants serving the same dish.
Irish stews are traditionally served with thick cut root vegetables and although the presence of veggies could be detected in this dish they were so thinly cut it looked like the accountants had re-written the Secret Recipe menu.
Next was the Durian Durian cake that is named to imply it is saturated in the king of Malaysian fruits.
The texture of the cake was quite coarse while its body was very firm, probably because it came from the fridge. However the taste was more of an essence of durian than a substantial durian assault on your taste buds.
As I viewed the empty tables during this week day lunch time my mind wandered to the 239 outlets listed on the Secret Recipe website.
I pondered their beginnings and thought they probably had a fantastic cutting edge menu that helped to propel them to grow so large.
I mused that most large chain restaurants develop menus that mature to have a corporate feel of consistent mediocrity about them.
Perhaps that is the real secret to culinary success.
"the taste was more of an essence of durian than a substantial durian assault on your taste buds"