Open in early 2014, Roosevelt’s Diner & Bar is a tough contender amidst the bustle of established eateries in the Keong Siak/Bukit Pasoh area. Competing in the major leagues with Jason Atherton’s Esquina, and the newly opened Potato Head, it definitely has it's work cut out for it. Started by the renowned KL-based restaurateurs of Millesime fame, the ‘eclectic modern diner’ promises a fresh outlook on modern American diner food. However, if it were to be described in a single word, it would have to be: confused. Last I checked, American diners don’t tend to have industrialised bare-brick walls, polished wooden table slats or pan-Asian inspired starters and mains. Nevertheless, the polished rusticity of the interior lent the place an inviting charm; perfect for an evening meal.
The menu is extensive, with dinner ranging from cult classics like jalapeno bacon mac & cheese ($11) and candied bacon beef burger ($20) to more adventurous plates such as the Japanese sesame salad ($12) and lemongrass prawn burger ($18). The lunch menu includes all day breakfast, as well as sandwiches of both the meat and veg variety.
The fried oysters ($12) was perfect as a starter, albeit slightly overkill on the batter (a tempura batter would have probably worked better), and was accompanied with a spicy tabasco-y dipping sauce. Try the smashed potatoes with chorizo ($11) for a fancy spin on bog-standard mash.
For mains, do without Teddy’s classic bacon cheese burger ($20), and opt for the tangy BBQ baby back ribs (half $20 / full $28) instead. Although a brioche bun is the quintessential essence of any good standard burger, this one was a tad too stale, likened more to a soggy sponge than a soft pillow. The beer battered fish & chips ($19) was satisfactory; way too much batter, although the fish was beautifully fresh. All mains come accompanied with fries, which were sadly, slightly too crunchy, but well seasoned nonetheless.
Dessert seemed to illustrate more of that American diner spirit that was otherwise lacking. The caramelised rum banana crumble ($10) had a good bite to it, although a tad stingy with the rum. Nevertheless, the ‘virgin’ crumble had a good crunch and paired beautifully with the creamy caramelised bananas. Other American-esque options include the chocolate banana waffles ($12) and the apple forest berries crumble ($8).
The happy hour special, with one-for-one house pours from 5-8pm is something to look out for as well. Cocktails range from classics like the Manhattan ($18) and Mint Julep ($16) to more exotic poisons like the Godfather (Scotch Whiskey and Amaretto) ($18) and a Raspberry Collins packing a sweeter twist from the classic ($16). The house pour wine selection (glass 75ml/150ml $6-$14 / bottle $55-$65) was of a good standard, including an Italian Moscato and easy-drinking reds like the Montepulciano and Australian Shiraz.
As a whole, Roosevelt's is a decently priced albeit cuisine-confused watering hole; probably not for burger-biting enthusiasts.
|Venue name:||Roosevelt's Diner & Bar||Contact:|
#01-02 Dorsett Residences
331 New Bridge Rd
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thu 8.30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 8.30am-midnight, Sun 8am-10pm|