Nov 6, 2013

Johnny Rockets @ The Curve - Overrated Expensive Burgers

Malaysian's love for Burgers never end. In fact, it just got bigger!

Johnny Rockets

By now you'd probably know that I love my burgers, so when I heard about Johnny Rockets opening its first outlet in Malaysia, at The Curve, I was undeniably psyched up.

There has been quite a fair bit of buzz surrounding the place, even before its official opening about 10 days back. Notably on Johnny Rockets being the legendary Johnny Rockets, originating from the States, and also - on the exorbitantly long waiting time.

How long are you willing to wait for a burger?

Johnny Rockets is located at the main stretch of 'The Street', the kind of location that you'll most definitely pass by when you're roaming at The Curve.

Else, it's probably the loud singing and performances that will draw you in, with designated staff cruising to YMCA and some good old American classics.

Once you step into Johnny Rockets, you are instantly teleported to another era and continent - an American one, with a seriously cool collection of vintage signs gracing the walls, a jukebox and also some nifty gritty stuff on each table.

On the menu - you have to order a Shake to go with your burger!

I got there slightly pass 2pm and it took about 1 hour before we were seated.

Now - waiting time is not exactly an issue if you're inside a mall, where you can freely loiter around while waiting for your turn to come. I was perfectly fine to wait as long as the restaurant is packed.

However, I noticed that there were many empty tables inside and outside the restaurant. So it seemed like the kitchen was going havoc with 20 inefficient man scuffling in there - I'm not impressed at all.

After all the sun, sweat and tears, we were finally seated - it took another 30 minutes before our meal was served, by a sweaty waiter with shaky hands, wobbly trays and going in extremely slow-mo mode.

Looks like my lunch started on the wrong foot here, but lets see if its worth the wait.
Chocolate Mad Shake (Rm18.90). Peanut Butter Shake (Rm18.90). Vanilla Shake (Rm14.90).
The deluxe shakes are one of the most expensive in town - it costs as much as a burger! They have some pretty cool selections going nonetheless.

My favourite would have to be the classic vanilla shake - chilled and light. In fact, a little too light for my liking and also not the smoothest and thickest shake around. The metal shakers at the side - there are about a gulp left of shake in there. What are those for again?  
Root Beer Float. Rm9.90.

Bacon Cheddar Single. Rm24.90.
+Sweet Potato Fries. Rm2.50.

First up - I had the beef patty with bacon and cheddar burger.

The burger looked colourfully inviting and was beautifully crafted - the bacon perfectly seasoned and cooked, the beef patty was a little dry, the cheddar melted hearts, the special sauce gave the burger an extra kick and the buttered brioche bun toasted nicely. I had a great time devouring this.

Rocket Single Rm22.90.

Once I bite into this burger, I was surprised - there was nothing incredibly different about it, it was like eating a cheeseburger. Boring!

Frankly, I didn't really like the beef patty also. It was dry, with some hard bits in between and definitely not that juicy burger patty I was hoping for. On second thoughts, it's texture did felt quite like processed meat.

The Original. Rm19.90.
+Onion Rings. Rm2.50.

'The burger doesn't come with cheese', I was told. I was then asked if I wanted to top-up. I declined. There's no cheese for a reason right?

This was my least favourite burger. By the time I got around to having this, lettuce and onions were everywhere, it was a mess. The distinct side about this burger though, it had pickles, relish, mustard and mayo in it, quite bold actually, a sourish burger if you'd insist. I wasn't a huge fan.

The onion rings was an amazing addition, one of the best I've had in fact. The onions were fresh, the batter deep fried to a nice golden shade and it was so-so crispy.

Route 66. Rm24.90.

Save the best for the last - this is my pick amongst the lot. Shroom lovers, you are in for a treat.

It was really nice to bite through those juicy grilled mushrooms and onions, dunked in mayonnaise and slap with a slice of melted Swiss cheese. What toothsome textures - this was delectable.

Overall Rating: 5.5/10. The hype is there - surely and obviously, but as much as I love my burgers, I've had way better ones. Johnny Rockets are far lagging behind compared to some of the standalone burger joints I've been to. My pick? Route 66 and Bacon Cheddar. You know what would be nice too? Cut down on the performances and speed up the serving please. I left Johnny Rockets with a heavy heart.

Johnny Rockets is located at:
Lot G52, The Street, The Curve, 47800 Mutiara Damansara


  1. The performances don't make your food taste better, doesn't it? LOL

    1. Lol. It did - outside, not while I was eating, a bit of a distraction that one. Not good for health and digestion.

  2. Great post about Johnny Rockets, Sharon. I wanted to try that when I first heard it finally came to our shore. But I know the queue is going to be long especially given our local craze about burger these days. After reading your comprehensive review, I find out the average price over there is equivalent to Carl's Jr.

    1. Thanks babe! =)
      Yeah, let the phase pass first - no rush really.

  3. Nice review Sharon. I'm the totally opposite, i don't like burgers, nor i know how to appreciate them >_<

  4. Penang got alot of burger joints ah?

  5. Does it worth to queue for 30 minutes?

    1. nope. I reckon the standalone burger joints - which most doesnt require that long a wait are more worthy of visiting. =)

  6. but the shake does look interesting!! i love to try but look at the I can really buy a burger with that!!

    1. yeahhh its not worth the price though. lol. but for the sake of trying - why not? =) good thing is, they have heaps of flavours in their menu.

  7. The prices are expensive for me for a fast food burger >.<

    1. I would think so too. exactly the word I would use "Fast food burger"

  8. i think too much customers would lead a disappointing service to another customer, especially when it was newly opened.

    i just had my dinner there yesterday with a friend. The service or staffs response was good and attentive. Their routine dances are kinda entertaining, only several staffs (like 4 out of 11 person) were actually passionate with what they were doing.

    Now about the food..... hmmm it was disappointing. My meals were Route 66 & peanut butter milkshake.

    I found the salad served alongside the burger wasn't taste good as much as i expected, a bit crispy but yeah it wasn't fresh. About the burger itself, it was served cold, isn't it supposed to be freshly cooked? The patty is okay to me, not juicy and probably too dry for some people's standard. Having a bite on those yellow buns was a new experience, it tastes different, a bit heavy which made me mouthful. The biggest disappointment on this burger is the mushrooms, it was so dull, tasteless and it wasn't i expected with what you had described. Probably it would taste better if it's served hot.

    About the milkshake, gosh i think i should have choose a lighter milkshake. The peanut butter milkshake was too heavy for me, though the taste was really good. I guess it will goes well to most teenagers.

    Hence, i'm agree with your rating. Johnny Rocket is overhyped. Route 66 burger is not worth the money.

    1. Thank you for the thought-through comment. That's like one blog post full! =)
      I really hope they improve along the way nonetheless. But great feedback biskut. Thanks!

  9. Thx for your reviews. Will be visiting JR this weekend, hopefully the service has improved. Am looking forward to try the shakes :)


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