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Steven’s Western Corner @ Damansara Uptown
For fifteen years Steven's Corner has been a go-to spot for hungry diners looking for an affordable place to have good Western food. Located at Uptown Damansara, this place is already becoming something of an institution. Our own Edwan is a fan of their chicken chop, which he thinks is one of the better ones out there..
Street-Western done RIGHT.
Gerai 1095, Damansara Uptown Hawker Center
Jalan SS21/39 Damansara Utama
47400 Petaling Jaya
Tasty food, affordable prices.
You won't see an 'A' rating for hygiene and cleanliness anywhere here.
'Street Western' spots are a dime-a-dozen in the Klang Valley. Often they're just simple stalls and you can find them in food-courts, Chinese eating houses and even Mamak shops (where the 'Western' stall usually consists of a griddle and a deep-fryer). Street-western here means what Malaysians see as 'Western' food, but simpler and served from stalls. Cheap chicken chops, fish and chips and steaks form the trivecta of foods served at these places. And that is the appeal: price! A lot of people want a semblance of restaurant 'Western' fair, but at cheaper prices. And just like with any other makan place, there are good street-Westerns, and there are mediocre ones.
Steven's Western Corner at Uptown 7, Damansara Utama, is definitely one of the good ones.
I have been coming here for the past four to five years because the food is good and the price is still pretty okay. I spoke to Aunty Lilly, who operates the stall, while her husband is the 'Steven' in the name. Unfortunately he wasn't around when I went. Aunty Lilly said the place has been around for fifteen years. Steven used to be a chef in a hotel before opting out and opening up the stall in Uptown. Incidentally, Steven also runs a goreng-goreng stall just a couple of stalls away from the Western corner.
The menu here is fairly simple. Chicken chop comes in two styles: grilled and deep-fried. There's fish and chips and steaks on offer, and for starters, fried sotong rings. According to Aunty Lilly chicken is by far the best sellers here. It is what people come here for, compared to the steaks (which are okay, but not their best item).
I had an order of Grilled Chicken with Mushroom Sauce (RM13), and a deep fried Chicken Chop with Black Pepper Sauce (RM12). I also ordered their Deep Fried Squid (RM12). Service is quick and friendly. The food always arrives at you piping hot. Both the grilled and deep fried chicken come with a side of fries, coleslaw and a fried egg. I ordered mine with sauce on the side. If you don't ask for this, Steven's Corner will serve it to you 'banjir' style.
The grilled chicken was juicy and well seasoned, with a nice char and salty crust from the hot grill. The deep fried chicken chop, too, was fried to perfection. It achieved that oneness of crust and meat. Crunchy golden brown breadcrumbs gave way to hot, moist meat. The sauces, mushroom and black pepper, were thick and salty in a good way. Aunty Lilly claims it's Stevens secret recipe. The sides were okay. Crunchy fries and a sweet, tangy coleslaw complement the sauces and chicken. I have to say I love that they serve a fried egg with the chicken. The squid too came nicely fried with crispy batter and tender meat within. Squeeze some lemon on top for a zing of flavour.
Steven's Western Corner is Western food that Malaysians love. Great tastes at a fraction of the cost of a proper restaurant make them a hot spot almost every night. It is definitely one of the most popular stalls at Uptown Damansara, and with good reason too. It's street-western done right.