Texas Roadhouse Review – Kuwait
It all began on February 17, 1993, when Kent Taylor opened the first Texas Roadhouse in Clarksville, Indiana. Kent’s goal was to own not just a family restaurant and not just a steak restaurant, but a place where everyone, of all ages, could come and have a great meal and great fun for a great price. Though those lines were taken from their story describing the restaurant, we can see that the ‘idea’ has successfully transcended all barriers and found it’s way in Kuwait. The first two things that stand out here is that the place is lively and the staff, friendly. It doesn’t get more American (in a lively friendly way I meant 😀 ) in Kuwait.
This Western themed chain has found a great spot in Avenues phase 3, next to Cheesecake factory. Hand cut, marbled steaks were on display through the window by the entrance and this display begins to churn ‘hunger pangs’. You come here to eat meat, and no better sight that to be greeted by these fine cuts crying out ‘eat me now’! The rustic-country interior is a maze of wooden booths that filled the room with labyrinth precision.
We were seated pretty quickly and our server was very friendly and knowledgeable. He (think his name is ‘Jinn’) knew the menu, food and offered suggestions. But we were chasing burgers all over Kuwait,(Burger hunt) trying to find the best one so were fixed on what we wanted. Even before we got time to glance through their interestingly picturesque menu, we were served with a basket of fresh baked butter rolls and their popular ‘all you can eat’ peanuts. Fyi, at TRH you are encouraged to throw the peanut shells on the floor 😆
We had ordered their Smokehouse Burger (Kd 4.550) which is a mammoth 8 Oz of fresh ground chuck, sauteed button mushrooms, onions, topped with their home made BBQ sauce, American and jack cheese served in their own seeded white. The burger came with fries which were big and pillowy, they were seasoned nicely, had a firm crisp outside and a soft inside. Our medium well patty was seasoned well and had a nice sear of the outside. The meat was flavorful and juicy. The anticipated flavors of the American and jack cheese was lost among the other elements, especially the mushrooms. As a word of caution, do consider relaxing your jaw muscles before you order this ‘meal’. Though it certainly does more than filling your stomach and is good, its not great! However, their Jalapeno Burger (Kd 4.750) with crispy fried jalapeno and spicy mayo, lettuce tomato and onion had an interesting explosion of flavors. The crispy fried jalapenos and the spicy mayo added that much needed zing to every bite. Their Southern Fried Fish (Kd 4.250) is a lightly breaded, deep fried dory fish served with creole mustard sauce. It came with the Garden Salad and Mash Potato with white gravy on the side. We liked this dish. For drinks we got the Strawberry Cowboy Cooler (Kd 1.750).
After the generous portioned entrees, and the house made, squishy-hot dinner rolls, we had no room for dessert. The rolls were so good, I had to move the basket out of arm’s reach. Like the cheddar bay biscuits at Red Lobster, these buttery rolls linger and are legendary, especially served hot from the oven with cinnamon spiked butter spread.
Ratings – Ambiance – 7/10, Service -9/10, Menu – 7/10, Food – 7/10, Consistency – 7/10, Value for Money – 7/10
Overall – Don’t think it gets more American (with flavor, friendly & food) in Kuwait. Definitely a place for all carnivores.