frontera

Frontera Bar & Grill is located at Jaya One and serves authentic Tex-Mex fare. I was invited by Larry to sample his repertoire of culinary delights and went there for lunch with my girlfriend in tow. Frontera Bar & Grill is open from 12 pm till late and serves premium tequila with Patron being the flagship brand of the place.

interior

The interior of Frontera Bar & Grill has a distinct Mexican theme with agave plants, pictures of person(s) of Latin American descent, and sarapes hanging from the ceiling. The colorful pieces of fabric adds a lot of ambiance to the place, as does the Mexican gangsta rap music emanating from the speakers as we walked into the eating establishment. ;)

chips salsa

The friendly waiter informed us that Larry was on his way and served us some Chips & Salsa while we were waiting. The salsa is homemade with fresh Jalapenos and serves as a great dip for the chips. I love scooping up the salsa with the nachos, it makes for a fun snack and we were famished from not eating the entire day (due to waking up a scant hour before, nursing a hangover).

horny margarita

It is said that the best cure for a hangover is more alcohol and thus, we had the Horny Margarita. It’s made with Sauza tequila (100% agave tequila) and derives its name from the Hornitos label. Larry arrived soon after that and settled down once the introductions have been made. It was great to meet up with him again. I’ve known him for ages and I’m glad that he’s finally made it to the big leagues.

taquitos

This is the Taquitos de Pollo. It’s an appetizer made with Frontera chicken wrapped in corn tortillas and served with salsa verde (green sauce) and sour cream. The Frontera chicken is submersed in their special chili marinade before baking and it came out juicy and creamy. The contrast between the tender chicken and the crispy tortilla skin creates an interesting texture in the mouth. The salsa verde and sour cream sauce also serves as a good antidote for the Habanero chili challenge I took on. ;)

enchiladas

I had the Beef Enchiladas, which Larry recommended. It’s made with New Mexico Red chili sauce and topped with cheese. The beef is specially ordered with just the right amount of lean meat vs fat ratio and it’s so tender it almost melts in the mouth. The chili used in the dish had to be imported in as well. I love this dish. I rate this the best of the Frontera menu.

chimichanga

Doris had the Chicken Chimichanga which is a huge wrap of chicken served with a side of frijoles refritos (Refried beans) and Mexican rice. The Chicken Chimichanga is topped with melted cheese and the refried beans and Mexican rice on the side makes it a very filling dish. Frontera doesn’t skimp on the chicken too, the wrap is chock full of chicken pieces.

cheeseburger

We also got a chance to sample the new menu, affectionately dubbed “Gringo Fare” by Larry. This is the Frontera Cheese Burger which is served with fries sprinkled with Frontera’s chili peppers. The cheese burger is huge and comes with a lot of cheese – a perfect cheeseburger. It still maintains the Tex-Mex influence from the flavored fries and the beef patty is juicy and delicious.

chicken sandwich

The next item in the yet-to-be-released new “Gringo Fare” menu is the Frontera Chicken Sandwich with Jalapeno Coleslaw. I reckon it shouldn’t be called a chicken sandwich – the lean chicken cut inside the bun is so enormous, it should be a main dish in its own right! My girlfriend really liked this one, the chicken is tender and juicy and the Jalapeno coleslaw stays true to Frontera’s Tex-Mex roots.

agave margarita

The huge meal was washed down with Frontera’s Agave Margarita, which is made with agave syrup instead of sugar syrup. The difference between a pure agave margarita made with agave syrup is surprisingly distinctive from one made with sugar syrup. It doesn’t really hit you until after a while too, and Frontera serves their margaritas with a full US shot (as in 45 ml) instead of the UK definition of a “shot” (25 ml) which most pubs use.

Behind the Scenes

dried chilis

Dried Chili
Ancho
New Mexico Red
Guajillo
Chili de Arbol
Pasilla
Chipotle Morita

fresh chilis

Fresh Chili
Habanero
Jalapeno

Interesting fact: Frontera means border or frontier in Spanish.

jaya one

Frontera Bar & Grill
No. 18-8-2 Block L,
Palm Square, Jaya One
Jalan University, Petaling Jaya.
T +603 7958 8515
F +603 7958 8125

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48 Responses to “Frontera Bar & Grill @ Jaya One”

  1. Been there before. It was only so-so experience in terms of food taste but service was good.
    Went there for novelty but came out dissapointed. Had the Chimichanga and Enchiladas. The sides that came with it was dissapointing.
    The olive green paste thingy tasted like boiled green beans that was mashed and seasoned with only salt. Even the rice was found wanting. Soggy slightly spicy rice.
    The only saving grace was the main itself but i guess the sides that came with it totally turn me off and ruin the experience.
    If i were to go there again, i’ll skip the sides that came with it and request for fries as side instead.

  2. Dude…
    Are you in town..?
    Wanna catch up?
    mail me
    Richard

  3. Over here at kch we got One Jaya opening soon at Jalan Song.
    p/s: Now I know where they got their name ;p

  4. so hungry now ok!!!!

  5. wow, the food sure dose looks good…
    will wanna go try it out someday @__@

  6. I thought for a while, how can I miss this place in SIBU if it’s in Sibu? how come I never know such a nice place exists in SIBU? … only towards the end I regretted reading this post. You made me drool :(

  7. Dude, did’nt know you like Mexican food. In California it big because of early history of California used to belonged to Mexico. Like very much you sharing many things of Malaysia to all bloggers.
    I like the burritos which I get across the street from my work.

  8. Grew up on Tex Mex food or known in States Amer.Mex food. All schools serve it for lunchs and kids love it. Learning Spainish for 2 years was fun. How their Tequila Sunrise? My friend who is Mexican taught everyone how to tamales.
    Happy you are so multi cultures just like in America. Does Malaysia have Taco Bell?

  9. Learning more of Malaysia from your blog. Here in states Chili restaurants and Chevy are big for Tex Mex food. Do you have it too?

  10. Wow, I didn’t even know this place existed eventhough I’ve been to Jaya1 a few times. Gotta give it a try someday. I wonder whether does the Horny Margarita makes one horny after that?!! Lol

  11. What else you enjoy eating? Got Tex Mex foods all over and real Mexican food too. Only no real place for Malaysian food. Your roti john and laska entries look so good.

  12. Sometime certain restaurant is fine for some people. I have been to other Tex Mex place but my girlfriend not into it. Glad Dude Man HB like Tex Mex. For me I cook all kind food at home Tex Mex and real Mexican food too.

  13. the place really look nice…so do the food..from your picture..i can imagine the price of the food there..

  14. I love Mexican food! I live on Enchiladas Poblanas at this one Mexican place – “El Loro”…. I could just live on the Free Chips and the delectable sauces – they give you a homemade salsa and also some white cheese sauce thing that is not entirely nacho… Hmmm more piccies of food please! :-)

  15. My favorite has always been fajita. Not sure Frontera serve it. It come in grill beef and chicken and pork. Serve with tortillas with refried bean, sour cream , salsa, guacamole and fresh chopped tomatos with also chopped cilantro.
    Your food entries are so interesting.

  16. Oh Boy! Fajita. Never had it before hey Dude you gotta do an entry on fajita and see how you like it.

  17. TEQUILA SUNRISE
    3 PART TEQUILA
    1 PART GRENADINE SYRUP
    6 PART ORANGE JUICE
    POUR IN HIGH BALL GLASSE WITH ICE.
    THIS IS SERVE IN MANY TEX MEX RESTAURANTS.

  18. the food looks awesome! will go there n try someday. it would be better if u could include the food price :P

  19. That was a great review, I love your blog. The food looked great, and it made me crave Mexican in the worst way. Living in Japan, that makes it all the more frustrating, because restaurants with good Mexican fare here are few and far between!

  20. think of the bright side Victor, you have chance to woo Jap girls..
    Nice review HB!

  21. I actually replied all the comments up to this post earlier today but I accidentally closed the tab. :)
    I’ll reply all the comments tomorrow. I’ve been a little busy this week, reason being – I’m moving to KL permanently to work starting this Friday. :)
    I will be living in the PJ area, so yeah, it’s one full circle for me, back to KL again. Heh!

  22. Ha you rolling stone. I doubt that word KL permanently, anyway all the best to you. Keeping my finger cross won’t be suprise you back to work at KCH one day ;p. Oh ya are doing the same scope of job like you did last time at KL?

  23. anoncoward: I liked the chimichanga, tasted really good to it. Craving for some Tex-Mex now actually.
    The service is good, attentive staff. Thanks for sharing your experience. Cheers!
    Richard Goh: Yeah, I will be in town next week. I’ll email you. :)
    Definately have to catch up, sharing the same…institution, last year. ;)
    I still remember Ah Seng, the cook.
    Roland: Heh! Yeah, I’ve seen the ads for that too. :)
    KY: I wanna go eat at DucKing too. It was packed the day I went there.
    gregorule: Yeah, authentic Tex-Mex right in PJ. :)
    janel: Haha! I was in KL for my sister’s wedding la. :)
    Michale (Mike): Yeah, I saw the Absolut Vodka ads, the controversial ones that shows the US as Mexico. :)
    Erica: I didn’t try the Tequila Sunrise, but it’s gotta be good considering they use premium tequila in their cocktails.
    Malaysia is VERY multi-cultural. :)
    Sally: Yeah, there are a lot of Chili and TGIF franchises here. Not too sure about Chevy though, haven’t seen it around.
    eiling: It’s towards the back, beside a pub and behind a beer garden of sorts. It’s just a couple of doors down from Secret Recipe.
    Hmm…it didn’t make me horny, but I’ve been known to have ED after excessive consumption of alcohol so don’t take my word for it. ;)
    Tina: I eat all sorts of food. :)
    I enjoy trying new stuff. Malaysian food might be a bit tricky to find outside Malaysia since it has so many aspects to it due to cultural influences (we have three major races in Malaysia).
    TNH: It’s not too bad, most of the mains are between RM 15-30. :)
    Skwermy: Definately! Next post will be another food review from Asian Heritage Row. :)
    May: Thanks! I didn’t check the menu – will ask if they serve fajitas there.
    Kylin: Okay, I’ll keep an eye out for it. :)
    Tulip: Cheers!
    I’ve had a lot of tequila sunrises in my life, perhaps too much. :)
    xin: I didn’t look at the menu – the lunch was courtesy of Larry, an old friend. I’ve seen his progress from Sri Hartamas to LOLA Lounge to Jaya One. :)
    Victor: Thanks Victor! :)
    Yeah, like lavenderguy said, you’re compensated with Japanese chicks. ;)
    Reasonable price to pay, that. Heh!
    lavenderguy: Cheers! :)
    Roland: A rolling stone gathers no moss! :)

  24. I tried Frontera last week with my friends for dinner. There was no one there! Only one table and that was us!
    Food – sad to say; ok only..

  25. I’ll definitely go there this week…i’m a big fan of tex mex food.Just curious..do they carry tacos over there? Been hunting for one but could not find any in KL though…

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  27. Lousiest service EVER!!!

  28. wah! ur camera must be rally good coz the place actually doesnt look this nice. the interior is ugly and the service sux. it was so empty. i went there for desert and their brownies was horrible

  29. crappy booze: Ah, it was pretty okay for me though. :)
    Ziera: I can’t remember. T_T
    My memory is not what it used to be. :(
    Sam Sopiee a.k.a. SalsaSam: Okay! 2009 now though. =D
    Nathaniel: Well, ask for Larry, he’s the owner. :)
    cheryl: I had a point and shoot compact then. :)

  30. Been there jus now after reading a review from a magazine. The environment is not nice at all. Took the Chimichanga and Enchililadas. They r not as good as described n both of us couldn’t finish it at all. Requested for sone plain water but they told us that they only serve mineral water which costs rm4.95. Gosh. Only nice thing bout there was the Margaritas. Definitely won’t go back for 2nd time.

  31. Jav: Sorry to hear about your bad experience. It’s just about the only place in town I know that serves authentic Tex Mex. The margaritas are the best – premium tequila. ;)

  32. Been there jus now after reading a review from a magazine. The environment is not nice at all. Took the Chimichanga and Enchililadas. They r not as good as described n both of us couldn’t finish it at all. Requested for sone plain water but they told us that they only serve mineral water which costs rm4.95. Gosh. Only nice thing bout there was the Margaritas. Definitely won’t go back for 2nd time.

  33. Jav: Whoa deja vu. :)
    Sorry to hear about your bad experience. It’s just about the only place in town I know that serves authentic Tex Mex. The margaritas are the best – premium tequila. ;)

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