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There’s a little story on how we discovered Secrets of Louisiana:

So Haze was having some sort of withdrawal symptoms from not having had beef for too long, and we decided that dinner was gonna involve red meat.

Our first choice wasn’t exactly my first choice – Las Vacas, wasn’t exactly my favorite, and this only because it is an NFC restaurant. (got my info mixed up, thank you ZinZan) Well, it was closed (Monday I think)

We then drove Atria area and checked out Carnaval Brazilian Buffet, thinking that they might have ala carte. Nope, they didn’t, and I wasn’t prepared to stuff myself with assorted beef, so we got on the car to brace the traffic again.

Half an hour or so later we arrived at Plaza Kelana Jaya, after having read Eat Drink KL’s entry on Manhattan Steak House blog post and wanted to give it a try. Unfortunately, that establishment closed down for good.

Secrets of Louisiana, one of the best sunset views
Secrets of Louisiana, one of the best sunset views

Just as we gave up the whole idea of having red meat for dinner and started walking down on the stairway at Plaza Kelana Jaya, we passed by Secrets of Louisiana. Since there was no way we were going to go into the car again, we took a table and sat in.

Luckily, the evening ended up better than expected.

Secrets of Louisiana, and generally restaurants at Plaza Kelana Jaya, offers a great sunset view by the lake. This is especially true if you refrain yourself from examining the cleanliness of the pond. There’s usually a gentle breeze too, a bit of a faux seaside experience if you will. I quite like it.

sirloin steak and mussels
garlic fest tenderloin and black mussel pot

The waiter who served us acted professional despite being obviously not from Louisiana or even Malaysia, a sign that management actually put an effort into providing an American dining experience of sort. A change from the usual.

We started off with black mussel pot (RM 26.90). The seafood was decent, the buttery broth paired quite with the garlic bread came with the dish.

Haze ordered the Garlic Fest Tenderloin (RM 42.90) and had it prepared rare. I took a little bite, and while it wasn’t the best beef I’ve had, it was certainly much better than average and at least as much as what they charge for it. True to cajun style cooking, the marinate was quite strong, but anyone who loves garlic would find the taste welcoming.

rack of lamb was fantastic
rack of lamb was fantastic

Since they actually only had one piece of tenderloin left that evening (just our luck), I opted for the rack of lamb (RM 42.90) simply based on how good it looked on their menu.

Three pieces of pretty good size NZ lamb rack with cajun seasoning and honey mustard sauce was served after less than half an hour. It was delicious, and certainly brought back some memory of my only short vacation to Louisiana many years ago when I was a college student in the States. Good stuff, I recommend it.

KY & Haze, finally had what we wanted
KY & Haze, finally had what we wanted

Secrets of Louisiana turned out to be a place worth visiting, other than lamb and steak, they serve rice, pasta, pizza, chicken, seafood, and even a set lunch menu under RM 20. Will go back there again one of these days.

map to Secrets of Louisiana

Secrets of Louisiana
Block D-01-01,
Jalan SS7/13A,
Plaza Kelana Jaya, @ The Lake
Petaling Jaya 47301
GPS: 3.09634, 101.59800
Tel: 03 – 7875 5230

Discuss : KY eats – Secrets of Louisiana, Kelana Jaya

  1. Perhaps I should drop by and try one day.
    Thanks for sharing – the sunset view is a plus point! 🙂

  2. Michelle

    is this near where taylors is?

  3. Totally recommended. I’ve been there twice, and twice I had a superb meal and great view!

  4. i think the moral of this story is, never give up! whether you’re being chased by flesh-eating zombies or looking for an elusive good steak, don’t give up, cos there might still be a happy ending waiting for you if you persevere 😀

  5. The rack of lamb does look good! Very well prepared indeed.

  6. Suertes

    Why not just go to The Ship? It’s old school, but I think not bad at all.

    • Suertes: haven’t been there for ages, and never really liked it that much hehe

  7. under RM20?! What a steal.. gonna mk Jo take me asap!

  8. KY, you are mistaken for Las Vacas to Meatworks. Las Vacas is not related to NFC, its meatworks that is owned by NFC. I personally detest going to Meatworks but i consider Las Vacas a tad expensive but serves good quality beef.

  9. You didn’t miss much with Manhattan. They claimed to serve the best steak in Klang Valley, according to some magazine somewhere, but nah… not really surprised they closed down.

    I think Louisiana is the best restaurant along that stretch. What I like best is their gumbo and jambalaya. Really interesting stuff and not so easy to find. 🙂

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