Lesson learned recently.

NEVER bite more than you can chew.

I went to Frontera Bar and Grill recently based on recommendation by Derek, a close friend of mine. He’s a foodie … not the blogging sort but the eating type i.e. he’d travel to the end of the world if there’s good food there. And if he tells me there’s good food, I would believe him.

And incidentally, his recommendation came as a challenge or at least that’s what I felt! His exact words were “if you like spicy food, you have to try this place!”. And I was like …. “aww .. no amount of spiciness can take me down … not Timothy !”. And that was it. I made up my mind that I must try out Frontera.

And I did.

Went with my family and hunted for Frontera which is located in Jaya One, Petaling Jaya. If you’ve never been to Jaya One, just check out the map below. Jaya One has over 30 food outlets …. yup, 32 … to be exact. So NEVER complain there’s no place to bring your date for a dinner date.

So I visited Frontera … and the place does look a little Mexicana …. well, not that I’ve been to Mexico .. guess it’s just the feel. Only thing is they played pop music and not La Caracucha. Anyway, I made my order to the friendly waiter and guess what … I ordered the most spicy item in the menu.


Camarones Chipotle. It’s Jumbo marinated prawns sauteed in fresh garlic, lime and chipotle chilies. Served with Mexican rice and fresh vegetables.

I asked if this IS the spiciest item on the menu, the waiter just smiled and ask me not to worry. I will be satisfied. Curious. So I waited. And waited.


My food arrived on my table and I looked at it. Harmless. The ‘Mexican rice’ looks a little brownish, otherwise smells fine. And the prawns …. was just plain prawn. Next, the waiter brought a little plate with a single piece of chili. A fat, short chili. And I was like …huh, that’s it? The waiter explained that this is Habanero Chili … so I went like .. ok. So I started on my dish and cut a small piece of the Habanero Chili … a very, very tiny piece …. and put it into my mouth.

Then came the explosive effect. It started very slowly … the burning effect …. and it grew, and grew. I swallowed it in a gulp but somehow the spicy feel stayed in my mouth. I tried to cover the spiciness with the rice, no effect as the rice is spicy on it’s own! I downed a glass of water, and asked for another. Still burning ! I started perspiring …. drops of sweat trickled down my face …. Then came the effect in my stomach … a little pain appeared, I rushed to the toilet but the pain went off.


Finally and eventually, the feeling went away. And gosh …. I don’t think I will ever try another piece of Habanero Chili. Phew !

Besides burning sensations, Frontera is also building a reputation as the restaurant with bar that serves the best margarita cocktails in PJ and KL. They hosts the only bar in the two cities where you can indulge in a margarita prepared with the legendary Sauza Hornitos Reposado. Now that’s prime tequila made from 100% blue agave and aged in white oak barrels for 150 days for a smooth and mellow flavor with virtually no burn.

Here’s the address if you like to try on a piece of the Habanero Chili ….

Frontera Bar and Grill
Palm Square at Jaya One
Corner of Jalan Universiti and Jalan 13/6,
Petaling Jaya.
Phone 603 7958 8515.
Fax 603 7958 8125.

  1. J2Kfm Said,

    hahaha … so funny.
    so did you finish the whole plate then?
    habanero – a force to be reckoned with? 🙂

    J2Kfm’s last blog post..Of Nine Emperor Gods Festival, Curry Noodles & Pancakes, Anyone?


  2. Chin Said,

    My son will love this place. He will sure to take the ‘Habanero’ challenge. Have been talking abt this chili on and off. Not to take away anything form the food. Very Spanishy. Try these kind of food in Manila and London but never in Malaysia. Have enjoyed your pictures everytime.

    Chin’s last blog post..Sin Yoon Loong, Ipoh


  3. Simon Seow Said,

    Still haven’t explore Jaya One yet since they open. Sigh. I’m so slow.

    Simon Seow’s last blog post..Eagle Eye and House Bunny


  4. jason Said,

    That looked like jalapeno chilli… my friend told me that it’s South America’s hottest chilli. Shal keep that in mind (to avoid it!) 😛

    jason’s last blog post..Dong Bei


  5. Timothy Said,

    J2Kfm, no I finally didn’t finish my food as it is just too much for me. If i hadn’t tried the Habanero Chili, I would’ve finish my food.

    Chin, yup … get your son to try this out. It’s an experience of a life time.

    Simon, there’s 32 restaurants there. Take your time.

    Jason, Jalapeno … I haven’t tried before too … but rest assured, I will not try another !


  6. mimid3vils Said,

    I’ll keep in my mind don’t try this hot little thing =.=”

    mimid3vils’s last blog post..Kissaten


  7. Larry Said,


    I’m very sorry to hear about your experience with the habanero. We do try to warn our customers that the habanero is not jusr “pedas”, but “pedas gila”.

    Please stop by again and look for me when you come, It would be my pleasure to give you a proper introduction to Mexican and Tex-Mex food.

    Hasta Luego,


    iniemailgue Reply:


    Little input for you (are you the guy that sit in the corner booth with your laptop?) please advice your philipinos waiter to listen to what the customer say before giving his response. I like the food, but too bad you guys don’t have any guacamole…. Also, I was gonna try your beef enciladas, but after I ordered, your waiter told me that beef enciladas not ready, it was around 6 pm when I ordered….??????
    Anyway, food taste nice, we had chilies, jalapenos, fajitas and burritos (to replace beef enciladas).
    You know, I was expecting that you guys gonna have my favourite Menudos soup, it would just remind me of the time I spent with my carnal down by the south border.


  8. Larry Said,

    For the rest of you, the chili above is indeed the habanero and when used in small amounts it has a wonderful taste.

    We also have fresh imported jalapenos and a selection of over 10 other chilies (mostly dried) that are used in the cooking at Frontera.


  9. xin Said,

    how about the price? but hey the chili looks totally innocent


  10. Timothy Low Said,

    mimid3vils, well … as a foodie you must try. At least you get to tell the world you’ve tried some of the world’s most spiciest chili.

    Larry, thank you very much for your offer. I shall pop by again soon enough with my ‘foodie’ friend Derek.

    Xin, price is ok. I am not complaining … and looks might be deceiving !

    Timothy Low’s last blog post..Frontera Bar & Grill


  11. Claire Said,

    Oh DEAR!! Sounds so spicy.. thou I eat chili padi, but I doubt I can take this after what you wrote.. I have just recommended this place to a very goodfren of mine since she enjoy eating spicy food.. and the atmosphere looks good..

    Never knew London has such spicy food too.. cos they cant really take spiciness haha..


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  14. Nate Said,

    LOUSY service, what a let-down!


  15. dave Said,

    just to let you know, a friend of mine had the chili and had a major stomache upset, plus the food SUCKED big time , the owner talks big but i guess he cant deliver .


  16. Vanessa Said,

    I completely agree with iniemailgue. I have to give credit to the food there. But the service will not drive me to go back. My experience, I asked for some recommendations but the waitress didn’t give me any option that fitted my description. My requirements were simple. I asked for a choice that was medium spicy with boneless meat but she recommended chicken fingers for a main course. I would have asked her to get the owners recommendation but he had a cold presentation of himself.

    At the end I had the ribs which were pretty good, but I rather patronize a place with good service and mediocre food instead of a place with good food and bad service.


  17. Carolina Mefando Said,

    me too..i had a horrible stomache ache after i had the chilli con carne. and it tasted like reheated food..
    never going back ever!


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