Let the good times roll @ Good Ol’ Happy Days!
Let the good times roll @ Good Ol’ Happy Days!
“Sunday, Monday, Happy Days, Tuesday, Wednesday, Happy Days, Thursday, Friday, Happy Days, Saturday, what a day, Rockin all week with you…”
Ah. I found myself singing that tune in my head as I made my way down to Good Ol’ Happy Days Diner & Bar in Taipan, Subang Jaya. It was easy to spot, proudly standing on the corner of Jalan USJ 10/1F, with neon lights, and a snazzy Mustang as its crowning glory.
It took awhile to adjust to the pink and blue neon lights that gave the place a real diner feel. Once my eyes focused, I realized the space was quite large. Based loosely on the hit TV series “Happy Days”, you’ll find memorabilia and pictures from an era long gone but not forgotten. Custom made tables and chairs dotted the checkered floor, and sleek booths added to the authentic American diner feel.
With a well stocked bar and Monday night patrons tucking into their dinners, they seemed to have gotten the atmosphere just right.
“Rock’n’roll with all my friends…Hopin’ the music never ends…”
We were greeted by the Kitchen Manager of Good Ol’ Happy Days. His name is Irwan Shah, and he comes with extensive experience in the American Diner scene. He led us up past the lounge area, and to the balcony area. Private and cozy, all that was missing was a pool table!
Terry (Red FM Drive), Kah Wai (photographer) and I settled down and relaxed to the rock & roll music in the background. Shortly after, our food arrived.
From the Appetizers section, we tried the Combo Sampler (RM39.90).
This combined pretty much all the appetizers on the menu onto one plate. We had the Hot Buffalo Wings, Calamari Rings, Crispy Potato Skins, Fried Mozzarella Cheese served with Celery sticks, with Marinara Sauce, Blue Cheese Dressing, and Honey Mustard Sauce served on the side. A great plate for sharing and a great way to taste a little bit of everything.
We moved on to the Jambalaya’s Hank Williams Mushroom Soup (RM9.90).
I really liked this homemade soup, with chunks of fresh mushroom, served rich & creamy.
If you want to start off with something green, the Martha & the Vandellas BBQ Chicken Salad (RM25.90) is the way to go.
A sizeable chicken breast drenched in BBQ sauce, sitting proudly atop a mixed green salad. Hidden amongst the leaves are tomato wedges and mixed cheeses served with house BBQ dressing & crispy Vinaigrette.
For mains, we sampled three of the favourites.
First up, the Nat “King” Cole Double Barrel Lamb Rack (RM44.90).
Grilled Lamb Rack topped with rosemary sauce, served with cheddar mash, corn on the cob and roasted veggies. In the words of Nat King Cole – “Unforgettable…”
Next up, the Chuck Berry – Lobster Combo Paradise (89.90).
Mmm. I adored this delicious combo of half lobster with grilled chicken and grilled striploin. The lobster was fresh and succulent, baked in a tangy marinara sauce with grilled cheese.
It was all topped off with crispy bacon, roasted veggies, and a side of corn on cob and steak fries.
Our third main course was a request from Terry, because he needed more ‘meat’. Especially for him, the James Brown Texan Ribeye (RM49.90) was produced, and served with corn on cob, cheddar mash and roasted veggies.
I must say that the portions are very large.
If you’ve got a small appetite, I recommend sharing a main course between two.
However, if you’re like Terry, then please feel free to order more than one!
Good Ol’ Happy days also serves Breaded and Fried dishes like Brenda Lee’s Seafood platter, Erin Ross Shrimp on Rock and Miracles Ol’ Fish and Chips. We decided against trying the Sandwiches as after those monster main courses, we were pretty full. I can’t say I wasn’t tempted though. The Ben E King Chicken BLT and the Sensations BBQ Beef Steak Sandwich sounded quite appealing…
Instead, we opted for yet another house specialty, the Ron Howard Happy Days Burger (RM32.90).
This was a thick, homemade beef patty covered in hot sauce, topped with blue cheese dressing, onion rings, grilled cheese, mushrooms, gherkins, the works! All this sandwiched between two warm toasted buns. Good luck trying to open your mouth wide enough!
If that wasn’t enough, Irwan suggested we try their pizza! You can choose from 6 different styles, like the Ricky Nelson Cheese Steak and the Supremes Pepperoni Delight. It was a communal decision to skip the pizza for fear of exploding, and try a lighter pasta dish. It was a tough choice, what with the Chubby Checker Seafood Marinara and the Johnny Cash Creamy Mushroom & Chicken in the list. In the end, it was Terry who decided on the Marion Ross Cajun Shrimp (RM 26.90).
Apparently, it’s Marion Cunningham’s Grandma’s secret recipe. A generous portion of Linguine sautéed with garlic, onion, basil and chili flakes, topped with a whole load of Cajun shrimp.
With our appetites suitable sated, we still managed to find a little space for dessert. Of course! It would be sacrilege to miss out on Fonzie’s Happy Days Sundae.
And who could resist Rich Richie Valens Ice Cream Pie, with homemade crust and unique blend of ice cream.
So, there you have it. An authentic American Diner in the heart of USJ. They’ve got an awesome team that will tend to your every need.
You’ll find yourself bopping along to awesome music, filling up on hearty food, and even having a chance to kiss ‘The Fonz’.
Or, in Terry’s case, be engulfed by him!
Yes at Good Ol’ Happy Days Diner & Bar, you will feel right at home. Let the good times roll!
“These Happy Days are yours and mine (oh Happy Days), these Happy Days are yours and mine, Happy Days…”
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Good Ol’ Happy Days Diner & Bar
55A, Ground Floor,
Taipan, Subang Jaya,
47620 UEP Subang Jaya
Tel: +603 80237229