To make sure there are plenty of vegetarian options, I called beforehand to enquire and it seemed promising. So off we went to Jalan Telawi 3, and taking Frank down his memory lane (he used to work around there). While browsing the menu, Frank was going “I want this, this and this” (typical) and I had to stop him to warn him about the portion size (quite sizable usually). But for vegetarians out there, you might want to give this place go, plenty of good vego options.
Frank wanted the ‘Smashing Cucumber’. It looked like nothing much but tasted pretty good with hint of sesame and soy, a Japanese twist I suppose. The crunchy and slightly sweet cucumber was very refreshing.
Our last starter was these garlicky, peppery sauteed mushrooms, which came with toasted bread. Frank wasn’t a huge fan but I loved the peppery note. Very moreish.
The token vegetarian got the Pumpkin Ravioli which induced a case of food envy in me. Look at those gigantic handmade ravioli! Each of them filled with fresh, soft pumpkin that is seasoned just right. The butter, cheesy sauce was eye-openingly rich and full of flavours, with hint of deep fried sage to add that herbaceous note. This was so good I wanted to have more. But I was getting quite full at this point and needed the stomach space for my main course.
And luckily I practised some restraint because my braised beef cheeks dish is huge! I wasn’t supposed to be eating red meat (slaps wrist…naughty girl!) but the menu description won me over and I just couldn’t resist… haih. Anyway, the gravy has coffee in it! I’ve always wonder how that would taste like, and turns out coffee complemented beef in a very strange, insteresting way. I guess the slight bitter burnt taste works. The beef cheeks were melt-in-the-mouth tender, amazing. I liked the mash because it wasn’t overly creamy, which was quite necessary for this very rich dish. Loved the beautiful presentation of the dish especially the carved vegetables. So beautiful. I had to admit I couldn’t finish the mash because I was so stuffed.
But we can’t leave without trying their desserts, especially since the new range of desserts looked really interesting. Unfortunately the Goma Macha dessert I was eyeing wasn’t available so I settled for the Pumpkin Panna Cotta, while Frank ordered an Apple Cheese Tart.
At first I was thinking surely this is a bit too big for one dessert? Then we realised they put both on the same plate. Duh me. But we didn’t expect the apple cheese tart to be deconstructed. It’s a decent dessert, but didn’t have the wow factor. I did like the spiced apple and the cream cheese ‘balls’ though.
Frank described this as over-the-top presentation but I felt that was the attraction of the dessert: wow factor. Not only visually pleasing, it was so delicious. The soft pudding has the perfect texture with ever so slight hint of pumpkin. The best thing is that it wasn’t sweet and cloying. So, so good!
I love the attention to details not only in their food, but also their service. Very attentive, quick to refill our glasses without being too disruptive. Love to come back again to try more dishes. We might just make this a monthly thing since they do rotate their desserts. The bill did come up to RM322+ but that was because we also had a few glasses of wine and San Pellegrino. But for food this quality, it’s worth it.
No. 7, Jalan Telawi 3,
59100 Kuala Lumpur
New Opening Hours:
Tue – Thu : 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Fri – Sat : 10:00 am – 12:00 am
Sun : 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Phone 03-2201 3548
Haven’t been cooking much hence the lack of recipes, I do apologise. And by the way here’s a feature of Kyspeaks and Yours Truly on The Malay Mail last week if you missed it. A full article will be published on the 11 Oct.
Watch out for more press coverage! This has sure been an interesting month and hopefully things continue to pick up next month! Do get the Oct Issue of Timeout KL and Marie Claire too *wink*.