Friday, May 29, 2015

Jargon @ Menara Standard Chartered

A cool menu & a cheerful team make this confident cafe potentially worth checking out for folks working in the city centre.

Come for the sunshine, stay for the stuffed peppers; Jargon's speciality is Bulgarian-inspired baked bell peppers, bursting with rice & morsels of lamb & veggies (RM17). It's the ideal introduction to a selection that's sprinkled with European flourishes, from Greek-style moussaka to Italian-inflected fusilli pasta to French baguette sandwiches to straight-up British fish & chips.

Everything we tried seemed well-priced & well-prepared: Balkan-spiced, tangy-savoury chicken broth (RM13), a lamb burger with the works (RM27), a Russian salad of diced potatoes with beef sausage slices, gherkins & carrots in mayo-mustard sauce (RM9), & a thick broccoli soup (RM10). Nicely nourishing enough for a pleasant hour-long escape from the office cubicles.

There's Italian illy coffee, but if cocktails are available (Mojitos & Margaritas), order those instead. Note: This visit was in 2014; Jargon's menu might have evolved somewhat since then, but most of the items above should still be offered at similar prices.

Jargon
Ground Floor, Menara Standard Chartered, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. 
Mon-Fri, 8am-7pm; Sat, 10am-7pm. Tel: 03-2110-2313

The Eat Drink KL mobile app is now available, connecting restaurants & customers to promote a positive spirit of community.
Every restaurant on this app rewards users with a 6 percent discount, instantly & conveniently, everyday, all day long. 
In return, users share photos of their experiences at these eateries, creating a new community of restaurant lovers.
For every transaction, RM0.20 will be channelled to a charity of the month.

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Sausages to sambal. Muffins to marshmallows. Peanut butter to mango chutney. Cornflake ice cream to honey aloe yogurt. Lavender-laced lemonades to lychee-&-guava juices.
Eat Drink KL: Small Businesses, Huge Flavours is the first eBook to help customers navigate the diversity of independent F&B entrepreneurs who bake & boil in their own kitchens, offering some of Malaysia's finest, most fascinating food products.
This resource will be continuously updated with new listings: www.eatdrinkkl.publ.com/businesses 
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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Fat Olive @ Dataran Prima

His wine licence might only come in next month, but Chef Enrique Garcia Fernandez - call him by his nickname, Kike (pronounced 'Key-Kay') - is ready to cook; Fat Olive opens this week, helmed by Kike, who hails from northern Spain, & his partner Stacee, a Malaysian former advertising executive who recently returned home after a long stint in Shanghai.

Fat Olive - which specialises in hearty servings of European cooking at lower-than-expected prices - is one of PJ's most photogenic new restaurants, filled with hazel-toned acacia wood furniture & fronted by a spiral staircase that leads up to a baking kitchen. It currently opens 10am-6pm everyday (but call first to confirm), offering hot meals throughout operating hours.

 Fat Olive serves only set meals this week; RM30 nett will buy you a lot - a soup of the day (possibly pumpkin, with enjoyably crunchy garlic croutons), Caesar salad, chewy sourdough bread, plus a main course (try the buttered soft-shell crab, heaped on creamy risotto with crab meat, fish roe, green onions & parmesan cheese) & dessert (ask for the rich chocolate terrine with a mellow strawberry sauce). It bears repeating - all that for only RM30 nett (for now), sufficient for two light eaters to share.

Other sets cost RM28-RM38, with main course options such as pan-fried Norwegian salmon with green pea risotto & butter soy sauce, Australian beef medallions with mashed potatoes & red wine sauce, roasted spring chicken with sauteed potatoes & mushrooms, & seafood spaghetti with spicy semi-dried tomato sauce. Coffee is available, made with Colombian beans.

 Fat Olive's a la carte menu should kick in sometime in early June; expect the likes of pork ribs & perhaps some tapas too.

Fat Olive Food Garage
B-G-17, Menara Prima, Jalan PJU 1/39, Dataran Prima, Petaling Jaya. Tel: 03-7887-5068

The Eat Drink KL mobile app is now available, connecting restaurants & customers to promote a positive spirit of community.
Every restaurant on this app rewards users with a 6 percent discount, instantly & conveniently, everyday, all day long. 
In return, users share photos of their experiences at these eateries, creating a new community of restaurant lovers.
For every transaction, RM0.20 will be channelled to a charity of the month.

Stay up to date: The Eat Drink KL newsletter is sent by email to subscribers every Monday; it's the Klang Valley's foremost weekly round-up of new restaurant openings, F&B promotions & other tasty tidbits.
Subscribe to Eat Drink KL Weekly for free via this following link: 
Note to subscribers on Gmail: The newsletter will be in the Promotions folder of your inbox.

Check out the latest edition of Eat Drink KL: 100 Favourites, with 100 recommended restaurants for May-August 2015. This eBook is available to read or download at this link: http://eatdrinkkl.cld.bz/2015 


Sausages to sambal. Muffins to marshmallows. Peanut butter to mango chutney. Cornflake ice cream to honey aloe yogurt. Lavender-laced lemonades to lychee-&-guava juices.
Eat Drink KL: Small Businesses, Huge Flavours is the first eBook to help customers navigate the diversity of independent F&B entrepreneurs who bake & boil in their own kitchens, offering some of Malaysia's finest, most fascinating food products.
This resource will be continuously updated with new listings: www.eatdrinkkl.publ.com/businesses 
Check out EAT DRINK, a new F&B website jointly run by The Expat Group (TEG) & Eat Drink KL. This website features all of our up-to-date reviews, plus exclusive weekly articles & a searchable database on restaurants in KL & Selangor: EatDrink.my

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Bisque Cafe @ Damansara Perdana

Look for the red entrance - it's your passageway into Bisque, not only a paradise of cakes but a haven for hearty hot meals, fulfilling a long-nurtured aspiration by founder Juliana to open her own cafe in collaboration with her brother & close friends.

Bisque's team has crafted a thoughtful & tantalising menu that represents the kind of food they love - expect interesting items like poutine (RM26); Bisque's interpretation of Quebec's best-known recipe is pure comfort fare, comprising fluffy-fresh fries heaped with beautifully tender, three-hour-braised beef striploin & sauteed mushrooms, soaked in warm, savoury gravy & sprinkled with slivers of mozzarella cheese, evoking a 1 Utama mall kiosk snack that Juliana recalls from her younger years.

Of Bisque's three temptingly distinctive pastas, we couldn't resist the fettuccine tossed with mushrooms in browned butter sauce, topped with pan-grilled, 24-hour-brined chicken breast & crispy spinach (RM26). Other customers might be more seduced by spaghetti with seared duck & tomato confit in red pepper pesto (RM22) or spaghetti with fried shrimp in sambal & olive oil (RM22); Bisque showers significant care on how everything from its meat to kitchen-made sauces is prepared.

Want waffles? Bisque whips 'em up at budget-conscious prices - this savoury-&-sweet combo with fried chicken, syrup & cream (eat everything together for best results) clocks in at RM12. Waffles with macerated strawberries & a Belgian chocolate drizzle cost RM10, caramelised bananas & peanut butter are RM9, while salted butter & syrup are RM6. If you're determined to cut calories, Bisque is not the place for you - there's not even a salad on the menu, but that's fine; we weren't craving one.

Juliana likes pancakes, but she was keen to offer a less run-of-the-mill variety; after lots of research & a long search for a proper cast-iron pan, she's come up with Bisque's take on the Danish aebleskivers - light, sphere-shaped pancakes served piping-hot with a filling of Morello cherry preserve & sides of vanilla dipping sauce & sliced watermelon - an enjoyable treat that two can share for RM12. Hoping to pop a few more cherries? Check out the cherry crumble, complemented with ice cream.

Before this cafe opened, Bisque was best known as an online supplier of whole cakes. One of the brilliant facets of this new cafe is that it offers petite versions of those unique cakes - ideal for those of us who never order entire seven-inch cakes but would be happy with a slice. Bisque even goes a step further; instead of typical slices, it serves individual layered mini-cakes - the golden Lagenda (gula melaka cake with pandan, coconut cream frosting & honey sprinkles), Maverick Mint (Valrhona choc cake with mint frosting), The Elvis (banana cake with peanut butter, raspberry jelly & salted maple syrup beef bacon) & much, much more, from Creamy Cookies to Crusted Caramel to Butterscotch Bliss - too many highlights, too little stomach space.

Bisque has an easy-going vibe - take a table at the shaded alfresco area (note: no air-conditioned seating is available, but that's OK; we were here for lunch & it was never uncomfortable) & linger over a slice of the Michelangelo (a creamy-crispy work of chocolate-hazelnut art), a Belgian choc brownie, a luscious mint panna cotta or a truly heavenly banoffee tart, accompanied by an espresso (the beans hail from PJ's Roast & Grind). Many thanks to Bisque for warmly hosting our visit.

We're really happy to welcome Bisque as a new featured outlet on the Eat Drink KL mobile app. Customers can use this app to enjoy an instant 6 percent discount off their receipt at Bisque at any time. For every transaction made through the app, EDKL will channel at least 20 sen contributed by Bisque to a charity of the month (the Dignity For Children foundation in March-May).

Bisque Cafe
Emerald Plaza North, Jalan PJU8/3A,  Damansara Perdana, Petaling Jaya
Open Tuesday-Sunday, 12pm-10pm. Tel: 03-7731-8740
Parking tip: On weekdays, park inside Emerald Plaza North's building car park. On weekends, park by the street

The Eat Drink KL mobile app is now available, connecting restaurants & customers to promote a positive spirit of community.
Every restaurant on this app rewards users with a 6 percent discount, instantly & conveniently, everyday, all day long. 
In return, users share photos of their experiences at these eateries, creating a new community of restaurant lovers.
For every transaction, RM0.20 will be channelled to a charity of the month.

Stay up to date: The Eat Drink KL newsletter is sent by email to subscribers every Monday; it's the Klang Valley's foremost weekly round-up of new restaurant openings, F&B promotions & other tasty tidbits.
Subscribe to Eat Drink KL Weekly for free via this following link: 
Note to subscribers on Gmail: The newsletter will be in the Promotions folder of your inbox.

Check out the latest edition of Eat Drink KL: 100 Favourites, with 100 recommended restaurants for May-August 2015. This eBook is available to read or download at this link: http://eatdrinkkl.cld.bz/2015 


Sausages to sambal. Muffins to marshmallows. Peanut butter to mango chutney. Cornflake ice cream to honey aloe yogurt. Lavender-laced lemonades to lychee-&-guava juices.
Eat Drink KL: Small Businesses, Huge Flavours is the first eBook to help customers navigate the diversity of independent F&B entrepreneurs who bake & boil in their own kitchens, offering some of Malaysia's finest, most fascinating food products.
This resource will be continuously updated with new listings: www.eatdrinkkl.publ.com/businesses 
Check out EAT DRINK, a new F&B website jointly run by The Expat Group (TEG) & Eat Drink KL. This website features all of our up-to-date reviews, plus exclusive weekly articles & a searchable database on restaurants in KL & Selangor: EatDrink.my