Friday, July 29, 2016

2016 Menu: D'Legends Bar @ Taman Tun Dr Ismail

Stepping into D Legends on a Sunday evening, some might be surprised to see this bar more than half-full even before 6pm, rollicking with rambunctious peals of laughter. It's clear that multiple throngs of friends have chosen this place to celebrate their weekend together - a testament to the casual magnetism of one of TTDI's most amiable neighbourhood hangouts, now finishing its sixth year with a new lease on life after recently being taken up by Malaysian-Austrian couple Shankar & Susanna.

The setting remains distinctive, with instantly recognisable images of Marilyn, Jimi & Freddie lining the walls, & the service remains winning, but for most customers, the chief reason to head here is if you're seeking cheerful, crowd-pleasing pub grub at fair prices. The current selection is extensive but not intimidating, offering temptations for every preference. If you're into Asian fare, you won't go wrong with the slow-cooked pork belly rendang, tossed with generous helpings of crunchy crackling that make this absolutely addictive (RM23). The kitchen team also deserves a pat on the back for the signature pork satay, chunky & moist (RM23), & the flavourful, egg-crowned Bacon Overload Fried Rice, precisely what its name promises (RM20).

The Western repertoire includes can't-fail favourites like pizza & tortilla wraps, ribs & sausages, but burgers take a notable place of pride, with no fewer than six different varieties, each boasting its own house-made pork, beef, chicken, lamb or vegetarian patty, complemented by toppings that range from guacamole, grilled tomatoes & garlic aioli to peanut butter & strawberry jam, sandwiched in German-inspired bread rolls. The spicy pork packs an uncompromising fieriness, mellowed mildly by lashings of salsa & melted mozzarella; it's a satisfyingly juicy, hearty burger, complete with hand-cut fries (RM23).

Regular specials keep the menu lively - for seven days earlier this month, the pork lasagna was a top draw for RM18, joining an impressively versatile roster of weekly specials that have spanned the likes of Sarawak laksa, Chettinad lamb varuval & a roast beef salad. Every weekend, you'll also find a lunch special for both Saturdays (lamb biryani) & Sundays (fish head curry).

Following through with our precept of pork, pork & more pork for this dinner, we had the chocolate fudge brownie with bacon-tinged whipped cream for dessert, a delicious recipe that'll easily be polished off the plate (RM12). Wash down your meal with a cocktail or two - the Legendary Shadow (RM28) features rum, gin, pineapple juice & blackcurrant juice, while the Lychee Martini (RM28) needs no elaboration - & wine (house pours are RM20 by the glass). We're not beer drinkers, but we hear that D Legends has cultivated a very solid reputation for capably drawn pints & mugs. Many thanks to the team here for having us.

D Legends Bar
24, Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. Mon-Fri, 330-1am; Sat-Sun, 11am-1am. Tel: 03-7733-6270

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TBF @ SetiaWalk, Puchong

When the quintessential dishes of Malaysia & Italy collide, Nasi Lemak Pasta is the inevitable aftermath: TBF recently introduced an enjoyable interpretation of this hybrid recipe (RM18.90), doing justice to both nations with slick strands of pasta coated in a well-balanced sauce that speaks of coconut cream, pandan, ginger & anchovy sambal, accompanied by all the familiar accoutrements of nasi lemak, from hard-boiled eggs & cucumber to peanuts & ikan bilis, plus a boost of poached prawns. A creation capable of satisfying a wide swath of customers - nasi lemak lovers, pasta pursuers & novelty hunters.

Another current highlight is the Jumbo Porkie Platter (RM98), strictly for sharing, showcasing crowd-pleasing components like Spanish pork ribs, pigs in blankets, & siu yok. Our favourite on the platter is the bacon mushroom bombs - battered balls filled with minced pork, lard, shiitake mushrooms cooked with Shaoxing rice wine & button mushrooms wrapped in streaky bacon; we'd happily gobble up more than one of these tasty, textured bombs. The platter comes with a heap of fries & multiple sauces - pineapple chilli, kicap manis chilli, aioli chilli & Dijon mustard - each designed to complement a specific portion of the platter.

If you happen to visit TBF in SetiaWalk, Scott Garden or Sunway Giza, these three branches also boast an extra temptation - Guinness Nutella ice cream, smooth & robust with the nuances of stout (RM12.90 for two scoops with whipping cream, almonds, Oreo crumbs, biscuit flakes & chocolate sauce). At SetiaWalk, customers can linger by the waterways & fountains with TBF's cool classic cocktails - the Old Fashioned is a respectable rendition. Thanks to the TBF team for having us here.

TBF (The Beer Factory)
Main outlets at SetiaWalk in Puchong, Sunway Giza at Kota Damansara & Scott Garden at Old Klang Road

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

87 Restaurant & Bar @ Damansara Uptown

The architects of 87's menu must have a soft spot for pork belly: The kitchen's most interesting offerings include a crispy pork belly burger with garlic sauce (RM18), savoury braised pork belly with egg & roasted root vegetables in a rice bowl (RM12) & siu yok with a black mussel, chicken & egg in curry laksa (RM14). Based on our visit here, it's probably best if you harbour no inhibitions against pork belly at its fattiest/most luscious.

87 Restaurant & Bar
6 Jalan SS21/35 Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Daily, 1130am-1am. Tel: 03-7733-3878

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