Monday, November 12, 2018

Kitchen Haven 28, Taman Bukit Indah

This suburban neighbourhood gem is a sanctuary for soulful, protein-fuelled meals: Comfort food rarely gets more soothing than the braised pork belly, lusciously layered, rounded out with steamed rice and a soft, 63-degree egg, plus a genuinely good vegetable soup that's thick and sweet with tomatoes and carrots (RM22.90).

Charcoal-grilled meat counts among the highlights, headlined by the chicken chop, its smoky, sultry succulence balanced by house-made avocado puree for a twist on typical chicken chops (RM32). The rib-eye steak is fair for its price (200 grams for RM38), but the star of the plate might be the bounty of market-fresh vegetables heaped beneath the beef.

Kitchen Haven 28
28, Jalan Lazat 2, Taman Bukit Indah, 58100 Kuala Lumpur. Open Wednesday-Monday, 11am-11pm. Tel: 03-7972-3621


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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Oenophilia, SS2 Petaling Jaya

PJ's new hidden bar is a genuine oasis in SS2, with a soothing garden-like setting underneath the stars.

Basic house cocktails bear an intriguing pricing system: At 6pm, these cocktails cost RM6 each; at 7pm, it's RM7, rising to RM8 at 8pm and so on, hitting a maximum of RM12. These are limited to simple mixes of vodka or Cognac with blends such as passion fruit syrup, cranberry juice and lychee.

More premium craft cocktails are only available on Wednesday and Friday nights, when a full-fledged mixologist takes the limelight to produce potions like the Jam Sour Monkey (RM35; Monkey Shoulder Scotch, fruit jam, lemon juice, bitters).

True to its name, wine won't be found lacking at Oenophilia; the house pour is a pleasant Chilean red that clocks in at just RM52 per bottle.

The food menu includes Lim Fried Chicken, brought over from the restaurant next door (RM15), as well as crowd-pleasers from Oenophilia's own kitchen, comprising blue cheese pastas (RM19), pigs in blankets (RM19) and reasonably priced cheese platters (RM25).

Oenophilia
48-1, Jalan SS 2/24, SS 2, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Enter through Wine Warehouse downstairs if side entrance is shut.
Open Monday-Saturday, 5am-12am. Tel: 016-389-8859


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Saturday, November 10, 2018

DOU, Damansara Perdana

Its name might sound Chinese, but DOU's horizons are decidedly more far-reaching: Italian and French aspirations are all over the gnocchi with parsnip cream (RM38), risotto with foie gras (RM60) and beef cheeks cooked with red wine, completed with horseradish cream and charred carrots (RM65). The Far East is still somewhat represented by yakiniku-style pork tongue (RM15), but for a heartier porcine temptation, the suckling pig with porcini-and-raisin sauce, ginger butternut squash and burnt leeks exemplifies DOU's fare, which works ideally for patrons who prefer punchy vigour in their food instead of subtle nuances.

DOU
G89, Ground Floor, Tower H, Empire City, Jalan PJU 8/1, Damansara Perdana, 47820 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Open Tuesday-Sunday for dinner. Tel: 017-758-0005

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Macesz Bistro, Budapest, Hungary

Hungarian Jewish dishes take centre stage at this traditional restaurant in Budapest's old Jewish Quarter: Goose up your meal with a lovely ludaskasa - thigh of goose with liver and gizzard on vegetable risotto - and a side of stuffed goose neck on pearl barley. Don't skip dessert - the classic flodni (layered pastry with apples, jam, walnuts and poppy seeds) is worth every calorie.