Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Bibitus @ Changkat Bukit Bintang

Click here for earlier entry on Bibitus (January 14).

Hickory-smoked anchovies with cream cheese & lemon butter sauce on organic rye & molasses toast. Salty, smoky and slimy, but it worked very well as a melt-in-the-mouth pleasure. Wish we could have ordered a dozen of these!

Basil-infused snails with pea puree, tomato glaze & garlic peanut crumble. A visual treat, a veritable symphony of tastes and textures (like virtually everything here).

Organic chicken breast, seared & then baked in a hay, salt & spice crust, served with celeriac truffle pancake, celeriac puree & verjuice glaze. Not as dried out as breast meat tends to be, but carried an earthy taste uncommon in chicken recipes.

Betel leaf-wrapped Angus tenderloin with Savoy cabbage & Indonesian black nut. A knockout platter with Asian influences. I've never seen buah keluak outside of Nyonya outlets, but its creamy texture and olive-like flavour performed magic with the super-succulent beef.

Thyme & honey ice cream. A refreshingly chilled conclusion to a chilled-out evening.

Hickory-smoked chocolate ice cream. A bizarre but breathtaking twist to the typical choc ice cream. Imagine it flavoured with a Tex-Mex BBQ sauce.

Cotes du Rhone, Le Clos du Caillou, Dom. Poulzin-Vacheron.

Bibitus @ Frangipani,
Changkat Bukit Bintang.
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  1. The snail look gross! Having an event there next week. Will get to try some of their offerings! :)

  2. the snails looked like **** which I shall not mention. Hey I'm still trying to perfect my "sean wine shots"... Lol... nice shot!

  3. I love the food at Bibitus. I'm amazed you made it there at lunchtime, Mr Daybreaker.

  4. nice meh.. i didn't like the sunday lunch here. neither did GFAD nor delectable SU.. harrumph! hehe

  5. qwazymonkey: heheh, they probably look better in real life. it seems like a nice, cosy place for events, as long as the group isn't too large =)
    eiling: luckily they don't taste like ****! :D i was just telling a friend last week that i need to think of new ways to photograph wine, haha
    lemongrass: ooh, actually this was dinner ... ergo, "a chilled-out evening." they can serve dinner here (variations of food from frangi's kitchen) if u ask them nicely and if the manager is willing :D
    ciki: hmmm, maybe that's cos it's mainly a buffet spread? do try bibitus for their set lunches or frangi for a la carte dinner, cos they really put lots of care and creativity into the dishes :D

  6. Chilled out evening could mean late afternoon wot. Chis.
    I didn't know they served dinner, though. Is the pricing the same as lunch? (or did I forget to read the fineprint again?)

  7. lemongrass: if it were a long lunch, i'd say "a chilled-out afternoon that lasted until evening." :D but no, i still haven't eaten lunch since the pink sage, weeks ago!
    they prefer not to serve dinner at bibitus actually (they'll request that u dine at frangi instead). but they'll probably indulge u if u insist. it's more expensive than dinner, and the food is served as canapes and as a la carte courses...

  8. so many new places in changkat, how to catch up?

  9. Organic chicken breast! I was just having a conversation with some university researchers today on how battery hens had such huge, ungainly breasts vs. tiny legs, they can barely stand (the hens, not the researchers, I mean).


  10. Now I really wish that I could eat like you :P

  11. babe_kl: tep by step! if u do one every fortnight, u'll have explored all the worthwhile ones by the end of the year. =)
    lfb: that's probably only the tip of the iceberg, rite. we're breeding frankenstein versions of these animals!
    leo: i'm actually, sincerely very thankful that i can. =)

  12. Buah keluak!! It's virtually impossible to hunt these babies down, even in the local wet markets! For their ability to have done so, I think I need to give this a try!

  13. min: yep, there can't possibly be any other western restaurant in malaysia that serves buah keluak! :D

  14. I was tryin to fathom the lunch vs dinenr thingy.. ok ok got it. ;p

    I'm impressed with the food prep here man..its beyond fusion. More like "Yea, lets put together the unimaginable ingredietns & see what turns out!"
    Thank god they turned out right ;p

  15. tng: yup, they take real risks, and the risks seem to pay off! and they revamp their menu every few months too, so it's always worth revisiting :D

  16. whats de diff between frangipani and bibitus i wonder?
    Hickory-smoked chocolate ice cream sounds absolutely divine, cant wait to try it!

  17. augustdiners: frangi is the main restaurant, while bibitus is a wine cellar adjoining the restaurant, but it serves set lunches and sometimes dinner. they're both good :D