Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Musa @ Avenue K


Billed as a "fashion cafe," Musa brings a breath of fresh air to Avenue K, which sorely needs more attractive dining options. But it's too soon to tell if this outlet will thrive.


Customers can dine alfresco and watch Jalan Ampang's traffic crawl by, or sit in air-conditioned comfort inside amid a spacious boutique.


The menu is a mishmash of Asian and Western recipes. The smoked salmon with citrus soy dressing wasn't incredibly exciting, but it tasted pretty fresh.


Wild mushroom soup. Very creamy and nicely laced with truffle oil.


Mini beef burger. Skip this; the patty looked juicy but turned out to be leathery.


Malay oxtail soup with rice. Super-spicy, brimming with tender slices of meat.


Baked honey-glazed cod. Can't go wrong with this sweet, succulent fish.


Non-alcoholic Mojito & Lychee Tea. Alas, no booze is available (so far).








Musa Fashion & Cafe,
Avenue K.
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52 comments:

  1. No booze & so-so food? tsk tsk.. ;p

    Btw, who is Musa?? Local ah?

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  2. tng: ah, still early days, so i'm betting that they'll improve. :D dunno why they chose the name 'musa,' but yep, it's definitely owned by malaysians...

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  3. Ah, I guess I could always pop over for the wild mushroom soup during lunch. Something safe...

    Somehow the decor reminds me of 80's plastic kitsch, ala American Psycho... :P

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  4. musa as in the prophet?
    no booze? yawn.... why are burgers springing up everywhere????!!!

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  5. lfb: or u could splurge on their lobster bisque! yeah, i don't mind their decor, though it does border on garish. alas, no christian bale running around though :P
    fbb: ahh, but this is a mini-burger, the absolute opposite of that 12-inch one. too bad it didn't taste better. the explanation for 'musa' is as much a mystery to me as the reason for 'the bee.' both times, i was too shy to ask the staff :D

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  6. how can a journalist be shy to ask the staff? @_@

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  7. lemongrass: i'm a mild-mannered, clark kent-type. besides, those questions would have had nothing to do with work :D

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  8. RE: "lemongrass: i'm a mild-mannered, clark kent-type."

    So, when will the Superman in Sean show up? :D

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  9. lfb: KL got no proper phone booths around la. where u expect me to change :P
    ciki: ya, avoid that burger ... though they have a chicken version that could be better :D

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  10. not sure about the food but I kinda like the deco of this place, nice designer's chairs

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  11. eiling: yeah, it's an interesting look, though i kinda prefer quattro, its next-door neighbor at avenue k.

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  12. Musa really sounds Malay-ish lah... do u think that they will serve alcohol?

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  13. Aiya, but we got so many very convenient public toilet stalls ma... Some of them even have DOORS! :P

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  14. leo: i'm crossing my fingers for wine at least! but ya, u're right, i shouldn't keep my hopes up :D
    lfb: ick! have u seen the state of our public loos? they're only fit for spider-man's evil rat foe, vermin...

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  15. Ah, then maybe not Superman or Spider-Man but Vermin oder Venom? Villains are much cooler than those fuddy-duddy superheroes any day.

    I bet you'd make a first-rate Evil Mastermind Out to Rule the World. Or something liddat lah.

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  16. Oh c'mon Kenny....it's obvious that he's Hannibal Lecter.

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  17. lfb: hmmmm, are u calling me a psychopath?! u will pay dearly for this when i finally discover the cosmic cube and am able to bend time and reality to my whims! :P
    lemongrass: i'd love to eat your liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti :D

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  18. @Lyrical Lemongrass: You mean he looked like Gaspard Uliel when he was a teenager? Wow.

    @Sean: Cosmic Cube? Puh-lease. That is so 1984. :P

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  19. lfb: hmmmm, that was the golden era of comic book fiction after all. i tried picking up an issue of x-men last year, and ended up flicking through each page unenthusiastically

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  20. X-what? Yeah, I gave it up ages ago. I think the death knell came when multiple covers and collecting/speculation came into play. :(

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  21. lfb: i actually have a massive mutant collection that i'd love to dispose of, for the right price. nearly complete sets of x-men, x-factor, etc up to a point. if you ever know anyone who might be interested, point him in my direction, gracias :D

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  22. It would be my pleasure. After I dispose of MY massive mutant collection with nearly complete sets of x-men, x-factor, etc., of course. :D

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  23. lfb: i've got two words that we both should contemplate: flea market! :P

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  24. There's one good one in Amcorp Mall. Any others? :D

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  25. ooh eatdrinkkl has become a flea market forum! ^_^ can i sell some of my old handbags here too??

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  26. lfb: grrrr. i hate to think of my collection gathering dust back in my family home. wish i could find it a nice new owner =)
    lemongrass: old handbags should never be sold off, cos they might come back into fashion someday! :P

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  27. Well, I actually do read my old X-comics from time to time, and also my graphic novels... On second thoughts, I dun think I can bare to be parted from 75% of them!

    (The rest, can go lah. Jual!)

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  28. lfb: bare to be parted? your freudian slips are showing! :D i have fond memories of reading and re-reading many issues back in school and university, but i haven't touched them since i started working. so maybe we should think of trying to convert unwanted issues into handy cash...

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  29. ROFL. Brain fart. I meant "bear", of course.

    Not sure how handy they are in terms of conversion into hard cash since everything is online these days, inc. comics. And tradepaperbacks collect EVERYTHING. :(

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  30. lfb: yeah, it's sad for us. back then, i recall the x-men issue where wolvie and sabretooth fought for the first time was worth over a hundred ringgit. right now, i doubt i'd find anyone to take it for 10 ringgit. besides, most of my issues have probably turned an ugly shade of brown by now :P

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  31. Didn't you use those plastic bags and acid-free backing boards? Oh gosh, the money, the money...

    I used to have Gen-13 issue one, that I sold before it really got EXPENSIVE cos I hated the art. Eeks.

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  32. lfb: most of them are in individual bags, but could only afford backing boards for some. yep, shoulda sold them off in the mid-90s. damn the internet :P
    gen-13? actually i never read that. but i'm suddenly having flashbacks of an unusually buxom heroine...

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  33. Haha, yes. Fairchild. She was hot.

    And yeah, I don't have backing boards for all of them either. The yellowing of the pages are kinda nice though, a touch of nostalgia...

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  34. speaking of nostalgia, i was tempted to check out chris claremont's "reboot" of the x-men. apparently, it's one of those alternate universe things where he picks up where he left off when he stopped writing x-men in 1993, and takes the story where he envisioned it would go...

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  35. You. Are. Kidding. I think I'd love that, actually. That was prolly when the X-universe was last decent... (Though I love Peter David's X-Factor - both series.)

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  36. lfb: check out the wiki entry (2009 & 2010 series) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-Men_Forever ... sounds promising. maybe i should try to order a few issues online. i don't even know where the comic book stores in kl are anymore. and yep, those peter david issues are gathering dust with the rest of my collection too. :D

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  37. Just read the wiki entry... Hmm, I dunno. Sometimes Claremont can get a bit... out of hand? :P

    But yeah, some days I think X-Factor or some of the smaller titles when handled by writers like Peter David are much better written and handled as they don't have the pressure of being the main titles or expectations of mainstream fans.

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  38. lfb: hey! i learned my writing style from claremont :D actually i was never really into peter david. a bit too offbeat and gritty for me. plot-driven vs character-driven. the x-factor heyday for me was when it was just scott, jean, hank, bobby and warren.

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  39. We are different folks, then. For me, character before plot. The characters are the plot, sometimes. :)

    Speaking of Scott, Bobby and Warren... Yums. ;)

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  40. lfb: oh that's what i meant. i prefer character-driven stories too, but writers like peter david don't really handle characterization well. yep yep, bobby was the object of my boyhood lust. it coulda been scott, but who wants a lover whose eyes you can't stare into, right? :D

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  41. Ah, I actually think Peter David does characterization really well, but more subtly than one may expect from a superhero comic book. His Polaris (Lorna Dane) psychoses alone were hilarious enough to justify the price of the rag. :P

    And if Scott has un-stareable eyes, there's always his brother Alex... ;)

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  42. lfb: i really disagree. he tends to chuck out years of carefully built characterization, turning everyone from wolfsbane to polaris into unrecognizable people.
    let's say that ms. lemongrass were a comic book character. if he took over the comic, she'd transform overnight into a pork-hating kleptomaniac just to justify one of his storylines :D

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  43. Ah well, meat and poison and all that. I love his Guido/Strong Guy too. So farnie. And Peter David wouldn't change a thing abt Miss Lemongrass. She's just perfect the way she is. :)

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  44. i just wiki-ed peter david out of curiosity. he's still writing. comic books included. i think i used to wanna be a comic book writer.

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  45. Yeah, me too. Except I couldn't plot to save my life. :P

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  46. lfb: when u think about it, neither can peter david, really :P

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  47. Ouch. Double ouch. Poor Peter. :P

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  48. lfb: interestingly, there've been a few malaysians who found success as comic book artists in the u.s. in recent years, but none so far as plotters...

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  49. syuqran: ooh, thanks for the info! :D

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  50. grandfather of the owner to be exact, whose mother is the CEO of thic company :http://www.pointray.com.my/aboutus.asp

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