Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Four Seas @ Bangsar

Over the years, there's one thing we've learned to be true: It's always cause for celebration when a restaurant opens on Jalan Bangkung.

Four Seas specializes in seafood (no surprise there). Its aquarium was kinda bare on opening day, but there should be more shellfish swimming inside soon.

Coffin Bay oysters with shallots & balsamic. Juicy stuff, straight out of the tank.

More oysters, with Japanese salsa. These seemed as perfect as oysters can get, bursting with a natural flavor that was well complemented by the fresh toppings.

Salmon gravlax with shallot dill cream, sweet potato rosti & salmon caviar. Not bad for snacking, though kinda salty and greasy (blame that on the rosti).

Crab cakes with avocado & cilantro aioli. Also ideal for nibbling. The avocado was a brilliant accompaniment that made this a creamy pleasure.

Fritto misto. Deep-fried squid & prawns in light beer batter, served with French fries. A whopping portion; the menu says it's designed for two people, but in reality, it could satisfy three or four.

Options for seafood haters include the roast duck spring rolls with hoisin lemon dip. These were unremarkable though; the slivers of duck were too tiny and bland to leave a lasting impression, wrapped in rather oily rolls.

Master Kobe beef satay. Billed as KL's most expensive satay, at about RM10 a stick. Fairly flavorsome, but not as succulent as we might have expected.

D'Arenberg The Stump Jump White (Australia). The food took a really long time to arrive, so we basically finished a bottle before being done with the oysters.

Bolla Torralta Prosecco di Conegliano (Italy). Alas, we drank too much, too quickly, with rather unfortunate results. Please, don't ask.

Four Seas,
Jalan Bangkung, Bangsar.


  1. Mr Sean, anythin w avocadoes is briliant no? ;p

    Too bad bt the satay, i was piqued at 1st~

    And wht could hv made u puked? Oysters?

  2. Tng: Avocados with crab cakes are a work of genius! :D But yeah, the satay is an interesting concept, but it was strangely chewy. And no, the food was all good, but it was all that booze in a one-hour span that got me nauseous!

  3. A chewy Kobe beef satay sounds a bit odd to me. I thought it was suppose to be tender or something.

  4. it would b quite a waste to use kobe for satay though, unless it was a quite sear and there and it comes medium rare..

    i thought it was a chinese restaurant, the way the aquarium tanks look!

  5. Too bad about the satay - at RM10/stick, it should be worth the money! Slow service? Hopefully that irons out soon.

  6. many more reasons to rejoice now. I always like dining in Bangkung area. Cozy and secluded away from the Telawi side of things. Can't wait to try this place, especially the crab cakes and fritto mitto.

    Hope you're feeling better after than puking debacle.

  7. wah got new restaurant at Jalan Bangkung?!! must try it one day with my friends as they used to hang out at Leornado's

  8. Heya! i love jalan bangkung restaurants!! Opus bistro and leonardo specifically :P The name "Four Seas" has a real nice ring to it, the oyster looks REALLY juicy, yums!

  9. Oh excellent! Bangkung's the best! I can kinda imagine what unfortunate results the bottle guzzling yielded... I did something quite similar yesterday (with NO oysters to boot!) and I'm still reeling at work this morning from it.

  10. michelle: i guess that's why the satay didn't live up to expectations. maybe it's best to stick to the seafood here...
    joe: true, the beef was definitely closer to medium/well done. yeah, aquariums with live seafood for customers to choose from are rare at western restaurants in kl! :D
    pureglutton: yep, 10 ringgit is too steep! actually, the service at our table was very efficient, but there might have been teething problems in the kitchen...
    qwazymonkey: yeah, i love how parking is usually a breeze (and free too, heheh!). and the restaurants here are better than most of the telawi ones anyway. thanks, i recovered after sleeping off the effects of the booze :D
    eiling: oh yeah, this is run by the same folks behind cava, leonardo's and opus. they're doing a great job!
    augustdiners: if u like opus, u'll probably feel the same way about four seas! :D i love the name too, it's catchy! and the oysters here among the best in town!
    min: yikes, i hope u get through the next several hours incident-free! if only we had an internal sensor that warns us before we reach the tipping point for tippling! :D

  11. Looks oysteriously good! And cheesy as it may be (or not), I really like the motto in the last pic: "Eat Well Live Brave Have Fun"

    Amen to that, bro. :)

  12. lfb: wow, u're back!!! u really went off the radar for a few weeks there, eh! hope u've been eating well, living brave and having fun too, wherever u've been! :D

  13. So u mentioned that a few new places were opening this week. This must hv been one of them, eh? Cool. I have a weakness for seafood. Nice decor.

  14. lemongrass: there's a crazy, crazy pre-ramadan rush for restaurants to open! i think high tide is still the better option for seafood, but it's always nice to have more restaurants that deal in underwater creatures! :D

  15. Oh yum. New option in the Bangkung area! :) :)

  16. j: the more the merrier, rite! :D

  17. i notice you never put pricing on your posts... does that mean "if you have to ask the price means you cant afford it" kinda thing ah? shudder...hahaha. am thinking of this place for the wife's birthday. good or not ah?

  18. FBB: heheh, usually I'm just too lazy to refer to the receipt for the price of each item, and it might feel a bit show-offish to say how much each meal cost in total. But no lar, this place is not exorbitant ... U'll probably pay slightly more here compared to a meal at cava or leonardo's, but that seems fair, since it's mostly fresh seafood here. And yeah, if she loves fish, oysters and crabs, then take your wife here! The oysters especially are great! :D