Thursday, August 19, 2010

Social @ KL

Move over, Dua Annexe. G Tower is fast becoming the F&B hub of Jalan Tun Razak.

This niftily designed restaurant's name alludes to its tagline: "The place to be, where friends meet." We thought it might be affiliated with The Social at Bangsar and Changkat Bukit Bintang, but the management insists it has no ties to those outlets.

"1 Pot" roasted pumpkin veloute, with pumpkin seeds, chives & cinnamon cream. Awesomely thick and naturally sweet. We loved the addition of pumpkin seeds _ a simple component that made this texturally more interesting and enjoyable.

Truffle & asparagus risotto with parmagiano & arugula. Kinda watery, but fortunately, the rice remained firm enough to prevent us from calling it porridgey. Sufficiently fragrant and filling to recommend to carb lovers.

Sixteen-hour slow-cooked Wagyu beef cheek with truffle mash & root veggies. Flavorsome, fairly tender meat, but not as mind-blowing as the best beef out there. Still, no point nitpicking about a nice, unpretentious recipe that's well-prepared.

Spinach & ricotta cheese dumplings with truffle cream sauce. Slightly stodgy, but addictively tasty. We only realized at this point that we had truffle-infused ingredients in most of the dishes that we ordered _ a happy coincidence, to be sure.

Vitamina (cachaca 51 rum, orange, honey, passion fruit syrup, sparkling water) & West Indies Yellowbird (bacardi rum, galliano, banana liquor, pineapple, orange).

Miguel Torres, San Medin Sauvignon Blanc (Chile) & Torresella, Merlot, Veneto (Italy).

Social @ KL,
G Tower, Jalan Tun Razak.
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46 comments:

  1. I reckon they put too much stock on the risotto

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  2. can they use the name like that if theres already the Social being registered?

    then again i suppose its like McDonalds and McCurry hor?

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  3. I could totally have more than 1 pot of that 1 Pot! :D

    *big beams from a big pumpkin fan*

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  4. michelle: ahhh, an easy problem to fix then! :D
    joe: yeah, i guess the word "social" can't really be copyrighted, huh. especially since they didn't exactly use the same name ("the social" vs "social @ KL). but it is confusing! =)
    lfb: isn't this place really, really close to your office? think of it as a potential new lunch hangout! y'know, i'm sorta surprised at how ubiquitous pumpkin soup has become over the past two years. i still love it and order it all the time, but i'm wondering why sweet potato soup hasn't caught on :D

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  5. social is a generic word, under trademark act, they are not allow to register.

    (i think) hehehe...
    i love funny cocktail names.

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  6. augustdiners: i guess u're right! plus, this place looks more like delicious than the social, and their menu is totally different, so i guess it's fine. i love obscene cocktail names, but there were none of those here :D

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  7. It totally is. I could saunter there in a heartbeat if the weather's good. Thing is, most of the time, I'm not in the office. Heck, I'm not in the state, usually. Darn these roadshows and meetings and such! :P

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  8. Soup in an aluminium bowl? How rakyat! :-P (imagine prison scene with the very edible Michael Scofield and a tin can of pumpkin soup....heaven!)

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  9. the risotto, looks like rice pudding! LOL

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  10. lfb: and this nomadic lifestyle doesn't produce many gastronomic adventures, rite. luckily though, i guess pumpkin soup is something one could prepare at home? errmm, chop up a pumpkin, throw it into a blender, then add water and boil in a pot with herbs?
    lemongrass: ahh, this was actually an aluminium cooking pot, but i didn't manage to fit the pot handle into the pic. hmmm, prison break ... that's another show that i've never managed to watch!
    ciki: heheh, if i had to cook risotto myself, it'll probably look like 'kerak nasi' or something equally awful! :D

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  11. FBB actually gave me and Devil a real easy recipe for pumpkin soup. I think I'm just lazy. Easier to find the stuff outside... :P

    And no lah, travelling for work usually leaves one so exhausted that one can only muster the energy to call for room service. So nay, not many gastronomic adventures. :(

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  12. lfb: does campbell's do pumpkin soup? i shudder to imagine how preservative-filled it would be :D actually the room service menus at some places can be really good (unless your company puts u up in hotel seri sentosa or something). perhaps that could be fodder for a future lfb entry? a collage of room service food that you've savoured/suffered through the years...

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  13. Pumpkin soup would be perfect right about now in freezing office. And Vitamina! Haha, rum just got a health tick!

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  14. Haha, I never take pictures of hotel rooms or room service either. So tacky lah.

    But darn. You got me craving some pumpkin soup now. *tummy growls*

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  15. I notice that the difference between the two Social is the exclusion of "The" words... so I guess both are not the same!
    Having said that.. your vitamina drink sure provided you with enough vitamins for the night :P
    is this place opened for lunch?

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  16. min: y'know, i think half the electricity in kl is wasted on overly cold central air-conditioning at office buildings. i have to wear a windbreaker over my shirt in my office everyday!
    lfb: well, at some hotels, u can ask whether they provide "extras" in their room service too. y'know, the whole 'coffee, tea or me' proposition. *wink, wink* well, if u're in your office right now, u'd be mere minutes away from really wonderful pumpkin soup (and wild mushroom soup too, which we didn't order!).
    leo: heheh, yeah, that "the" makes all the difference! this place opens at 11am, so it's too late for breakfast (especially since u're an early bird, unlike me!), but ok for an early lunch! :D

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  17. Extra services? Hmm. I think I'll stick to coffee, thank you very much.

    But alas, I'm not in my office right now. Am at home, recuperating from yet another roadtrip for work. :(

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  18. lfb: u're so chaste! there's been many a bellhop that i've wanted to hop on :D u're not even working today? that's even better. u have all the time and freedom to go anywhere u want for lunch. u could even scour cyberjaya for pumpkin soup if the urge hit u :D

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  19. 1. I can imagine you taking after Dr. Henry McCoy and jumping off some second-floor stairwell onto some poor unsuscpecting bellboy like the 'Beast' you are. :P

    2. But malas lah. Don't they have home delivery gourmet pumpkin soup made fresh for an invalid like me?

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  20. lfb: 1. i know i'm switching to a rival comic book company here, but i'd rather have the powers of the flash, to stop that bellboy in his tracks and have us both undressed in less time than it took to write this extremely long sentence :P
    2. they do indeed. http://roomservicedeliveries.com/shop/ and u might even win a new lumix camera or 42" plasma tv if u order now. i actually do deliveries within the klang valley too, but only to single male customers whose age and waistlines don't exceed 30 :P

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  21. 1. A quickie, eh? I thought you'd last longer than that. *guffaws*

    2. LOL. Thankfully my age and waistline both exceeds that limit. *hallelujah!*

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  22. lfb: 1. this does beg the question of which superhero has the power that would be most beneficial, sexually speaking? right now, i can only think of reed richards :D
    2. isn't that a pity. otherwise, u'd have warm & creamy pumpkin soup delivered to your doorstep from social @ kl within the hour :P

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  23. 1. Mr. Fantastic? He's a softie. *guffaws*

    Maybe Colossus... hard as steel. Wait, that puts the Man of Steel in the running too. :P

    2. Just woke up from a 15-min nap. Better than pumpkin soup any day. :D

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  24. lfb: 1. hard as steel? ouch. unless u're kitty pryde and u can instantly phase in and out of danger, i'm not sure u'd want piotr rasputin poking any part of u :P
    2. it takes me more than 15 mins just to fall asleep. the curse of a semi-insomniac. but i bet u're hungry again now :D

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  25. 1. Figuratively hard as steel ma. :P

    2. No, not really. I bet I can stave hunger pangs off till at least four pee em. But the real question is, What to eat?

    Pumpkin soup? LOL

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  26. lfb: 1. if colossus were only "figuratively" hard as steel, then he wouldn't have lasted very long in the x-men, would he? :D
    2. social @ kl is open all day long, so if that pumpkin soup hankering hits u at 4, then u know where to go. i could probably leave the office at 4-ish myself. if only there were some boozy place at OKR or tmn desa to entice me there :P

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  27. 1. Not Mr. Rasputin but whoever gets his powers ma. No mutants in reality after all. This is a "likening to" sorta situation.

    2. Booze? In Taman Desa? The heart of all pub crawls in OKR? Need you even ask? :P

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  28. lfb: 1. how u know there aren't mutants living secretly among us? life imitates art, after all :P
    2. wah, but i don't even know any of those pubs' names. and must wait for the devil to get home from work, rite ... where can go drinking without him :D

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  29. 1. I certainly know that your mutant power is to dine out everynight and eat well, making us all oh so jeles. Hmmph.

    2. Devil doesn't drink, hahaha.

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  30. lfb: 1. with a power like that, i wouldn't survive very long in the x-men either. especially if i were fighting the blob :P
    2. aiya. how then...

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  31. 1. The Blob seems my alter ego these days. *sighs*

    2. Haha, actually I don't booze too much either. Rare occasion kay lah...

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  32. i still couldn't figure where this G tower is. heheh.. but this place looks like a new place for eats after I've read a number of your posts on this place.

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  33. Lfb: 1. Better the blob than, say, the lizard :D
    2. Hmmm, then if I come to tmn desa, u'll force me to eat booze-less fish head noodles..

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  34. Eiling: really close to the jln ampang n tun Razak junction! U'll definitely come here to eat or drink eventually! :D

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  35. 1. True, cos The Lizard kurang satu tangan when he morphs back into human form. Poor dude.

    2. I won't force ya. Cos Devil no likey our famous Taman Desa Fish Head Noodles. :P

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  36. wowie. yes can u please bring me to one of these places? omg ur blog is awesomee! :)

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  37. risotto looks watery. yech. home-cooked ones are kinda difficult to go wrong unless if you dont pay attention while cooking. heheh. but pumpkin soup with cinnamon? sounds ordinary but yummy :)
    and as good as truffles are...too much of a good thing can be bad :P

    i think i drank the San Medin Sauvignon Blanc in The Apartment KLCC. nice fruity wine. i approve :P

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  38. lfb: 1. and here i thought people pitied him because of his scales :P
    2. and look what happened in the end.
    lisa: heheh! will contact u on fb! soon, okie :D
    elrond: yikes, i'd imagine risotto would be a nightmare to prepare at home! but maybe that's because i've never attempted it :D too much of a good thing should definitely be avoided, but i'm not whether there's such a thing as too much truffles, heheh. and a fruity wine? i like! sounds like something refreshing to sip while enjoying the view of the klcc fountain :D

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  39. Seriously, you and LFB should just got out on a date and enjoy a real conversation. Maybe at Social! LOL

    Damn, I've still not been to this G spot, i meant tower, yet! Everytime i read your post on it, I feel like i'm a lousy foodie or kl-lite.

    On a different note, I've always like a good pumpkin soup and the one you had looks gorgeous. Actually your whole meal looks damn good. Price wise?

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  40. Qwazymonkey: oh yeah, we definitely should! *nudges lfb* :D but no worries, g tower is still not well-established yet ... It'll probably become better known in a few months' time, when more eateries open here. Prices at Social are actually very similar to Delicious ... I guess it targets the same group of customers =)

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  41. Another Italian/ Italian fusion wannabe?
    *yawns*

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  42. Tng: heh, I guess that's what's popular in the market right now. But the food at this place is pretty decent, so it's worth supporting :D

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  43. Qwazymonkey: ya, I think they're trying to attract office and embassy staff from around the klcc area for casual meals!

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  44. I was there on wed..asked the same question too!! haha..

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  45. Chloe: hey, long time no see! :D

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