Monday, November 1, 2010

Nordsee

This brightly lit, modestly furnished restaurant _ which specializes in seafood _ is the latest addition to Terrace at Hock Choon's slowly expanding family.

At first glance, Nordsee's one-page menu might seem a bit too basic, but everything we tried was expertly prepared and easy on the wallet. The prawn salad was a relative bargain at 12 ringgit: a light, refreshingly cold starter, featuring plump crustaceans soaked in garlic aioli.

Tasmanian salmon cakes with remoulade sauce, also RM12. Pleasantly moist and crumbly, without any trace of excess oil.

Seafood vol au vent (RM28). Absolutely addictive; mussels, prawns & fish, swimming in a creamy sauce that we merrily soaked up with the buttery, flaky puff pastry.

Herb-crusted butter fish (RM30). A hearty, succulent slab of flavorsome fish in a recipe that tasted reassuringly healthy and nutritionally balanced.

Prosecco, the perfect fit for seafood (more so than white wine, sometimes). Note that steaks are also available for anyone seeking to steer clear of the ocean's bounty.

Nordsee Bistro,
Terrace at Hock Choon, Off Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 4256-3886
Closed Sundays.
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37 comments:

  1. Whoa!
    Not bad.. considering the area ;)

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  2. tng: yep, prices here seem a little lower compared to the other main restaurants at terrace @ hock choon (il divo, ir1968 and fukuharu) :D

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  3. Is it where the Japanese supermarket is located?

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  4. Hey... surprisingly the prices are reasonable (for that area)! :)

    Now if only it wasn't so jammed most of the time...

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  5. How very, very creamy. I wonder what counts as the cream of the sea? Or milk, for that matter. Do we have sea-cows?

    And there's sea-eggs in the form of fish-roe and crab-roe. And... sorry, my mind must be meandering this Monday morning... :P

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  6. I love Terrace at Hock Choon. It's a great hang-out place, and now there's one more reason to go there.

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  7. How did ventilation in the restaurant fare with the open kitchen?

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  8. another super duper find.. where i get all ur info from ar.. where ? LOL

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  9. You got me at seafood vol au vent! The food's pretty affordable too. :)

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  10. michelle: hock choon supermarket? yep, this is on a street behind the supermarket :D
    j: ya, even at 8pm, the road leading here is still crawling with cars, bleh...
    lfb: we have seahorses, but i have no idea if they have milk! the closest thing i can imagine is the deliciously wet blood of raw cockles :D my mind is meandering toward thoughts of deep-fried steak now...
    lemongrass: ya, it's a nice hideaway, though i hope there's still room for another one or two restaurants there! :D
    min: we were sitting less than 5 meters away from the kitchen, but it felt fine. no unwanted whiff of fish whatsoever! :D
    ciki: tune in to food.fm! (i'm applying to be a dj on that station) :D
    bangsar-babe: yeps, the menu here mostly plays it safe for now, so hopefully they'll be adding more interesting items (like the vol au vent) in the near future :D

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  11. Food sounds reasonable and i'm guessing they taste like what you pay for?

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  12. qwazymonkey: heheh, it might not be the best seafood restaurant in town, but it's definitely nowhere near the worst either :D

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  13. now this is something healthy that I would love to try without hurting the wallet :)
    the only downside? It's in Ampang!

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  14. leo: oh yeah, it's fairly convenient for me, since i work in the city, but even then, i probably need at least half an hour to get here from my office after work! :D

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  15. Ohrghhhh... you just had to bring up them darn cockles again, didn't you? I swear, you've got cockles on the brain... :P

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  16. this is really a minimalist concept. the prices isn't too expensive too. hope it can survive.

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  17. lfb: amazingly, if u google cockles + "eat drink kl" u'll find that i've been quite deprived of these delights in the past two years :P
    eiling: yep, it's not quite what i expected, but it's still worth visiting at least once :D

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  18. Well, go back to our hometown more often and you'd get plenty of replenishment... :P

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  19. lfb: my last time back in malacca? march 2009 :D

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  20. Whoa... You went to Europe this year but not Malacca? You so gotta read Ciki's latest post (by guest blogger Marky)... Some of the best stuff is in our own backyard, mate! :)

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  21. lfb: i like the scenery in our backyard, but i can't stand the weather :D

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  22. But the angmohs all LOVE our weather!

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  23. lfb: if they had to stay here for more than six months, maybe they'd stop loving it :D

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  24. I think quite a number of them even migrate here or make Malaysia their second home. So... maybe not? LOL

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  25. lfb: u might have a point. my sister's boyfriend is british, and he says he likes driving around without the air-conditioning. to savor the weather :D

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  26. Yalor. See, you get my point. To be fair, the heat's more bearable during the summers in Europe lah. A different sorta heat. Maybe cos of the different sorta eye candy there... :P

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  27. lfb: it was blazing hot in madrid during the daytime in september (the temperature was probably similar to an average KL sunny afternoon). and also in paris, where we sweating a lot too. and no, it wasn't because of the eye candy :P

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  28. Well, you should have been in Budapest in June then. LOL

    Less hot, and also more hot, if you know what I mean. ;)

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  29. lfb: alas, i am indeed becoming more familiar with your depraved mind to know what u mean :D i'd love to go to hungary someday. even if all i know of it is goulash & the liberal use of paprika :D

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  30. It's depraved AND demented. One should never forget the demented bit. :D

    And yay for Eat Drink Hungary some day... (Though one wonders if you may not add another verb to that title given the abundance of hot, hot, er, stuff in Budapest. Ahem.)

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  31. lfb: demented?! what's the phone number for arkham asylum?!
    hmmm, u're kinda hung up on the visual delights of budapest lah. i'm more about the gastronomic treats :D

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  32. After reading your blog on Nordsee. Went to try it tonite with a friend. Ordered the seafood vol au vent, herbed crusted butterfish and the tasmanian salmon cake and NONE of it were what u have described.. maybe except for the creaminess of the seafood pastry but that's all it is, creamy.

    And the BIGGEST NO NO, the seafood vol au vent was not fresh and way overcooked and the butterfish was not cooked properly.

    The salmon cake was crumbly but wat's the point if it's super oily.. and again the salmon is not fresh..

    Agree with you that the price is very reasonable but the portions are so small.

    Overall, it's a MAJOR disappointment.. And i'm a big fan of the Terrace.. Ended eating again in Fukuharu..

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  33. Theresa: yikes that sounds really bad. Wonder what went wrong... Let's hope they get back into shape really soon!

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  34. Nordsee will be having a special New Year Eve set menu, which will consist of Angus beef or Salmon.

    They will also launch as new ala carte menu on the 3rd January 2011, and the new set lunch menu have been well recieved by their customers at 18.70RM with Soup of the day, 7 choice of Main course and it includes coffee, tea or a soft drink.

    The Xmas turkey with chestnuts and sausage stuffing was a favorite with their customers

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  35. Amirmla: Thanks for the update! =)

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  36. Hi Sean,

    We have revised the menu and added more items. Do drop by and check us out when you are in the area. Look for me when you come.

    We have also added a pasta selection which are both Asian and traditional in flavor.

    Currently we serve imported Rainbow Trout with a flavorful Lemon & Butter sauce.

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  37. nordsee: rainbow trout sounds good, will definitely try to drop by soon (maybe after chinese new year). tnx =)

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