Monday, December 27, 2010

Busaba

Another week, another insanely beautiful restaurant opens at BSC.

Busaba exudes a calm splendor that makes it ideal for a memorable meal.

Fish maw salad. A marvelous mix of tastes and textures; light, crisp maw with fresh veggies and crunchy cashews, all tossed in a tangy, delicate dressing.

Coconut soup with chicken & mushrooms. Reasonably thick and aromatic, brimming with enough ingredients to make a hearty meal even by itself.

Steamed sea bass with garlic, ginger & onions. Firm, fresh and fleshy fish; not as piquant as some might expect, but we still devoured everything except the bones.

Asparagus with shrimp paste & prawns. Well-prepared, but not terribly thrilling.

Southern-style beef curry with peanuts & potatoes. Tender meat in a curry that wasn't as creamy as we might have preferred. Still, it struck a nice balance between being spicy enough to titillate our taste buds and mild enough to keep our digestive systems calm.

Evan & Tate Salisbury Cabernet Merlot. A fair selection of wine is available by the bottle, but there are too few choices by the glass.

One bonus: for the Christmas season, they've been playing David Archuleta's 'Christmas From The Heart' CD. So all you Arch-Angels know where to go now!

The drawbacks: iced & warm water isn't served for free, so customers have to order mineral water. Also, the food seems laden with MSG, since we were thirsty for hours.

Busaba Thai Restaurant,
F15, 1st Floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 2093-7708

27 comments:

  1. Oh my..BSC is certainly picking it up!
    Indo, Italian, Jap, Malaysian, chinese, and now Thai!

    The 1st 2 dishes got me excited.. the next few kinda fizzled out.. but i must say, tht is one fine looking salad tht's isnt SAD!
    Sad to me is a salad w only lettuce leaves! I hate those!

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  2. Oh dear. You mentioned the deal breaker for me - too much MSG... :(

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  3. Bangsar seems to be the hub for new, exciting restaurants this latter part of the eyar, no? :)

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  4. You had me at fish maw, but lost me at MSG...But all in all, I'm willing to brave being thirsty for hours just to sample their take on Fish Maw ;)

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  5. tng: ya, bsc is my favorite mall for restaurants now ... and there are still a lot of vacant shop lots, so there's space for more eateries in the future! :D yeah, i normally skip salads, but this one had me finishing every spoonful. not TOO spicy, fortunately! =)
    j: ya, that seems to be the trend at the chains of thai restaurants at shopping malls. sigh!
    michelle: heheh, i'll take that as a compliment (though i have no idea what you mean!) :D
    lfb: yep, if someone had asked me where my favorite dining hub was at the start of 2010, i'd have said changkat bkt bintang. but now it's definitely bangsar. too bad bangsar village and bsc are not within walking distance of each other though!
    unka: ya, i love fish maw too! but i only occasionally see it outside of chinese restaurants. this one in the salad was nice and crunchy, but they also serve a fish maw soup that should also be worth tasting :D

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  6. Yeah, BV & BSC are like on the opposite ends of that long, long road... but maybe walking from one end to the other helps in burning off all the calories one consumes at these restaurants? :D

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  7. lfb: isn't that a two-kilometer walk, at least! and no driver will stop to pick up a hapless hitchhiker hoping to thumb a lift when he realizes (too late) that the distance between the two malls is too far :D

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  8. Not too far lah. Just enough to burn off one medium-sized slab of foie gras. :P

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  9. Aiyo. If walking (downhill) from BSC to BV I think it's still doable... but the other way around? - FAINT!

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  10. lfb: is foie gras served at any outlet in bsc? i suspect there's none! not at la bodega, the pressroom, WIP, alexis, twentyone, le midi, george & dragon, dancing fish, vineria, the tea republic, vineria, house & co, grand imperial, kuriya, or busaba! oh noooooooooooo! ... oh wait, the ming room has foie gras. how strange that a chinese restaurant rescues the mall from foie-graslessness :D
    j: heheh, i never actually notice the uphill/downhill slope on jalan maarof, probably since it's not steep enough to put much pressure on the car. but let's hope the MRT will make stops at both BV and BSC by the time it's completed in 2019 (though by then, will we still be hanging out at BV and BSC? hmmmm) :D

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  11. Aiya, it could be the foie gras you had as a snack on your way to either BSC or BV ma. Who knows ma... You and foie gras go together like the Devil and Prada... (hey it rhymes!)

    :P

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  12. there's a new food outlet at BSC?!! oh that's good. At least now there are more choices to choose from. I also wished they have fishes without bones! heheh

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  13. lfb: ooh, maybe i should think of a new nickname then? the Arch-angel Eats Foie Gras? then again, i don't even have an 'old' nickname :D
    eiling: yep, three new restaurants opened at BSC in just two weeks! and all offering different food, yay! :D heheh, sea bass/siakap is not too bony compared to some other fish =)

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  14. How about simply "Eats Drinks Foie Gras"? More accurate, at any rate. *muahahaha*

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  15. lfb: i where got 'drink' foie gras ... as far as i know, they don't serve goose liver smoothies in kl (yet!) :D

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  16. Maybe a foie gras soup with sage-and-truffle infusion? Can drink one lah...

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  17. lfb: eat drink cockles! that sounds catchier and less pretentious! though i haven't found cockle soups or cockle smoothies anywhere either... :D

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  18. Oh ewwsomeness.

    Are you certain you consume more cockles than foie gras? Your posts seem to indicate differently leh... :P

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  19. Have you tried Clamato? It's made with clam broth. Close enough to cockles juice. It's delicious too.

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  20. lfb: cockles are harder to find than truffles! which proves that they've become a rare and precious delicacy :D
    lemongrass: ooh, no, i've never even heard of clamato! the closest i've come to having clam broth would be in spaghetti vongole, heheh :D

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  21. Cockles? Rare? They are melimpah-ing at every char kway teow stall in town lah... not that you'd go near a hawker stall lah, which may explain your confusion of their level of availability. :P

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  22. lfb: i just did a search for 'eat drink kl' + cockles, and i've only had cockles three or four times since early 2009!!! the word appears very frequently on this blog though, thanks to comment threads :D

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  23. Oh no. You mean we, as in you and ME, contribute to the cockleness of your blog, and hence, the world at large? Oh no!!

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  24. lfb: everytime u mention 'cockle,' the number of times that the word appears on the web increases, and a fairy gets its wings :D

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  25. A See Hum Fairy, you mean? Ewww. :P

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  26. Lfb: better than a Ho-hum Fairy! :D

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