Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Market Hall

Markethall: Round Three. Earlier entries: Feb. 11 & Feb. 14.

Calamari coated in sesame seed pastella. Delving deeper into Markethall's menu means discovering delicious culinary twists. Instead of the ordinary deep-fried calamari that other outlets offer, the version here is based on an Italian recipe with a thinner, far less greasy batter, for a healthier feel.

Sliced topside beef, glazed in salsa verde. Alas, not everything is a hit. This roast beef came out tender, but the accompanying egg was cold, with a hard-boiled yolk instead of a runny one. Maybe it was intended to be that way, but it wasn't very yummy.

Slow-roasted mushroom risotto with truffle oil & herbs. Markethall's chef was formerly from Delucca, so the Italian dishes here deserve consideration. This risotto was aromatic and well-executed, though not exactly mind-blowing.

Salmon tagliatelle tossed in vodka, citrus zest & mascarpone cream sauce. A simple, straightforward recipe, tasty and hearty enough to satisfy.

T-bone steak, Florentine-style, with garlic, extra virgin olive oil & rosemary dressing. Markethall's beef comes from livestock cultivated in Gemas, which produces a halal range of "Gold Meat." Our steak was medium-rare as requested, but the meat could've been juicier and more flavorful.

The paella was praiseworthy though. Fragrant rice, brimming with fat clams & succulent chicken. Seemed a bit watery at first, but it was still absolutely addictive.

Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie IGT (Italy), featuring the flavors of grapefruit & lemon.

Detox Juices: Dr Grey Cold Buster (garlic, parsley, cucumber, celery, carrots) & Meditation Rejuvenation (pineapple, maple syrup, mint leaves, ginger, spring water).

Market Hall,
Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur.


  1. parsley in my drinks?!! err.. no thanks. So what happened to Delucca? Is the restaurant still there?

  2. What sexy wine glasses! You can hit me up with any weird detox juice concoctions in those!

  3. Wow lots of healthy drinks eh?

  4. Agree about the egg, was expecting it hot with a soft yoke although it did taste ok.

    I'm looking forward to going back there next month.

  5. eiling: oh yeah, delucca is still around, and doing better than ever, from what i've heard. i'll try to revisit soon! :D
    min: i'd imagine a lot of cocktails would look awesome in those glasses too! now where can we get them, that's the question =)
    michelle: yep, lotsa different concoctions for different purposes! some of the drinks were meant to improve memory, some to enhance the complexion, etc :D
    man: yeah, i guess since the roast beef is served at room temperature/slightly cold, it might not be wise to have a hot egg on top of it. but in that case, i think i'd prefer no egg at all, heheh...

  6. Nice! those juices are exactly wht you should be drinkin mre mr yoong! ;p

    And I'll throw a fit at anyone who serves me eggs like that! ;p

  7. tng: heheh, i only took a few sips of those juices, actually! but yeah, this was the first time that i wished there wasn't an egg at all :D