Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Forbidden Kitchen

A fresh hideout in Ampang for customers who want to flee to a space that feels like it's a hundred miles away from the city.

Forbidden Kitchen is housed in a two-story bungalow in a residential enclave, complete with leafy gardens, a swimming pool and lots of alfresco seating.

The food is a mixed bag of recipes from around the world. The Asian component of our supper snack: green papaya salad with squid, mint & spring onions. Refreshingly sweet and tangy.

For the European experience: Italian bruschetta topped with chopped Cameron Highlands tomatoes, basil & garlic. Everything we tried was well-prepared, with prices that won't hurt the wallet (expect to pay below RM50 per person for a full meal).

From the Middle East: Persian kashk-e-bademjan _ pureed eggplant with onions & curd, served with pita bread. Tasted like olive tapenade, with savory overtones.

Bad news: no booze is served. Good news: last orders are only at 11pm daily.

We usually pay minimal attention to the music at restaurants, but this one had fascinating chill-out tunes ranging from Stravinsky to Enigma. Surreal, with this backdrop.




Forbidden Kitchen,
498, Jalan Lima, Taman Ampang Utama, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-4266-3195
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18 comments:

  1. OMG sean.. seriously..hw u find this place??

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  2. Tng: their publicity efforts have been quite decent! they even distributed flyers about their opening :D

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  3. I was thinking about ancient chinese cuisine when i saw the name of the restaurant. Food looks pretty good. :)

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  4. what no booze? this must be the last time you're eating there:P the kashk-e-bademjan looks err.. black.

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  5. What's the point of the pool then without booze? No alco-fuelled impulsive swimmers who will jump in and make a spectacle of themselves!

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  6. I saw the name and thought "Chinese food for sure". Only tried 3 types of food? Did you had to go somewhere else after this? :P

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  7. michelle: oh yeah, the restaurant's quirky name was the first thing that attracted us here! i wish the food had been as quirky as the name though! :D
    ciki: heheh, i forgot to ask whether customers would be allowed to bring their own wine. this place has got some grilled meat on the menu that might work well with merlot! :D

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  8. min: maybe that's what they're hoping to prevent! it might prove too tedious to clean up the puke from the pool every night! (though i guess the serious reply is that the pool came with the house before they converted it into a restaurant) :D
    baby sumo: yeah, the name does evoke thoughts of some ancient ming dynasty concept, heheh. oh, this place was our last stop for the night, since we had dinner (with booze!) somewhere else before that :D

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  9. The house looks like a bit of a jumble too (random "Roman" pillars always make me chuckle) and a wide-ranging menu from the sounds of it. Brownie points for trying to be different!

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  10. Hungry female: yeah, it's probably a good setting for a campy horror movie! I can imagine nubile teenagers hiding behind those pillars while a pmasked serial killer leaps out from the bushes!

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  11. looks like the trend is going towards private kitchens at the bungalows or housing areas. So can we bring our own booze?

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  12. hungry female: and the thing is, i actually enjoy those movies :D
    eiling: i'm not too sure about booze, since most of the customers here that night seemed to be muslim. will have to call to ask =)

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  14. george: hope u get the chance soon =)

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  15. Avoid this place at all cost! Food is terrible and staff don't seem to care! Sunday night BBQ what a joke!! Buffet!! You mean prison food! Bowl of salad, stale buns and card board burgers!! Honestly the worst meal in all of KL

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  16. It's the worst and most terrible meal i had ever had at KL. The service and food are sucks!!! They spent so much money for the renovation and yet they don't even care to provide quality food. WTH is the Sunday BBQ, it's not even worth RM10! No drinks, no seafood and yes, they serve card board burger meat. And please bring cash along, they don't even accept credit card!!!

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