Monday, July 4, 2011

Savory Bistro

Where's the beef? Mont Kiara now has a well-hidden steakhouse that opened this month, offering a romantic retreat with a verdant view of this condo-crazy territory.

We were temporarily tempted by the menu's selection of sandwiches, tapas & pastas, but eventually elected to stick to steaks for this visit. The sight of this 220-gram rib-eye, glistening in its protein-packed glory, assured us that we were in safe hands.

Tenderloin (also 220 grams). Being scatterbrained, we forgot to find out what kind of beef was offered, though the friendly service team mentioned it was U.S.-bred. And being butterfingered, we've already misplaced our receipts, but the steaks here seemed modestly priced.

The tenderloin was our favorite cut; every forkful was impeccably prepared, providing all the bleeding juiciness that carnivores could hope to sink their teeth into.

Prime rib (400 grams), with mashed potatoes, asparagus & chunky fries. Savory Bistro boasts excellent opening hours: 8am-midnight daily (last orders at 11pm). Our only quibble: we're not fans of the outlet's name, but that truly is a trivial matter.

Morande Pionero Merlot, a reasonable house-pouring for about RM15 a glass.

Morande Pionero Chardonnay. A little white wine won't hurt.

Reservations are recommended, since the restaurant barely fits 60 diners. The alfresco balcony was bustling on a Friday night (these photos were taken after most customers had left), so those might be the tables to target.




Savory Bistro,
The Fare, 10 Mont Kiara, Jalan Kiara 1, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-6211-5100
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21 comments:

  1. Thanx for d heads up on this steak resto...will try this soon as I am missing my steak-loving days...

    Love their Jenga-stacked fries...shows tat they have good attention to details...hahaha...

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  2. ulric: oh yeah, i also feel like i've been eating too many pigs and not enough cows this year! there are also beef sandwiches and burgers here if you'd like some variety in your bovine diet :D

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  3. It's alws been La Vacas, Prime & Jakes. More bovine specialty outlets are popping up eh? I wonder if it's gonna be somethin like the porky-centric outlets that was the trend this year..

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  4. First round there will be for steaks...it's been a year since I had a good steak...too much Jap food....time for a little variety :)

    Oya...Coco.Tei has sparkling sake on their menu...found tat out last Friday during my sashimi n maki-crazy binge there...hehe...

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  5. Tng: I think it seems a bit more difficult for steakhouses to differentiate themselves from their competitors, compared to pork places, which can easily be more creative. but ya, prime will still be the top choice for connoisseurs, while las Vacas will get halal-seeking customers. so I think there's definitely space for savory bistro, which is somehow classy and casual at the same time, with prices that actually are a little lower than jake's =)
    Ulric: heh, yeah, beef teppanyaki just doesn't hit the spot in the same way as a medium-rare tenderloin. Having said that though, I guess it's still healthier to eat Japanese food a few times a week than to have steaks a few times a week :D oooh, sparkling sake with makis! that must have been fun (if you ordered it). especially with any salmon rolls, I think =)

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  6. I'm a bit confused with the address...Is this place located in Plaza Mont Kiara or Jalan Kiara 1 (in the midst of the condos)?

    100% agree tat Japanese food is a healthier option with a more complex variety of flavours :D

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  7. if there was one complain from what i read, its that 220gm is truly TOO small for a steak!

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  8. Is that done rare or medium rare?

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  9. heart attack food, looks damn good

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  10. That is what I call a PROPER steak! Nice find! How was the rest of the wine list? Steak and wine mmmmm

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  11. medium rare medium rare! I need some steak now actaully - feeling dizzy fm lack of blurrrd!

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  12. ulric: it's at the dead end of jln kiara 1, amid all the condos. a 10-minute walk from plaza mont kiara :D just realized i have exactly 100 japanese food entries on this blog so far! =)
    joe: heheh, then i guess you gotta go for the 400-gram prime rib! but yeah, maybe that's why they gave us so much fries and side veggies to accompany the steaks :D
    michelle: medium-rare! and thankfully none of the steaks came out medium-well =)
    ky: it's also gout food, yikes! nvm, hopefully three or four steaks a month won't hurt too much *cross fingers* :D
    hungry female: gosh, i have only a vague recollection of the wine list now, but i remember a respectable selection by the bottle, mostly in the RM100-plus range. but wines by the glass are very limited...
    ciki: yikes, hope you get some fresh blood in your system soon! come to think of it, yeah, beef is the best meat to satisfy blood cravings, since we can't get a drop out of chicken or pork recipes! :D

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  13. I'm reminded of a steak meal I had last week in Prime. That tenderloin sure looks good!

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  14. Yeah am learning wines by the glass in KL aren't so widespread. Ah well, like I stop at a glass anyway!!

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  15. Baby sumo: prime is still the place for steaks! Wish I still had a starwood card, heh =)
    Hungry female: I wish I had your discipline! What's the old saying: one is just enough, two is too many, three is never enough. So true, eh =)

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  16. Lusting after the ribeye now. Should never read your blog this late in the night. Fungryyyy....!!

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  17. bangsar-babe: heheh, maybe i should start posting new entries immediately after lunch everyday, instead of at midnight! :D

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  18. Glad to know that the Mont Kiara @10 has more outlets now. The only place I go to there was just Ristretto.

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  19. Glad I have a Starwood card cos steaks are just so expensive at Prime without one.

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  20. eiling: wonder if other restaurants will open here in the future! i guess if the existing ones do well, then more will follow :D
    baby sumo: heheh, if you ever wonder who you might want to pass a supplementary starwood card to, i'd be happy and grateful to volunteer! :D

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  21. Came here last Saturday, I wouldn't go back again. The service was horrible... The waiter doesn't seem to understand what are trying say got all d order wrong. Waited 15mins for a glass of water and another 45minutes for your food. After your food is served the table is still not set .... And the food was just not impressive at all... Portion is so small for that kinda price and taste just almost okay. Not good

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