Friday, September 9, 2011

Huck's Cafe @ Bangsar

Back to Huck's for mainly Mediterranean meals.
Earlier entries on Huck's @ Bangsar: July 5 & July 19. Huck's @ PJ: Nov. 24, 2010.

Perfectly prepared appetizers: luscious portobello mushrooms, topped with spinach, cheese & a creamy, sweetly tangy pomodoro sauce made with tomatoes, carrots & basil leaves. Excellent enough to totally fit in at any of KL's best Italian restaurants.

Basil pesto salad. A hearty, healthy concoction, creatively topped with mango strips, oranges & pomegranates for a zesty zing.

Huck's take on seafood paella is a pleasure, brimming in a black pan with flavorsome rice and fresh prawns, mussels & squid. We believe he uses turmeric instead of saffron for the rice, so this isn't the purist's Spanish paella, but it's still sumptuous.

A mouthwatering masterwork: Moroccan whole roast chicken, marinated with cumin, coriander, fennel & various spices, stuffed with couscous & surrounded by shredded sweet potatoes, almonds, cashews & cranberries.

Beautifully juicy meat (even the breast section), blanketed in amazing aromas, thanks to a wealth of ingredients poured into this single recipe. Beware: the portion is humongous, so make sure there are at least four people at the table to finish this.

OK, this one isn't strictly Mediterranean, but it's a remarkable representation of Huck's penchant for kitchen experimentation. Dubbed "Ocean Deep," it's seafood spaghetti like no other, with a rich, intensely scented topping of dried shrimp sambal, belacan, bunga kantan (torch ginger buds), santan & kaffir lime leaves.

Heading north of the Mediterranean to the U.K.: Guinness steak pie, done just right, from the golden, buttery pastry to the thick stew of tender beef. Ideal for rainy nights.

Moist, crumbly ginger-&-apple pie, fresh from the oven, accompanied by vanilla ice cream for a lovely blend of hot & cold sensations.

Melt4U: dark chocolate lava cake, with a bittersweet edge.

Henry Martin Cabernet Sauvignon.

Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot.

U.S. Wild Vines blackberry-flavored Merlot.



Huck's Cafe,
22, Jalan Abdullah, Off Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.
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22 comments:

  1. I actually want to head back again! I think he's got more dishes worth trying!
    If only his timing wasn't so at his whims & fancy!

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  2. rebecca: i'm quite keen to try more of huck's malay & nyonya dishes! so far, i've been concentrating on his western selection, but i'm pretty sure the malaysian fare will be equally good :D

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  3. Hmmm...exactly how many were u dining with?...hehe...

    D Basil Pesto Salad n d Melt4U looks delish...as with d rest of Huck's repertoire :D

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  4. Ulric: heheh, this post is a combo of two different dinners with three people :D and ya, I didn't expect the salad to be so flavorful, especially since it was a completely meat-free salad =)

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  5. Was about to ask the no. of pax questions then saw that Ulric had asked it already. Have you ever gone dining with a table of 4 or more? Like, ever? :P

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  6. Kenny: heheh, of course I have ... but imagine, if three is already a crowd, there wouldn't be enough air in the room to accommodate four! :D

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  7. Dunno why but going to someone's "home" to eat doesnt really appeal to me. Unless its free of cos! :P

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  8. baby sumo: heheh, i guess i like it cos i rarely have opportunities to eat at home. so this feels like a relaxed, refreshing change from the regular restaurants :D

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  9. Seafood spaghetti with dried shrimp sambal, belacan, bunga kantan....?
    Very interesting, should give it a try!

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  10. ckiong: yeah, it's one of the best pastas i've tasted this year! i think even italian chefs would enjoy it :D

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  11. If three's a crowd, Four could be Fantastic! ;)

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  12. kenny: or it could be foolhardy! :D

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  13. I agree with Kenny...a foursome is ideal...one pair will gossip while d other pair will be noming away...hahaha :P

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  14. ulric: heheh, two is sufficient to gossip and to nom nom nom :D

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  15. did you bring the wine yourself or they have started selling wines too?

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  16. Eiling: there's wine available here! A small selection, mostly below rm100 :D

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  17. Have tried most of these dishes except for a couple here. Must say Huck is born a good chef! He has never failed to satisfy my taste bud :) 'Ocean Deep' oh looks as yummy as it taste ! A Must try at Huck's Cafe :)

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  18. ann: glad to hear you also enjoy your dinners here! yeah, huck really cooks with passion and creativity! :D

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  19. Hi Sean, oh yes have tried few times at his Cafe :) Food taste far better if its prepared by someone wt passion and tat touch of creativity ;D
    Like the way he twists others recipes to make better and become tastier from his kitchen ;) Thkq for sharing good food in n around KL !

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  20. ann: no worries. hope to bump into you someday at huck's :D

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  21. Heading there tonight! Can't wait!

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  22. Vernon: hope you enjoy it! :D

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