Sunday, December 18, 2011

ABC @ The Troika

Acme Bar & Coffee: Chapter Five. You & me could write a bad gastromance.
Earlier entries on Acme: December 2, December 5, December 7 & December 15.

Focusing on Acme's Asian creations this time _ recipes familiar to Malaysians, but spruced up with special flourishes. For something that no street stall sells, get your gustatory juices going with gluey-sweet beef "hitam manis," bracketed with quinoa, green sambal & rice.

Wantonly wanting wontons: crisp golden triangles of dumplings _ swollen with shrimp paste, laced with lemongrass & lolling in coriander-&-chili sauce.

White laksa. Feels like a Kelantan-inspired version, flooded with mild-flavored shredded fish in the thickest, freshest gravy conceivable.

Creamy Nyonya-style soul food, of which Aunty Mel of Simply Mel's might approve: a hillock of deep-fried garoupa, tender & boneless, canopied with comfortingly warm curry & vegetating amid a bumper crop of softly ripe tomatoes, chilies & eggplant.

Tom yam soup with shitake mushrooms, glass noodles & tempura prawns. Not as fiercely fiery or tortuously tart as most Thai broths. Personally, we prefer it this way.

Sambal hebi aglio olio spaghetti, with prawn sambal & olive oil. An anarchic mix of Malaysian & Italian sensibilities that gels more harmoniously than expected. Other similarly-themed pastas here include Seafood Rendang Fettuccine & Green Chili Pesto Fettuccine.

Grilled lamb shoulder with ABC's kitchen-made "kicap manis" marinade, peas & hand-cut fries. Sacrificial-sized slabs of savory-sugary meat, perfect for priapic appetites.

Roederer & Mozaik Rouge. Bubbly makes us turn red. OK, no, not really.

And with this, we wrap up our Acme 2011 Pentalogy. But we're really looking forward to returning next year, once the menu evolves further. Acme is here to stay, no doubt about it.

Acme @ The Troika,
Persiaran KLCC, Jalan Binjai, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2162-2288

23 comments:

  1. Fifth time's definitely the charm, yes? :D

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  2. Kenny: five is actually my favorite number, really! It's been my favorite number since I was 10 :D

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  3. You should have liked the number since you were five :p :p

    Hmm not sure what to say on the place and food again hehe but I somehow like the first photo. It looks live

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  4. might drop in tmw since im in the vicinity..wonder if they do allow ala carte orders while there was the brunch buffet going on.. cos i would have had a heavy brekkie prior to lunch..

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  5. wanted to go there yesterday but didn't. ;)

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  6. Rad: heh, yeah, maybe it's because there are living, breathing people in that first photo! :D
    TNG: oh, i think there are no a la carte orders accepted during the sunday buffet brunch, so it's best to go after 3pm, once the brunch ends...
    Michelle: yikes, hopefully you'll have another opportunity really, really soon! =)

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  7. Just curious..what's the most number of Rounds you've done on one place so far? lol. And these 5 rounds are all in a month!

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  8. Adam: oh yeah, it's tough for me to keep track too! i think over the past eight years, the restaurant i've visited the most might be villa danieli at sheraton imperial, but that's because it's just an elevator ride away from my office, heh =)

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  9. Rad: or at least they were still alive when i saw them recently =)

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  10. Thanks Sean for all the amazing 5 chapters :D so now we can decide what to expect and to order

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  11. Babe_kl: if I had to choose just one, the watermelon-&-crab salad is the dish here that I've totally fallen in love with :D

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  12. Grilled lamb shoulder with an Asian twist sounds good to me :)

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  13. Baby sumo: this restaurant does seem to love lamb! They've also got a moroccan lamb stew and lamb shank confit :D

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  14. Hahaha...number five it is n mine's too :)

    Ooo...time to set d attack dogs on d lamb shank confit :D

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  15. Ulric: ah, so "five" is the favorite number for both of us. It's a good number =) I haven't tried acme's lamb shank yet, but I recommend you try the watermelon-&-crab salad before you try the other dishes here =)

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  16. Ooo...rarely have I heard u pushing something so enthusiastically...so tats my first order to my attack dogs! :D

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  17. Ulric: hope you enjoy it! =)

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  18. I was there yesterday and had a chat with Andrew. Haha.. he told me you were really one of the regulars here. Love the food and the concept.

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  19. Eiling: heh, andrew is a cool dude; i always hassle him when i need to make reservations. and i'm happy to hear you enjoyed the food too! the place deserves all the success it's getting :D

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  20. you're back there! i need to return with more people so that i can try more dishes. they all look good.

    how's the laksa? it does look tempting.

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  21. Missyblurkit: ya, even after all these visits, i still haven't actually finished the menu! the laksa is nice ... very creamy but not spicy at all (perfect for me!) :D

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  22. Been there twice today. Food is yum yum. But the store manager n one of the lady boss attitude is Sucks! Customer Always Right. Imagine they serve the wine in a champagne glass n water glass ( stemless red wine glass ) When customer suggest them to change the wine glass ..... They argue wt the customer. Poor attitude. Having the sambal pasta this afternoon, saw hair inside the dish wen asked the waitress to change ..... They said can I asked my manager first. What a GooD service!

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