Friday, December 2, 2011

Acme @ The Troika

Acme Bar & Coffee (call it ABC for short) represents the pinnacle of what a top-tier cafe can provide in KL _ very good food, fine wine, nice service & a striking setting.

Launched by folks linked to Changkat Bukit Bintang's Frangipani & their friends, Acme occupies two levels at The Troika condo's base. It's immaculately crafted _ a metropolitan loft that tempers its hip industrial interior with verdant views outside.

The soft-launch menu tries to keep things as simple as, well, ABC, promising soul food that will stand the test of taste buds, such as homemade salmon mousse with sourdough bread.

Acme's kitchen has hatched a sublime starter _ scrambled eggs with sesame dressing, supplying a Western breakfast classic with a subtle Japanese touch.

Snails are swell enough, but wrapped in beef bacon? Succulence squared, surely, soaked in a slurp-worthy garlic parsley sauce & coco beans.

Burrata cheese, sake-marinated cherry tomatoes & basil. Taking the basic components of a Caprese salad, making each one special & creating the creamiest, dreamiest version possible.

Grass-fed tenderloin with Acme's "Alamak" sauce, an Asian marinade tinged with soy & cumin. Beef that's grilled so beautifully, it becomes prime meat to bite into & a powder keg of flavor. Miraculously priced at RM69++, this puts much more expensive steaks to shame.

Sauces for the steak: rocket mustard puree, salsa verde & chimichurri.

The cocktail list is a work in progress, but ask for the mix of white wine with aperol.

Acme is only the start of what to expect at The Troika. Next year, eager diners will be taking elevators up to the towers' higher floors for ... what? Time will tell.

Have your next dinner here, before crowds swarm the place. Before December is through, these might be the hottest tables in town.



Acme Bar & Coffee @ The Troika,
Ground Floor, The Troika, Jalan Binjai, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2162-2288
Open for dinner only this week & for lunch & dinner starting Monday, Dec. 5.
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32 comments:

  1. Acme = the best of something :)

    Acme = a place that has a well thought out menu tat is bursting with flavours :D

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  2. Ah so that's what ABC stands for. The menu is best suited for brunch from the looks of it -- do you agree?

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  3. Ulric: heheh, well said. try to visit this place soon. i think you'll like it. i think everyone will like it, really! :D
    Baby Sumo: oh ya, acme is planning to have sunday brunches later this month at about RM80 per person (call them to check when). it might be a nice chance for you to check it out with your family :D

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  4. Now that's what I call a raving review! And opposite my old office too; can ajak old colleagues out for lunch here next week. :D

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  5. Lovely! Looking forward to this! (:

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  6. i often jog past this area. teehee hee

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  7. Say ACME n somehow I imagine the Road Runner is around the corner somewhere outwitting the poor hungry Coyote :)

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  8. Kenny: raving but not raving mad, i hope! and yeah, next week would be perfect for you guys, since acme will be open for lunch by then =)
    Augustdiners: oooh, you just reminded me that i haven't tried the coffee here yet! am hoping they do it well too! :D

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  9. Michelle: now you have an excuse to stop here for some nourishment while jogging! and an extra reason to look forward to jogging! =)
    J: heheh, great childhood memories for many of us, rite. but yeah, now we have two things to imagine when we think of Acme: a cartoon & a cafe! :D

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  10. well i really like that pic where you take it from the view above. Very nice looking lamps too.

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  11. Sean, J: I accidentally wiki-ed Acme Corporation d first time around...hehe :P

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  12. Eiling: yeah, it's a very interesting space. lots of fun angles & quirky design details all over the restaurant! :D
    Ulric: ya, it's definitely one of those names that could be anything from a cafe to a construction company =)

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  13. OMG look at that steak! So gloriously pink and huge! I agree, it's a steal indeed! :)

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  14. Iamthewitch: heheh, oh yeah, especially in this part of the city center, where prices of everything are usually inflated! :D

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  15. Holy Molly ... Want the snails and Barrata Cheese fo sho!
    Trust me I just had my dinner involving beef, hot chocolate and a couple of oranges... and I'm not joking after seeing those pictures of the snail and Barrata I feel hungry for them. Not really for anything else.

    I have always liked snails. And salad kind of food that involves fruit or veggies with yummy looking dressing turns on my appetite easily! :p

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  16. Scrambled eggs with sesame dressing, interesting combination!
    Aiya I moved to new office already, otherwise can walk there for lunch.

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  17. Oh just noticed. Greyson Chance has been in Indonesia. Yesterday he showed up in a show on tv here and will again on Monday.. Live. :p
    But I think he must stop by Malaysia

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  18. Rad: heheh, i like your taste in food! and your appetite too. though beef followed by hot choc & oranges is a very interesting combination! p.s. ya, greyson left malaysia already. he had a mini-concert & some promotional appearances a few weeks ago. i think he's more popular in asia compared to america! =)
    CK: never mind, can still drive here for lunch! less than 10 minutes! :D there's an open-air parking lot just across the cafe, but i think it's usually full during the daytime on weekdays =)

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  19. Hehe I had the chocolate and oranges much later after the meal

    Oh, did you go to the concert?

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  20. Rad: oh ya, now I remember, you have a sweet tooth, and a weakness for chocolates :D heheh, nopes, I didn't attend the show. Must look to see if there are YouTube clips of it =)

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  21. True true true :p
    I do like chocolate, but not the bars. I like chocolate drinks.
    Sour candy is my most fave! Even the traditional Chinese ones that are basically dried fruit! So, you can say I have a sour tooth :p

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  22. Rad: heheh, we definitely have different kinds of teeth! i hate sour stuff, including all the pickled fruits, tart candy, ketchup, etc! :D

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  23. Oh I'll avoid anything sour for your bday then :p
    Whenever it is :))

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  24. Rad: heh, january 22. not too far away =)

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  25. Wow... I saw someone tweeted abt tis place.. and u just confirmed it to be good! Ahh.. wonder hw's parking's like?
    Cos I could foresee myself sitting here havin lunch over work when im in KL

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  26. Its opened. See this place everyday when we go to work and weren't sure if its opened...this post confirms it is indeed opened.

    The steak does look awesome. Alamak sauce? Cute!

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  27. Rad: heheh, i'll try to wish you a happy birthday when it happens! :D
    TNG: oh, parking is better in the evening, after office hours! there's a huge open-air lot just across the road from the cafe =)
    Missyblurkit: yaaa, they were supposed to have opened ages ago! but i guess they wanted to make sure everything was tip-top & totally ready :D

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  28. oh goshhhh i love caprese salads!! That cheese would have tasted amazing with those juicy tomatoes!!!!!

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  29. Vien: oh yeah, it's a spectacular salad when done right! I guess it's all in the ingredients. We need sweet, ripe cheese and the creamiest mozzarella :D

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  30. Hurm.. Acme Coffee and Bar is originated from UK. The setting is more like leisure dining and yet you will find the ambiance is very lay back so it is very suitable to eat, drink and hang out..

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  31. Just checked out the buffet brunch today... Everything was really really good. Well worth the money. Great environment, awesome toilets - they use some funky soap, amazing appetizers, wholesome main course dishes, mouth watering desserts... Yes yes yes... Highly recommended.

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