Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Willow Tree @ Hartamas

A sixty-second stroll from Souled Out, this Hartamas bistro looks like a pub, but it's setting its sights on more ambitious fare than mere chicken wings.

Willow Tree's Moroccan-raised chef Adi Elhadi cultivated his culinary career in London; unsurprisingly, his food could be considered British classics with Mediterranean undercurrents. But whatever its provenance, this garlic-mushroom tart _ glazed with warm, oozy goat cheese _ should prove undesirable only to vampires & people wary of strong flavors.

Freshly prepared creamy chicken liver parfait with onion chutney. Another recipe that might be a turn-off if you prefer mild-tasting dishes; moist bordering on mushy, the parfait is unmistakably made of offal, with a full-on fowl flavor that some will call foul.

Salmon fishcakes with a tomato-&-herb salsa. From the bread to the fishcakes, Willow Tree bakes & makes many items in its own kitchen. Give them a B+ for both the effort & the results (that goes for the efficient service team too).

Honey-roasted duck breast with coriander, caramelized beetroot, apricots & almond couscous. Prices here are exemplary in this era of escalating costs; customers who choose prudently can partake of a three-course meal _ including this duck _ for RM60 or less.

New Zealand leg of lamb with mushrooms, veggies & dauphinoise potatoes; essentially as good as what Hartamas' more established hangouts offer. While nothing here knocked our socks off, Willow Tree is a peaceful, pork-free alternative to Finnegan's & Jarrod & Rawlins.

Ice cream with chocolate sauce, tinged with 25-year-old balsamic vinegar for a sweet-sour bite.

Wine is sold by the glass & bottle. A low-key, easy-drinking variety, whatever this was.

Tom Collins & Whisky Sour. Decent cocktails too, not watered down or anything.

Taylor's Port & Archers Peach Schnapps.

Sunday Roasts are also available at Willow Tree, costing RM45 for adults & RM25 for kids. Expect hearty helpings of rib-eye beef with Yorkshire pudding.



Willow Tree @ Desa Sri Hartamas,
Wisma Rapid, Jalan 30/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-6201-2330
Open daily through midnight.
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36 comments:

  1. RM45 for a Sunday Roast! At that kind of price, let's hope they have a lot of Ribeye to roast.. =D

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    1. Adam: i totally forgot to ask whether it's an eat-all-you-can sunday roast or a single-platter deal! :D

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  2. 3 course fr abt RM60 seems alright. And the chef does took detailed care in his dishes. Balsamic vinegar.. let me try tht at home ;p
    So many places bakes their own bread now hor?

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    1. Rebecca: good balsamic vinegar with vanilla ice cream actually works quite well! la vie en rose & several other outlets do that balsamic-ice cream combo too, i think =) but ya, it seems like kitchen-made bread is becoming more of a trend now. and it's a good thing! the bread feels fresher & more wholesome :D

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  3. Nice decor...d honey-roasted duck n NZ leg of lamb looks bloody inviting...sometimes good is all u need =)

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    1. Ulric: yeah, it's hardworking, honest effort here. i'm not sure i'd return anytime soon, but i think it's still worth at least one visit =)

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    2. Agreed...must visit once to try...if it's suits me I will revisit with frens =)

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  4. That's so cool! They have Banksy art pieces.

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    1. J: heheh, all the artwork definitely helped to make it look different from other pubs :D

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  5. Wow, ice cream with ... vinegar?!? This I gotta try, ha ha.

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    1. Timing: hope the experiment is a success! :D

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  6. wah the food here looked so rich especially the pie with goat cheese and garlic. Sounds scary...

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    1. Eiling: ya, goat's cheese & garlic combined together are super-stinky! :D

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  7. I love the deco and the interesting paintings. :P

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    1. CK: can buy a replica of a painting like that and put up at your new place when you move in! :D

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    2. Haha, we already bought some small paintings from Japan last year!

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    3. CK: need some Western-style paintings to balance the eastern-style Japanese paintings! :D

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  8. Looks like more and more restaurant are offering sweet and savory desserts.. yummy..

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    1. Smitten by Food: it's an interesting & tasty combination! :D

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  9. In March, can u come to Cheras and review more outlets here, pretty please... hehe all these places are too far for me. Who knows u may uncover a gem in Cheras for us! ;P

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    1. Baby Sumo: ooh, i bet there are tons of gems in cheras! but i'd probably just get lost and end up in taman maluri when i'm trying to get to taman miharja :D

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    2. maluri and miharja are kinda next to each other:P

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  10. d lamb certainly looks delicious..
    yummy yummy

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    1. Simple Person: heheh, it was tender, though the taste might be a bit too gamy for some customers :D

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  11. Very unique dishes.. especially the chicken liver parfait.. looked like ice-cream! :P

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    1. Iamthewitch: you're right, i didn't notice that about the appearance of the parfait! ice cream that tastes like chicken liver, heheh :D

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  12. Mmmm...ice cream with 25 year old balsamic vinegar. I like! :)

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    1. Bangsar-Babe: it tastes as good as it sounds! :D

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  13. Ice-cream + balsamic vinegar = worth a try! ;)

    P.S. Mangosteens must perish! Go extinct, oh manggis-manggis... :P

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    1. Kenny: but make sure it's good-quality ice cream & good-quality balsamic before trying! :D
      p.s. if mangosteens ever go the way of the dodo, i'm not sure i'd want to carry on living either at that point :P

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  14. so the food was average? A sixty-second stroll from Souled Out eh.. did u time it? :P hehe

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    1. Ciki: ya, i think willow tree's food was slightly better than i expected, but still not enough to lure me back for now =) heh, 60-second stroll is my guesstimate! :D

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  15. RM60 for the 3 course is a good price considering the location.

    I reckon it won't be quiet now that you have reviewed the place:P

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, definitely reasonable prices. but it's a bit secluded, so i think it'll still have trouble attracting steady, solid business.
      p.s. oops, gosh, i didn't even know that miharja & maluri are next to each other! :D

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  16. Omg the ice creaaaaamm makes me wanna screeeaaaam haha. I'm curious about the vinegar taste in the ice cream.

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    1. Rad: let's all scream right now for ice cream! ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGH :D

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