Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Jarrod & Rawlins @ Bangkung

Jarrod & Rawlins unveiled a Bangsar branch this month, making a prudent play for this neighborhood's meat-hungry clientele.

The food is reassuringly recognizable, the setting on Jalan Bangkung is perfectly polished; after all these years in the F&B business, these guys know what they're doing, so sit back & start a satisfying meal with this salad of streaky bacon, scallops & pumpkin seeds.

Fish pie, creamy & comforting. When we wondered what fish was used, our server didn't need to head to the kitchen to find out. She replied confidently, "Norwegian Emerald fish" (a breed of sustainable farmed tilapia).

Numerous touches kept this meal running smoothly. On the menu, these lamb-&-cranberry sausages with red wine gravy are partnered with mashed potatoes, but when we sought mushy peas instead, our request was met without reservation.

Crucially, everything emerges on the table exactly as ordered. We added this grilled prime tenderloin late in the evening, and again, our server impressed. Without taking notes, even though we also bombarded her with a new wine order, she got all the details right _ medium-rare, with baked potato & chive-horseradish butter.

Complimentary bacon, cooked in multiple ways, such as fried or prepared in brine.

Creme brulee, also on the house (thanks!). Can't complain about any of the food; everything's delicious _ not mind-blowing, but still clearly well-prepared.

House sparkling, offered by the bottle & the glass.

Three house reds & three whites are available by the glass (all around RM30).

Tanqueray & Bombay gin & tonic.

Port wine, also possible by the glass. Even though this is a watering hole, families can feel welcome, taking a table at the non-rowdy, non-smoking section.

Roaming around Bangsar, we also stopped at Moo Cow's latest spin-off at Telawi.

Oops! We gobbled up our fro-yo so fast, we forgot to snap a photo of it. This month's flavor is Winter Melon, a lovely treat, terrific when topped with melon seeds.

Moving on to see what Les Deux Garcons is selling these days. Can't help loving the L'aveline _ creamy hazelnut dacquoise cake, topped with noisette praline & berries.

Must have macarons. We thanked heaven for the opportunity to snatch LDG's sole table indoors, enjoying the air-conditioned comfort while nibbling on vodka lime & capsicum macarons.
Main entry on Les Deux Garcons: November 15, 2011.



Jarrod & Rawlins,
Jalan Bangkung, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.

41 comments:

  1. J&R's opened to close to their other branch in Dsara? Or are they closing that one?

    Honestly, I don't get Moo Cow. I somehow prefer Tutti Frutti over them. But for its price, I guess one can't quite complain eh?

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    1. Qwazymonkey: oh, they closed their branch in desa sri hartamas. so the three J&R outlets in KL are now in bangsar, damansara heights & ampwalk on jln ampang =) gosh, i'm embarrassed to say i think i've never tried tutti frutti. but i do really like moo cow. and i'm a sucker for how their electronic cows at each branch really do emit a "moooooo!"

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  2. Always love d lamb burger at J&R...especially with a runny sunny side-up egg n cheese...omglicious!

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    1. Ulric: heheh, i was soooo tempted to order a burger during this dinner (probably would have had the pork one), but too much food already :D

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    2. Imho the lamb patty trumps d pork one in J&R =)

      I can't believe wat I m seeing...Sean stating 'it's too much food' :P

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    3. Ulric: heheh, okies, will remember to try the lamb burger at J&R someday =) ya, i think my metabolism is slowing down a lot suddenly. must be age catching up on me :D

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    4. So it's like from a bottomless pit to a deep pit is it? =)

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    5. Ulric: might be a shallow drain by the end of the year =)

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    6. Just checked their website...they discontinued the lamb burger...why...why...pls tell me why?...waaaahhhhh :(

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  3. hmm, i should come here sometime when i'm back in kl.

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    1. Michelle: there's a good chance you'll enjoy the food here, i think =)

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  4. Norwegian Emerald Fish does sure sound like a more pleasant and "atas" name than "tilapia"..

    J&J opening up here to provide competition to the other bangkung restaurants?

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    1. Joe: heheh, i had never heard of "norwegian emerald fish" before this month! :D ya, this might provide a bit of competition to leonardo's maybe. though i think their customer base would still be different enough =)

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  5. Ohh.. J&R nearer + more accessible now!
    Parking along Bangkung is so easy!
    And moo cow is everywhere!! OMG!! Telawi - again very accessible to me, though the 1U one already doin much damage to my wallet! :P

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    1. TNG: yeaaah, i definitely prefer this bangkung outlet to the hartamas outlet that they closed :D heheh, i think i could get addicted to moo cow. i wonder if they'll have a branch in KLCC anytime soon (the most convenient location for me) =)

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  6. Lovely review, sir. Fair and balanced, just like the meal. :)

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    1. Kenny: lovely comment, sir. fair and balanced also, heheh :D

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  7. Eeks have heard of J& R plenty of times before, but have never eaten there before. Guess that should be fixed soon, I believe they do a mean breakfast?

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    1. Baby Sumo: oh ya, they have the usual all-day breakfast english fry-up. and on weekends, from 11am till 3pm, they have eggs benedict, and scrambled eggs with smoked salmon on toast :D

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  8. J&R usually doesn't disappoint. Good that they are now in Bangsar. Love that lamb & cranberry sausage dish and that bacon salad. Hmmm...is complimentary bacon served for everyone?

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    1. Pureglutton: heheh, no, i think they were experimenting with the bacon in the kitchen, and coincidentally we were there and we looked hungry, so they kindly offered us some :D

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  9. J&R is the best alcoholic best?

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    1. Nikel: better than all the rest? heheh, nah, but it's still very good :D

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  10. The food looks so much better than the branch in Hartamas! That's probably one of the reason it closed down! The last time I had my lunch there, the service was terrible and the food was just bad! Might give the Bangsar one a chance thought :)

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    1. Vien: yikes! ya, i wasn't really a fan of the hartamas outlet either. i think my favorite is their damansara heights bungalow outlet, but that probably has more to do with the nice ambiance there :D

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  11. the fish pie sounds interesting although I hadn't heard of the name of the fish before. :)

    Latest: Authentic Thai Food outside Thailand!

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    1. Fish: it's a decent-tasting fish. maybe a bit like sea bass :D

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  12. Always wanted to try J&R but have not done so. It's partly due to the location as I'm pretty lost around Damansara area. This new one should be easier to find, for me at least. Hehe.

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    1. Chong: true! it's pretty difficult to get lost on jalan bangkung, heh! i think J&R might actually be able to acquire a whole set of new fans in this location :D

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  13. A new J&R eh? I like their pork sausages. Usually tapau to fryup at home on weekend! That's about the only thing I can cook. Bacon eggs, sausages.. English fryup! hehe. Moo Cow - don't like. Tutti Frutti is better!

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    1. Ciki: sounds like a deliciously good recipe to serve as breakfast in bed for Cumi! :D heheh, i should check out Tutti Frutti! then i can finally make a personal comparison with Moo Cow =)

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  14. We haven't visited Les Deux Garcons quite awhile, it's time to go back and try their new desserts.

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    1. CK: and now got one small table inside the air-conditioned section. Can seat three people! :D

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  15. wow d beef looks so juicy n nice ..
    i bet it was very delicious..

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    1. Simple Person: you're right, it was enjoyable. good flavor, worth chewing, heheh :D

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  16. wow finally Jarrod&Rawlins is available elsewhere. They really have some nice food there and the parking at the Damansara outlet is just so difficult.

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    1. Eiling: true! you'll never suffer any parking blues at the bangkung outlet :D

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  17. Another good establishment for Bangkung Row. That street is certainly a good street for food. The beef is good. Somehow I've only been doing oinkies at JR...the pic warrants a try:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: oh yeah, i think i prefer bangkung to telawi. every outlet in bangkung is a good one, heh =) ya, i think J&R does everything well, from pork to beef & lamb to even chicken and fish! :D

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  18. Is there any food have to make reservation?

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  19. Which outlet is better for a birthday celebration with boyfriend?

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