Monday, April 23, 2012

Mulberry @ Ampang

If any restaurant in KL could be described as Chaplinesque, it might be Mulberry, thanks to portraits of the silent film star that stir a striking sense of nostalgia.

Mulberry throbs with a thriving lunch crowd, but evenings here are serene, enabling scattered tables of customers to stop & smell the truffle oil in this vegetarian-friendly spaghetti tossed with sauteed mushrooms, sugar peas & tomato confit.

From pasta to pizza, there's a something-for-everyone selection. The Santa Fe thin-crust special showcases a tasty mix of Tex-Mex flavors, with chicken, tomato salsa, avocados, sauteed onions, sour cream & cheese.

Beefing things up a bit with this Chef's Salad, comprising mesclun with beef pastrami, carrots, celeriac, Japanese cucumber, cherry tomatoes & red onions in a ginger sesame soy dressing. Always fun to find a place that serves salads worth savoring.

The rib-eye might prove too thin & tough, though the kitchen cooks this exactly medium-rare. What's terrific instead: the tangy tomato chipotle sauce & the choice of side dishes _ creamy, curried potato salad & garlic-scallion butter rice.

Mulberry's beef burger fares substantially better, featuring a patty thick with savory juices, bolstered by beef bacon, caramelized onions, melted cheddar, avocado puree & sour cream.

White & red wine are available by the glass & bottle ...

... at around RM12 a glass & RM90 per bottle.

Plenty of hard liquor; who knows if Chaplin _ never much of a drinker _ would have approved.

Mulberry opens weekdays; last orders are at about 9pm, but the kitchen may oblige latecomers.

All in all, Mulberry's not a bad hangout, offering largely enjoyable food & efficient service.

Mulberry Restaurant & Bar,
Ming Annexe (off Ming Building, near Jalan Bukit Nanas),
9, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
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41 comments:

  1. Am very attracted to the cozy seats:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: heh, i didn't lounge on those couches, but yeah, they sure look comfy =)

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  2. The first thing that came across my mind when i hear mulberry were silk worms and alexa chung.

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    1. Michelle: heheh, now the second thought you should get when you hear 'mulberry' is this restaurant! :D

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  3. hehe I thought it was the brand Mulberry! Ah well, food's as good as handbags too :P hmm. interesting choice of rice with potatoes!

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    1. Vien: heheh, i'm not a handbag fan, naturally, so it didn't cross my mind :D yeah, we wanted a lot of carbs that evening =)

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  4. How about the dessert or coffee? Will be nice to end a meal with dessert and coffee....

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    1. CK: oooh, i didn't see a dessert menu here! maybe it's not their focus right now :D

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  5. I really like those charlie chaplin pictures that adorn the walls. The beef burger looks really big too. Not sure if I can finish that all by myself.

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    1. Eiling: yeah, those photos have a romantic charm :D the burger was pretty intimidating! i think we didn't manage to finish the bun =)

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  6. The Sante Fe pizza and Chef's Salad looks good! :)

    Curried potato salad? Tats a first... =)

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    1. Ulric: my only complaint about the pizza is that even though it's thin-crust, it doesn't have the toastiness of wood-fire pizzas :D heheh, the potato salad feels like a bit of a fusion recipe, kinda malaysianized =)

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    2. Urksss...was d pizza crust d soft n chewy-type? :(

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    3. Ulric: nopes, it was fairly crisp & thin, but the dough itself was bland. the toppings were very tasty though, so it ended up being a good pizza in the end :D

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  7. I wonder why they named themselves Mulberry and not Chaplin. LOL

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    1. Baby Sumo: good question about the name! i never manage to find out, heh =)

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  8. Charlie Chaplin ...
    I saw the show a few times when I was a kid......
    very cozy environment .. i have the lamp too... kekeke

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    1. Simple Person: oh yeah, i love some of the chaplin movies. i have several dvds of his movies. very heartwarming =) ya, the environment is kinda interesting here too :D

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  9. What's Chaplinesque cuisine though? stuff they eat in the 20's? LOL. Burger looks interesting.. price?

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    1. Ciki: heheh, only the ambiance is chaplinesque, but the cuisine just feels western (with some malaysian fare served for lunch). but it'd be interesting to have chaplinesque cuisine, you're right! i think the burger was nearly RM30, including service charge =)

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  10. Love the artwork hanging off the wall and the decor. Somehow, the food plating kinda somewhat a lil dated and uninspiring from where I stand here. But thats just me being shallow and judging the book by its cover. What's the price point like?

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    1. Qwazymonkey: yeah, i gotta admit i prefer the artwork to the food too! you're right, the recipes could be more adventurous, though there are some little touches here and there to make everything appetizing =) oh, prices are reasonable here, most of the items are in the RM20-something range :D

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    2. RM20+? Then cannot complaint much lah. For that I'll go an admire Chaplin there

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    3. Qwazymonkey: if only they had a tv screen here that played Chaplin movies continuously throughout the day :D

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  11. wondering if i can replace the beef patties with pork in the burger :) that's really savouring!

    Latest: FiSh Castle

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    1. Fish: heheh, nice idea, but unfortunately, this outlet is pork-free :D

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  12. The thick beef patty in the burger has all my attention!

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    1. Iamthewitch: true, we were very pleased when we saw the patty too! :D

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  13. Chaplinesque :-) Think you invented a new word. I like it.

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    1. The Yum List: heheh, it deserves a place in the dictionary! :D

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  14. Lub the poster of Chaplin in the second last pic. I think Charlie would approve... :D

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    1. Kenny: i think chaplin-loving customers would approve too! :D

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  15. With that thick burger patty, I'm hoping for it to be filled with oozing cheese. Haha. But sadly, not many, or maybe none, places do that.

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    1. Chong: heh, it's been a long time since I've seen that cheese-oozing-out-of-patty thing too! So long that I can't remember where anymore :D

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  16. The decor caught my eye more than the food, hehe ;-)

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    1. Pureglutton: hehe, hopefully they'll hang more chaplin artwork around! so far there are only three portraits :D

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  17. Hi... was the food actually good though you made it sound deliciuos?

    Also, howz the parking in the area?

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    1. Jef: the food's not bad. not fantastic, but reasonable. i'd recommend it if you work in this area, or if you want to find a new place for a nice group dinner with a RM30++ per person budget. parking is OK in the evening, but might be a bit difficult during office hours =)

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  18. Hi, what's the price range and they don't open on weekends?

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    1. Kathleen: i believe they're closed on weekends. prices are around RM20-30 for main courses, about average for KL cafes =)

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