Saturday, May 5, 2012

Dinner @ The Red Beanbag

When we first had brunch at The Red Beanbag in December, we asked a member of its team whether they'd ever start operating for dinner. He smiled and said, "someday." Beanbaggers, behold: that day has come.


Extending its business hours through 10pm starting this week, RBB has expanded its menu; a simple but satisfyingly sweet and creamy pumpkin soup (RM15+) should please the legion of customers who've come to know this cafe in the past five months and collectively turned it into one of Solaris Dutamas' most talked-about eateries.

Mussels and clams in wine broth. Delicious, with rich reserves of brininess, but seems overpriced at RM35+ for a less-than-princely portion.


A fun facet of RBB: the cute names for its recipes. Salmon and Delilah (RM29.90+), soy-glazed fish steak with roasted pumpkins and potatoes _ not a masterwork of Biblical proportions but still mighty enjoyable.


Piping-hot potato skins stuffed with subtly spiced chicken sausages and mozzarella cheese (RM18+), mercilessly addictive, sufficient to send us into a starch-fed stupor.

The Leeky Duck (RM28.90+), smoked duck breast with leek and duck broth on a bed of spaghettini. Evoking an Oriental feel, this might be the preferred option for a Chinese matriarch who's more accustomed to mee sua than linguine carbonara. 


Trouty Mouth (RM18+), an open-face sandwich we gleefully gobbled. Smoked salmon, capers, lightly scrambled eggs and avocado on toasted sourdough.


Faithful followers will be heartened to hear that RBB has retained fan favorites like The Odd Cod (RM32.90++), pan-roasted marinated cod fish with anchovy butter sauce and spinach. 


Tale of an Ox (RM35.90+), slow-cooked oxtail with carrot puree, mash and sauteed veggies in balsamic sauce. We can't blame oxtail for being bony, though blandness can be corrected.

Chocolate Guinness cake (RM12.90+), dense but somehow not decadent.


Cherry tart with vanilla ice cream (RM10+). Fresher and fluffier than expected. 


Tim-Tam Slam _ hot chocolate with chocolate biscuits from Down Under.


At last, our liquor has come along. RBB now offers Sangria (RM75+ per jug) for a fruity Friday ...


... Aussie Lindemans Semillon Chardonnay (RM18+ per glass) ...


... Aussie Lindemans Cawarra Shiraz Cab (18+ per glass). Our dry days are over.


Service is still a shining point of RBB, and the nighttime setting sparkles with friendly warmth.
Earlier entries on The Red Beanbag:  December 12, 2011Dec. 20, 2011 and Jan. 17, 2012.


The Red Beanbag,
Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Closed Mondays.
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27 comments:

  1. The Trouty Mouth maybe the all day breakfast dish =)

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    1. Smitten By Food: it's actually on the noon-10pm menu, so it's not available for breakfast. meanwhile, the brekkie menu (eggs benedict, french toast, etc) is only served through 3pm, unfortunately...

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  2. I just had Trouty Mouth this morning at my dining hall. :D

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    1. Michelle: i trust that it provided mouthfuls of pleasure! :D

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  3. HAHA aww man. The names are cute except the Leeky Duck one! Now I can't stop imagining a duck leaking (gross!) but good to know that it's opening for dinners now! :D

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    1. Vien: heheh, the Leaky Duck sounds like a cool title for a nursery rhyme or a character in a cartoon! it could be friends with the Dripping Goose =)

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  4. wahooo! yummy food! I, hot chocolate with chocolate biscuits, you'll need to inform the waiter on your "special" need.

    is more expensive eh?

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    1. Edi: ya, just add RM2 for a piece of the tim-tam biscuit! :D

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  5. Lovely, that means I sit through breakfast to tea till dinner now! :P
    I won't say I love their food, but I do love the location, especially when I sat outside.
    Lovely breeze everytime!

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    1. TNG: ooh, i've not sat outside before. i'm always thinking it'd be a bit too warm. nice to hear that there's a breeze! :D

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  6. Will re-visit them soon for the dinner! Yesterday was too full to try any dish. Hehehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, they've revamped their breakfast menu also! now got eggs benedict served on french toast! :D

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  7. I must get back to this place and try their dinner. First time I visited they were only just opening with a light breakfast and lunch menu. Looks as though dinner is promising too.

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    1. The Yum List: hope you get the chance to check this place out! order a jug of sangria and it'll be an evening well spent! :D

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  8. dinner looks good. i certainly wouldn't mind the Trouty Mouth. And course its dinner..I can wine too:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: ya, and the wine by the glass is nicely priced and generously poured (though the white could be considered a bit on the harsh side; the red is somehow better) :D

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  9. Sean! My ex-colleague had been asking me to have breakfast at RBB weeks ago (apparently the french toast and coffee were good) but I still haven't stepped foot at RBB yet :-( Seeing your post here, I have the urge to drive over there now!! Arghh

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    1. Larina: your friend is right! the french toast here has won a lot of fans, and the coffee is getting a fair bit of praise too. the french toast is available on till 3pm though. maybe you can aim to head here next weekend! :D

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  10. A bit pricey though~ The Sangria looks so inviting!!!

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    1. Xijon: yeah, the prices for some of the items do seem a little high at first glance, but i think the desserts are quite well-priced. and the quality of the ingredients is very good :D

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  11. I must be the last person to visit this place, hvnt been there even once :(

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    1. Babe_KL: hey, no worries, you have a job and family that keeps you occupied. and this cafe will be around for a very long time, i think. hopefully you've been enjoying a lot of other good food in the meantime, ya =)

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  12. wah the guinness chocolate cake sure looked black. I wonder if its bitter?

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    1. Eiling: it had a nice flavor of stout, but i think our problem with it was that it wasn't as moist and creamy as we had hoped for :D

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  13. U successfully "poison" me again!

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, i'm happy to hear that :D

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  14. Is the restaurant halal to eat?

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