Sunday, May 27, 2012

Flavours @ Telawi & Suanson @ Bangkung

Fourth time's the charm? Chef Riz Redz has opened Flavours Restaurant at the Telawi address where Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa, Nasi Lemak Tanglin and Heritage Food consecutively lived and died since 2009.

One thing remains constant: there's always nasi lemak here. Flavours' nicely presented rendition (about RM6) tastes fair, thanks to a satisfyingly savory sambal, though the rice could be much more moist and fragrant.

Flavours offers traditional side dishes to accompany the rice: have some rendang ayam nagori (RM6), or choose from the selection of ayam kampung goreng bumbu, dendeng daging balado, sambal tumis sotong kering and paru goreng.

Western fare sits alongside Asian recipes on Flavours' menu. For a pasta that partners the best of both sides of the culinary world, this spaghetti flooded with buttermilk garlic sauce, cili padi, curry leaves and crispy calamari is absolutely addictive.

Our visit to Flavours last week was during its trial run, so only rice and pasta were available. But in the weeks ahead, expect to see familiar favorites from Chef Riz's original outlet, On The Table _ such as his signature beef burgers and beef goulash pie _ surface at Flavours.
Entry on On The Table at Solaris Dutamas: June 9, 2010.


Seeking sweets, we took a three-minute jaunt to Jalan Bangkung, where Suanson's Specialty Cakes sells some of Bangsar's most voluptuously creamy cupcakes.

Besides the chocolate mousse and red velvet cupcakes, it's worth trying Suanson's madeleines, muffins, eclairs, cream puffs and everything else that's on the shelves. To trot out a cliche, each bite is a delight.

Pineapple tarts, mini ones that are no less mouthwatering than bigger varieties.


Flavours Kitchen,
51G, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur.

Suanson Specialty Cakes (closes early in the evening),
Jalan Bangkung, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.

32 comments:

  1. The two outlets have the same chairs!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Baby Sumo: oops, the photos of the decor are all actually of Flavours only. i didn't snap any pics of Suanson's interior, heh :D

      Delete
  2. is that a real plant in your last pic?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Simple Person: errmm, i think ya. but i'm not sure :D

      Delete
  3. oh wowwww that pasta looks and sounds so rich! My brother loves buttermilk chicken so, I'm sure he'll love that pasta! :P

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Vien: ooo, I'm usually lukewarm about buttermilk, but I guess when it's used right, it does become a star ingredient! :D

      Delete
  4. You do love your desserts eh...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Michelle: only the ones that are fresh and creamy, heheh =)

      Delete
  5. I do like to try the spaghetti with crispy calamari ....

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. “追食富迪”: it's quite a heavy portion, can be shared by two people =)

      Delete
  6. Cili padi and curry leaves to go with pasta actually sounds divine. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Kenny: ooh, it could be a pasta recipe you could personally prepare at home! :D

      Delete
  7. Buttermilk garlic sauce and cili padi sound good, but how about the texture of the pasta?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. CK: oh, i think the pasta texture was OK, but maybe some customers might prefer it to be more al dente :D

      Delete
  8. Looks like you have a bit of a sweet tooth. :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The Yum List: and a salty tooth too, heh :D

      Delete
  9. I still can't believe that he gave a fake resume.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Smitten by Food: ahhh, i haven't been keeping track of the aftermath of that mini-scandal =)

      Delete
  10. Haha...i like how u described them as "voluptuous"! They really look sinful & sweet! I'm sure Chef Riz's fans will be making a beeline to his cafe ;-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Pureglutton: oh yeah, i was pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable suanson's cupcakes are :D i think chef riz's place might do OK at bangsar. and prices are not too steep, if i recall correctly =)

      Delete
  11. Wanted to try the food at Flavours on Saturday, but the staff didn't seem bothered about business so I went elsewhere instead. That pasta sure looks yummy! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Bangsar-babe: yikes! the staff seemed pretty friendly during my visit, though some of them were too confused about which dishes were available that night and which ones weren't :D

      Delete
  12. Old fashion pineapple tarts! That looks good. Love them in this presentation rather than those that wrapped the pineapple filling inside. At least with this if the filling is too sweet, I can just eat the pastry o the side and pass on the sweeter part to the hubster.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Missyblurkit: you're right, i'm more used to this presentation too, since that's how my grandmother and aunts used to make it in malacca! :D

      Delete
  13. wah the presentation of Nasi lemak looks like it's coming out from a fine dining kitchen.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Eiling: yeah, the presentation is definitely noteworthy :D

      Delete
  14. Big name,high expectations, poor delivery. disappointment. KFC has better flavored chicken.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Geneveive: yikes, it's sad to hear about a disappointed customer. let's hope they take note of your complaints and make the necessary improvements...

      Delete
  15. given time they will improve,it's only just the 1st month..put yourself in the shoes of the people working in the F&B line..

    its a struggle to find to correct time flow

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sargeantfish: yep, here's crossing our fingers that Flavours will be around for a long time =)

      Delete
  16. Went to Flavours and very much disappointed. Bad service, price was way ridiculous and the cake wasn't that fantastic either.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Inga: sorry to hear about your experience. i haven't managed to revisit this place, but maybe soon.

      Delete