Monday, May 14, 2012

Flora Terrace @ Hampshire Place

Taking up the first spot for eateries at the Hampshire Place Residences, Flora Terrace is a spacious, striking setting that will likely lure ladies who lunch.

Spaghetti aglio olio gets a Malaysian makeover here, sprinkled liberally with salty pieces of pickled tenggiri, shaved parmesan and bell peppers, tossed in olive oil, basil and chili flakes. About RM24.

Linguine pesto, with bunga kantan, daun kesum and baby kailan. The floral-herbal notes seem strangely understated, while the pasta swings perilously close to sogginess.

Grilled spring chicken with polenta, baby spinach, garlic, onions and honey mustard sauce. Finger-lickin' good in terms of taste and tenderness. About RM30.

Pan-seared Norwegian salmon with pomelo lemon butter sauce, lentil ragout, baby bok choy and tomato salsa. Well-executed, with enough creativity to help it stand out a little (though not a lot). About RM40.

Tapai pulut with green tea ice cream and mango compote. If you like fermented food, you'll probably be pleased with the playfulness of this creative combo. About RM18.








Chinese pancakes layered with mascarpone cheese, with yam ice cream. Flora's main courses are solid, but the sweets are what might keep folks coming.

Alas, no alcohol is served here. That'll deter us from returning soon, but here's something to look forward to: Italian restaurant Tatto will relocate from Jalan Damai to Hampshire Place this year.




Flora Terrace,
Jalan Mayang Sari, Off Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur.
Parallel to Jalan Yap Kwan Seng and Jalan Ampang.
Closed Sundays, open through late on other days.
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33 comments:

  1. I quite like the decor here, esp the 2nd last photo you took.

    At first glance, I thought the chinese pancakes was a mille feuille.

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, on one hand, i think this place is a little too "pretty" for me, and bordering close on sterile in its colors, but i'm betting a lot of folks will like it =)
      heheh, it's a mille-feuille made of chinese pancakes! i'd recommend this place for those two creative desserts :D

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  2. I've been watching this place slowly renovate and finally open when I pass it every morning on the way to work! Been thinking of giving it a try, but wasn't sure if they did affordable lunches or dinners. Thanks for the heads up! Was wondering when you blog about it. hahaha

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    1. Drops of contentment: yeah, from outside, and based on their vague name, it was difficult to predict what kinda food they might serve. Oooh, I forgot to mention, it looked like many of their recipes intentionally have a floral theme: edible flowers, in the pastas and main courses! :D

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  3. The place looks nice and the price quite reasonable.
    Would like to try that Chinese pancakes, interesting combination.

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    1. CK: ya, maybe you can check it out for lunch or dinner, since it's not too far from your office. my friend and i liked the chinese pancakes. it was not oily at all, but still tasted fresh :D

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  4. Nice decor! But yeah, no alcohol is no fun. :P

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    1. Bangsar-babe: heh, i think they have a halal certification, so customers also can't bring their own bottles =)

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  5. the salmon looks good...
    I agree no alchohol is no fun .. and now I am quiting alchohol...
    I am such no fun .. sigh...

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    1. Simple Person: yeah, juicy and moist and fresh and flavorsome salmon, heheh =) oh no! maybe you can continue drinking a bit of wine. one or two glasses of red wine can be healthy. antioxidants =)

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  6. so colourful, very cheerful indeed!

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    1. Choi Yen: oh yeah, tall windows, so quite a bit of natural sunlight during the daytime :D

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  7. Can't believe I'm about to type this but no alcohol might be a good thing - the setting looks dizzying enough with all of those swirls and stripes. :-)

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    1. The Yum List: hahah, yeah, there is a bit of a psychedelic grooviness going on here! :D

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  8. This is such a chic place!! Friday lunch place! =D

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    1. Smitten by Food: oh yeah, this could be a nice place for a leisurely two-hour lunch on fridays :D

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  9. tapai pulut looks very interesting :) what a great place to chill

    Latest: Spiciest Thai Food

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    1. Fish: i'm usually not a fan of tapai, but it was interesting to eat it with green tea ice cream! =)

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  10. wow it's seriously fusion here! hope they turn out well

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    1. Babe_KL: yeah, i think the pastas could be fine-tuned some more (they need to be more al dente, for one thing), but the desserts are definitely worthwhile :D

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  11. Interesting Asian fusion.. but I think I pass on the pickled tenggiri pasta hahaha :P

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    1. Ciki: heheh, i don't think i'd order that pasta again, but it was probably worth trying once :D

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  12. Spaghetti aglio olio with salted fish? Hmmmm...I could try that out of curiosity.

    But the idea of eating pulut tapai sounds fun! Love this Malay dessert much!

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    1. Missyblurkit: ya, i think some customers might enjoy the salty kick from the fish :D ya, the dessert definitely seized my attention. it was the one item i knew i wanted to order =)

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  13. where is this place eactly located?any nearby landmark?love the environment...

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    1. Cindy: I think imagine this ... If u're coming from jalan ampang, and ampark park shopping center is on your left, turn left into jalan tun Razak. Go straight, then take the left turning on the road before jalan yap kwan Seng. It's on the same turning as menara tokio marine I think...

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  14. this is a malay restaurant actually. that should answer to the non alcohol and halal certification. :) razak, the owner is the founder of well known Flora Etc. they started with flora cafe, Ampwalk jalan Ampang where the Flora main office located. http://www.facebook.com/florakafeampwalk . i love this cafe so much. the atmosphere is so romantic. i personally like their pineapple tart in flora cafe.

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    1. i.Z.z.A.t.i S.a.N.U.s.I: thanks for the info! i'll definitely try to visit Flora Cafe someday. i love pineapple tarts, and it sounds like Flora does a nice one :D

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  15. are u confirm that they got halal cert?

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    1. Diamond: they don't serve alcohol and they don't serve pork, and i think their service team mentioned they're a halal eatery =)

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  16. Great review!

    Gonna dine out here with bunch of buddies this coming Saturday. Would jeans + tee shirt + snickers considered under dressed?

    Thanks

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    1. Zeno: i think it sounds perfect. no worries, it's a reasonably casual cafe, i believe, despite some of the decor =)

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  17. Unless you mind the not-so-friendly manager, Roslan i think is the name, and the not-so-great food, this place may be it. Yet again, one may want to go to an eatery for tne delicious food to eat, not solely for the beautiful place to sit in. - my two cents -

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