Monday, September 17, 2012

Tabla & Temptations


These two outlets at Changkat Bukit Bintang offer entertaining-sounding fare, though the results are erratically hit-and-miss.


Let's start with Tabla, which serves Indian fusion recipes, such as chicken masala burger with onions, mushrooms and mango chutney. Sounds more unusual than it tastes; the marination for the meat and the use of spices both fall a little short in flavor.


Crab meat in wonton mille-feuille. A creative victory, thanks to meaty crustacean flesh and light, crisp crackers that work well together with a tangy salad.


Mutton vindaloo thin-crust pizza. Too much second-rate cheese makes this too heavily gooey; a shame, since the mutton vindaloo on its own isn't too shabby.


Bangalore Tea Party (same as a Boston Tea Party) and Cuba Libre Tangga (with coconut).


Hilariously named cocktails: Indira Gandhi (essentially a Bloody Mary with both Worcestershire & tobasco sauce) and Bond @ Delhi (a Dirty Martini with olives).


Also on this street: Temptations Kitchen and Bar, which serves a strange mix of Mexican and Indian fare in an almost throbbing-disco setting.


Super-filling finger food (is that an oxymoron?): Kathi wraps _ thosai-thin, griddle-cooked bread stuffed with mutton, chicken and spices. Not haute cuisine, but even a mouthful might prove hearty enough to satisfy carb-and-protein cravings.


More intriguing cocktails: Viaveneto (hennessy, sambuca, lemon juice, sugar syrup, egg white) and Denmark Ice Tea (beer, tequila, lime juice).




Tabla and Temptations,
Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.
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20 comments:

  1. Ah, looks like u were more impressed with the drinks than the food.

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    1. Baby Sumo: heh, the only dish i'd recommend is the crab wonton mille-feuille. but i guess they deserve some acknowledgment for trying something a bit different =)

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  2. U always luv drink more than food..

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    1. Cindy: heh, i love both almost the same :D

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  3. yes I agree that the crab meat in wonton mille-feuille is very creative...

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    1. Simple Person: yeah, and the crab tastes nice and fresh, luckily :D

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  4. Still don't know how to appreciate Indian food, but Indian Fushion, hmmm, maybe can try? :P

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    1. CK: i hope there'll be more malay and chinese fusion in KL :D

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  5. Fusion food can be really awesome, it also has potentially to be shockingly bad.

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    1. The Yum List: heh, that's true. i think the fusion here was neither though. it was just a stomach-filler, in the end =)

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  6. Been here before, I don't know why I couldn't make up my mind what to order so I had some cocktails only..;P

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    1. Eunice: heheh, can't go wrong with cocktails, usually! :D

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  7. Ok, not tempted with anything.. hehehe! :)

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    1. TNG: temptation will come very, very soon!

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    1. Mr Lonely: yummy for the tummy! :D

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  9. The crab meat in wonton mille-feuille...a reminder to self to eat it really fast or else it would probably be too soft by the time we get the perfect shot:P

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    1. Missyblurkit: that's true! the crispier the mille-feuille, the more enjoyable! :D

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  10. hmmm... didn't notice Tabla when I was in Changkat BB. I must have been blind or there are simply too many new restaurants that come and go.

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    1. Eiling: yeah, i'm not sure tabla will be around for very long either! true, many of the pubs at changkat only last for a few years...

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