It's a hit! The BIG Group's Hit & Mrs opened at Bangsar this week, instantly becoming one of the best in The BIG Group's repository of restaurants.
This two-level eatery & lounge will lure many to Lorong Kurau, thanks to the promise of ambitious fare served in a striking setting.
The surface level comprises up to twelve tables, while the upper floor has sections evocative of Ipoh's Burps & Giggles (Seksan's Sekeping influence looms large).
The lounge is like the antithesis of Tate, less sleek but more idiosyncratic, with a P. Ramlee vintage corner inundated with tunes Saloma would sing.
What about the food? From the time the multi-grain bread with super-soft butter surfaces, customers will be in the safest of hands.
The mastermind behind this amuse bouche of watermelon, goat's cheese, basil & olive oil is Mashad, a Malaysian who recently returned after seven years working in establishments in Portugal, Germany, Austria, Denmark & Switzerland.
Salmon with horseradish cream & celery. Here's how Hit & Mrs works: the menu is meant to change everyday; customers can order a la carte dishes, or have an eight-course tasting meal for roughly RM175++ per person.
Mashad's cross-continental training becomes evident in recipes like this foie gras parfait, practically akin to gelato, with brioche & cranberry jam.
Double the foie, double the fun: Liver paired with peanut butter crumbs (!) & raspberry jam.
Cod fish with brown butter & chestnut cream. Hit & Mrs tries to be inventive; for the risks it takes, for the out-of-the-box cooking that it supplies, it's well worth supporting.
Plan B to Ben's, Botanical to Shucked, BIG's experiments have sometimes worked & sometimes needed work; this one nails the target right off the bat.
15, Lorong Kurau, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.