Thursday, November 29, 2012

Hit & Mrs @ Bangsar

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.

Aussie tenderloin with BBQ gnocchi & onion toffee. Hit & Mrs (be alert, it's Hit, not Hits) currently opens only for dinner, but closes Mondays.

For sharing, this spiced-up Sangria could satisfy four.

Fino Intro (fino sherry, sweet vermouth, maraschino cherry, angostura bitter, lemon twist).

Weekend brunches are expected to be unveiled soon. We'll be here (someday)!

From 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.

Much of the charm might be derived from this location, smack amid shop lots where being fashionable has never been paramount.

Hit & Mrs has faced obstacles; four of Mashad's kitchen crew left even before the opening, but in spite of those troubles, a terrific evening can be had here.



Hit & Mrs,
15, Lorong Kurau, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2282-3571
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48 comments:

  1. RM175++ set for me please :)
    Or maybe the menu would have something interesting for me.. will visit soon!

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    1. TNG: oh ya, the tasting set is a good way to sample more of the dishes at a reasonable price. on the a la carte menu, the starters are about RM25, while the mains are at least RM50 =)

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  2. Wow...u r fast! o.O

    Invention is good...as long as it works...hehe =)

    Ada veal kah?...hehe :P

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    1. Ulric: ooo, no veal so far, but i think it'll make an appearance eventually. just impossible to predict when :D

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  3. Oh wow, another restaurant under BIG? That makes like what, two dozen eateries around KL?

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    1. Timing: i've totally lost count! and i'm sure there'll be more opening in the months ahead :D

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  4. I want to try that foie gras parfait and foie gras with peanut butter!!! :D

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    1. CK: the chef here really enjoys using foie gras! :D

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  5. wowowowow who would have thought of putting pb & j with foie gras??!!! This place looks fantastic!!!!!

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    1. Vien: i love the look of this place, and i think a lot of people are gonna fall in love with it too. and ya, it's nice to have a foie gras-peanut butter combo instead of the usual foie with pear, etc =)

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  6. the fact that they have such a catchy name for this place proves this to be a HIT! I want to visit this place!

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    1. Eiling: yeah, the BIG group always comes up with super-cool names. i think you'll like this place. i loved it! :D

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  7. Nice play of words in the name, a twist to the phrase "hits and misses". Food looks good... Prices?

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, a fun pun :D prices are OK. starters around RM25, mains around RM50 =)

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  8. Interior definitely something to attract the crowd!

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    1. Choi Yen: ya, that's true, the decor is beautiful! :D

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  9. another new member from the Big Group?!?! ;D interesting!! I wonder how good is their food...;P

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    1. Eunice: i'd say the food here is definitely a step up from many of their other restaurants (it's supposed to be so, heh) =)

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  10. Liver pate and peanut butter! That certainly perked me up when I was dozing off in the middle of work.. *shh* :P I have always loved and supported BIG's establishments, glad to know that this one is good too!

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    1. Iamthewitch: heheh, always happy to help friends stay awake at work :D and ya, there are both hits and misses in the BIG group, but i think it's safe to say that Hits & Mrs is a hit (so far!) :D

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  11. The bathroom sign is so nicely ol skool!

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    1. Missyblurkit: oh yeah, i had to snap a pic of it! love it :D

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  12. The BIG Group seriously know their stuff, and they keep every place so different and quirky! Impressed...definitely a place to head for something special. Plus who can resist fois gras?

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: quirky's a great word for Hit & Mrs! and yeah, definitely different, not a cookie-cutter cafe at all. i'm looking forward to more visits here :D

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  13. not particularly a huge fan of BIG Group's food but this one sure looks damn enticing!

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    1. KY: yeah, i think this one could be my No. 1 recommendation for BIG restaurants :D

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  14. I sure love the look of the decor here too. The food looks good too, very tempted to try the 8-course menu. Hubby wants to go soon too (hooray!). Btw how come I dont see any desserts?

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    1. Baby sumo: ya, it's the perfect marriage of good food and a great ambiance. heheh, your comment arrived exactly the moment i posted part 2 of hit & mrs, complete with desserts! :D

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  15. So since this is the HIT for BIG, which do you reckon is BIG's misses? :)
    Everything here looks sooooo good!

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    1. LooKyan: i think the BIG group's Ricetaurant at Bangsar Village hasn't lived up to its potential =) but ya, this one here is a real hit =)

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  16. I am not a fan of BiG Group's food but I am curious to try their tasting meal. Perhaps this one will change my mind.

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    1. Quay Po Cooks: yeah, this is quite a sharp contrast from the other BIG outlets. it helps that the chef here has ideas and inspirations of his own, heh =)

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  17. Visited yesterday and was quite disappointed. For starters, we had the foie gras parfait and the salmon & celery. Former was interesting. Salmon was ok. For mains, we had the lamb, barley and peas, the tenderloin & gnocchi, the scallops with risotto and the chicken with trufflondaise and quinoa. The lamb was the best dish. Chicken was interesting and pretty tender. Scallops with risotto and the chicken were nothing to shout about. Desserts: peanut butter & chocolate was a winner; rhubarb was interesting and the tiramisu rather disappointing. Decor was superbly done, as always with BIG outlets. Customer service, not so. Friendly staff, but rather inefficient. Waiter did not know what fish of the day was (I missed that it was on the menu; he said he would check it out and never came back to me), had to ask several times for our water to be refilled (sometimes, asking 3 times for one cup to be refilled), we had to share one menu between 5 of us (they gave 2 initially then had to 'borrow' one for another table as there were not enough), and staff were on more than one occasion just standing by the counter not doing much. Lots of style; can't say much for the substance.

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    1. Jessica: sorry to hear that hit & mrs was not up to par with your expectations. but thanks for leaving this comment, and i hope the team there have listened to your feedback and taken it into account to make the necessary improvements =)

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  18. Service no good. Wait for more than half an hour for food. Waiter pass food across my guest.

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  19. Spent more than half of the 3 hours dining there waiting for our food to be served, rather than enjoying the food .

    okay ,fair enough it may take some time to prepare the food as we ordered the 8 course tasting menu each and we had more than 8 pax , but
    1 . The food was not hot when it was served to us .
    2 . The staff were not very attentive , and as Jessica had mentioned in the previous comment , the staff were on more than one occasion , standing by the counter , not doing much . (perhaps the reason why the food was not hot when served )
    3 . The restaurant was barely packed .. what took them so long to serve us our food ?

    it was a disappointing dining experience.

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    1. Amelia: that's a shame, i hope you made your disappointment clear to the manager here, yeah.

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    2. Dear Amelia, Sorry to hear your bad experience, I apologize for that and hope you would try us out again in the coming months. Were a very young restaurant that would need time to develop. Many thanks for the comment.

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  20. They certainly picked the right name for this restaurant. Well the later not the former part of the name that is! What a poor outcome to what could have been a good result, but what they've ended up with is overpriced and precocious. My wife and I went there Wednesday night.. undaunted by the limited extent of the menu we ordered, soup, the beef and the lamb, albeit astounded by the 65rm price tags..thought they were going to be great..the waitress told me I was ordering the 'rack of lamb'. And we ordered a bottle of the Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc - the wine came but was hot.."just arrived today"..the option was to sit and watch it in the ice bucket.. or drink it with ice....

    The lamb rack arrived, actually it was 2 lamb cutlets.. <10RM at Ben's supermarkets, with a scrape of barley/peas and mash - approx 5RM again at Ben's supermarkets.. the meal was ok, albeit very small.

    Then the bill came an extra 10RM each as we had missed the small print.. 10RM surcharge for ordering a 'large plate' with meat..ha-ha you have to be joking! They gave me a 20% staff discount .. after ruining my night...just exceeded the 20RM surcharge!! Obviously the BigGroup has got too Big and lost touch with it's customers.. or should I say ex-customers.. I'm hoping I can get a restaurant review slot in the next Expat Magazine.. and share my views...

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    1. Bill: thanks for sharing your experience. i haven't been back here this year, but i am definitely sad to hear that some customers have been disappointed with their experiences here.

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    2. Dear Bill , Thank you for your comments. We will look into the comments and will try to provide you with a better Dining Experiance.

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  21. dinner here 2mro! :D

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    1. Ciki: yay! hope you enjoy it, ya =)

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  22. Went here on Friday at 7pm with 4 friends.

    Like: Funky decor, wine list

    Dislike: untransparent pricing, value for money, execution, service, stupid over-sized bowls

    My experience mirrors that of Bill's above. We were all very puzzled with the surcharges. We asked, but there wasn't an adequate explanation, just a mumbling about ingredients.

    I had scallop starter (10RM surchage) and cod & mash main course for which I paid a 20RM surcharge. Where the extra money went I really don't know. I've eaten a LOT of cod before in decent restaurants, but the execution and quality of mine was terrible. It had clearly been frozen and was tough, almost as though it had been micro-wave defrosted. At the end of the day, this is cod and mash - does it justify an 85RM++ price tag?

    My friend's lamb cutlets did not arrive. Did not arrive. Did not arrive. "We're terribly sorry, the chef forgot"... excuse me, but WTF? His arrived 10 minutes after we had all finished.

    The bill for 5 people came to 200RM per person - that included two bottles of wine (admittedly decent Gruner Veltliner), three starters and three shared desserts.

    Overall, very poor value for money.

    It sounds like a snooty expat thing (and I know more mature dining cities have incredible value for money) but for the equivalent of 115RM in London I could eat a three-course limited menu + glass of wine at a 2* Michelin restaurant.

    So in comparison in KL,where wages are much much lower, B.I.G's philosophy has gone awry at Hit & Mrs. Either they are having a B.I.G laugh at us all gullible enough to burn a hole in our pockets, or they are aiming at the Bangsar-Supercar brigade who have more money than sense.

    A major fail,especially as we'd been looking forward to it all week having heard great things from friends who'd been before.

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    1. Dear Sozzld , Thank you for your comments. I apologize for not giving you the experience you expected. We have immediately resolve the cod fish matter and assure you that the cod fish will be up to you expectations. We are only using the best ingredients and all fishes are imported chilled for Hit & Mrs.

      I hope you can try out Hit & Mrs again in the near future.

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  23. Can two person share one 8- tasting course?

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    1. Charlene: i believe the tasting course has to be ordered by the whole table, so i'm not sure it can be shared...

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