Monday, December 31, 2012

Ril's Restaurant & Bar @ Telawi, Bangsar

A year after first making its mark in Chinatown, Ril's has unveiled its second branch, bringing stylish soulfulness to a two-level restaurant & bar in Bangsar.

Ril's street-level fine-dining eatery captures a sense of classic elegance long lacking in Telawi, while the curtain-cloaked bar upstairs boasts sexy theatricality that forms a luxurious backdrop for bartender Danny Winter's flamboyant concoctions.

The a la carte food menu here wasn't available in time for our visit, but since Ril's recently bagged Time Out KL's "Best For Meat" 2012 accolade, expect to bite into succulent steaks like the ones we've savored at Ril's original steakhouse outlet.
Entries for Ril's @ Chinatown's Warehouse: Sept. 30, 2011Oct. 4, 2011 & Nov. 13, 2011.

Other Ril's stalwarts that might find favor in Bangsar: sweet potato & corn croquette with spicy beetroot compote, lemon creme fraiche & fried quail egg, as well as crispy chicken stewed with white wine & served with potato pancake.

Ril's seafood specialties: prawn cocktail with revamped marie-rose sauce, scallops served sweet, sour & salty, plus lobster tails with truffled macaroni & cheese.

Tuna steak, prepared medium rare, alongside a tomato & red onion salad tossed in red wine & parsley vinaigrette. Rest assured there'll also be fresh entries on Bangsar's menu not found at the Chinatown outlet.

Signature touches like this staircase to the bar ensure this branch remains unmistakably Ril's.

Plan your next rendezvous here: Ril's Bar could be a game-changer for this neighborhood, a shadowy, breathtakingly beautiful hideaway complete with Chesterfield sofas, timbered ceilings, marble-topped bar, smiling servers in bow ties & even a stuffed parrot somewhere.

Cocktails curated with candy floss or swirling with smoke will be available by this coming week; the best time to sip them might be on Fridays & Saturdays, when live jazz performed by the likes of Karen Nunis Blackstone will cast its spell on customers.

Chief bartender Winter can whip up cocktails to suit personal preferences; try this mix of tequila, lime, agave nectar & raspberry compote for something sweetly fruity.

Classic cocktails with charisma: New York Sour & The Old Fashioned.

Ril's was meant to open in early December, but it's been beset by everything from plumbing problems to a nighttime burglary. Let's hope smoother sailing lies ahead; this could turn into one of Bangsar's brightest stars for years to come.

Ril's currently opens only in the evening but will start serving lunch very soon (knock on wood!).

Ril's Bangsar,
30, Jalan Telawi 5, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2201-3846

39 comments:

  1. fabulous!
    I was about a 100 m away from u that evening, cos i was in Yeast! :)

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    1. TNG: ya, really nice place hor! :D oooh, so close yet so far. after ril's, i walked past yeast on my way back to the car park at bangsar village, but it was nearly midnight by then =)

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  2. Hubby and my brother recently revisited their other outlet.. glad their food is still as good as we rmbred it.

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    1. Baby Sumo: oh yeah, i had fears previously that they wouldn't be able to sustain their standards, but they've definitely stayed as good as when they first started (or become even better!) :D

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  3. Haha...wat a coincidence..was 50m away at Coffea for a Maestro cuppa tat evening...left at abt 10:30pm...glad to know Ril's has opened another branch...time to revisit!...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: gosh, it's like we're all floating around in Bangsar too often these days, it's a wonder we don't bump into each other :D ya, this is a great sister outlet for the h.s. lee location. I think i prefer the dining hall at the Chinatown venue, but the bar here for ril's in Bangsar beats 99 percent of the other bars in KL :D

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  4. Will be interesting to check Ril's out. How's pricing compared to KL branch?

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    1. Missyblurkit: should be more or less the same, i think, though i can't confirm so far, heh :D

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  5. Food certainly looks awesome. Place seems very romantic...

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, good food, great setting :D

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  6. This outlet is nearer and more convinient for us! :D

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    1. CK: yaa, if you feel like having steak, maybe can come here :D

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  7. The one at HS Lee will forever hold a place in our hearts ;) But glad to know that they have expanded to our neck of the woods! :)

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    1. Unkaleong: oooh, i think you might have been one of the first to have conducted a proposal at ril's. here's hoping that many other couples will make similar memories of their own here in the future =)

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  8. their tuna steak also looks good..
    next time should make my way there..

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    1. Simple Person: yeah, the tuna steak is a nice alternative for folks who can't consume beef :D

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  9. I can't believe I still haven't visited the first one! You are moving it up my list for 2013. Happy New Year Sean! Wishing you a fantastic 2013.

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    1. The Yum List: here's wishing us all a great 2013, monica, and here's hoping to bump into you more often too (maybe at ril's in bangsar)! hope you have a nice finish to 2012 :D

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    2. Happy New Year ~!
      I hear there will be road blocks, enjoy the food and mood !

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    3. Wong: heheh, hopefully we all won't suffer too much in traffic. hope you have a good evening too =)

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  10. Walked past the place last week, and noticed they did some sort of soft launch.

    Happy New Year!

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    1. Bangsar-Babe: i think they're planning quite a party tonight too here in bangsar! :D hope the start of 2013 ushers in a good year for you too =)

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  11. Sounds cool to be in Bangsar!

    Wishing you and your family a blessed year ahead!

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    1. Babe KL: yeah, lots of nice additions to bangsar lately :D here's wishing all the best to you, capt'n hook and boi boi for 2013 too :D

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  12. yeah i heard about this place too from friends and my sister telling me how good it is and i'm glad they had 1 in Bangsar which is much nearer compared to KL.

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    1. Eiling: yeah, i like the KL outlet, but it can be difficult to get there during after-work traffic. the bangsar location will definitely be an attraction for many customers! :D

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  13. We went there for New Year's Eve and it was marvellous -especially considering this was only their second night open. Wagyu beef was beyond delicious...They do need to sort the air con out as the dining room was just way too hot - they said this was one of the first jobs for the new year. Great atmosphere upstairs, too, with live jazz playing and comfy sofas. Highly recommended.

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    1. Wendy: glad to hear you enjoyed the place. it looks like ril's is on the right track! :D

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  14. Have been calling the number above yesterday and today to no avail. Called the Tun HS Lee outlet in the end, and was told the number above is wrong. It's their office number. The Bangsar outlet is 03-22013846.

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    1. Jessica: thanks for that! have amended the number above =)

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    2. DiscoBala: no prob, kevin =)

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  15. Need to call for reservation? Let's say I go between 1930 to 2130

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    1. nIghtzckh: probably no need, if you're in a not-too-big group, though it's difficult to really say. if possible, try calling for reservations =)

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  16. Finally visited. :) Loved the foie gras and tuna tataki starter. Steaks were good though I felt that my grass-fed rib eye ordered for medium rare was done more medium instead, so was a tad dry. Hubby's grain-fed rib eye was better as that was properly medium rare. Very decent prices for the quality of food. Point to note that they were in middle of updating the menus so we were surprised to find that we were charged RM48 for the foie gras starter when the menu said RM38. We were explained later that they had not yet updated the pricing. However, I would say good courtesy would be to charge the lower of the prices given it was their mistake not to update the menu on time. We felt the new pricing was still reasonable and as it was an honest mistake, did not make a fuss. Will definitely return.

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    1. Jessica: true, the prices you pay should be exactly what's listed on the menu. that's something a bit disappointing, as the server should have informed you about the price increase while you were ordering. but thanks for leaving this comment, and i'm glad to hear you enjoyed the bulk of your meal =)

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  18. Yes, the veggie dishes here do seem to be particularly tasty.

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