Sunday, January 27, 2013

Ril's & Bait @ Telawi, Bangsar

Returning to two of our current favorite Bangsar hangouts.
Earlier entry on Ril's: Dec. 31, 2012. Earlier entry on Bait: Dec. 28, 2012.

Ril's welcome bread & butter, tiding our tummies over while waiting for the meat.

Kicking off this meal in earnest: Aussie rib-eye grass-fed beef (RM78++ for 300 grams).

We've been requesting our steaks rare in recent months. This really is how we like it now.

Ril's Asian-flavored sticky beef short rib is massive enough for two to share. Braised in star anise with shiitake mushrooms & ginger, then finished in the oven with a dark soy reduction & served with spiced orange segments & bok choi.

Ril's other specialty, besides its beef, is cocktails. The Mai Tai here is marvelous.

Ramos Red Bean Fizz, an inventive version of the gin original, but with extra creaminess from soy milk & red beans (served with a red bean bun, to boot!).

It might no longer be Christmas, but these semi-DIY beverages help extend the Yuletide cheer.

Red wine, cognac & port, served hot & cold, with cinnamon, cardamom & orange peels.

Next up, back to Bait, this time for its non-seafood fare.

Slow-cooked eggs with seaweed, asparagus, mushrooms & hollandaise sauce. Delicious.

House-made chicken liver pate, cooked with red wine & brandy, served with red wine shallots (RM14++). Every bit as rich-tasting as expected.

Beef tenderloin tataki (RM27++), eighty grams seared & torched, coated with ponzu dressing, then finished with sesame seeds & horseradish sauce.

Surprise! Direct from Paradigm Mall, Cielo Dolci's heavenly gelato is now available at Bait; basic flavors like Earl Grey, rock melon & vanilla.
Main entry on Cielo Dolci: June 3, 2012.

Rosita cocktail (sauza tequila, sweet vermouth, dry vermouth, campari) & not-bad RM20 Merlot.

Pimm's Rangoon (Pimm's #1, ginger ale, lemon, cucumber peel) & Nomayo (skyy vodka, campari, elderflower syrup, lemon juice).

Ril's Bangsar

Ril's Bangsar

Ril's Bangsar

Ril's Bangsar

Ril's @ Bangsar,
30, Jalan Telawi 5, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2201-3846
Bait @ Bangsar,
65, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2201-8187

20 comments:

  1. Ooooo...liver pate! Slurpssss....and that reminds me! I haven't opened my can of foie gras pate that my friend in NZ gave me. Yum! Yum!

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    1. Suituapui: ooo, hope you enjoy your foie gras! Ya, the chicken liver pate here at bait is a pretty good one, creamy and flavorful :D

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  2. I find it weird to eat a red bean bun with a cocktail (even if it's a red bean cocktail!)
    And med rare/rare are both best for flavourful meats!
    And it seems that the non-seafood fare fared better than its seafood ones??

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    1. Rebecca: heh, yeah, the red bean bun didn't really do all that much for the cocktail in terms of complementing its taste, but I guess it was still a memorable addition just for itself, heheh :D and ya, I tend to find that a lot of times, when I order medium rare, it's a bit overlooked for me, so I just order rare these days to get it right :D ooo, I actually really enjoyed Bait's seafood offerings, so I'd recommend it. And the cielo dolci gelato here is a bonus! =)

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  3. place looks like foreign feeling~ =D

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    1. Mr lonely: heheh, yeah, ril's has a very interesting decor! :D

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  4. I haven't had much luck with Ril's but the steak you had is certainly a darn good looking one! Needless to say the cocktails always rock:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: heh, yeah, so far I've had decent luck with ril's steaks, though I have definitely heard a lot of mixed feedback about ril's. lots of satisfied customers, but also quite a lot of not-so-satisfied customers too. Heheh, but yeah, their bartenders here are very good! The guy is Bangsar is Danny winter, and he's definitely both passionate and skilled! :D

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  5. Cielo Dolci gelato may just be the reason to visit Bait. Haha!

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    1. Baby Sumo: a good reason! A more convenient location for many of us compared to paradigm mall, heheh =)

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  6. Nice! I didn't know there's a Ril's in Bangsar! I've been planning to go back to try the Gemas Gold.

    Cheers for the tip mate! :)

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    1. Huai Bin: oh yeah, this new branch is a much more convenient location for many of us. At this rate, i wonder if there'll be a third Ril's outlet coming up anytime in the next year or so :D

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  7. That's quite a colourful spread of butters and the mulled wine ...mmm... I could drink that any time of year. :-)

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    1. The Yum List: yep, ril's always manages to butter me up at the start of its meals, heheh :D and yeah, it was pleasantly unseasonal to be drinking mulled wine in January =)

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  8. ohhhh u r killing me with those delish pics esp im on a two weeks strict diet!! :( and boy does ril look mean and promising!! I would go there for that maitai alone!

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    1. AugustDiners: two weeks?! yikes, that's quite a long time. good luck! =) yeah, the cocktails at ril's are the main attraction for me, i think. head upstairs to their lounge in telawi, i think you'll like it =)

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  9. Looks like both of us had better luck with Ril's than the others...hehe :P

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    1. Ulric: yeah, my hits at ril's have outnumbered the misses so far :D

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  10. wah the beef looks juicy...
    I am sure you love it a lot...

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    1. Simple Person: you know me well! ya, i'm a fan of super-juicy beef :D

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