Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Table 23 @ Mesui

Comfort food is the catchphrase at this latest entry to the increasingly vibrant Mesui street, now a viable alternative to Changkat Bukit Bintang's chaotic nightlife.

Table 23 serves Asian fare by day & Western favorites by night in a spacious setting that nicely complements its neighbor Palate Palette. And with George Michael's Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 playing in the background, we can't fault the musical selection here.

The menu is compact: Table 23's five starters range from this pear & pickled fennel salad (RM17+, blessed with a lovely crunch from rocket leaves & spiced cashews) to potted shrimp with grape chutney & pumpkin soup with truffle oil.

Pork belly, in the form of confit & crackling (RM43+), with beetroot puree, sauteed asparagus & potato fondant. Flavorful, though the sodium content seems to soar.
Note/Update: Table 23 has stopped serving pork since October 2013 & is now a pork-free restaurant.

Beef cheek with bacon, parmentier potatoes, cherry tomatoes & zucchini (RM62++). The menu describes this as a must-try; it's hearty, but the sauce might feel cloyingly overpowering. Still, that's a matter of personal preference.

Desserts are enticing, from apple strudel with vanilla ice cream & salted vanilla cream (15+) ..

... to a can't-fail, creamy-rich brandy-infused chocolate torte with berries (RM18+) ...

... to a house-made carrot cake with gula melaka (RM14+) that's probably worth the calories.

Not a bad wine list, with six by the glass, all below RM30 before taxes.

All things considered, Table 23 might not rank on 2013's best-of lists so far, but the friendly, enthusiastic team here seems to have its heart in the right place. We hope its future is bright.

Table 23,
23, Jalan Mesui, Off Jalan Nagasari, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2141-0023
Open for lunch & dinner, except Sundays.
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26 comments:

  1. Haha...looks like they have a penchant for red n purplish colours in their food...hehe :P

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    1. Ulric: heheh, or it could be how my camera interprets the colors under the lighting here :D

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  2. Food looks promising, but I really dislike the parking around this area.

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    1. Baby sumo: ooo, ya, during daytime the parking is messy, but for dinner, there are several open-air parking lots in this area that are convenient, the downside is that the parking fee can cost rm10 on certain nights :D

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  3. AH belly gus.. got pork belly! :P

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    1. Ciki: very gud, belly good!

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  4. Happy Birthday! I'm sure you have a blast! Cheers! (thought to wish here more special than your FB)
    I never heard of this Jalan Mesui...you are really fast! Very unique ambiance! Cheers!

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    1. River: thanks, huck! just a few more years now until i'll hit 40, heheh :D ya, jalan mesui is parallel to changkat bukit bintang, it's quite a nice street with four or five interesting cafes =)

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  5. Food porn alert! I spot the lovely pork belly!

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    1. Missyblurkit: oh yeah, that pork belly was the one item on the menu that i knew i had to order, heheh =)

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  6. Ooo...love that beef cheek!

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    1. Suituapui: a ginormous chunk of gelatinous pleasure :D

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  7. This would be a good venue for dessert and a girls night out!! ;D... Cant wait to try the creamy-rich brandy-infused chocolate torte with berries !!!

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    1. Eunice: heheh, also a good venue for meat and booze for a boys' night out! hope u enjoy the sweets here :D

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  8. I love pork belly, but not so much on beetroot.... Too earthy for me, lol.

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    1. CK: heheh, i like beetroot! i find that it goes well with most meat, especially beef, i think :D

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  9. "Sodium content seems to soar"...lol! So funny la you!

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    1. Bangsar-Babe: luckily, i like salt (well, in moderation)! :D

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  10. That looks like a cute place. I do love apple strudel!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: apple strudels always make think of that song from 'the sound of music,' heh :D

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  11. Happy Birthday Sean...
    your birthday is on 23/Jan?
    there is another blogger that birthday on 23/Jan...

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    1. Simple Person: thanks! ooh, actually mine is on jan. 22 :D

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  12. Beware of all the calories, my friend !

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    1. Wong: wise words, good advice!

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  13. Beautiful foodie blog! Would you be interested in guest blogging for us?
    Klikholidays.com

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    1. KLikholidays: thank you for the offer and the kind words, but i'm afraid i can't for now =)

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