Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Melur & Thyme @ Suria KLCC

Crossing kopitiam charm with contemporary flourishes, Melur & Thyme blossomed this month at KLCC, offering one of this mall's most intriguing new options in a long time.

Melur & Thyme's air-conditioned interior & alfresco roadside area both boast an understated elegance with inventive elements, a testament to an East-meets-West restaurant that strives to meld nostalgia with novelty.

Last Friday's opening evening proved more peaceful than expected; Melur & Thyme is hidden on a seldom-traversed corridor somewhere on KLCC's Isetan wing.

Melur & Thyme's prices are reasonable; the menu's costliest choice is the foie gras burger (RM39 before taxes), featuring a house-minced beef patty marinated with herbs & spices, grilled to respectable tenderness & topped with a little liver, not much. Sufficient foie, for what it costs.

Tapas are a treat; folks can sample a multitude. We skipped the Western one (lamb meatballs, crumbed goat cheese, salmon croquettes) & focused on Eastern fare like this "Devil Red Curry," duck braised with chili & coconut milk (RM15, with bread or rice).

 Quail, prepared with lime leaves, lemongrass, onion, garlic, galangal & ginger (RM11), makes for a juicily addictive treat. Use your fingers, then lick 'em.

Some misses should be noted though: the Penang char kuey teow (RM18) with shredded duck meat is commendable for its bouncy prawns, but its cockles tasted stale _ somewhat surprising, since this was Melur & Thyme's first night in business.

This take on Peking Duck (RM29) employs 'roti jala' instead of the thin pancakes. Lots of crunchy veggies complement the fleshy, flavorsome meat, though to be sure, the combo tastes very little like Peking Duck. No harm in that.

This look familiar? Melur & Thyme is run by folks behind Hartamas' now-closed Duck N Such. The carbonara spinach tagliatelle with smoked duck (RM28) shows substantial improvement, coated in a creamy duck egg sauce that's moreish to the max.
Entry on Duck N Such: July 5, 2012.

Melur & Thyme is seeking a halal certification, so beverages are limited to the likes of this watermelon honey juice & caffe latte.

No matter; for our cocktail fix, it's easy enough to ease over to, say, Chinoz On The Park.

Sangria Goes East (dry sake, white wine, shochu, citrus fruits), Zen-Ti-Ni (vodka, ginger essence, lime), Crime of Passion (cane spirit, creme de cassis, passion fruit) & Shocking Pink (cacacha, apple juice, pitaya, chocolate blanc, fresh cream).

Wine & coffee to while the night away, ahead of the eventful weekend.
Entries on Chinoz on the Park's food: May 2009.



Melur & Thyme,
G03H-I, Ground Floor, Suria KLCC.
Tel: 03-2181-8001

38 comments:

  1. At last its opened. have been wondering when it will open. The name itself had me curious from day 1.

    Certainly looking forward to the Peking duck. Love roti jala as a general rule:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, it's a great name for a cafe. almost poetic, and it conjures impressions of a harmonious blending of two worlds (for me at least) :D heh, yeah, it's a fun do-it-yourself interpretation of peking duck. no crispy skin for the duck, but a lot of meat! =)

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  2. The quail certainly looks good for RM11...but I know a place for juicy grilled 'yee kap' at RM6...hahaha :P

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    1. Ulric: a good price for good fowl! i guess my issue with quail is that it's bony, but the juiciness makes up for it =)

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    2. Yep...it certainly does...lip-smacking juiciness to be had! =)

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    3. Ulric: and there's also another thing to thank quails for ... quail eggs ...

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    4. Tat's a cholesterol-inducing thanx! :p

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    5. Ulric: quail eggs in satay celup ... yumssss!

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    6. LOL! I think I better lie down b4 I get a heart attack...

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    7. Ulric: nite nite!

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  3. Those drinks and coffee look really good! The decor is very unique.

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    1. Linda: oh yeah, there's a soulful stylishness in the decor here :D

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  4. Interesting. The ambience certainly is a fresh look for KLCC.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, KLCC is modern and good-looking and comfortable, but it can seem a bit sterile and safe sometimes. good to have outlets like melur & thyme bring some interesting touches here =)

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  5. New option for my lunch! The foie gras was too little, I will go for the quail, hehehe

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    1. CK: ooh ya, maybe for a friday lunch when you have more time to spend enjoying the quail, the duck, the chicken, heheh =)

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  6. I am definitely interested in the Duck Meat Char Keow Toew !

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    1. Wong: ya, when i saw that, i couldn't resist ordering it! :D

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  7. Nice fusion, nice play with words...in place of rosemary & thyme. Ya...I love duck! Would want to try that kway teow too.

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    1. Suituapui: oh yeah, can see that a lot of thought and care went into the concept here :D and ya, it's good to have a place that offers us so much duck for a change! =)

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  8. Melur and Thyme, what a cute name! They really have a creative twist with the Peking duck - roti jala! Nice touch :)

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    1. Iamthewitch: heheh, ya, a cool and catchy name! :D and ya, i must admit i prefer the regular peking duck, since i enjoy the crispy skin for those, but this one was very fun to assemble and eat! :D

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  9. Seldom traversed indeed. It looks like that corridor warrants some exploring now ;)

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    1. Unkaleong: heh, yeah, that corridor now also contains a casual-dining spin-off of harrods cafe (which serves beer and wine) :D

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  10. Ohh....the interior of Melur & Thyme is very nice!
    Hmm...the cockles in CKT looks overcooked rite?

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    1. Melissa: ya, it's gorgeously decorate (though a bit cramped, heh) :D oooh, i don't think it was overcooked, but it didn't taste very fresh, unfortunately =)

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  11. I missed that pasta from Duck n Such. That's quite little foie in the burger though. :P

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    1. Bangsar Babe: yeah, it's good that Duck N Such's recipes have survived through Melur & Thyme! :D i do hope they'll consider making the foie slice bigger, even if it means raising the price a little, heh =)

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  12. Darn, no duck burger or duck satay then?
    And a quail that's juicy? Tat's a first! :)

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    1. TNG: oooh, there is duck satay on the menu here! it should be as tasty as the one at Duck N Such :D heheh, this quail was bursting with juices! =)

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  13. Love the decoration, and impressed with the prices considering the prime location. Its always fun to see local dishes given a modern twist.

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: yeah, the decor really is worth admiring here. kudos to the interior decorator :D and yeah, i guess they need to cater to the office workers who come to klcc, so prices are definitely not too steep =) i've never seen duck used in our 'devil curry' before, it's usually chicken, so this was a nice change :D

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  14. the foie gras burger is cheap! :D

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    1. Ciki: not bad for a dish that contains foie gras! :D

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  15. For me, I would definitely go for the foie gras burger first!

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    1. Baby Sumo: good minds think alike! that was definitely my top choice too when i browsed the menu :D

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  16. this looks like a nice place to hang out and dine. Love the decor and also the name of the establishment. I'm glad that they serve quails too... yummy

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    1. Eiling: yeah, it'd be really great if they served wine too, cos some of these dishes would go well with a merlot, maybe. but i understand their desire to get a halal certification =) ya, the decor is cool and the name is fun! i usually try to order quail whenever i see it on any menu :D

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