Monday, June 17, 2013

BEAST by BIG @ The Intermark, Tun Razak

The BIG Group, the 800-pound gorilla of KL's restaurant scene, is taking a walk on the wild side, reconstructing its Intermark establishments for a new showcase of ambitions that can't be caged.

BEAST, a cavern for carnivores, opened this month, devouring the territory once occupied by Estate. Next, the very intriguing GUEST, set to be a revolving-door restaurant for invited chefs, might replace EST by mid-July; the fortunate survivor of this carnage for now is Tate.

While waiting for the prey to be prepared, wolf down BEAST's warmly fresh beer bread, baked with Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale.

Untamed imagination bares its fangs in BEAST's rendition of steak tartare (RM38++), mixed with kimchi (!!!), pear & cucumber for a ferociously spicy Korean flavor.

Savage stallions wouldn't keep us away from this guiltiest of pleasures, roasted bone marrow (RM28++) for spreading on toasted brioche with caramelized onions.

Poached egg on polenta with truffle oil & shaved parmesan (RM28++). No mastication required. 

The chicken comes after the egg, beer-brined & whole-roasted (RM68++), an improvement on Estate's beer butt chicken, a bittersweet symphony of succulence.

Steaks here shine, but to avoid becoming as impoverished as church mice, we chose the cheapest cut, the minimum 200 grams of Black Angus grass-fed (RM70++), still sterling, served rare with a trio of mustards & sauces of natural beef jus, truffle bearnaise & bone marrow gravy.

Foie fans will have a field day at BEAST: Love the liver that's executed breakfast-style (RM68++), luscious with French toast, fig jam & rice crispies.

Foie gras creme brulee  (RM38++), magnificent like mousse. And speaking of magnificence, the sparkling service at BEAST merits full-throated roars of bravo.

Don't duck BEAST's marquee burger (RM88++), beefy-red boldness topped with fab foie.

 Drunk as a skunk? Blame it on the Santa Julia Organic Malbec.

Let's let more cats out of the bag: The BIG Group is also on the prowl in its other lion's den, Bangsar Shopping Center (BSC), where new BIG bar DLS (Dirty Little Secret) & food court StrEATs should launch within months. Can't hardly wait.

BEAST Bar & Grill,
Ground Floor, The Intermark, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2163-5732
Currently open for dinners, except Sundays.

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30 comments:

  1. Hi Sean, the roasted chicken looks absolutely divine!!!

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    1. Linda: the steaks may try to steal the spotlight here, but the chicken won't give up without a fight! =)

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  2. is that burger an improvement of Estate's wagyu burger as well?

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    1. TNG: yups! The inside of the patty is still juicy hand-cut beef (not minced), and the big slab of foie gras on top makes each mouthful more buttery =)

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  3. that's such a civilized way to eat marrow. LOL. I do like sucking the life out of it though .. haha! Ah, can't wait to visit the beast!

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    1. Ciki: heheh, one can eat at Beast without behaving like a beast (even if one's appetite is bigger than most beasts) :D

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  4. Foie gras creme brulee sounds good! I want to try both foie gras dishes! hehehehe

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    1. CK: yaa, even though the foie gras dishes here seem a bit pricey on the menu, the quantity of liver on the plate is quite big and satisfying! They also have a lot of lobster dishes here, but those were too expensive for us =)

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    2. Wow, even you will feel expensive, hmmm don't think we can eat that, haha

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    3. CK: heheh, there's a lobster omelet here that costs RM150 =)

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    4. Faintedssss.. I will stick with foie gras then! LOL

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    5. CK: or buy a fresh lobster from the supermarket and cook a lobster omelet at home this weekend! :D

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  5. I could use some poached egg with truffle oil now. Why am I so far away from KL? :(

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    1. Bangsar Babe: poached egg with truffle oil for a weekend treat! The brilliant supporting star in this recipe is the polenta though, soft and creamy =)

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  6. Ooo I was following them on Instagram, and was wondering what sort of food they served here. I like all the food that you ordered, and they look fantastic!

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, i figured that steaks would be the highlight, but it's nice that foie gras plays a major role on the menu too! ya, a very good effort by BIG :D

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  7. Ooooo...all look so good! Wish I could try them all. Not crazy about fish fillet in beer batter though, had that once...but one swallow does not make a summer.

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, i actually don't like beer on its own, but it's interesting when it's used to prepare food. the potent flavor of the beer enhanced the chicken here quite well, i think. but ya, there wasn't beer-battered fish & chips available here, i think =)

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  8. Looks like the BIG group is growing into a giant Beast very soon, with all its new eateries popping up! I like the look of the burger! Beef with foie gras, what's not to love? :)

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    1. Iamthewitch: heheh, ya, it's a BIG BEAST indeed! and since they've also expanded to Ipoh and Penang, their empire is not confined to KL only anymore :D i'm in total agreement with you. beef & foie gras make each other better! =)

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  9. Ooo...beer bread...someone has granted one of ur wishes...wats d next one I wonder...hehe :p

    The roasted bone marrow, the poached egg on polenta and the hole-in-the-wallet steaks looks like a good bet! =)

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    1. Ulric: heheh, a beer cake perhaps? there are recipes online with cakes that can be made with Guinness and cherries, cloves, cinnamon, honey, etc :D ya, while we're still in our 30s, we should indulge in bone marrow and poached egg and juicy steaks before the 40s creep up and pressure us to cut down! the food at beast is not for cholesterol-watchers! =)

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    2. Never tried roasted bone marrow before...so its a must when I visit...n I will be egging until the end of time...hehe =)

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    3. Ulric: ya, that's true, very few western restaurants serve bone marrow like this in KL. maybe most customers wouldn't order it. it tastes just like animal fat, heh. but since it's just RM28++ here, with two bones that two people can share, it's definitely worth recommending =) heh, hopefully before the end of time, there'll be more low-cholesterol but high-flavor egg creations available at cafes =)

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    4. Haha...the animal fat-like bone marrow shud taste great with the brioche...am so gonna try it...hehe :3

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    5. Ulric: my favorite marrow recipe is actually something that I haven't seen in KL in a long time. Risotto Milanese, done the traditional way, with saffron risotto and veal shank that's full of melted marrow to be scraped out and eaten with the rice =)

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    6. Waah! Tats certainly something unique! =)

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    7. Ulric: ya, I've had good versions of it in Singapore, Bangkok and Rome, but not too easy to get in kl, sadly!

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  10. This seems like a meat livers dream come true:D mY pick will be the roasted bone marrow - something rarely seen.

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    1. Missyblurkit: oh yeah, carnivorous cravings can certainly be satisfied here! it was difficult to narrow down our choices, but we definitely couldn't leave without trying the bone marrow, the steak tartare and at least one of the foie gras dishes =)

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