Monday, June 10, 2013

Moussandra @ Solaris Dutamas

Moussandra moves: A new era beckons for this beloved institution, which has shifted over the past 15 years from Jalan Pinang to KL Plaza & now, Solaris Dutamas.

Paintings & artifacts from bygone decades provide a reassuring link to Moussandra's history; even though the management changed several years ago, this is still a restaurant that respects its customers & remains passionate about serving satisfying fare to the best of its abilities.

Tapas have consistently been Moussandra's top treat: Try these juicy, sweet-salty dates, stuffed with almonds & wrapped with beef bacon (RM15++).

Moussandra's spanakopita (RM24++) is irreproachable, a spinach pie that's both buttery & fluffy, blessed with a warm freshness that elevates it beyond versions elsewhere.

Savor the spectacle of the Greek saganaki (RM32++), a creamy, egg-blanketed fusion of feta & mozzarella cheese, flambeed by the table with Pernod, served with pita bread.

Moussandra's seafood paella (RM45++) lands at the table with a strong scent of saffron; one of this restaurant's most reliable traits is its refusal to cut corners.

Mixed souvlaki of skewered lamb, chicken & beef (RM58++) served with tzatziki yogurt dip.

Moussandra's Sangria is still pretty nice, potent & made with commendable wine.

Entry on Moussandra at KL Plaza/Fahrenheit 88: May 2012.

Moussandra Mediterranean & Tapas Restaurant,
A1-U1-08, Block A1, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Not exactly Publika; look up across the block from Chawan & Plan B, above Mee Jawa.
Tel: 03-6206-4999
Open for lunch & dinner, except Tuesdays.

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38 comments:

  1. Creative and special dishes;)

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    1. Bbit_41: yeah, it's good to have a mediterranean restaurant in this neighborhood =)

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  2. Hi Sean,

    I absolutely love Mediterranean food! There are many Greek restaurants in Montreal and the food in several of them is fantastic! I love Greek food! I think they make the best lamb chops on the grill...they grill them to perfection, and their salads are fantastic! I never eat the olives, though, but the rest of the fresh veggies and feta cheese are amazing.

    The seafood paella looks and sounds wonderful! Believe it or not, I have never tried saffron before, (at least not that I know of), but what I do know is that it is an expensive fragrant item that is treasured. The mixed souvlaki of skewered lamb looks divine, as does the tzatziki! I love tzatziki, as it is usually full of healthy garlic.

    I love the colours in their decor...very beautiful! Fantastic review, Sean, and thus far this is my favourite! Most likely because it is a cuisine that I am very familiar with...and love!

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    1. Linda: i'm so glad this entry resonated with you! :D i agree, greek and mediterranean food is wonderful, though i'm sorry to report that here in malaysia, there are very few greek restaurants, probably because the cuisine hasn't managed to acquire widespread popularity.
      i'd love to try the lamb chops you mentioned, and yes, the greek salads are lovely, often very flavorful and fresh. and the dips are addictive! :D
      saffron is terrific, i love it in paella and risotto. maybe you could try it if you ever notice it listed on a menu. when it's cooked in a dish, it's usually not as expensive as its reputation might indicate =)
      thanks for your kind words. i'll try to look out for more greek restaurants if they ever open here and review them as well. and i hope you get a great greek meal very soon! =)

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  3. Ooooo...bacon!!! *weak in the knees mode* Slurpsssss!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, bacon makes everything better! :D

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  4. Finally, a move in the right direction! Business should take off .. it used to be my favourite restaurant back on the 19-- returning to KL in between UK studies.. and hopefully the food still maintains its good standard:) Am glad to hear that they don't cut corners. Here's wishing em the best of luck!

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    1. Ciki: i hope they do well here too! yeah, they seemed to have been languishing on that corner of bukit bintang in recent years. their location here at solaris dutamas is a bit difficult to spot, but here's hoping that word of mouth will get customers coming here =)

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  5. Everything look great here... must go visit someday. Thanks :-)

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    1. “追食富迪”: hope you enjoy the tapas here! :D

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  6. The deco looks nice here; hmmm I think I will try the Greek saganaki and seafood paella.

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    1. CK: yeah, the artwork and the decoration are all quite interesting, all chosen carefully by the owners =) i like the saganaki here very much. it's cheesy and creamy :D

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  7. Definitely a lot more accessible for me now. :P

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    1. Bangsar babe: yeah, I hope this change of location revitalizes the Moussandra name! :D

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    2. I love this one! Lamb especially! I almost forgotten them for a while. It's good that they are in Publika now. So much easier for me.

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    3. Sycookies: grilled lamb really satisfies the carnivore in us! And yep, here's hoping that a whole new generation of customers will come to know and love Moussandra at Solaris Dutamas =)

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  8. stunning photos, Sean

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    1. Cquek: thanks! Good food is fun to photograph =)

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  9. that seafood paella sure looks alluring

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    1. KY: paella pleasure! Resistance is futile :D

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  10. Sorry for this unrelated question to this post, but this is for my wife's birthday so I hope you understand.... :)

    What's the very best Western brunch place you ever been to in the Klang Valley?

    Thanks so much for your help.

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    1. Ketiak: no worries. I think Acme Bar & Coffee (ABC) at the troika does a very good brunch, and the place is nice for a celebration. Hope that helps =)

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  11. Looks like a nice place for tapas.

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    1. Eiling: yeah, Publika now has at least two good tapas eateries, Moussandra and Estilo =)

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  12. The Sangria sure does look refreshing !
    I hope the paella is worth all the calories! Always love a good paella.

    But what caught my eyes is the spinach pie!!!!! It looks damnnn good.

    Regards
    Mich

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    1. Mich: yeah, the sangria gave us a pleasant buzz, and the paella was pretty good. Not amazing good, but still worth the carb intake :D you're right though, the spinach pie was among the top three highlights for this meal! :D

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  13. oohh finally it opens!

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    1. 女飞侠: yups yups, it's time for tapas! :D

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  14. Hmmmm...Greek saganaki...haven't tried it before...it does looks n sounds good...heh =)

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    1. Ulric: ya, saganaki's pretty rare in KL. giovino at changkat bukit bintang is the only other place i know that serves it, though theirs is a different version, not flambeed =)

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  15. Can't believe this spot is still going!

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    1. The Yum List: let's cross our fingers that this relocation & new venue in Solaris Dutamas will help to revitalize Moussandra! :D

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  16. Oh yay! Publika is better for me too :)

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    1. TNG: yaa, even though Bukit Bintang is quite close to my office, i still prefer going to Publika instead =)

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  17. they shifted? or new branch? i love their tapas but never really try their paella cox there are always too many to try out and i couldn't eat much..

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    1. Jean: they closed the branch in bukit bintang and reopened at solaris dutamas =) true, true, the paella here is big and hearty, definitely has to be shared =)

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  18. Being in business after all these years certainly speak a lot of Moussandra. Love their paella!

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, long live moussandra! am hopeful that it'll continue to be around in the 2020s :D

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