Friday, November 8, 2013

Bar Pulpo by Movida @ Melbourne Airport + Jalan Alor, Fukuya & Bones @ KLIA

Airport dining need not be dismal, thanks to eateries like the Melbourne international terminal's Bar Pulpo, run by the popular MoVida Spanish restaurant group.

 

The menu here is similar to MoVida's, with tapas featuring as the main treat. Start with something simple but satisfying: Hand-filleted Cantabrian 'artisan anchovy' ($4.90) on a crouton with smoked tomato sorbet.

 

Brilliant boned half-quail ($8.90), hot & juicy, stuffed with Jamon ham & Mahon cheese.

 

Aged Zamorano sheep's milk cheese ($4.90) topped with quince paste for savory-sweet contrast.

Lamb cutlet wrapped in a pate of pork & paprika, topped with green Mojo sauce ($9.90). Amazingly creamy & succulent in all the right ways. We had to borrow this picture of Bar Pulpo's lamb by Chris Stevenson because we accidentally deleted ours. Thanks, Chris!


Cava & Sherry, the perfect partners for a light meal before a red-eye flight.
 

Unfortunately, options at our Kuala Lumpur International Airport are slightly less exciting, but there's still worthwhile fare to be enjoyed here.

 

Jalan Alor's char kuey teow is actually fairly tasty, served steaming-hot & slick-slippery, with prawns & fishcakes but no cockles.

 

Duck rice, also decent, though the RM30 cost for some of these one-plate pleasures is painful.

 

Another possibility: Fukuya KLIA, an offshoot of the city center restaurant of the same name.

 

Snatch a seat by the conveyor-belt & seize some sushi; the salmon cream cheese maki is tasty, but be warned that this clocks in at RM16 per plate.

 

Cheese with crabstick roll topped with a heap of roe (RM11).

 

Tempura prawn maki, more of a stomach-stuffing choice than a sensational one.

 

Avocado roll; couldn't resist this. Turned out to be nicely filled with avocado.

 

Sake & wine are both available at Fukuya KLIA, thank heaven.

 

Near Fukuya, Bones is a bar with TV screens that consistently cater to sports fans.

 

Bones' Martini is pretty potent, helping us sleep peacefully through our ensuing flight.
P.S. Sean's away Nov. 7-14 in a mystery location 8,765 kilometers from KL (not Melbourne) where Maxis charges an unconscionable RM48 for 20MB of data roaming. Daily blog entries have been scheduled in advance & will be automatically posted, but apologies as comments can only be replied far later.
 
Bar Pulpo @ Melbourne Airport
Jalan Alor, Fukuya & Bones @ Kuala Lumpur International Airport

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20 comments:

  1. 'though the RM30 cost for some of these one-plate pleasures is painful'
    Haha. gosh it just make me laugh! If only KLIA would serve reasonable priced food..

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    1. Jess: heheh ya, the price of food at the airport definitely pinches the wallet, even a simple salad =)

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  2. The quail and lamb cutlet bring some mojo to me!...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: I want a protein fix too! :D

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  3. Movida is simply amazing. I have been twice now, oncein Melbourne and once for an event in Sydney. You're lucky you got a smaller sliver of the artisan anchovy. It's delicious but can get really salty if you don't have enough tomato sorbet to refresh with.

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    1. Bride: heheh my tolerance for salt is fairly high, but yeah, it's nice to balance that with tomato :D

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  4. Beautiful photos and review, Sean! I love cheese and I love lamb!

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    1. Linda: thanks! I've been having lots of lamb and cheese lately! :D

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  5. Just back from holiday, Sean? Hubby dined in Fukuya KLIA before and he says it was pretty good. :) I think in some countries, the airport restaurant even has a Michelin-rating.

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    1. Baby sumo: ooo, am still on vacation, though on a different vacation now! :D yeah, I'd probably pick Fukuya as one of the top five F&B choices at KLIA right now. Here's hoping we'll get a really, really good restaurant at KLIA someday! =)

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  6. Ahhh.... should have tried Fukuya, did see the place though. We ended up settled our lunch at some random porridge place which has tonnes of MSGs added sweat...

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    1. Ken: yikes, ya, maybe next time, some sushi might work better than that porridge! =)

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  7. You're in Melbourne? I wonder which chat kway teow that is. Haven't had a good one at Jalan Alur lately. Last time, long ago, there was an old lady at a not-very-nice-looking stall by the road side. Hers was very nice. Dunno where she has disappeared to now.

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    1. Suituapui: I was in Melbourne several weeks ago =) ooo, let's hope that lady makes a reappearance someday! :D

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  8. sheep's milk cheese! Yummy!!! can't stop on one slice!

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, sheep's cheese rules over milk cheese! :D

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  9. We are going to Melbourne next month! hehehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, when you're waiting for your flight back to KL at melbourne's airport, you can check out bar pulpo by movida! :D

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  10. Still, I prefer the Jalan Alor Char Keow Toew !!!!!!

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    1. Wong: heheh, the original and probably the best =)

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