Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Taste Enclave @ Avenue K

Avenue K's sprawling new food court is well worth visiting, with a dizzying diversity of dishes that represent street fare from Singapore & the Klang Valley.

Comfy, clean & contemporary-looking, Taste Enclave is a tempting lunch & dinnertime alternative for city-center workers fed up with the too-safe, sterile choices at Suria KLCC; this might be the best thing that's happened to Avenue K.

It'd take more than one or two visits to sample Taste Enclave's full selection, spanning Singapore's well-known Jalan Kayu Prata to KL's respected Heun Kee claypot rice from Pudu.

For starters, check out Singapore's Mandarin Chicken Rice ...

... boasting moist, fresh & flavorsome grains, warmly paired with silky-juicy poultry.

Mr Porky deep-fried streaky pork (RM18.90), crisply coated with oatmeal & achingly addictive in its sumptuous succulence. Love, love, love. 

 Can't have a non-halal food court without roast pork & duck, right?

Tong's Roast serves a satisfactory plate of meaty herbal duck with noodles (RM10.90).

Shunning meat? Try Hong Kee Vegetarian, where "char siew" proves a caramelized pleasure.

Direct from Singapore's Orchard Road: the Vietnamese-owned Y Thu Wendy, where specialties include "bun thit nuong," BBQ meat with cold vermicelli & herbs. And yes, all these recipes hail from their original outlets.

 So many more stalls, whipping up everything from Hokkien mee to beef tripe noodles ...

 ... Kepong yong tau foo to mainland-Chinese hot-pot servings of cuttlefish & crab sticks.

 Iced coffee & tea; Taste Enclave also serves beer but no wine for now. There's expected to be another Taste Enclave at Damansara Jaya by next year.

 The food court also contains four restaurants: Xi Qing Seafood Restaurant (think chili crabs, fried prawns & steamed fish head) & Grandeur Teppanyaki ...

 ... plus the soon-to-open Swedish bakery-cafe Svea (meatballs!) & Japanese outlet Omoya, reputedly featuring an Osaka-native chef.

Not inside Taste Enclave or affiliated with the food court, but notable for being on the same floor: Tad's Rockin' Hot Dogs (also found at Mid Valley), a 1901 spin-off that includes fun recipes like Negaraku Weenie, with a serunding-topped sausage.

Taste Enclave,
Food Atrium, Level Two, Avenue K, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur

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37 comments:

  1. Everything looks so good here...lolz! :D

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    1. Ulric: my favorites for now would be the chicken rice & the oatmeal-fried streaky pork ... and am sure there are other treasures to be enjoyed all over inside this food court! :D

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  2. This looks really delicious.I am going to go there one of these days.

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    1. Cquek: go there hungry, cos there are so many stalls to try! i didn't manage to have any stomach space for the prata, unfortunately, heh :D

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  3. awww, chicken + duck rice is my favourite~

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  4. Mandarin chicken rice looks so good, Sean! I love the neatness of this place, too.

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    1. Linda: yeah, i'm a fan of chicken rice :D and yep, this place is sparklingly clean :D

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  5. Now I know what I will have for lunch to day. Hehehehehe!!!! Slurpssss!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: hope u were inspired to have a delicious meal! :D

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  6. Woooo I haven't been there yet, must lunch there one day before I leave. Hehehehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, maybe this can be our lunch destination! lots of food to choose from =)

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  7. Gone are the days when food courts are filled with stalls serving MSG laden food. Great to see another food court tht is worth visiting (I like the one in Intermark too).

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    1. Baby Sumo: ya, you're right, the food courts at intermark, avenue k and lot 10 are now all really worthwhile! :D

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  8. Sometimes food court also we can find nice food.
    The chicken rice and duck noodle (above) looks good!

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    1. Melissa: ya, this is a food court that i'd be happy to visit again ... maybe will have some more chicken rice :D

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  9. After looking at your pics, I'm craving for chicken rice now ady ><

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    1. 比比: heheh, i agree, the chicken rice here is worth craving! :D

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  10. Haven't ventured Avenue K at all. But it looks like I have reasons to do so now since the food scenes are blooming...

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    1. Chong: yeah, avenue k in previous years has been a hit-&-miss affair. but it's a nice alternative to eating at klcc now ... lots of outlets opening here this month =)

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  11. Oh wow, Heun Kee Claypot Rice is there? Must check it out and see if it measures up to the original place ;-)

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    1. Pureglutton: yeah, i was surprised to see heun kee here! it's too bad i didn't have stomach space for the claypot rice, cos i'm curious too! :D

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  12. "sterile food choices at KLCC" - I couldn't agree more! Happy to see some more options in the city centre.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, it's time to say no to run-of-the-mill fare! =)

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  13. I agree with your statement about KLCC. Haha! This is a rather nice alternative! I haven't been there in a while.

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    1. Huai Bin: yeah, you might find yourself pleasantly surprised at the revamping of avenue k ... this place now has potential :D

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  14. A lovely selection and addition in Avenue K. Hope this round everything works out for this mall.

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, with all the hard work and planning and funds that are being poured into avenue k's revamp, this feels like the final chance for this mall! =)

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  15. didnt manage to go for the launch. Looks like a worthy place to check out for sure!
    Chic rice, the Viet, Kepong YTF and claypot chic rice fr me as a start please! :)

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, i was away during the launch but am glad i managed to visit this place after i came back :D i'd definitely like to try more of the dishes here! =)

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    1. Yorique: glad you enjoyed it

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  17. Went to Avenue K "Taste Enclave" for the first time yesterday and tried the Vegetarian stall: Hoong Kee Vegetarian. The food was nothing to shout about but the worse thing is that they cheated me so blatantly. They charged me for food I hadn't eaten and their excuse was the girl at the cashier couldn't speak English. What a lame excuse. They charged me for sweet and sour fish which I hadn't eaten, sweet and sour chicken which I hadn't eaten and roast chicken....all of these I had not eaten. I only ate pure vegetable which were supposed to be 1.50 each but they took the liberty to charged each dish 2.50 instead. I complained to the owner and he couldn't careless....so people be very weary at this food court especially if you are a foreigner...they will CHEAT you!. For me it was first and last time.

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  19. Problem here is to find place to eat.over crowded everytime go for visit.end up with sushi zanmai

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