Exposed at last, here comes one of Sri Hartamas' most seductive new restaurants this year.
This two-level venue proves knowingly versatile: on top, Naked's brightly lit, cafe-like setting would work well for lunch, while its breezy bar space at the bottom might lure customers seeking someplace casual but cool to chill out in the evening.
Naked's menu features familiar favorites with cheeky twists: Its mushroom soup (RM18+) is a menage a trois of the shiitake, brown button & oyster varieties, sauteed in a sherry broth with herbs, finished with truffle creme fraiche & fresh thyme.
Lady's fingers (RM16+), a vegetarian-friendly snack tossed in paprika-tinged batter, crisply coupled with coriander & a cucumber-mint yogurt dip.
Meat-free pizzas can satisfy, evidenced by this well-crowned creation with garlic-roasted veggies, goat's cheese, rosemary, whole-milk mozzarella & aged balsamic reduction; costing a reasonable RM33+, it's clear that Naked's prices won't strip patrons of their hard-earned cash.
Canadian executive chef Nigel Richter's house burger feels fully loaded for ravenous eaters, stacked with a seared beef patty, melted aged cheddar cheese, lettuce, subtly spicy onion rings, crunchy beef bacon & beefsteak tomatoes.
Dressed in a maple balsamic emulsion, Naked's no-gluten salad includes protein-powered components like caramelized beef bacon & a baked parmesan crisp.
White chocolate semifreddo (RM19++) with vanilla cream, salted chocolate crumble & berries.
Naked's cocktails exhibit the bare brilliance of Joshua Ivanovic; love the Cool Bananas (RM28+), comprising Angostura Reserva white rum, banana liquor, lime juice & a banana chopped up into the shape of a friendly dolphin.
School of Awesomeness (RM22+): Beefeater London dry gin, aperol, lemon juice & egg white.
Tea For Mojitwo: A mint tea-infused Bajan Mojito laced with passion fruit. RM38+ for two.
Bloody Gardeners (RM22+): Smirnoff Red Label vodka, tomato juice & seasoning. Will likely be served in a plant pot beginning next week.
Money Club (RM22+): Cachaca, lemon juice, raspberries & egg white.
Naked Restaurant & Bar
E01, Plaza Damas, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, Kuala Lumpur
Open 11am through late, except Mondays
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