Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Niu Taste @ St Mary Residences

This is one beautiful restaurant, especially after sunset, filled with crackerjack flourishes that benefit from shadowy lighting.

Niu Taste, opened at St Mary Place this past month by the team behind Black Market, calls itself a noodle & grill bar, specializing in Vietnamese, Taiwanese & Japanese recipes. No pork is served here.

The high-profile choices on the menu: Niu Taste's take on Taiwanese red-braised beef noodles ...

... plus 'pho bo,' Vietnamese flat rice noodles with beef balls, tenderloin, shank, tendon & stomach.

 Each hearty serving with everything thrown in costs RM28+. Could be punchier in flavor though.

 Prefer porridge? Niu Taste has a fish-flooded version of that too, mixed with tiger grouper meat, stomach & liver that might be an acquired taste (RM28+).

 For plain protein, the tender-tasty lamb loin saddle with garlic mustard provides pure pleasure. RM16+ for two slices.

 Eel liver? Yep, find it here: Skewers of grilled unagi liver teriyaki (RM18+). A very interesting option, slightly more concentrated in flavor than eel flesh.

Century egg with tofu (RM8). Elegant simplicity. 

Sake, wine, whisky & beer are all available. 

Niu Taste @ St Mary Place
A-04, Ground Floor, St Mary Place, Jalan Tengah, Kuala Lumpur.
Mon-Sun, 11am-11pm. Tel: 03-2856-9866

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30 comments:

  1. Niu = Beef (in Mandarin) or New? LOL, i would love to try the pho but priced on the higher side though.

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    1. Ken: heh, i guess it can be interpreted both ways! :D ya, customers can actually reduce the price of the pho by requested fewer varieties of ingredients in it, though that's not quite ideal for ultimate satisfaction, i guess =)

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  2. Hey Sean, just wanna say I appreciate your larger, collaged, more beautiful pictures :D Good job!

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    1. Elle: thanks! i'm really not sure about the 'more beautiful' part, but i appreciate your kind words very much =)

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  3. Hehe I also thought niu - cow and they specialise all things mooooo. :P

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    1. Baby Sumo: heh, that's true, after all, there are a lot of beef and beef parts in the soupy noodles here :D

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  4. The ambiance is very attractive. Eel liver? I have tried baby beef liver and chicken liver...but eel liver? Yikes, no! :)

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    1. Linda: yeah, the ambiance is the highlight of this place =) heh, eel liver is tasty ... in small quantities! :D

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  5. ah, Chinese food for a change, looks lovely!

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    1. KY: heheh, must have east asian food at least once a month (more, now that CNY is coming) :D

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  6. Isn't there a Delicious somewhere there? I went to that one once...

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    1. Suituapui: there is indeed! Delicious is just a few doors away from Niu Taste =)

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  7. It sounds odd that fish porridge should be an acquired taste! Or is that why they name the restaurant Niu Taste? What does it taste like?

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    1. Footfringe: heh, it was the fish stomach and liver that made the porridge a bit more unusual than expected... so it ended up tasting somewhat, ermm, innard-ish :D

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  8. How that unagi liver tastes? Want to try that! :)

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    1. CK: ya, as soon as i saw it on the menu, i felt i had to order it. hmm, it's a bit chewy, and it tastes a bit like unagi and a bit like pork liver maybe, heheh =)

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    2. Interesting taste, hmmm I think I will like it, but not Mr LFB, lol.

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    3. CK: heheh, maybe you can also find unagi liver on your next visit to japan. some places in japan apparently serve recipes like unagi liver soup :D

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  9. Yea...a refreshing entry to St Mary Residences =)

    But I haven't tried Black Market yet wor =(

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    1. Ulric: ooo, maybe can check out both places at one go. order three items at black market, then hop over to niu taste for another three items!

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  10. Century egg tofu. Simple and awesome!!!

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    1. Missyblurkit: especially for fans of tofu (i'm more a fan of the century egg)! :D

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  11. My boy is a big fan of Japanese food, gonna bring him to try out the food, especially the Eel liver, sounds interesting~!!

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    1. 比比: ya, eel liver is supposed to be used in some recipes like soup in japan, but it's difficult to find those recipes here in kl :D

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  12. this restaurant got china feel although it is japanese~ hehe

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    1. Mr Lonely: heh, an oriental feel, sort of :D

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  13. St Mary Residences - I only wan to go to Hinata!!

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    1. Rebecca: oh yeah, hinata is definitely st mary's crown jewel, i've loved my visits there, definitely among the top two sushi restaurants in KL! :D

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  14. I can’t imagine how these could look any more appealing.

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    1. Cquek: glad you liked this!

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