Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Bankers Room @ Kia Peng

Bankers Room, a restaurant & lounge, takes over the space that once was il Primo on Jalan Kia Peng; it has ambition, so it could become a force to be reckoned with if its performance ever matches its potential.

We like how the kitchen dares to be different; based on this (punctuation-challenged) outlet's name, it might be hoping to lure deep-pocketed patrons who won't mind paying RM50 before taxes for this pizza topped with foie gras, peaches, lemon dressing & creamy capsicum puree.

Another pizza, blanketed with unagi, egg, bonito flakes, nori, green pepper, spicy cod roe mayo, lime zest & shallot rings (RM30). It's a fun experiment, certainly & enjoyably tasty, but there's a nagging feeling that with so much going on here, all the nuances of flavour are overwhelmed.

Can't go wrong though with spaghetti with sauteed bacon (pork, another commendably bold choice), tempura soft shell crab, seaweed strips, soft-boiled egg, broccoli, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, shimeji mushrooms & togarashi spices in butter sauce (RM26). Another Japanese-influenced recipe, this is one case where the complexity fares better.

Duck confit, fairly well-executed, paired with more duck (smoked), a rather dry polenta cake & cabbage in orange sauce (RM36). Not bad; the combo sounds perfect on paper, so that needs to be translated better on the plate. But easier said than done, sure.

Spring chicken with sweet potato 'risotto,' veggies & mushroom sauce (RM32). Elegant comfort food, a little simpler than everything else here. Won't go down as one of 2014's most memorable dishes, but it'll still go down well.

Rib-eye served with bone marrow, roasted potatoes, veggies & Merlot butter sauce (RM48). The service team here works hard & is attentive, but many of them seem to lack the confidence & experience to shine. Meanwhile, the kitchen could be understaffed, as our orders often took a long time to emerge, sometimes with missing ingredients.

This tiramisu has an unbeatable alcoholic kick, served with a shot of port wine on the side. For only RM14, well worth the price.

The essential cocktails & wines are available (there's a cool walk-in cellar), plus all the other liquor that we could want. All in all, with some fine-tuning, this could someday turn into a place to recommend. We're not sure it'll happen, but we sure hope it does.



Bankers Room
28 Jalan Kia Peng, Kuala Lumpur. Same building as Conlay Club
Daily for lunch & dinner. Tel: 03-2142-3699


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24 comments:

  1. Hmmm...obviously an exclusive place for the loaded - bankers, no less. ;)

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    1. Suituapui: heh, the prices here are quite wide-ranging ... can order a RM26 pizza with smoked salmon and avocados or a RM50 pizza with foie gras and peaches =)

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  2. Haha! You had me LOL at the "punctuation challenged" bit! :)

    I do like the looks of the pizza though and foie gras with peaches sounds like an amazing combo.

    P/S - Thanks again for all the good work you're doing with regards to the 100 favorites, it sure is a good way to find a nice restaurant! :D

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    1. Huai Bin: heh, the lack of punctuation actually bothers me here :) and ya, that pizza is pretty rich. thanks for your kind words! you're a real beacon of support and encouragement =)

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    2. Well deserved mate! It really is a good guide for everyone, myself especially! :)

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    3. Huai Bin: i appreciate hearing that! :)

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  3. with such a name, they better live up to the expectations of those with deep pockets.

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    1. Eiling: ya, probably with a bit more work, they could become impressive eventually =)

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  4. Fascinating, Sean. Love the night shots!

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    1. Linda: thanks! i enjoyed taking some of these shots :)

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  5. Intriguing! I wonder how foie gras works with pizza hmm.....

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    1. Ken: on one hand, i like the idea, cos it theoretically helps to elevate the pizza ... but on the other hand, even though they're quite generous with the amount of foie gras on the pizza, there's so much dough and other stuff going on there that the liver doesn't really get a chance to stand out :)

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  6. I like foie gras! But go with pizza? Hmmmm, interesting. :P

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    1. CK: heh, yeah, they also have a foie gras salad here :)

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    2. Oh I will prefer that! Hehehehe.

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    3. CK: haha, ya, i almost wanted to order that also :)

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  7. I guess the food matched the opulent deco! Foie and Unagi pizzas.. sound like overkill to me! LOL

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    1. Ciki: heh, yeah, i guess it's worth trying once, as a change from the usual foie and unagi preparations =)

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  8. Whoa... i know the place has been popular for some hush-hush low key event (but no less glamour of cos). Not much were said abt the food, and now I know why! :P

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    1. Rebecca: ya, i think this could be an interesting place for hosting special events. and parking is a breeze here and totally free, which is a plus point! :D

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  9. The chandeliers make the restaurant look extravagant.... bling bling! :D

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    1. Baby Sumo: haha, yeah, i think they're aiming for that sort of look! :D

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  10. Dear Sean,

    They are closed now? What's their reason of closure?

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    1. Wee Shiuan: thanks for that, i hadn't realised they were closed. their facebook page says they're relocating. hmmmm :)

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