Decked out with gleaming chandeliers, Elizabeth could be the closest thing to a fine-dining restaurant in Puchong, whipping up European specialities at prices that are blessedly not as punishing as feared.
Inventiveness is the kitchen's watchword; Elizabeth's menu ditches mushroom soup for a sweeter starter, a chilled broth that blends pureed strawberries & oranges into something that succeeds as a refreshing recipe for these heat-troubled times. RM15.
Coffee-scented risotto with mussels (RM38 nett). The execution for some of these could be fine-tuned though; this rice is mushier than necessary, while the fragrance of coffee seems illusory. Still, the idea itself is nice, so there's certainly hope.
No lack of meat on offer: Everything from blackcurrant duck (RM33), a fun way to feast on fowl ...
... to chicken confit (RM23) with buttered peas, olives & an herbal medley of sage, rosemary & thyme (no parsley? heh) ...
... to lamb rack with fried bread (RM48), a main course that illustrates Elizabeth's strengths & weaknesses all on one plate. This restaurant deserves admiration for its ambition & its passion to produce interesting dishes, so we hope it'll take time to reflect on how to make its ingredients really shine & leave a memorable impression.
Elizabeth is located incongruously inside Setiawalk's Grand Shanghai Food Theme Park; it's an odd neighbour for the dim sum & bak kut teh restaurants that populate this fourth-floor section of the complex beneath the TGV multiplex.
Elizabeth Fine Dine
Level 4, Setia Walk, Puchong
Park in the basement at Zone E and take the elevator up
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