Sunday, March 9, 2014

Barbecue Garden @ Life Centre

Perched on the rooftop of Life Centre, the newly launched Barbecue Garden is a leafy outdoor oasis where customers can feast on grilled meat & seafood in the shadow of the Kuala Lumpur Tower.

Arrestingly atmospheric, the alfresco area is among the city's most unique dining venues, ideal for chilling out on breezy nights.

Here's the drill for the grill: It's a DIY barbecue with an a la carte menu that supplies a sweeping selection at reasonable prices.

The best bets: Lemongrass-marinated wild boar (RM14+) & five-spice venison (RM18+), both packing plenty of flavour.

Cinnamon-grilled chicken wings (RM6+ for three), finger-lickin' very-good.

Succulent skewers: Beef-wrapped sugarcane (RM17+ for six) & peanut pork satay (RM5+).

Squid with peanut sauce & lemon leaf chicken. What makes Barbecue Garden extra-worthwhile is that its food is not only unique but undeniably tasty, beautifully marinated with lovely nuances.

Spice-rubbed pork ribs & Vietnamese-style braised eggplant, the latter a nod to the roots of the Barbecue Garden franchise, which has multiple branches in Ho Chi Minh City.

Painstaking to cook though; we could have used some wine & cocktails to help ease the effort (intoxication makes time fly), but those will only be available later this month. Thankfully though, service is fairly friendly here.

Finish on the nicest note: Barbecue Garden's grilled bananas (RM4+) are pleasurably caramel-sweet, soft but not mushy.

Barbecue Garden Malaysia
Level 3 Rooftop, Life Centre, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
Daily, 11am-2pm, 5pm-midnight. Tel: 03-2181-8226

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18 comments:

  1. Interesting concept, i'd pay for the environment!

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    1. Ken: yeah, the ambiance will be a key attraction for many patrons! :)

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  2. Hi Sean,

    Thanks for covering us, do come back again after our hard launch. The menu will be expanded by then to include the Malaysian selection as well. If you don't mind me inquiring, how did you stumble upon Barbecue Garden so early (it was our fourth day of operations)? Was it a referral?

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    1. Unknown: no worries, the menu was wide-ranging enough that we had plenty to choose from and eat :) we've heard about Barbecue Garden from the public relations team at Life Centre for several months now, and we've been keeping our ears open for the restaurant's soft launch :)

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  3. Woo nice place! If someone can cook for me even better! Hahaha.

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    1. CK: haha, ya, we got a bit tired after spending more than half an hour cooking all this meat. but yup, it's a very nice place :D

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  4. Oooooo...food looks so good. Nice that it's outdoor....or you will leave the place smelling like something that has come off the grill.

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, even as we approached the restaurant, we could smell the aromatic fragrance of the grilled food from outside :D

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  5. What an amazing and interesting place, Sean!

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    1. Linda: yeah, it's a nice addition to the city's dining scene :D

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  6. I wonder if restaurants in the Life Centre will ever really take off. A few good concepts seem to have come and gone without much success.

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    1. The Yum List: that's true, it's been difficult for some of the outlets in this building in the past. but i think this one has the right stuff, it's definitely gonna be pretty popular for the foreseeable future, and hopefully it'll reinvigorate the rest of the building :D

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  7. Wow, that looks delicious.. can't wait to visit Malaysia this summer! :)


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    1. Jackie: i hope you'll have a great trip with lots of tasty experiences :D

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  8. The items certainly are pretty affordable.... and wow wild boar! Not something very common nowadays.

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    1. Baby Sumo: ya, prices are reasonable, i think it's possible to have a filling meal here for RM50 without drinks :) and yeah, it's interesting that they offer wild boar for a barbecue :D

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  9. Ah nice and porky-licious too!
    I believe it is cooling then even with our current temperatures?

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, even during the current hot weather, and even though we were busy cooking our own food, i didn't feel too warm, surprisingly and thankfully :D

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