Monday, March 17, 2014

Muugu Garden Bistro, Off Bukit Bintang

The hidden bungalow restaurant of Muugu opened this month near Bukit Bintang, promising crowd-pleasing classics in a spacious sanctuary of calm amid the clamour of the city.

If the leafy venue feels strangely familiar, that's because this was Max At iHaus less than five years ago; now, it's run by two Singaporeans & their Malaysian partner, expertly backed by a kitchen crew & service team that comprise polished professionals in their respective fields. It's a friendly place where guests will feel welcome & put at ease.

Many thanks to Leonard at Muugu for hosting this meal, which kicked off with warm olive rolls, fresh, fluffy & flavoursome, fabulous for whetting the appetite.

Muugu specialises in seafood & steaks; these pan-seared scallops crowned with quail eggs & partnered with sweet corn cream & beetroot mousse (RM23) might deservedly prove a favourite for customers.

Mussels, succulent in a savoury, heart-warming white wine broth. At RM19, it illustrates how prices here are pretty fair for Western fare in such a nice venue in downtown KL. Plus, parking's complimentary.

Battered button & oyster mushrooms (RM12), very juicy, served with Muugu's house-made chilli sauce, a richly smooth, pleasantly sweet concoction that's a tasty change from mass-produced sauces.

Moving on to mains: Interesting items include the pesto risotto, fragrantly herbal, topped with a fleshy slab of snapper (RM27).

Capellini aglio olio, gratifyingly garlicky (RM17). Carbonara, bolognese, alfredo & amatriciana are all available too.

Chicken roulade stuffed with ricotta cheese & spinach (RM23), accompanied by lovely mashed potatoes that steal the show.

Aussie air-flown tenderloin (RM55 for 8oz), cooked on a volcanic stone grill.

Tender, meaty beef, well-prepared & well-partnered with luscious ratatouille & creamy black pepper & red wine sauces.

Try the truffle-scented fries too (RM8), also addictive, cut from russet potatoes.

Desserts here are reassuring rather than surprising: Again, everything's capably executed, from the irresistible melt-in-the-mouth tiramisu (RM12) ...

... to the chilled pick-me-up of this strawberry granita (RM9) ...

... to the chocolate lava cake that's creamy but not cloying (RM12). Throughout Muugu's opening month, head here & say "Muugu is sweet!" to receive a free aperitif & dessert.

House-pouring wine clocks in at RM15 per glass. Would be better chilled though.

Ask Ed at Muugu to whip up an ice-cold cocktail (the Metropolitan Martini is worthwhile at RM18) or lattes that come at comfortingly warm temperatures instead of scalding.

All in all, Muugu's a pleasant, fuss-free retreat. Good enough for a leisurely lunch or a relaxed dinner.

Muugu Garden Bistro
32, Jalan Jati, Off Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
Lunch & dinner, daily. Tel: 03-2110-3603


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25 comments:

  1. Oooooo the menu sure sounds like a winner to me - I'll start with some scallops and battered mushrooms, followed by risotto and steak and finish off with a nice tiramisu. :D

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    1. Baby Sumo: that sounds like a lovely three-course menu! :)

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  2. Name sounds African. iHaus? That's German? Never mind what cuisine, food looks good and that's all that matters.

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, yeah, what's in a name, that which we call a steak would taste as succulent :)

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  3. Molten lava! I want to eat that!
    The desserts and pastries here a bit too sweet for me, or maybe I haven't found the good one yet. :P

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    1. CK: ya, it had been a long time since i had a lava cake. the one here was good :) hopefully when you're back in KL in a few weeks time, you'll be able to get some good desserts and pastries, not as sweet as the ones in africa, heh :)

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  4. That thick juicy slab of beef makes me drool, everything looks so good and well presented.

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    1. Ken: yeah, very respectable marks for presentation :) the tenderloin lived up to the 'tender' part of its name for sure :D

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  5. I do like tenderloin, Sean. The setting of the restaurant looks like a place for company executives to meet. :)

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    1. Linda: yeah, i think this restaurant would be suitable for all sorts of events and meals :)

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, pretty honest prices :)

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  7. Wow everything looks delicious especially that steak!

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    1. Kate: ya, we enjoyed pretty much everything from start to finish. the steak was nicely done :)

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  8. Look at the luscious colours of the pan-seared scallops...I like the combination of the tenderloin with the sides =)

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    1. Ulric: ya, lovely pairings ... scallops go so well with quail eggs, steaks are marvellous with ratatouille :D

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  9. Thank You Sean for a great article and beautifully taken pictures!

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    1. Muugu: the pleasure was ours :)

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  10. I can never resist it!

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    1. Cquek: sounds like a good thing! :D

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  11. What a cute place! Need to visit soon!

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    1. Kelly: ya, it's a pleasant place for lunch & dinner, conveniently open daily :)

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  12. The pricing here is very decent...steaks very well executed - love them! Ahh...and those truffle fries are so darn addictive!

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    1. Pureglutton: steaks and truffle fries ... quite memorable!!! :D

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  13. Looks yummy... plan to go this saturday :)

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