Monday, August 11, 2014

Goodsaltz @ The Curve

Spicing up The Curve's sedate F&B scene, Goodsaltz has the potential to make a great splash; its menu is cooler than most, its service team seems more than friendly & hard-working, while its setting feels as inviting as imaginable for a mall restaurant.

Alfresco seating is available amid a leafy courtyard, but scorching weather spurred us into Goodsaltz's air-conditioned interior, where the decor is described as a mix of 'old family pieces, garage sale collectibles & found objects recycled with a purpose.' There's a pleasant vibe, evocative in parts of places like The Apartment or Acme Bar & Coffee.

Goodsaltz is meant to be about comfort food with contemporary twists. Right now, there are both hits & misses here; the kitchen might need to tweak some of its recipes for a more memorable effect. On paper, the tuna salad with jicama, orange, barley & green tea-infused French dressing (RM16 before taxes) sounds like a deliciously nuanced ensemble. On the plate, it tastes serviceable but seems to lack sufficient sparks of imagination.

 We love this one though: Baked salmon with Kapitan curry spices, coconut cream, cabbage kerabu & pineapple rice (RM29). The fish is fabulous - fresh & flaky-moist, very lightly cooked so it retains a delicate purity of flavour & texture, complemented by a thick, savoury sauce that miraculously complements instead of overpowering the flesh.

 From the all-day-breakfast selection, this pie could be the stand-out, stuffed with layers of scrambled eggs, chicken ham, grilled peppers, sauteed spinach & cheddar cheese baked in pastry (RM20). Again though, there's not quite enough zest in this one to elevate it into something vivid that'll propel word of mouth.

 Potentially crowd-pleasing: Spaghetti fried with masala spices, chicken & tomatoes (RM24). Creamy & reasonably hearty for the price, with a well-executed bite to the pasta & more dimensions of flavour compared to some of other Goodsaltz's recipes. Wondering what's up with the restaurant's name? Well, it can be taken literally; the outlet uses a good salt (Himalayan, that is).

 Maybe we ordered the wrong desserts, but the balance of flavours for the Red Velvet pancakes with cream cheese & peach compote (RM16) was too skewed & cloying to make this enjoyable ...

 ... while key components of the Nutella-filled French toast (RM16) with macerated strawberries & grapes tasted too processed & artificial, particularly the doughy-stodgy bread. We like Goodsaltz's spirit of creative experimentation, but these two need an overhaul, not just fine-tuning.

 Coffee (black, with milk on the side) currently comes complimentary with a breakfast dish order (could be an opening promo).

 House wines by the glass (RM16.90) include Gossip Chardonnay, Cab Sav & Shiraz, plus Rumors Semillon Sauvignon Blanc.

 Cocktails come distinctively presented, with slices of fruits on the side. The Mango Birdy has dark rum & spicy mango syrup.

 Marquesya (white wine, vodka, triple sec) & Slush Crush (watermelon, vodka, lychee syrup), RM28.90 each. On the bright side, they're potent, but the deal-breaking downside is that taste-wise, they're too sweetly syrupy (plus, the liquor feels somewhat off).

We were tempted to try another of Goodsaltz's speciality cocktails, the Ice Milo (whiskey, bailey's & kahlua), but after all that, we retreated to the can't-fail safety of a classic Brandy Alexander instead. It sounds like we're quibbling a lot about Goodsaltz, but we do think this place has promise & we're optimistic it'll get better as the weeks go by.

Goodsaltz
The Curve, Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya. Tel: 03-7733-7860

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16 comments:

  1. Gosh!!! All those iron grills - cleaning would be such a pain, collecting dust. Oooo...red velvet pancake! I sure would want to try - love the cake, the ones that are well made, not too dry and not too sweet. And the pie too - can't go wrong with ham and cheese! Ouch! RM20! Hmmmmmm!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, yeah, this could be a place particularly for fans of pancakes, since there are many varieties here :)

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  2. What a creative dish, scrambled egg pie. I would love to try those desserts but let's give them sometime before they could improve on the recipes :p

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    1. Ken: yeah, the scrambled egg pie could be reworked for better effect. maybe swap the chicken ham for something less processed and more savoury, and add more herbs and spices for complexity...

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  3. The food seems a bit hit and miss ya? Hope to see your return post, hehehe.

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    1. CK: ya, i loved the salmon and was satisfied with the spaghetti ... will be interested to see what the feedback from other customers will be ... maybe others will enjoy the rest of the menu :)

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  4. All day breakfast places are wonderful! And I love your photos here, Sean! :)

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    1. Linda: thanks! and yeah, i do appreciate places that serve breakfast dishes at night! :D

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  5. The baked salmon with Kapitan curry spices and masala-style fried spaghetti looks delish! More hits than misses I hope =)

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    1. Ulric: ya, the baked salmon is rave-worthy! if the other dishes here were as good as the salmon, this could have been one of my favourite new restaurants :)

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  6. the place looks nice, not sure about the food though...

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    1. Jean: it's a nice ambience, kudos to the restaurant's creators. and i think they'll definitely work on the food if customers want them to :)

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  7. Shame the desserts were disappointing. I do like the addition of barley to salads thought - it gives a nice chewy texture making a salad seem more filling.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, i wonder whether i'd have fared better with a different dessert ... there was also a lemon pancake with mustard seeds, as well as salted caramel panna cotta with crispy honey oats ... and yeah, here's hoping that barley makes more appearances in kl's salads :D

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    2. Next time you can try the double salted caramel chocolate brownie. i loved it! =D

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    3. Futures: thanks for the recommendation ... will def keep in mind :)

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