Sunday, August 24, 2014

Preview: Acme South @ Bangsar Village

Flame on! Acme South is set to blaze open by the end of this week, unleashing the hottest thing to hit Bangsar Village in 2014.
Update: Acme South will open Saturday, Aug. 30, from 5pm.

 Acme South is, as its name suggests, an offshoot of the city centre's terrific Acme Bar & Coffee, which was one of KL's best new restaurants in recent years. This Bangsar branch offers an entirely different concept: 'Pots & pans' have been replaced by 'fire & furnace' at what's being billed a Southern American BBQ-inspired outlet.

 Many thanks to Andrew, Brian & the Acme team for this preview of a long-in-the-works outlet that was once slated to open in June, taking over the street-level section of Garibar's remains. Expect something with scant resemblance to the Portland-esque Acme Bar & Coffee - Acme South is meant instead to evoke the darkest, dingiest diners & dives of America's Deep South.

September Update: Acme South has opened, & it looks like a terrific addition to this mall.

September Update: Lots of natural light if you choose to be seated in this section during the daytime.

 Patrons might be seated amid slabs of beef being strikingly slow-cooked in the furnace-filled background: Traditional Texan-style brisket is the highlight, coated in a secret-recipe rub & hickory-smoked for half a day. It's a preparation that Acme's team took longer than expected to perfect by painstakingly fine-tuning matters of temperature & timing.

 Customers will likely have a choice of fattier or leaner cuts - 'the point' is more marbled, but the 'burnt ends' are more flavourful. Try these for a unique comparison to the Kansas City-influenced barbecue meats that have been much more widely available in Malaysia so far (think Chili's, TGI Friday's & Morganfield's).
September Update: The brisket costs RM49 per portion, the ribs RM89 & a 'twofer' with brisket & rib is RM79, served with two sides per portion (slaw, smoked pinto beans, potato salad or creamed corn).

September Update: Four-hour-smoked chicken is another attraction (RM25 for a quarter with grilled corn & one other side dish).

Acme's own-made sauces are available for a welcome flavour boost to enhance the meat & add a sense of extra succulence: Thick-&-tangy watermelon is our favourite, nearly tied by the espresso-spiked BBQ sauce. The onion vinegar is tasty too.

 The rest of the menu is an exploration of Louisiana's most cherished soul food; hush puppies (golden-fried nuggets of cornmeal) come served with butter for a start. A dieter's nightmare, these are compulsively edible.

 Battered cheese grits might prove a favourite for some patrons too; speaking of grits, it took true grit for Acme South to grind toward completion. From finding the right location to resolving a customs snafu surrounding the New Mexican wood that was shipped in to construct the restaurant's floors, it's no wonder it's been nearly three years between the opening of Acme at The Troika & Acme South at Bangsar Village. But the team promises that more Acme outposts will surface sooner rather than later.

There will be gumbo, there'll probably be jambalaya, but will there be etouffee? Find out when Acme South finally launches, likely by this Merdeka weekend (an extra reason to celebrate).

September Update: Jambalaya is available (with turkey ham, beef sauce & peppers for RM23), as is mac-&-cheese.

 From beef brisket sliders to hot sauce chicken wings, there's tons to try; customers can't quite pig out at Acme South though - this is a no-pork restaurant, with meat secured from halal-certified suppliers. But pork pursuers need not whine: A future Acme branch that goes the whole hog is in the works.

 Po' boy sandwiches also finally make their debut in KL - Acme South's comes with fried shrimp or oysters. The team promises that prices will be kept reasonable, in line with the restaurant's casual-dining ethos.

 Southern-style brunches will also be a key attraction here; the rest of the menu will only be known by the end of the week, but crawfish boils will NOT be on it (we can still hope for fried catfish though).

 Blood orange sorbet might be on the sweets list, as will pecan pies (not pictured here) - & perhaps even peach cobblers?

 Haven't seen Acme South's cocktail list, but we're looking forward to potentially ordering a Ramos Gin Fizz.

 The South will rise again - expect to hear much, much more about Acme South in the weeks to come. And as a vote of endorsement, one Texan guest at this preview proclaimed that this meal was the closest he's felt to the Lone Star State in these past two years of living in KL.


Acme South
LG10, Bangsar Village, Kuala Lumpur

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23 comments:

  1. thanks for sharing this place, i'm the first !! =D

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    1. Happy walker: hope you enjoyed reading about acme south :)

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  2. Awesome meat cuts! I like the burnt ends which are more flavourful and a nicer bite too:P

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    1. Missyblurkit: ooo, the chef here at acme south loves the burnt ends too! i like the fatty, melt-in-the-mouth bits :D

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  3. A very intriguing place to have a meal!

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    1. Linda: yeah, we don't have a whole lot of southern american restaurants here :)

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  4. The hush puppies...the cheese grits...not to mention the protein goodness! :D

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    1. Ulric: heh, ya, i can't think of any other restaurant in kl that has hush puppies or grits on its menu right now :)

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    2. Dare I look forward to another review when they officially open?...hahahaha :P

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    3. Ulric: it could take awhile, but it should happen. or maybe i'll just update/edit this preview to make it a review :)

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  5. A lot of meats! Nice nice! Hehe.

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    1. CK: ya, we were happily munching on the beef here :D

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  6. Wow! Everything sure looks drool-worthy. Guess these would be for the blogger/launching event. I wonder what the actual individual servings would look like. Much less than the stacked-up high hush puppies, I'm sure. Still, I do think this is another place at BV worth checking out.

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    1. Suituapui: not sure about the serving sizes and prices, but it should be acceptable for customers in this neighbourhood. the next time you're in kl and around bangsar, you could stop by for a good meal here :)

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  7. Exciting times for the Acme fellas. :-)

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    1. The Yum List: i'd be totally exhausted if i were them ... but they're somehow still bundles of energy :)

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  8. To be honest I did not enjoy Gumbo while in Louisana 30++years ago, but barely remembering the good times with American friends then, I don't mind having one to bring back the memories. Sometimes food is not just that but rather the company one is with.

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    1. Wong: true, the memories of the food might fade, but hopefully the warmth of the friendship still glows :)

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  9. I like the ambience of this place, must be a good spot to chill out with bunch of friends!

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    1. Audrey: i think it'll prove a popular pick for patrons in bangsar ... easy-going vibe, interesting food :)

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  10. Tried this establishment today and to our disappointment the food was not what we expected. Ribs came in too dry and tough. Taste wise it felt more burnt than anything else. Given that ACME gained its reputation from the KLCC branch, I would hope that my review here would not be one of the many. Looking forward to see if they'll thrive over the next few weeks.

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  11. Tried and didn't have a good experience too. Ordered Ribs and it's bland.

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  12. What is a 'twofer'? :P Is it for like 2 people?

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