Kilo Grill might look like a Korean barbecue restaurant, but it's not; this is an ambitious new eatery that defies easy categorisation, serving a continent-hopping selection that cascades from Argentine sea prawns to Spanish Iberico pork, Irish oysters & John Ross Jr Scottish smoked salmon to Korean sea eel.
But let's not bury the lead: Here's Kilo Grill's 'Petai Ice Cream,' the main reason many customers might flock here in the months ahead. Sourced from an independent producer, it's a true treat for fans of 'stink beans' - pulp-laced ice cream with a distinct petai flavour that's shrewdly fine-tuned to a pleasurable mellowness. Three scoops for RM14.90 nett.
Still, novelty desserts shouldn't obscure Kilo Grill's raison d'etre: Make no mistake, this is a barbecue outlet, through & through. Customers are tasked with grilling their own food over Japanese-origin charcoal, so come prepared to work.
The menu is sweeping enough for a full-blown feast. Beef short ribs, striploin & bacon? Yep. Sizzling sausages? Sure. Clams, mussels & squid? Absolutely. But for our order, we opted for a RM120 set that included baby octopus plus a platter of Iberico black pork jowl, belly & collar, as well as two Argentine prawns & two choices of vegetables.
Flame on! Sashimi-grade sea prawns seize the spotlight first, cooked lightly for fiery on-the-table entertainment that keeps them luscious. These can also be ordered individually for RM15 per piece or RM80 for six.
The baby octopus fares well for juiciness too; Kilo Grill scores respectable marks for the freshness of its food.
Meat matters: Plenty of tender & tasty pork in this protein-packed set, easily enough for two customers.
Vegetables can be selected from a kaiten conveyor belt; we were happy with our pumpkin & broccoli, while other patrons might prefer cherry tomatoes, asparagus or zucchini.
Kilo Grill's house-made condiments are sterling, running the flavourful gamut from East to West. For customers who want to skip the barbecue, the menu also features everything from kitchen-grilled chicken tenders, fried white bait & smoked salmon tartare to sweet potato fries, tempeh & nachos with pork bacon. Everything sounds tempting.
The liquor section is less extensive, but there's Korean makgeolli to be had for RM18, as well as Taiwanese fruit beer. Kilo Grill's service team - comprising an equally multinational collection of Malaysians, French & Pakistanis - is friendly & helpful.
Kilo Grill Barbecue Restaurant
A2-UG1-01, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur
Lunch & dinner, daily
Lunch & dinner, daily
Visible from the main road on the Solaris Dutamas complex. Same row as Osteria RealBlue, above Ante Kitchen
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