Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Barn & LaHagen @ 1 Mont Kiara

Bursting with new eateries that have launched in recent weeks, 1 Mont Kiara is poised to finally become a dining destination for this neighbourhood. Here's a look at two high-profile entries occupying prime territory in this mall, beginning with The Barn.

The Barn boasts the look of a cool watering hole, with spacious sections suitable for afternoon meals or night-time boozing.

The Barn's soft-launch specialities comprise 'small plates' - essentially tapas that range from beef skewers & mussels with white wine to roast pork ribs & prawn ceviche, costing RM9.90-RM12.90 each.

The place has potential & the service team seems well-meaning, but the kitchen needs to step up its game; the complimentary welcome bread emerged well below room temperature ...

... while the quail eggs with hollandaise sauce (RM9.90 before taxes) seemed to have surfaced straight out of the fridge, completely chilly, with something of a stuck-in-storage flavour ...

... & the crispy pork belly (RM12.90) proved too lean for our preference, lacking a lovable lusciousness.

For now, the main lure is the wine, which clocks in at about RM14 per enjoyable glass. A cocktail menu is unavailable so far.

Also on 1 Mont Kiara's street level, pork-seeking patrons can now check out LaHagen. If the name rings a bell, that's because this is the reincarnation of Hagen Bake & Brew, formerly at the nearby Mont Kiara Shoplex.

Update: LaHagen has undergone further decoration since our visit, with beautifully adorned walls now (management photo).

Hagen fans will be happy to see that roast pork belly isn't missing on LaHagen's menu; have these meaty slices as an add-on with spaghetti aglio olio (the pasta on its own is RM12, while the pork costs RM11 per 100 grams).

Gnocchi also makes an appearance at LaHagen, a creamy rendition with lots of bacon bits on top (RM22).

 Streaky bacon is everywhere here, accompanying the pork loin chop, braised & pan-fried with a splash of red wine (RM26) ...

... as well as a possible add-on with waffles; we threw in both bananas & bacon on our waffle, but we probably should have known better. LaHagen also serves everything from porky burgers to pizzas.

 Coffee & beer are also available; speaking of beer, Taps Beer Bar has also opened a new branch at 1 Mont Kiara.

 The Barn, 1 Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur.

La Hagen, 1 Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur

La Hagen, 1 Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur

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18 comments:

  1. nice and yummy, thanks for sharing again~ =D

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    1. Happy walker: glad you enjoyed reading about the barn and lahagen ;)

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  2. wow, everything pork. Not a ken-friendly place :p

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    1. Ken: the power of pork reigns supreme here indeed :)

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  3. I've driven past 1Mont Kiara plenty of times but looks like there's a reason to pay this place a visit now - gotta check out all these new food outlets!

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    1. Baby sumo: it's a nice little mall... Not too big, unlike mid valley, 1u, etc, so it's easy to hop around the restaurants inside the mall :)

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  4. Someone is transforming into a real bacon-devouring monsta! :P

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    1. Ulric: heheh, it could have been even more if i'd ordered the bacon-wrapped sausages at the barn :)

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  5. I also prefer my siew yoke or char siew with some fat, not so healthy but yummy, hahaha.

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    1. CK: ya, the balance of the lean meat and fatty section are important :)

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  6. I've seen about The Barn but not really noticed the La-Hagen on my last visit to 1 MK last Saturday :P

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    1. Choi Yen: ooo, lahagen is visible from the main road ... it's actually facing the road, opposite plaza mont kiara :)

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  7. Worst service ever experienced and food was as salty as the indian ocean! Highly NOT recommended!

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    1. Joe: i'm not sure which of these two restaurants you're referring to, though saltiness wasn't an issue for us at either of these outlets.

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  8. Pork belly!!! Yum! Yum! Oooooo...bacon!!! Wait for me! I'm in!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, glad the bacon and belly here helped to arouse your appetite :)

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  9. Bananas and bacon on a waffle? Heavenly!

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    1. Missyblurkit: heheh, a bit of an offbeat combination :)

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