Sunday, October 26, 2014

B-Lab @ Verve Suites, Mont Kiara

The first restaurant has opened at Mont Kiara's Verve Suites - B-Lab, run by master baker Yukichi Matsubara & his wife Zenn. 

 B-Lab is a bakery, bistro & bar - ideal for a casual, leisurely meal, blessed with lots of sunshine & warm, welcoming colours. Parking's a breeze - free basement lots are bountiful, even on weekdays; it's easier to park here compared to Publika nearby.

 Alfresco seating with a verdant suburban streetside view is available; for cafe lovers, note that Solaris Dutamas' La Casa will be launching a new branch at the Verve shops row very soon too, right beside B-Lab.

 Meals at B-Lab kick off with a complimentary bread basket served with Lescure butter; the restaurant's business hours are conveniently extensive, running 7am-midnight daily (except Mondays), though the kitchen is closed in between lunch & dinner.

 B-Lab is meant to reflect the experimental endeavours of the Kobe-born, Paris-polished Matsubara; if his name rings a bell, it might be because of his previous bread-making stints that earned him recognition in Malaysia at The Loaf & Bonjour Garden.

 Signature creations include a reinterpretation of the club sandwich (RM22) that comprises this striking-green spinach toast with avocado spread, stuffed with streaky bacon, honey-baked ham, sunny side-up, house-made tartar sauce & butterhead lettuce.

 Cider-braised pork belly with herb gnocchi (RM35), a succulent sight for sore, starving eyes. B-Lab's kitchen is still getting its act together, so maybe the gnocchi didn't turn out quite as fluffy as it should be, & the fennel & carrot puree listed on the menu for this recipe were missing, but the place has obvious potential.

 The rest of the menu sounds promising; there are distinct European proclivities sprinkled throughout - Spanish anchovies with piquillo peppers & aioli (RM22) to Italian pizzas with serrano ham & goat's cheese (RM28).

 For takeaway, French gorgonzola cheese foccacia & bacon quiche to espresso walnut loaves & raisin almond sourdough.

Absolutely no absence of sweet treats either, from pistachio chocolate beauties to chiffon cupcakes & cream puffs.

 Putting the final 'B' in B-Lab: Wine that starts at RM19 by the glass & RM99 by the bottle (Emiliana Cab Sav), & cocktails like pear-&-thyme sparklers, espresso martinis & mango sangrias at RM19 each.

B-Lab
G-3A, Ground Floor, Verve Shops, Jalan Kiara 5, Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur
Open 7am-midnight, except Mondays. Last orders at 10:30pm. Tel: 03-6206-1880

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28 comments:

  1. I love the bread basket, Shawn! :)

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    1. Linda: we were happy when we saw that bread basket land on our table! :D

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    2. what bread basket???? i never saw any when i was there for dinner

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  2. Sorry, I was typing so fast, and I couldn't edit my comment. Sean! LOL! :)

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    1. Linda: no worries ... i make typos all the time, especially when texting on the phone! :D

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  3. wah, this high class place i wish to go long time leh~ sigh...

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    1. Happy walker: hope you manage to drop by for a snack the next time you're in this neighbourhood :)

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  4. I adore those sandwiches but it is the pork belly that is screaming, "Take me! Take me!" Irresistible!!!

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    1. Suituapui: true, based on the description on the menu, i couldn't resist ordering the pork belly either! :D

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  5. The braised pork belly looks like siew yoke to me, does it has crispy skin?

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    1. Choi Yen: ya, i think it's fair to think of this as similar to siew yok ... and yup, the skin is crispy, though the skin for this serving was a bit hard :)

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  6. I like the Cider-braised pork belly, it looks good to me eh!

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    1. Audrey: it's not bad ... texturally satisfying, though the flavour could have been even tastier depending on what it was braised with :)

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  7. I like these types of bistros...food's from the heart...heart-stopping like the cider-braised pork belly...lolz! =)

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    1. Ulric: heheh, true, there's definitely a personal touch to the recipes here :)

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  8. The pork belly looks yummy, too bad that the gnocchi didn't turn out well.
    Will wait for you second visit first, hahaha.

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    1. CK: ya, i think the gnocchi could be fine-tuned to make it fluffier :D

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  9. wow roti! i'll go gaga over this place, spinach + avocado sounds good too!

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    1. Ken: spinach + avocado = green goodness! :D

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  10. Looks like an encouraging start for B-Lab! The spinach bread is very eye-catching - does it have any spinach flavour??

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: encouraging is probably right :) and yep, there's a nice spinach undertone in the after-taste :D

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  11. Oh so Chef has moved on to open his own outlet!

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    1. Rebecca: ya, hopefully he'll do well here and be able to cultivate the kind of restaurant he really wants to be part of :)

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  12. went over last week for dinner and was most disappointed. service was horrendous. the salad that i ordered never came despite the fact that we had asked about 5 times. we finished our 2 other dishes and were then told (after asking again) that the salad will be ready in 2 minutes. there was never a bread basket to begin with and the meal was quite pricey. gotta think twice before i step in there again for fear of history repeating itself.

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  13. B lab's staff ruins Chef's delicious food. My dine in experience is just ridiculous and I give up. Waiters are disrespectful, incompetent, and don't know and are incapable of doing anything. Paying a service charge of 10% is a farce and rip off. It's a shame how such people can provide customers with such bad experiences. I can only recommend to never dine in. Just buy the bread and run!!!

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  14. Daily special...pizza that was so soggy that you must eat with knife and fork. Don't bother with the menu....half will be unavailable... Waste of time and money.

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  15. Pizza is one of my favorite. I can forget the world if I get such such kind of delicious.
    Kicks Lab

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