Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Austin @ Telawi, Bangsar & San Telmo @ Melbourne

Beef seizes the spotlight for this protein-powered entry; we kick off with The Austin, a new Texan-inspired restaurant spearheaded by the Austin Chase coffee chain in Bangsar.

The Austin's wide-ranging menu sounds promising - coffee-rubbed rib-eye with truffle sauce or Roquefort cream (RM36.90), spiced beef burgers with avocado & BBQ sauce (RM27), slow-cooked beef chili (RM15.90), plus a bevy of non-bovine recipes - spinach salads, devilled eggs, phyllo-wrapped salmon, tiger prawns with mango salsa & penne arrabbiata with lamb meatballs. Everything a respectable steakhouse might require.

Alas, much of the menu remained unavailable when we visited, so we settled for this pan-seared tenderloin with mushroom ragout. All things considered, it hit all the minimal marks - tender, juicy & flavoursome, prepared perfectly rare as requested.

Wine is available by both glass & bottle (Chilean Cab Sav starts at RM24); the service team is obliging & tries to please.

Bonus stop for beef: San Telmo, a Latin American eatery in Melbourne, influenced by Buenos Aires' 'asado' barbecue venues.

The restaurant, dressed in a cow-hide decor, is all about cooking on a bespoke, hand-made 'parilla' charcoal grill, resulting in smoky-succulent triumphs like these O’Connor pasture-fed beef short ribs (AUD30) ...

... & side dishes like veal sweetbread (AUD15), something we're constantly craving back here in KL ...

... plus porky pleasures like the braised Berkshire jowl ‘cheek’ with crackling (AUD19).

Everything from the condiments to the beverages is meant to evoke the spirit of Argentina too, with a wine list reputedly sourced from that country's bodegas.

 Pinot Noir 2011 (The Kid; Patagonia, Argentina), alongside the El Pato cocktail (Beefeater gin, Noilly Prat dry vermouth, Rossoi Antico, Campari & Cointreau served on the rocks).

The Austin
Jalan Telawi 5, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur

San Telmo
14, Meyers Place, Melbourne

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23 comments:

  1. Cozy and warm ambiance, and the tenderloin looks amazing!!!

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    1. Linda: am glad you like the look of the restaurant and the steak! :)

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  2. wow, the meat seems to be very rare but its good that they had it prepared according to your request :)

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    1. Ken: yeah, I usually ask for my steak to be rare, cos I find medium or even medium-rare to sometimes feel overcooked at many outlets :)

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  3. I dun understand why they are open if most of their menu are not ready...are they still running kitchen trials? ><

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    1. Ulric: the waitress said they had been open for business for a few days already. But unfortunately, when we tried to order the coffee-rubbed rib-eye from the menu, they said it wasn't in stock. Neither was the spiced beef burger, nor the pistachio lamb, nor any of the cocktails listed on the menu. It's a mystery :)

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    2. Haha...in the meantime u can salve your coffee-rubbed meat cravings with the espresso lamb shoulder at d'Italiane Kitchen...it was excellent in price and weight...lolz! =)

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    3. Ulric: i'm not sure i've tried that dish at d'italiane, but sounds like it's worthwhile! :D

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  4. Oh, it's in Oz. The beef there is so fresh, rare is fine. Here, I would ask for medium rare.

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, medium-rare works best for me too if it's really medium-rare, heh :D

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  5. Looks like a decent place for meat lover! I like the cozy ambience of the restaurant ;)

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    1. Audrey: the steak was decent ... hopefully they'll do well here :)

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  6. Quite a difference in prices when you compare Melbourne costs to Malaysia.

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    1. The Yum List: true ... we're eternally doomed by the weaker ringgit :)

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  7. Give me my meat!! Tenderloin and mushroom ragout...perfect! But not rare (unless really good quality and super fresh)...medium rare would do just fine for me :-)

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    1. Contact.ewew: heheh, i like my meat to be bloody! :D

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  8. The only place in KL that I know does sweetbread is Soleil... perhaps u can get your fix there :)

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    1. Baby Sumo: i remember soleil's sweetbread! it was quite expensive but quite delicious :D

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  9. That pinky meat looks divine!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: practically a perfect pinkness :)

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  10. coffee rubbed steaks sounds promising. I'll bet u that they are using the coffee grinds frm Austin outlets. Hahhaha!

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    1. Rebecca: that's a good point, i didn't think of that! hahaha, ya, smart :D

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