Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Meat & Wine Co @ Solaris Dutamas, Outside Publika


November 2015 Update: Representatives of The Meat & Wine Co in Australia have confirmed this is not affiliated to their Sydney & Melbourne operations. The Australian company says it has not authorised the use of its brand & has taken legal action against the Malaysian-based outlet operators.

This is a cave for carnivores - the menu is fleshed out with the likes of lamb shank with koumi sauce (RM48 before taxes), chicken parmigiana (RM24) & oven-prepared beef ribs (RM100 for 550 grams). But as far as the bread basket goes, when there are three customers at the table, it's probably best to serve three complimentary rolls instead of two.

We hesitated to order much, since the service team fell short of inspiring confidence (two were unable to understand what 'rare' meant & refused to write the word on their order notepad), but the kitchen team proved more confident & capable. The Peruvian-inspired ceviche was pretty much worth its RM16 price tag.

We enjoyed the 24-hour-marinated, slow-roasted chicken, paired with jalapeno pepper & veggies in an appetising set-up.

Juicy & flavoursome, RM30 for a half-chicken. But here's an anecdote on why restaurants need to familiarise their staff with their food: We were initially served a plate of chicken parmigiana; we informed our server that we had ordered roast chicken, but she insisted repeatedly that she had brought us roast chicken. We asked her to check with the kitchen, which confirmed it was chicken parmigiana, meant for another table.

Chilled Aussie Angus beef forms the cornerstone of the menu, with a 350-gram rib-eye clocking in at RM75. Choices for sides include artichoke puree, parsnip puree & green beans with hazelnut oil, while sauces range from red wine jus to chimichurri & green peppercorn sauce.

The meat was nicely prepared - promising enough that we almost wish we had ordered the beef burger with spicy guacamole & chipotle mayo too. Housekeeping notes: The Meat & Wine Co is a no-pork restaurant.

Wine is available, alongside assorted cocktails - the Champagne Mojito (RM30) should probably be renamed to avoid confusing some customers, since the menu description says it contains Ruffino Prosecco.


 The Meat & Wine Co takes over the location outside Publika that was previously Phat Barrels - we visited Phat Barrels earlier this year, but never managed to get around to writing about it until now.


 Phat Barrels had some interesting offerings, so it's sad to see it gone so soon - the Guinness-flavoured popcorn was tasty, labelled a 'bottomless refill' - continuously replenished for RM15. All the popcorn you can eat (we gobbled up three boxes).


Phat Barrels was all about Guinness & pork; note the bacon pizza on house-made Guinness dough base. R.I.P. Phat Barrels.

The Meat & Wine Co
A1-G2-06, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur. Across from Chawan, farther up the corridor.


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39 comments:

  1. That's telling it as it is - meat & wine! Love the look of that pizza and the chicken too, everything looks really great!

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    1. Suituapui: ya, gotta like a restaurant's name when you know exactly what it serves :D

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  2. Oohh another part of Sydney is in KL! Yeah, even the font and the wordings are exactly the same as the one in Sydney so I'd doubt if they're not from the same management. Most importantly, the food was good quality and value. The staff would need some more training though...

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    1. Iamthewitch: ya, there has to be an aussie connection somehow :) and you're definitely right, i don't think it's the staff's fault, since many of the junior team members are probably not experienced with working in a steakhouse, but the management needs to ensure that they receive clearer training :)

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    2. This is not The Meat and Wine Co and has no association with the original brand. They do not have the rights to use The Meat and Wine Co name and legal action is underway to have the branding removed immediately

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  3. I'm sad to have missed the chance to try that Guinness flavoured popcorn.

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    1. The Yum List: ya, i wonder what happened to that popcorn machine :)

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  4. The roast chicken look delicious.
    Aiyoo...how sad hoh..no more Guinness-flavoured popcorn.

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    1. Melissa: ya, a reminder of how roast chicken can be such a satisfying dinner :) heheh, ya, hopefully some other restaurant will offer guinness popcorn :)

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  5. Love the looks of the Peruvian-inspired ceviche and roast chicken...however service seems spotty =)

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    1. Ulric: ya, the food here is quite solid, and if they manage to fine-tune everything even further and resolve the teething problems, this could become a recommended place for a western dinner in the publika area :)

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  6. 350gm rib eye for rm75 ?! that's a steal!

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    1. Ken: plus, that's a pretty satisfactory slab of meat :)

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  7. wah, i like the roasted marinated chicken~ hehe

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    1. Happy Walker: heheh, ya, it's a decent recommendation :)

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  8. No desserts? :P
    Guinness popcorn sounds interesting, I think popcorn might go well with peanut butter too, hehehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, ya, maybe should have tried one or two of the desserts ya :) i want to combine popcorn with cheese :D

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  9. I wish I had heard about the now defunct Phat Barrels - Guinness popcorn and Guinness pizza base sounds great! :)

    Too bad this isn't the real Meat & Wine Co - used to go to their Southbank outlet, I heard they renovated it. I also went to the Darling Harbour one earlier this year, love that place.

    Not knowing what rare is (what if you asked them for a blue steak?) and serving 2 rolls for 3 people doesn't exactly sound like they have a top notch service team. Thanks for the review mate!

    I'm wondering if they're getting their ingredients from BIG in Publika? Just a random thought from the sides you mentioned for the steak.

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    1. Huai Bin: yeah, phat barrels' guinness popcorn flew under the radar ... they probably could have publicised it better :)
      it'll be interesting to confirm whether there's any link with the australian brand. maybe they licensed the name or something. but it's clear that their designer at least was inspired by australia's meat & wine co...
      hopefully once the staff gains experience and confidence (and some more training), things will go smoothly here by the beginning of 2015 :)
      hmmm, interesting idea about the sides. i have no idea though, heh :)

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  10. The slow roasted chicken looks scrumptious, Sean!!! Mouth-watering delicious. :)

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    1. Linda: yes, it was a sight for sore eyes! :D

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  11. Oh errrrr.... I don't think I would have liked eating unfully cooked chicken... different for beef or lamb which is acceptable. And there's nothing worse than service staff who doesn't know the food....

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, the chicken was a bit undercooked near the bone :) and ya, hopefully the staff will get up to speed really soon :)

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  12. Are you sure ? This is original from Aus ? I don't think so you need check properly, manu and interior is totally different , you can try to go original meat & wine co website Aus one, they never open in Malaysia, I think just copy or fake one

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    1. Jason: as mentioned in the first paragraph, i'm not sure if it is or if it isn't :)

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    2. This is not The Meat and Wine Co and has no association with the original brand. They do not have the rights to use The Meat and Wine Co name and legal action is underway to have the branding removed immediately

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    3. How come they simply use meat & wine Co name with same sign bored , is it possible ? So nonsense

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  13. Oh dear, servers not knowing about the food is a big turn off :( Luckily, your meat came rare as requested. Guiness-flavoured popcorn....that's unique. The food looks good though...I think I should let them get sorted out before trying this place :)

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    1. Contact.ewew: yeah, service here from both the senior and the junior staff was not quite what it should have been :) but yeah, the steak turned out to be not a disaster, thankfully, i guess that's the important thing :)

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  14. This is not The Meat and Wine Co and has no association with the original brand. They do not have the rights to use The Meat and Wine Co name and legal action is underway to have the branding removed immediately

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    1. Steve: thanks for the clarification. i've updated this post with your clarification in the first paragraph.

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  15. Thanks Sean appreciate your professionalism and prompt attention to this.

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  16. Is the Name The Meat & Wine Co a registers trademark name like the McDonald or KFC worldwide that needs permission to use. Please clarify as we as consumer would like to know r they infringe the rights of the place in Australia. Thks

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    1. This is not The Meat and Wine Co and has no association with the original brand. They do not have the rights to use The Meat and Wine Co name and legal action is underway to have the branding removed immediately

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  17. I had the worst dining experience at this Fake Meat & Wine Co. restaurant. I went there with a friend last night to check it out and had a very miserable and unpleasant experience thanks to the staff and manager there. The serving staff asked me 3 separate times what my steak order was, we had to wait 20 minutes for a drink to arrive (the restaurant was only half full btw) and waited nearly an hour before any food showed up. They also told my friend that the food he ordered was unavailable 30 minutes after placing his order. Despite waiting patiently for 45 minutes and following-up politely with the staff about the delays, the manager came over and spoke to us in a rude, condescending and unprofessional manner. Needless to say, we left the restaurant in disgust- the first time I have ever left a restaurant this way. I Googled the restaurant and found that this restaurant is a complete rip-off of the original Meat and Wine Co in Australia. I hope they will do something about this blatant copycat who is already killing their brand here in Malaysia.

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  18. This is not The Meat and Wine Co and has no association with the original brand. They do not have the rights to use The Meat and Wine Co name and legal action is underway to have the branding removed immediately

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  19. I have been to this place in publika a few times and I must say the steaks are awesome probably the best meat and value I have found in KL so far . For all you other keyboard warriors and master food critics get a life . Good place and who gives a **** about Australia this . Lets see if they have global copyright

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  20. Seldom have I seen such amateurish grill marks on a steak. That, plus the lack of knowledge displayed by the staff, plus the not-fully-cooked chicken, plus the fact that this is apparently a knock-off of a beloved Australian brand, makes me want to rather steer clear of this place.

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  21. Hmm... not very ethical

    http://www.smartcompany.com.au/legal/intellectual-property/44899-my-restaurant-rip-off-the-meat-wine-co-battles-copycat-overseas-restaurant.html#

    Steven Chang must have a stake in this copycat KL company. Everyone other commenter here is saying the steaks suck.

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