Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Bosko @ Bandar Utama & Salt Lick @ Solaris Mont Kiara

Checking out a couple of venues that might work well enough for kicking back after work: First up, Bosko in Bandar Utama's Centrepoint complex, where shelves of Sauvignon Blanc & walls filled with wine pairing tips assure us we're in the right place.

Bosko - a play on 'boss code' - is cheerfully colourful, soothingly spacious, bright & breezy, with a spirited service team.

 The menu's meant to be crowd-pleasing, with quite a few interesting highlights. We tried the kitchen-made meatballs with raspberry marmalade mayo & creamy mushroom sauce (RM12) & oven-baked tortilla-base pizzas topped with mussels, prawns & pineapple (RM15) - both were pretty worthwhile. Prices are pleasing.

 We spotted Swich-supplied cakes when we visited some time back, including the now-famed cempedak cake with toasted coconut (RM12) & butterscotch tiramisu with pecans (RM12.90). Hopefully Bosko will continue to offer these.

 And of course, wine - bottles of Chilean Merlot start at RM65 each (yay!), while a white sangria costs a wallet-friendly RM16.

Next up, Salt Lick, the latest restaurant to occupy the street-level corner lot of Solaris Mont Kiara's SohoKL complex - this specific shop-lot has housed everything from a short-lived Taiwanese eatery to a Peking Duck outlet over the past five years.

 Salt Lick tackles both East & West with reasonable results; customers can start with a spicy-tangy salad of grilled prawns with young mango, lemon, lemongrass, chillies & coriander (RM20) before moving on to a main of petai fried rice with satay & acar (RM18) or a four-cheese pizza with parmesan, mozzarella, feta & blue.

 Salt Lick is run by the folks who own the Ravi's Banana Leaf Rice outlets, so it's no shock to see 'amritsari macchi' - fried fish - with mint chutney (RM15) on the menu. To swerve from Indian to Korean flavours, snack also on some bulgogi-braised chicken wings (RM18). Wrap up this schizophrenic meal on a British note, with sticky date pudding topped with butterscotch.

 Asam Boi Mojitos share space at Salt Lick with Jalapeno-Cucumber Margaritas (RM25); wine starts at RM15 by the glass.

Bosko Restaurant & Bar
 1st Floor, Centrepoint Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya. Daily, 10am-2am. Tel: 03-7733-2511

Saltlick Restaurant & Bar
Ground Floor, SohoKL Solaris Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 12pm-1am. Tel: 03-6204-9797

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16 comments:

  1. Fascinating and I love the decor in the first few photos. Presentations are lovely.

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    1. Linda: oh yes, it's the kind of place that pretty much puts us at ease :)

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  2. When I saw the word 'Salt Lick', this came to mind: http://www.saltlickbbq.com/ Too bad it isn't the one :-)

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    1. Tzeping: i agree ... ribs and brisket would have been an urgent attraction for us! :D

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  3. Salt Lick looks like an international experience!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: culinary continent-hopping! :)

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  4. Meat balls look too fine, probably machine-blended. Pizzas are gorgeous at both places.

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    1. Suituapui: bosko's pizzas are actually kinda unique, as they use a tortilla base instead of the usual pizza dough :)

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  5. Interesting cakes, prices are certainly wallet-friendly

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    1. Ken: even non-cempedak fans like me will like that cake, it seems :D

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  6. Hehe when I read "walls filled with wine"... I knew u would approve of this place! Asam Boi mojito sounds like it could be a winner!

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    1. Baby Sumo: heh, i sometimes feel wine-starved, because most of the cafes i visit don't serve wine :D and ya, i like Mojitos with different twists in flavour :)

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  7. Aw.... I love those comfy sofas seat at Bosko~~

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, yeah, the sofa area is nice ... i also kinda like the outdoor area with the view of the trees outside :)

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