Friday, February 27, 2015

Eat With Mune @ Solaris Mont Kiara

This venue boasts a notable back-story: Chef Mune was overweight for much of his life, but he chose a couple of years ago to get fit. He succeeded, shedding tens of kilograms, & has now opened this restaurant that targets folks who want to eat healthy.

 This first-floor outlet features an unorthodox set-up: At first glance, it's an elegant space with warm, exposed-brick hues & soulful paintings that would fit into an upmarket Italian restaurant. But the shelves signal that this is a quirky eatery, lined with Radiohead CD sleeves alongside men's health magazines, sport shoes & protein powder tubs.

 The menu manages to be both succinct & eclectic, spanning West & East, the former represented unsurprisingly by salmon, pan-fried with grape seed oil & served with a bountiful harvest of avocados, rocket leaves, tomato, capsicum, onions, lemon, parsley & Greek yoghurt, flavoured with liquid amino seasoning (RM30). Nutritional info is furnished: this totals 335 calories, comprising 30 grams of carbs, 23 of protein & 12.7 of fat. Meets the mark; capably executed.

 We like the nasi ulam too - brown rice that's simultaneously fluffy & firm, fragrant with ulam raja, daun salom, bunga kantan, lemongrass, onions, garlic & winged beans, served with a thick slice of chicken breast & some pretty tasty sauces. RM15.

 Desserts could profit from fine-tuning though; the pancakes, built with organic buckwheat flour & chocolate protein powder (!), proved rather dry, aided a bit (but not enough) by bananas, berries, yoghurt, honey & no-added-sugar peanut butter. RM14.

 For fans of grapefruit, have it in a milkshake with honey & vanilla ice cream (RM13) or an ice-blended with red apples & watermelon (RM12). Service here is both efficient & pleasant; all in all, not a bad stop if you live or work in Mont Kiara.

Eat With Mune
Jalan Solaris 5, Solaris Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur. Opposite Cold Storage. Daily, 12pm-1030pm. Tel: 03-6211-1308

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17 comments:

  1. This is lovely, Sean. I love the decor and the fare looks superb. I do love grapefruit...but the Ruby red grapefruit, as it is sweeter. Those shakes looks very good. :)

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    1. Linda: i do very much like the decor here ... very cosy and inviting :) and yup, i'm a fan of grapefruit too, and i'm looking forward to trying it in different preparations :)

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  2. Shame the pancakes were dry because they look incredible! An inspiring story behind this place, and the food looks tasty.

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: yeah, these weren't the fluffy sort of pancakes, though they definitely taste more nutritious :)

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  3. Nearly spurted out my saliva when i saw the chicken breast!

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    1. Ken: i hope that's a good thing though! :D

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  4. Intersting story behind this one. And by the way Happy Chinese New Year.

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    1. Wong: yeah, it's a positive-message background, i guess :) i hope the year of the goat has been good to you and your family so far :)

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  5. No photo of Mune? Somebody should tell him - Never trust a skinny chef. LOL!!! The salmon's perfectly done - unlike some that I've had here. :(

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    1. Suituapui: oh, it seems that Mune wasn't here on the night we visited, heh :) and yeah, our compliments to the kitchen crew - they handled the salmon pretty much perfectly :)

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  6. The salmon avocados salad looks beautiful! And of course healthy too. :D

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    1. CK: heheh, ya, it's been a long time since i had a simple slab of salmon cooked like that ... quite satisfying, especially since they were generous with the avocado :)

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  7. Oh, good looking and good taste healthy food, I likey!

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    1. Choi Yen: yay, hope you manage to check out this place if you're in solaris mont kiara :D

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  8. ahh i had no luck with protein powder pancakes either.. they just wont go fluffy!

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    1. Rebecca: yikes ... sounds like protein powder pancakes are meant more for nutrition than tastiness ... hmmm...

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