Friday, February 13, 2015

Mei By Fat Spoon @ Desa Sri Hartamas

The two sisters behind Fat Spoon have finally launched their sparkling new restaurant, simply called Mei, a contemporary Japanese joint in Desa Sri Hartamas that seems set to replicate its elder sibling's well-earned success in Damansara Uptown.

 Mei is no twin of Fat Spoon; it's a destination with its own distinct identity, carving out a clean, bright-white look that cultivates a cheerful charm, coupled with flourishes that simultaneously & stylishly evoke both the classic kopitiams & cutting-edge cafes.

The Pong sisters have long proven their culinary acumen; there's no fear for the kitchen here, which borrows inspiration primarily from Japanese traditions but takes wide-ranging, well-chosen liberties to make the menu unique, illustrated by sharing plates with nuanced combinations like chopped Hokkaido scallops with lychee (RM28).

Graze on gizzards, glazed with honey soy (RM8 for two yakitori skewers), & feast on fried oysters with kaffir lime mayo (RM18 for four). You'll also find everything from lemongrass chicken poppers (RM12) to pumpkin fritters (RM8) on these 'Fat Plates.'

 Rice bowls form the comfort-food cornerstone of Mei's menu - can't fault the seared sliced ox tongue, sweet-savoury & succulent, with cili padi & garlic chips on steamed rice, served with miso radish soup (RM19). There are also some bowls crowned with sashimi & others with braised beef short ribs, onsen eggs & multiple pleasures.

Try Mei's interpretation of onigiri, laced with unagi & shisho (RM10; our choice), torched salmon, smoked duck or mentaiko. Flavoursome & convincingly textured; would make a fun snack to take away too, especially since it's conveniently wrapped up.

 For dessert, matcha maniacs can check out the green tea cream puff (RM6), with soft, fresh-tasting cream, or the green tea creme brulee (RM17) or the green tea ice cream (RM8). With apologies to Kermit, it seems pretty easy being green for Mei.

 Colours also conspire for Mei's juices - Red (RM12) is represented by dragon fruit, watermelon, apples & goji berries, while Orange (RM10) obliges oranges, carrots, apples & young ginger. Head here to find out what White, Green & Yellow are about - & expect many others to follow suit; we know we'll be hearing much more about Mei in the months ahead.

Mei By Fat Spoon
22G, Jalan 27/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur. Open daily, 10am-11pm

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17 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous, elegant place, Sean! I love the exposed brick that they painted white, the chairs, the round tables and the simple but very attractive decor. The juices look delicious. :)

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    1. Linda: you've described this place perfectly! and i'm optimistic that many others will love the same things that you do about Mei! :) the juices were thick, well-balanced and enjoyable, pretty nicely done :)

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  2. What a coincidence...I was just checking Fat Spoon's facebook today and realised that they've just opened their second outlet yesterday (I've been to their other outlet in DU)...and, of course, you're there! :D

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    1. Contact.ewew: heheh, Mei was definitely worth checking out this week! :D

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  3. Ohh... food looks promising though icant say that the interior (chairs and tables especially) fits the Japanese theme...

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, it doesn't immediately jump out as japanese ... but i guess both in terms of food and ambiance, it still fits into this part of hartamas quite well :)

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  4. Mei looks very different from the other outlet, both the food to deco. I think I will enjoy the food here. :D

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    1. CK: yeah, i might not have realised it was Fat Spoon-originated if not for the signage on the window. but ya, since you enjoy japanese comfort food, i think the food here will satisfy you :)

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  5. Surely, this new family business will be another success to the sisters. The foods look sumptuous and the place is cozy and elegant. I would definitely want to try a place with a reputation of being linked with an existing successful business.

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    1. Superlux: that's true, i think the sisters have another smash on their hands ... now we can look forward to what third project they might come up with the years to come :D

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  6. Lychee scallops look great, nice presentation.

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    1. Suituapui: it was an interesting combination, unexpectedly complex flavours :)

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  7. That cream puff looks pretty interesting.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, we were kinda full already, but we couldn't resist ordering the matcha puff :D

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  8. The setting is totally different with the Uptown outlet so does the food too.

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    1. Choi Yen: true, it's nice that the sisters decided to do something very different instead of doing the exact same thing :)

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  9. great post! but - just to let you know the hours you've stated are mistaken. I had followed the hours you've blogged about twice, going at night at 10pm at night thinking it closed at 11pm but was actually at 10pm, and in the morning thinking it opened at 10am, and finding out in only opens at 11am. :)

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