Sunday, March 8, 2015

Southern Rock Seafood Kitchen @ Kemuja, Bangsar

Meet this new collaboration between the founders of Changkat Bukit Bintang's Magnificent Fish & Chips Bar & Bangsar's Southern Rock Seafood wholesalers - a restaurant located beside the latter's retail store. It's a sparklingly inviting space, with a warm crew & seductive menu - on some afternoons, you might bump into Magnificent's gregarious chef-owner Paul James & find him offering to make you a whopping bowl of steaming-hot mussels while Cyndi Lauper sings on the speakers.

 It's all seafood, all the way - no chicken, no beef; SRS focuses on its forte & surfaces with a solid selection that ranges from seafood 'popcorn' (RM20), beautifully textured fish balls made of salmon, snapper & cod, served with Marie Rose sauce ...

 ... to silky-savoury gin-ocean trout with soft poached egg & seaweed focaccia (RM28), pickled herring with Dijon & dill (RM30), Scottish cullen skink smoked haddock soup (RM28) & English dover sole with black truffle potatoes (RM98).

 Remember those mussels we mentioned? Right here, soaked in slightly spicy laksa broth (RM48). Other offerings include pan-fried plaice with butter sauce (RM28), baked sea bass with gnocchi (RM48) & grilled barramundi with game chips (RM55).

Southern Rock Seafood also operates the Shucked oyster bars, so it's no surprise to find one here, with a repertoire that spans Ireland, Scotland, England, France & the Netherlands, starting from RM26 for a trio.

No lack of liquor (finally, on the Kemuja strip!). Italian Minini Pinot Grigio clocks in at RM120 a bottle; Prosecco is RM125.

Southern Rock Seafood Cafe
32, Jalan Kemuja, Bangsar Utama, Kuala Lumpur. Open Monday-Saturday, 11am-10pm


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16 comments:

  1. I love mussels. But I have never tried it with laksa broth before, interesting combination.

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    1. CK: ya, luckily the broth is not too spicy, so we can enjoy the mussels easily, heheh :)

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  2. i love the salmon again~ =)

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    1. Happy walker: hello, salmon lover! :)

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  3. Mmmmm.....Sean, I heard you mention salmon all the way over here in Montreal, Canada!!! The presentations are gorgeous and tantalizing, their sign is very attractive and the decor is lovely. :)

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    1. Linda: now i'm wondering if Canadian salmon might taste as juicy and sweet as the ones we get here :) i'm glad you like the look of this place and its plating :)

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  4. Looks promising. Where is the best place to park however around that area? Spaces seem limited.

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    1. The Yum List: you're right, parking on that street can be tricky! one of the side streets has an open-air parking lot though that charges a few ringgit per entry. it'd be a three-minute walk from southern rock :)

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  5. Cyndi Lauper? Not Girls just wanna have fun, I hope...that would be so "noisy", don't mind True Colours" or "Time after Time". All seafood is absolutely fine by me - that popcorn looks irresistible! Egg's absolutely perfect!

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, you're right, it was either True Colors or Time After Time ... very soothing! :) and yep, i love the mix of fish in the popcorn :D

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  6. Those dainty seafood popcorn looks mouth-popping delicious! And thanks for the yolk porn! :D

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    1. Contact.ewew: ya, they were much more textured than regular fish balls ... haha, yes, we all need a weekly dose of yolk porn :D

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  7. That's a beautifully poached egg!

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    1. Ken: yeah, it was a very good egg indeed, heh :)

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  8. Wow.

    I thought I was the founder of the Magnificent Fish and Chips Bar....

    Well, at least I put all all the money up as I remember.....

    Still, it was good food from Paul James.

    Paul Corrigan (Havana / Magnificent Fish and Chips Bar etc)

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    1. Paul: oops - i may have misinterpreted some of the other Paul's statements to me ... if so, my apologies to you for that, and i'll try to re-clarify things the next time i'm at southern rock...

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