Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Viv's Boutique Cafe @ Taman Tun Dr Ismail

Tucked on one of TTDI's less-travelled rows, Viv's showcases some vivid ideas in its bid to be a distinctive dining destination.

Viv's exudes an eccentric spirit of East-West experimentation, captioned by recipes like this salmon, subtly mango-flavoured & paired with pumpkin puree, sesame mashed potato & butter-glazed veggies. The most memorable part of this well-prepared ensemble: A smooth, savoury unagi reduction, somewhat like a thick teriyaki sauce that's rich with the taste of eel. RM39.90+.

Japanese influences come unconcealed in Viv's bento (RM20.90+), but there's more to this box than meets the eye; the garlic fried rice, veggies & watermelon slices seem typical, but the chicken's decidedly Chinese, evocative of a Kung Pao interpretation, tinged with dried chillies. Bonus: Viv's unique unagi sauce surfaces in the middle (plus, papadum on the side).

Europe collides again with Asia for the curried grilled prawn, sweet & creamy, mingled with Viv's rendition of ratatouille, served in striking fashion. RM15.90+.

Pleasure for pasta lovers: Mix & match a sauce with a choice of accompaniments. You can have a basic pesto, aglio olio, carbonara or pomodoro for RM13.90, then add on grilled chicken, beef salami, turkey ham, scallops, smoked salmon, mushrooms or veggies (prices vary for add-ons, mostly between RM5 to RM10). Note: Let the staff know if you want your pasta al dente or not.

In the end, our favourite at Viv's is likely this one - classic & uncomplicated, but completely fulfilling: Beef short ribs, fleshy & flavourful in kitchen-made BBQ sauce (not cloying or processed-tasting), with cherry tomato confit & garden veggies. RM42+.

Viv's setting seems built for dessert sessions: The speciality's the Chocolate Aquarium (RM18.90+), basically brownies chunks mixed with vanilla ice cream, though there are multiple other temptations like banana berry trifles, pancakes, crepes & cakes.

No reason to resort to plain water - Japanese yuzu sparkling sake (RM48) is available, but the better bet is Korean makgeolli (RM34), served unexpectedly in traditional bowls. Teetotalers can try a wholesome smoothie, comprising components like grapes, lemon, bananas, honey or mint (RM11.90). Many thanks to Viv's hard-working team for hosting this meal.

Viv's Boutique Cafe & Restaurant
16 Jalan Wan Kadir 1, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-7733-7911


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16 comments:

  1. Beautiful food, prettily presented, all in a plush cushy environment...I like the looks of everything! ;D Love the touch of the flower-shaped courgette on the salmon dish. How did they fit that chocolate aquarium into the cognac glass?

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    1. Contact.ewew: yeah, all the attention to little details is admirable ... heh, interesting question about the aquarium (i have no idea!) :D

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  2. Sean,

    This place gets a big thumbs up from me. I love the decor, the salmon (you know it!), and the presentations are beautiful! Yes! :)

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    1. Linda: the presentation for the salmon is definitely elegant and appealing :)

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  3. Gosh!!! The furniture! So regal...like in a palace. Dessert looks stunning. Salmon's good too...and not expensive, two generous cuts like that.

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, yeah, the furniture would work well for afternoon tea, i think :) and yeah, i think prices for most of the items here are fair :)

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  4. Nice place, both the food and the deco. I will go with the scallops pasta. :D

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    1. CK: ya, it's a decent simple pasta, good to order if you have pasta cravings :D

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  5. Ohhh another one close to my home hahaha

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    1. Rebecca: ya, this part of TTDI i prefer to go in the evening, since parking is difficult during the daytime :D

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  6. Elegantly designed interior, great for chit-chat session especially on that comfy looking sofa~

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    1. Choi Yen: glad you like the look of this place ... and ya, that section would be nice for afternoon tea :)

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  7. Good food with great service and affordable price

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    1. Sherrie: glad you're a fan of viv's :)

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    1. Red: thanks for the positive feedback! :)

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