Monday, June 15, 2015

Ruyi & Lyn @ Bangsar Shopping Centre

Opening this month at BSC, Ruyi & Lyn is a rather unique & relatively bold restaurant, serving contemporary East Asian concoctions in a cavernous space hidden at the back of the mall's fourth floor, seemingly accessible by only one escalator.

Expect warm smiles to welcome you as you arrive; if you're dining in, you'll be ushered past a well-appointed lounge & into a main hall that's striking for its crimson catwalk, which leads up to Beyonce performing on mute on a larger-than-life backdrop.

Pickled appetisers (not complimentary, so refuse them if you're not into sour fare) set the stage for a selection noteworthy for Asian tapas - we like the cones overflowing with a savoury-succulent potpourri of smoked duck morsels, sweet corn, pine nuts & edamame (RM33). You'll also find temptations like crab meat & shiitake mushrooms rolled in bamboo leaves (RM43), whitebait with green mango & yuzu sauce (RM43) & almond-coated fried chicken with prawn paste & plum chilli sauce (RM58).

But here's the dish that'll be Ruyi & Lyn's primary claim to fame, the platter that'll pop up on social media for months to come: A sushi compilation of nasi lemak, Hainanese chicken rice & sticky mango rice. Fun stuff - the rice is prepared like the real thing, so you get the full fragrance & flavour infused in each distinctive recipe - coconut milk nuances in the petite nasi lemak sushi, for example, crowned with anchovies, peanuts, sambal & tiny slices of egg. The Hainanese chicken rice sushi also does justice to the traditional favourite, topped with juicy steamed chicken & chilli sauce. RM43 for a serving of six assorted pieces.

Cocktails are available, though the liquids might not be as memorable as the solids here. Main courses reflect Ruyi & Lyn's links to The Oriental Group of Chinese restaurants, but the prices for the most alluring indulgences proved too steep for our budget - sablefish deep-fried with Moet champagne sauce costs RM148, while Wagyu beef & foie gras wok-fried with bell peppers is RM218 (though to be sure, there are plenty of prawn, scallop & rice mains that rest comfortably south of RM100).

Ruyi & Lyn
Level 4, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur. Take escalator up from behind Dancing Fish restaurant. Tel: 03-2083-0288



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30 comments:

  1. I have always loved a quiet setting for a meal, and even if there is music, for myself it must be soft and relaxing. The food looks very good! :)

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    1. Linda: true, i prefer my music set on low and slow at restaurants :D luckily the sound from the concert footage wasn't turned on here, so the video was playing on silent :)

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  2. nice atmosphere and places

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    1. Happy walker: glad you like it...

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  3. That sushi platter looks cute, esp the mini "fried eggs".

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    1. Baby Sumo: heheh, yeah, that was real fried egg white, topped with a dab of egg yolk! :)

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  4. Who's that? Beyonce, eh? For a while, I thought it was Malaya Curry! LOL!!! Have they got karaoke there? I would love that - captive audience, force everyone to listen to my singing. Muahahahaha!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: aiya, there's a 10-year age difference between those two divas :D haha, you're evil! no karaoke here (i think!) :D

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    2. There are karaoke sets at the private function rooms...

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  5. RM43 for a plate of sushi like that seems pricey already to me. I think the cost went into the "workmanship" for the sushi and not the quality of ingredients! :(

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    1. Contact.ewew: i was definitely thinking about that, and debating it with a few people. yeah, the cost of the food doesn't seem too high, but i guess the hidden costs are in the craftsmanship and maybe some wastage in material used to make the sushi (for example, they're only able to use specific parts of the chicken for the hainanese chicken rice sushi) ... but ya, my wallet would be more grateful if they'd charge RM30 per platter though :)

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  6. Food, i know and given that it is a plus! i personally like that beyonce look in the resto, that is new to me, and for that, i would give that resto a try! :)

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    1. Stevevhan: heh, yeah, i wonder what other footage might be playing here at other times :)

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  7. Hey Sean,

    So sorry for not leaving as many comments as I would love to as we have been so busy. The owner has worked really hard for this restaurant and I'll share the post with her :) Thanks for sharing and hope to see you soon in our restaurant, God-willing

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    1. Jimmy: it's really nice to hear from you, and thanks for the feedback about this restaurant - it does look like a labour of love. looking forward to seeing you sometime this year too :)

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  8. Sushi platter sounds interesting, would love to try that. But the main course's price is too steep for me, need to save up long time for that, haha.

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    1. CK: ya, it's definitely more of a bangsar-budget place ... we had two appetisers and two cocktails and it was over RM150 ... though maybe we should have ordered two main courses instead of the cocktails :)

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  9. I wonder if it's a new trend for chinese restaurant groups to start owning their own cocktail bar.

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    1. Fire Angel: heh, if it does become a trend, i won't mind it :D

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  10. Definitely for the presentation - that's the main draw of the sushi platter for me. But i admit, it is a unique one! :)

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, it's quite a special attraction, and the flavours were more spot-on than i expected :)

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