Sunday, July 26, 2015

BRYCG New Orleans Cuisine @ Ampang

Take a trip south of the Mason-Dixie line, down on the bayou: BRYCG (pronounced 'bridge')  New Orleans Cuisine tries to bring a bit of The Big Easy to Kuala Lumpur, serving up the vibrant flavours of Louisiana Creole cooking, plus a side helping of Tex-Mex favourites that stick more or less to a southern U.S. culinary theme.

Laissez les bons temps rouler! Get comfy at this outlet on the upper level of Ampang's Greenhouse by Muir complex & brace for a belly-busting meal that'll begin with complimentary beignets (fried pastries - crisp, puffy & hollow - with powdered sugar). 

Order the gumbo first (RM29.68) - the ideal introduction to the soul food here, a hot stew of rice, tiger prawns & flower crabs soaked in thick, savoury seafood stock. While it's impossible for BRYCG to completely replicate the complex nuances of the French Quarter's cooking, this is a respectable effort that strives for a fair measure of authenticity. Southern comfort, indeed.

Of course, there's jambalaya too (RM33.92), the cousin of paella; BRYCG serves a shrimp-packed, nicely seasoned rendition with okra, capsicum & spring onions. You'll also find shrimp & grits (creamy ground maize) on the menu, but we opted instead for grits that were unusually but very satisfyingly partnered with a succulent lamb shank in Mexican-inspired dark mole sauce.

Oysters feature prominently at BRYCG - our best bet is the fried oyster salad (RM29.68) that's absolutely delicious with avocado dressing, quail eggs, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes & parmesan cheese. There's also a fried oyster sandwich (the closest thing to a classic po'boy in KL), but if you're heading to BRYCG by August 7, it may be worth noting a seafood platter with oysters, prawns & assorted salads is available at an opening promo price of RM63.60 instead of the usual RM125.08.

Some of BRYCG's offerings may seem to stray south of the U.S. border, but even so, many of these have become staples of the American food truck scene. We had fun with the DIY fish tacos (RM30.76; made with marinated red snapper - enjoyable to both assemble & eat), the meaty Cuban sandwich (RM25.44; layered with chicken, salsa, cheddar cheese, chipotle mayo & dijon mustard, served with tapioca chips) & the hearty choripan (RM29.68; essentially a hearty hot dog with chimmichurri). Douse with some fiery-red original Louisiana hot sauce (the real deal, with the tell-tale red dot) to bring it all back home, cher.

The two of us were too stuffed for dessert, but rest assured, customers can expect the expected: Bananas foster (RM16.96), as well as lime pie (RM15.90), bread pudding (RM19.08), creme brulee (RM15.90) & churros with dulce de leche (RM15.90).

BRYCG @ Greenhouse By Muir
1 Jalan Nipah, Off Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-2630-6728
Sun-Thurs, 1130am-10pm; Fri-Sat, 1130am-1130pm. Note: Will be closed on Mon, July 27, for one day of renovation works

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18 comments:

  1. Oh dear!!! The poor moose! LOL!!! I'm all for that lamb shank. Servings big? These American places used to have huge servings - I hear not anymore, like at HRC, for instance.

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    1. Suituapui: haha, well, it's a fake moose :D servings here were OK - each plate was enough for a full meal, or for two to share if you order a few items. i have a big appetite tho! :D

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  2. At first I was trying to figure out what BRYCG was short for,never imagined it would be "Bridge"..

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, i'm not the biggest fan of the name, cos it's a bit confusing :)

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  3. Wooo, those oysters look fresh and juicy, yum yum.

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    1. CK: i liked the fried oyster salad, it was nicely done :)

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  4. Cajun country food, I remember the crawfish. its more than 30 years ago when I was in Louisiana. Brings back memories.

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    1. Wong: those definitely sound like great memories! :)

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  5. The prices here...some are reasonable but some are a bit on the high side especially the Seafood Platter at non promo price of RM125.....too expensive for just 6 oysters and 3 prawns (+ some inexpensive bowls of salad)! :( But the gumbo looks nice and hearty though :)

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    1. Contact: the salads actually contain seafood in them too, but ya, the normal pricing would be more than i'd have expected ;) my top three favourites here were the gumbo, the fried oyster salad, and the lamb with grits :)

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  6. I'm eyeing on that seafood platter, very attractive opening price

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    1. Ken: heheh, if you're in KL by August 8, you could consider checking it out :D

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  7. Oh, Bridge! I was wondering what the acronyms stand for. Haha.

    Looks like a nice place. There has been a couple of restaurants trying to bring in the spirit of Louisiana (bad pun, that was the name of a restaurant in Kelana Jaya) and Cajun food over, to limited success. Let's see if this one takes off.

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    1. Huai Bin: yeah, there's a theme about Bridging Cultures here, i think :) and ya, you're totally right - Louisiana cuisine has had a hit-or-miss history in the Klang Valley. Spirit of Louisiana is still surviving admirably at Kelana Jaya, though they've also branched a bit into other stuff like pastas, i think.there was a restaurant called New Orleans in Sunway a while back, but that one has closed unfortunately...

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  8. Now I know quite a few people who will think this place of high interest ;-)

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    1. The Yum List: i love gumbo, jambalaya, etc, so this place was of high interest to me too! :)

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  9. The exposed brick is beautiful, it gives it a very warm ambiance. :)

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    1. Linda: the low lighting here and interesting metalwork add to that feel too :)

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