Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Two Sons Bistro @ Solaris Dutamas, Outside Publika

Two Sons Bistro is a family affair, founded by married couple Stephen & Ida with a name that represents their two toddlers, Riley & Rylan. This warm, welcoming restaurant is worth checking out for visitors to Solaris Dutamas, with an interesting repertoire of Western & Eastern specialities that spawned one of our most satisfying lunches this month.

Start with a steaming-hot pot of mussels - Two Sons offers a 450-gramme serving that's notably well-priced for RM28 (three or four patrons could share this as a starter), especially since it comes with an all-you-can-eat free flow of garlic brioche or fries to soak up the sauce. What's more, you can choose from 16 types of preparations (!) - our option was char-grilled with sweet paprika butter (flavoursome & fresh-tasting); others might prefer spiced tomato & beef chorizo, oregano & sour cream, celery & leek, sun-dried tomatoes & olive oil, turmeric lime butter, ginger & lemongrass, cheese-baked, bird's-eye chilli & thyme, butter cream, Thai green curry or tom yum - the list goes on. You can even swap the mussels for clams (RM22 for 450 grammes).

Don't skip the steaks - Two Sons' head chef was a senior member of the kitchen at Morton's The Steakhouse in Singapore, so this place takes its aged Aussie beef seriously. We ordered the tenderloin, since it seemed like good value at RM65 for 250 grammes - it turned out to be great value; prepared rare per our request, this proved achingly smooth & tender, with a clean & clear-cut flavour, coupled with our pick of potato rosti, creamed spinach & blue cheese sauce, all equally irreproachable.

Pastas are a pleasure too; check out the linguine (RM29) simmered in robustly savoury tomato-&-olive-based sauce, topped with lamb meatballs that customers would cut open to reveal a centre of hard-boiled quail eggs, a unique take on Scotch eggs.

Many recipes here showcase a visual spark that makes for fun photography, such as this Chinese-style juicy sea bass in lime, chilli & garlic dressing, presented in an old-school tiffin carrier with rice & sauteed veggies in the menu's Asian section. RM28.

Also eye-catching: Indian-inflected grilled lamb cubes, succulent & spicy, served on striking skewers to be savoured with toasted tortilla wraps, sauteed veggies, mint yoghurt & curry. RM32; pair with red wine - Two Sons is not serving alcohol yet, but it plans to. For now, there's no corkage charge, so take advantage of that & bring your own bottle.

The star of the sweets: A combo of a baked apple with a filling of creme brulee custard (RM16), an inventive interpretation of two classic desserts put together. It's a hopeful harbinger of what to potentially expect of Two Sons as this restaurant matures.

Two Sons Bistro
A4-G2-8, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 017-2238018
Open Mon-Thu 10:30am to 10:30pm, Fri 10:30am to 11:30pm, Sat 9:30am to 11:30pm, Sun 9:30am to 10:30pm

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17 comments:

  1. Love that pasta with meatballs. Quail eggs inside? Gee!!! That's a great idea... Gotta try this sometime!

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, it's a very fun and enjoyable twist to regular meatball linguine ... ya, i think you could try replicating the recipe at home :)

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  2. Nice, a weekend new brunch place for us, yay. :D

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    1. CK: it's easy to find too - just under the red beanbag! :)

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  3. Love this place, Sean!!! I am getting hungry looking at your mouthwatering photos! :) The name of this place reminds me of a grocer we had here in Montreal...the name was 4 Brothers. :)

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    1. Linda: i like restaurants with names like that ... two sons, three sisters, four brothers! :D

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  4. The steak might be a little too rare for me but i must say that they do have interesting spread

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    1. Ken: heheh, yeah, i like my steak rare to medium-rare, and this place does it really well :)

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  5. Looks like some interesting dishes here. Good to see some variety. And... oh, that baked apple... yum!

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    1. The Yum List: ya, the menu does sprinkle quite a few cool creations amid its spread of classics ... that apple was fun! :)

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  6. You seem to have an ever ready bottle of wine with you everywhere you go...kekeke! ;D

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    1. Contact.ewew: haha, you noticed! but ya, as long as a place doesn't mind me bringing in a bottle, i'm eager to have some red wine with any meal :D

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  7. That steak is too rare for me =.=" but the mussels with dipping bread ans fries definitely suit my taste bud well!

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, ya, you can ask for the steak to be cooked medium-rare instead :) hope you manage to check out the mussels! :D

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  8. Whoa! another place for dry aged steaks! nice! :D Good value too.
    and 16 flavours of FRIES? this is a great spot for those in-need-of comfort food days fr sure! LOL!

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  9. This place has nice atmosphere / environment / ID. And i think that's about it. Service is very slow - the place is half filled, it took them 10 minutes to serve water, 20 minutes to serve one of our ordered dish, and our second dish is nowhere to be seen (mind you, we only ordered two appetizer-sized meals). A family of 8 was waiting for the youngest kid's order for probably 30 minutes and after the mother put up a fuss, they finally served the kid, but with the wrong order.

    This place is not worth your ringgit or sen.

    STAY AWAY!!

    Dont say we dont warn you.

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  10. Went back there last week, ambience still good, food is awesome and yes, service has improved! I must admit when I brought my family there the last time (I think it was in August), the service was bad, but the manager and even the owner was very apologetic, telling us they were seriously short of staff and are actively hiring. Good for you Two Sons, I can see great improvement in your service now. And yes, the mussels and clams is still awesome! Keep it up Two Sons, we will be back A LOT!!

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