Sunday, August 23, 2015

Vanilla Sky @ G Village, Desa Pandan

The name G Village might not ring any bells right now, but this residential & retail complex is poised to become another hotbed of restaurants. The first eatery to launch on its leafy street-level front, only a few kilometres from the city centre, is Vanilla Sky, brought to KL by the Kuching-based founders of Sarawak's popular Jambu boutique restaurant.

Jambu co-owner Ash can presently be spotted presiding over Vanilla Sky, which is filled with intricate artwork by her cousin. If you're looking a calm, beautiful hideout for lunch or dinner, Vanilla Sky is a solid bet, since it's secluded & remains undiscovered by the crowds. But it won't stay this way for long: rumour has it that several well-known KL restaurants - possibly A Li Yaa, Neroteca, Nutmeg - might soon be among Vanilla Sky's neighbours. 

Vanilla Sky seeks to open your eyes to how Borneo's ingredients & inspiration can be infused into international recipes. The current soft-launch menu hints at the eventual scope of this restaurant's broad-based ambitions, from an omelette cooked with lemongrass, anchovies, chillies, chicken sausage, wild mushrooms, spinach, spring onions & cheddar cheese (RM18) to a wholesome platter of Borneo mixed wild rice with confit chicken thigh, confit garlic, pickled cucumbers & soy glaze (RM22).

Vanilla Sky veers often toward subtle flavours, with nuances that are enjoyable but might necessarily spark sonnets of praise. Still, we liked pretty much everything we ordered, including these interesting starters of curried parsnip soup with cumin cream (RM20) & a textured, kitchen-made duck confit terrine with cucumber & mango (RM16).

Naturally, amid all the diversity here, several Sarawak staples seem certain to surface, such as a lightly tangy fish soup with sea bass & gurnard laced with lemongrass, ginger, garlic & chilli (RM18) & Vanilla Sky's interpretation of Sarawak laksa with angel hair pasta mixed with shrimp, mussels, shredded chicken, egg strips & kaffir lime (RM16).

 The sodium-packed, punchy dynamics of the goat's cheese & salt-baked beetroot salad with pickled mushrooms, cayenne pepper, apple strips & balsamic vinegar (RM28) might be an acquired taste; the grilled beef tenderloin with Sarawak peppercorn sauce, gula melaka charred carrots, grated horseradish & curly potato crisps (RM65) could be the safer option.

Desserts show sparks of sophistication, finesse & inventiveness - check out the iced dragon fruit 'rocks' with honey cream & citrus meringue (RM20; a refreshing chilled treat for fans of fruits) & the pandan creme brulee with gula melaka-spiced berries (RM20; the ideal illustration of Vanilla Sky's Malaysian culinary twists). Wine & coffee are both available. 

Vanilla Sky Asian-French Restaurant
35 Jalan 1/76, Desa Pandan, Kuala Lumpur. Open 930am-930pm (currently closed Sundays)

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23 comments:

  1. Wasn't that a Tom Cruise movie? :D RM18 for Sarawak laksa??? *faints* Ummm...where's the vanilla?

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    1. Suituapui: that was a movie i didn't quite like, heh. but i guess it inspired this restaurant's owner in some way for them to choose the name :D yeah, sarawak laksa can be quite costly in KL! :)

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  2. yah hor.. Vanilla sky was a tom cruise movie! haha!! well spotted @suituapui. Gorgeous looking place... so green! Hmmm.. Borneo specific ingredients.. such as?

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    1. Ciki: it was one of my least favourite movies directed by cameron crowe, heh :) yeah, i like all the green here :) they're using rice from Borneo, as well as some vegetables (coming soon), herbs and spices :D

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  3. Seems like a nice place. Don't think I have tasted Sarawak laksa before, this version sounds interesting. :D

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    1. CK: ooo, i like sarawak laksa ... prefer sarawak laksa compared to penang (assam) laksa and johor laksa, heheh :)

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  4. I think that I passed by this building one particular day when I used this route instead of Jalan Ampang-Tun Razak to escape the jam. But it'll take quite some time as I loathe coming here due to the distance

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    1. Leo: yeah, it's a bit off the beaten track for me too ... but actually quite accessible from the city centre ,,, it's easier to get from KLCC to G Village compared to KLCC to Publika :D

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  5. The dishes are beautiful and creative, the ambiance is attractive and warm and I love the art on the walls!

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    1. Linda: the artwork was really nice to admire ... kudos to the illustrator! :D

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  6. An interesting assortment of dishes here. I like the green outlook.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, the menu has the potential to be quite distinctive :)

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  7. Iced dragon fruit sounds like an interesting match for a dessert!

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    1. Ken: yeah, i like dragon fruit, and it does go well with different accompaniments :D

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  8. This is in my neighbourhood and I've not even heard of G Village. Not sure if such fare and prices will work in this area though (hope the retail complex is able to draw in the crowd).

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    1. Contact.ewew: ooo, maybe i'll bump into you at G Village someday ... i think they're counting on the condo residents that will be moving into this neighbourhood ... and if it becomes enough of an attraction, they should be able to draw customers from the city centre too :)

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  9. Nice place..reminds me of the greens in Sentul :D

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    1. Rebecca: ya, you're right, it has a similar feel :)

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  10. I thought this is another cafe with industrial interior that serve usual egg ben but the food serve do surprise me!

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    1. Choi Yen: yeah, the recipes here are quite unique, thanks to the sarawak inspiration :D

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  11. Is this restaurant halal? :)

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    1. Fx: it's pork-free, but it does serve wine on its beverage list :)

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