Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Meja Kitchen + Bar @ TREC KL

Meja Kitchen + Bar is the first restaurant to be fully opened at TREC, KL's much-touted new F&B-lifestyle enclave. Reputedly founded by the folks behind the Klang Valley's Movida bar-club chain, Meja serves a hodgepodge of Western & Southeast Asian offerings that might seem too familiar to truly thrill, with Caesar salads, buffalo wings, spaghetti carbonara, sirloin steaks & spicy garlic seafood pizzas sharing the menu with nasi lemak, tom yam soup, beef hor fun, cucur udang & curry laksa.

We tried the chicken nachos & the ayam betutu for a two-hander sampling of fowl; both proved competent but not compelling. The nachos (RM30) form a circle around a superfluous centre of salad leaves, with each tortilla chip topped with a reasonably flavourful mix of chicken chilli con carne, pinto beans, tomato salsa & jalapenos, accompanied by guacamole & sour cream (strangely on the side) - it's all a bit too neat for nachos. The ayam betutu (RM28) comprises Balinese-inspired, foiled-cooked chicken leg in savoury gravy, partnered with steamed rice, sambal matah & veggies, showcasing sufficient skill but scant soul. Still, on a positive note, service at Meja is warm & efficient, & the Chilean Carmenere can be enjoyed for RM25 by the glass.

 TREC's Electric Boulevard phase hadn't sprung to life when we visited on a recent weekday, though Japanese joint Hacha Mecha & speakeasy-influenced bar Ikki should be in business by the time you read this. Zouk's outdoor cafe-bar remained completely calm between 6pm & 8pm; other upcoming outlets - Artebar & Live House - appeared to be works in progress.

Meja Kitchen + Bar
10-11, Electric Boulevard, TREC, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 12pm-3am

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20 comments:

  1. This place is best avoided on weekend nights :) where all the climbers converge to party the night away. But it's fun to sit down and watch the crowd come and go...

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    1. Leo: oh yes, i don't think i'm gonna go anywhere near here on a friday or saturday, heheh :D

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  2. I like the globe-shaped light fixtures and the exposed brick.

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    1. Linda: those are interesting features , you're right! :)

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  3. The name Meja sure belies what's inside that place - it looks really posh, very very nice. Ayam bertutu sure is a quaint name! So cute. LOL!!! Looks like something I would like though! You frequent Zouk often?

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, i like the connotation of the name - a table where everyone can come and dine together :) haha, ya, the one thing i wanted to order here was the ayam bertutu ... it was OK, though not particularly memorable :) the answer to your last question is no, heh :D

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  4. It will be interesting to see what other outlets they bring into that location.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, there are multiple phases at TREC, so it looks like we'll be hearing a lot more about it for the next year at least :)

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  5. I actually mis-read the name as Meja-Kerusi LOL!

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    1. Ken: haha, that would be a cool name also actually :D

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  6. Not even know weher is Trec KL >_<"

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    1. Choi Yen: oh, it's on jalan tun razak, near the turn-off into kampung pandan, i think :)

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  7. Can see this place every time we go down to smart tunnel, but didn't know the name till now, lol.

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    1. CK: heheh, since i don't work in the city any more, i haven't really noticed the construction of this place :)

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  8. Hahah yea I've seen the long queues of cars and people trying to get into Zouk everytime we drive past too :P

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    1. Baby Sumo: yikes ... just realised i'm not sure where the parking is for this area, since i've been uber-ing here, heh :D

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  9. I've passed by this place numerous times and wondered what was housed inside coz all I can see from afar is Zouk! :p Thanks for the peek inside....but it's still pretty deserted.

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    1. Contact.ewew: heh, ya, that Zouk building is quite a monster! yeah, i was expecting the area to be more ready for customers, but only a very small section for restaurants is open so far :)

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  10. Hi Sean, would appreciated if you can advise hows the foods quality there? As those menu too familiar with local style but wif premium price, wonder if worth to pay a visit? Thanks =)

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    1. Kvsual: the food quality is reasonable for the price, and if you're looking for a place at TREC to eat at below RM50 per person, this should be OK, but the items we tried were not really memorable :)

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