Sunday, December 27, 2015

Bounty & The Shack @ The Kuala Lumpur Journal

KL's newest boutique hotel may deserve to be a destination for restaurant enthusiasts: The Kuala Lumpur Journal flaunts two enticing eateries, a short stroll from bustling Bukit Bintang - the street-level Bounty, with a serene, shimmering setting & bistro-inspired menu, & The Shack, a leafy alfresco venue on the first floor that focuses on casual comfort cooking & easy drinking.

Bounty lives up to its name, with a bumper crop of recipes that defy the predictability of most hotels' all-day-dining outlets. Brunch staples & pastas take on a luxe twist while remaining competitively priced - amid a selection of inventive sandwiches, poached eggs on Bounty's own-baked buttery brioches with grilled asparagus would be swoon-worthy on their own, but the aromatic application of truffle shavings & white truffle oil intensifies the pleasure quotient (RM26). Pasta al pomodoro is also reinterpreted, relying on house-made tagliatelle enhanced with sweet Momotaro tomatoes & creamy Burrata cheese (RM26).

Onion rings come coated in crispy-puffy batter, handed a European touch with melted Gruyere cheese & Bordelaise red wine sauce thickened with Wagyu bone marrow (RM23) while grilled prawn risotto is granted a Korean, kimchi-imbued tang (RM32). Bounty & The Shack are both run by the team behind Bangsar's Bait, which explains the creative confidence for these recipes.

The Bounty's repertoire is beefed up further with Vietnamese-style oxtail stew from the East (RM29) & Guinness stout slow-cooked Angus beef cheek with parsnip puree from the West (RM32), tender & toothsome matches for the outlet's house reds.

The Shack's menu is less extensive, but it does spotlight something that only a handful of KL's joints offer: a gumbo-inspired Louisianan stew with mud crab, shrimp, okra & rice at the base of the steaming-hot serving pot (RM55 for a portion for two).

We had a glimpse at the rest of The Kuala Lumpur Journal - the rooms are noteworthy, looking irreproachably clean & cosy, with specially commissioned blow-ups above the beds, depicting street scenes of the city taken by Malaysian photographer Che' Mat, giving each room a real sense of character & identity bound to KL. You'll also find meeting & working spaces with a cool vibe, plus a pool overlooking Bukit Bintang's main shopping street. Based on first impressions, it's a hotel to recommend.

Bounty & The Shack
The KL Journal, 30, Jalan Beremi, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.
Bounty opens 630am-11pm daily. The Shack opens 5pm-1130pm daily. Hotel: 03-2110-2211 

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13 comments:

  1. Nice name :) easy to pronounce.. But where's Jalan Beremi?? Haven't heard of it before.. Must look up in the map

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    1. Leo: heh, yeah, nobody else has taken these names in kl :) jalan beremi is, ermm, somewhere in between changkat bukit bintang and jalan sultan ismail, sort of :D

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  2. Overall, quite a lovely place! The presentations are creative and pretty! :)

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    1. Linda: agreed on all counts! The menu was fun to browse through, and it was interesting to decide what to order and see the results of the kitchen's efforts :)

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  3. Great location, the hotel. Will certainly check it out should I happen to hop over. Construction works at BB done already. Always stayed around there but I was told to avoid that area as it was such a mess, all the things going on there and the resulting massive jams so I have not been back for quite a while now.

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    1. Suituapui: heh, yeah, i only visit the bukit bintang area about once a month these days ... actually much of the city and the suburbs are a mess because of construction for now ... but ya, this hotel is in a convenient/strategic location :D

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  4. Shack? Sure looks classy to me. Very strategic location, i shall put this on my list, bukit bintang has easier access to all my favorite shopping points :P

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    1. Ken: ooo, the shack upstairs is quite open and breezy :) haha, yeah, this is a prime jumping-off point for all the shopping you need to do in kl :D

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  5. Ooh, risotto with a tang, I'm up for trying that. I'd be grateful however if they switched those DB wines off the menu for something a little more interesting.

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    1. The Yum List: ooo, they do have a wine list that goes beyond that, but i didn't feel like splurging, so we went for the cheapest one, heh :)

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  6. If The Shack only offers alfresco dining, then it's Bounty for me....coz I can't take the heat or the "smoke"! :D

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    1. Contact.ewew: heh, we actually wanted to sit at the shack, but we were there before 5pm, so we had to take a table at bounty first, and we ended up spending our entire two hours there ;)

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  7. To stay here with kids, is it safe to walk at night from Sungei Wang? Any short cut?

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