Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Mezzanine @ Kuchai Lama

Mezzanine ranks among Kuchai Lama's most ambitious cafes for Western fare, illustrated by recipes that wouldn't seem out of place in modern European cookbooks. This neighbourhood is more renowned for Chinese roast duck & noodles, so customers who chance on Mezzanine might be startled to see French-inflected pork cutlets with potato terrine, ratatouille & glazed carrots (RM25) or crispy pork belly with mashed potatoes & apple slaw (RM25), both competently executed.

The menu strives to strike an everything-to-everyone sort of resonance: Need a salad? Mezzanine will whip up a bowl of tomatoes, rocket leaves & mozzarella cheese balls with unexpected components of crispy pork lard & pork drippings (RM20). Want brunch? Brace your appetite for a big plate of scrambled eggs, sauteed mushrooms, stuffed tomato, bacon, pork sausage, potato lyonnaise & sourdough toast (RM25). Craving burgers? The kitchen does one with a braised pork belly patty topped with bacon (RM25). Some tweaking is still needed to maximise customer satisfaction, & several ingredients could be substituted or better seasoned, but the potential is there. Note: Wine isn't available; bring a bottle - the corkage fee is minimal.

Mezzanine Cafe & Restaurant
11-1, Jalan Kuchai Maju 18, Dinasti Sentral, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 11am-10pm. Tel: 03-7980-2319

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10 comments:

  1. Pork belly, duck...now that's speaking my lingo! :D I'd give their scrambled eggs a thumbs up, nice and creamy - the way I like it - unlike those badly messed-up omelette ones at some places that they try to pass off as scrambled eggs.

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    1. Suituapui: yay! sounds like a lot of the ingredients here hit the jackpot for you! :)

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  2. Sean, the decor is attractive, light and warm, and I love the painting on the wall in your first photo. The portions are generous, the presentations are lovely and the food looks delicious! :)

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    1. Linda: i like that corner of this restaurant too - i'm glad you like a lot of things about mezzanine :)

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  3. Nothing much to make me want to head here right away... So I'm going to put in my list first and then head here when I go to Kuchai lama

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    1. Leo: yeah, one of the main challenges on this row is that parking is quite difficult since it's a busy street with a lot of restaurants :)

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  4. Sounds good enough for a visit...for the French-inflected pork cutlets and the crispy pork belly =)

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    1. Ulric: the plus point is that the prices aren't too bad here! :)

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  5. I presume this café is on the mezzanine floor? Hehe! :D I think I'd go for the crispy pork belly with mashed potatoes & apple slaw.

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    1. Contact.ewew: heh, more on the first floor than the mezzanine floor, but close enough! :) i wasn't able to decide between the two pork dishes, so we tried both! :D

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