Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Pinch Bistro @ Bangkung, Bangsar

A pinch of Paris, a dash of suburban sophistication: This European-inspired bistro stamps its mark on Bangsar's Bangkung street with a broad repertoire that bounds from steak tartare to pork ragu pappardelle. Founded by chef David & his compatriots Chye & Matthieu, this is a neighbourhood hangout with a smooth, easy-going charm & soothing, chilled-out vibe.

The menu is engaging, albeit with several tweaks needed for some dishes. The Creole prawns & squid with watermelon-mint salad (RM45) would benefit from slightly fresher crustaceans & perhaps a rebalancing of the seafood-fruit ratio & more robust sauce. On the other hand, the grilled chorizo burger (RM35) packs plenty of punch, maybe too much - the house-made patty is moist & mightily seasoned; matched with melted cheese, crispy bacon & salted fries, that's a lot of in-your-mouth savouriness.

 There were many other temptations that we considered ordering - barramundi papillotte, fennel-roasted pork loin with potato gratin, herbed lamb steak with minted peas, duck confit with peaches, spring chicken with marmalade glaze. But in the end, the siren call of boeuf bourguignon (RM49) proved irresistible - tender slow-cooked beef with bacon, mushrooms & mashed potatoes; the braise could have displayed a deeper richness, but this still worked well enough as comfort food after a long day, paired with a rewardingly solid set of wines - Pinch deliberately steers clear of conventional house pours.

Pinch Bistro & Bar
57 Jalan Bangkung, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. Tues-Fri, 12pm-12am; Sat-Sun, 9am-12am. Tel: 03-2201-5766


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13 comments:

  1. Watch where you pinch, eh? Why the name, I wonder? At those prices, one would feel the pinch? The burger looks gorgeous though...oooo...bacon! Slurpsss!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: i knew i forgot something ... i forgot to ask the reason for the name pinch, heh! :D and yup, a pretty eye-catching burger! :)

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  2. Slow-cooked beef with bacon sounds very flavorful! That would be my choice. :D

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    1. CK: that's one of my favourite beef recipes to order at french restaurants! :)

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  3. A lovely ambiance, Sean, it looks like a great place to hang out and have a nice meal!

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    1. Linda: it is indeed ... it has the potential to become a neighbourhood favourite :)

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  4. I would definitely consult you with what's best when i arrive in Malaysia next year sean! you such have a good list! :)

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    1. Steve: counting down the months/weeks until you're in KL! :)

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  5. Outdoor patio... that's where I'd sit. :-)

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    1. The Yum List: on a cool, breezy night, that might be the go-to spot! :)

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  6. Pinching myself for not going there sooner.

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    1. Ning: hope you like it if you go. there's a lot of good stuff going on at bangkung with new outlets and a piano lounge just opened ;)

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  7. Been there once I love the food am going there again soon. 😊😊

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