Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Timbre & Row Cafe @ Doraisamy

The Timbre Group, which runs multiple live music restaurants in Singapore, is rocking up at The Row with its first Malaysian foray, welcoming local performers to the stage from Wednesdays to Saturdays. But even if you're not a fan of gigs, the kitchen & bar at this friendly spot may be worth checking out; try a beefed-up thin-crust pizza (RM39) with half-&-half toppings - Cheeseburger on one side (chili con carne, onions, peppers, gherkins, mustard, ketchup, cheddar cheese & pomodoro sauce) & Philly Cheese Steak on the other (sauteed beef, Spanish onions, mushrooms, peppers, & cheddar & provolone cheeses) - both come richly blanketed & reliably evoke their namesakes in flavour. Happy-hour cocktails prove inviting; the Frozen Mango Margarita & Lychee Martini clock in at RM14 & RM13 respectively early in the evening - their potency feels fair for their prices.

Timbre At The Row
60, 62 & 64, The Row, Jalan Doraisamy, Kuala Lumpur. Mon-Sat, 6pm-late. Tel: 03-2602-2623

Row Cafe is another recent entry on the revived Doraisamy Road, though it's not a formal member of The Row's main strip of F&B businesses. We were initially sceptical about it, since it seemed reminiscent of the boisterous watering holes that epitomised Asian Heritage Row's slide into sleaze several years ago. But its greet-&-meet team at the entrance was sincerely enthusiastic enough to coax us inside - the menu was a pleasant surprise, with a handful of ambitious dishes to complement the run-of-the-mill crowd-pleasers. The foie gras with a delicately creamy avocado panna cotta, poached pears & balsamic reduction was capably executed, at a cost of RM39.90 that hurled us back to 2005. Other potential highlights range from pan-seared yellow-fin tuna with basil pistachio puree (RM23.90) to roasted cod fish with saffron risotto (RM69.90). The house red wine (whose identity remains unidentified on the menu) is an innocuous choice at RM18 per glass. Live music is also offered.

Row Cafe
13, 15 & 17, Jalan Doraisamy, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 11am-3am. Tel: 016-441-6864

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12 comments:

  1. I love all the colours, and the presentations are very attractive!

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    1. Linda: the colours are vivid indeed :)

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  2. Nice that there is an option of two flavours in one pizza. Somethings, we would feel like having two but two pizzas would be a bit too much to handle. I would love to drop by on those days with live bands, used to go for those a lot when I was younger and could still drink like a fish. :D

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    1. Suituapui: that's true ... i wouldn't mind having as many as three flavours on one pizza if it were possible, heh :D i must admit, live bands are usually not my thing :)

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  3. Foie Gras is competitively priced, everyone can "foie" now :P

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    1. Ken: heh, yeah, there are a few decent places in kl/pj where you can get certain foie dishes for below RM50 :)

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  4. I wonder if these (and others) on this row are kids-appropriate...even at dinner time. I'd like to sink my teeth into that foie gras...at such a fab price! ;)

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    1. Contact.ewew: i think if you come early for dinner (reach by 7pm), all these places at the row should be OK for kids ... right now, they're not really busy with customers, so i believe they would welcome everyone :)

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  5. Did you stay on to see any jazz? I'm curious as to who their acts will be.

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    1. The Yum List: i left before the bands came in, but here's the act who currently performs on saturday (according to the row's listing) - E.F.F.Y performs every Saturday 9.15pm to 12.30am. An undiscovered vocal talent from KL, Effy has been chosen to showcase her vocal prowess on the brand new Timbre @ The Row stage. Effy has been interested in music since young. It is now her chance to shine, along with her 4-piece band. Expect classic pop covers, current dance anthems and sweet surprising acoustic numbers from this 23 year old vocalist.

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    1. Happy walker: glad you like what you see ;)

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