Monday, February 1, 2016

The Pantry @ Lorong Kurau, Bangsar

Here's one pantry that may be worth raiding: Lorong Kurau's latest restaurant radiates a relaxed charm that remains true to this Bangsar street's halcyon neighbourhood sensibilities, while tackling a contemporary cookbook's canon of free-range baked eggs tinged with truffle oil & Maldon sea salt, herbed quinoa salads with pomegranate molasses, & togarashi-spiced soft-shell crab sliders with gochujang aioli, plus plenty of bread & pastries baked right here at this laundry-shop-turned-eatery.

The Pantry's menu is made for indulging, constructed for customers who refuse to count calories or watch their waistlines. We enthusiastically devoured the duck confit burger, comprising moist meat layered with cheddar cheese, wild rocket, tomatoes, pickles & onion marmalade, sandwiched between a sliced soft brioche bun, with irresistibly crunchy duck crackling on the side (imagine crispy pork lard, but in bigger, even more satisfying chunks) & a substantial serving of sweet potato fries (RM33 nett).

For your protein fix, the salt beef & cheese crostini could be a popular choice, coupled with cornichons & Dijon mustard on house-made classic sourdough bread (RM25; prepared to order & paired with a salad or sweet potato fries). But our weakness for fried chicken forces us to favour the boneless buttermilk-cooked chicken for its confidently flavoursome juiciness, the thick batter shattering scrumptiously at each bite (RM29; with fries & kitchen-assembled coleslaw with walnuts & dried cranberries).

Desserts range from the elaborate - French toast brioche brulee with passionfruit curd, freeze-dried raspberries, coconut flakes & gula melaka caramel (RM19) - to the elementary - rose & raspberry-glazed croissant (RM10) - each fulfilling in its even-handed flavours & textures. There are reasons to order the coffee - it's capably executed, & part of the proceeds from every cup is channelled to the SUKA Society children's advocacy group. Wine is not available, but there's currently no corkage fee.

The Pantry KL
9 Lorong Kurau, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. Soft-launch business hours: Tues-Sun 830am-530pm (but open Monday, Feb. 1)


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15 comments:

  1. I like the main door....it certainly resembles an old-school pantry door! ;) I also spot some more modern looking small deco items from Ikea.....cosy looking place :)

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    1. Contact.ewew: oh yes, they've done a great job with the facade of this place ... and i trust you to consistently recognise ikea items, heheh! :D

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  2. Rose and Raspberry glazed Croissant sounds like the perfect item for a Valentine afternoon tea :P

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    1. Ken: ooo, you're right, ideal timing for this month :D

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  3. Croissant? Not filled with salted egg custard - seems that is the trend over there now, and even in donuts, it seems. I like croissants plain, flaky with a lovely buttery fragrance.

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    1. Suituapui: your description of your preferred croissant sounds good to me too! :)

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  4. Lorong Kurau is getting very happening ya, hehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, yeah, it's a nice street, but i wonder how everyone manages to find parking with all the new restaurants here :)

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  5. This place is really new eh?

    I go to Bangsar quite often (coz of my Invisalign treatment - so it's once a fortnight minimum) and I haven't seen this before. I'm usually not a huge fan of boneless chicken but this looks good. I love how you described it, I think I usually avoid boneless chicken coz it's usually dry but The Pantry's version looks moist.

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    1. Huai Bin: it's still in its soft-launch stage :) and yeah, the pantry's version is ultra-moist. it might be on the oily side for some customers, but i think it's not TOO oily, heh :)

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  6. I'm drooling over the description of dessert. :-)

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    1. The Yum List: it's nice to have desserts worth drooling over, heh :D

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  7. Parking most probably the most concerned issue if dining here >_<

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    1. Choi Yen: the easy option would be to take uber there, heheh :)

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  8. drop by ysrtday and had a cuppa of latte

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