Sunday, March 6, 2016

The X @ Bangsar, Hoopla @ Desa Sri Hartamas & O'Galito @ Pavilion

The X shows signs of potential, with a promising menu of small plates that spotlight contemporary, cross-continental dining. But some fine-tuning was still needed when we visited at the start of 2016 - the tenggiri fish with fig tempura might have hit the spot with fresher produce, while the mussels with turkey bacon bits in saffron sauce suffered from heavy-handed seasoning.

The X At Telawi
67G, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 4pm-2am

Hoopla may well be one of Hartamas' most elegantly bedecked restaurants, endowed with an imaginative menu of snacks for sharing - everything from house-made bacon with Carenero cacao & Gula Melaka syrup (RM10) to ladies' fingers with mentsuyu noodle sauce, garlic oil & sesame oil (RM5). The food's more or less inoffensive, but service is wearingly obtrusive, with a member of the service team persistently hovering too close for comfort near the table & pressuring folks to order more.

First Floor, 72-1 Jalan 27/70A Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 036-2116484

It requires a stronger will than ours to resist visiting a restaurant that promises fettuccine with braised lamb ragout or braised beef cheeks with mashed potatoes in mushroom sauce. But O'Galito serves middle-of-the-road versions of these recipes - passable perhaps for casual tourists & shoppers, but what we had made us long wistfully for food that tastes more inspired.

O'Galito At Pavilion
C3-05-00, Connection Level 3, Pavilion Shopping Mall, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-2141-0418

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  1. The mussels look great. Wow!!! Turkey bacon and saffron sauce! Have a few of those crustaceans left in the freezer, dunno what I can dish out can be something half as nice.

    1. Suituapui: mussels are such a versatile ingredient ... you can definitely go creative and mix/match them up with so many other possible accompaniments! :D

  2. I especially dislike over-enthusiastic service bordering on obtrusive. They have to learn to give customers space but yet be attentive to their needs. Hoopla looks like a high end restaurant but the snacks seem very affordably priced! ;)

    1. Contact.ewew: yeah, it's also a matter of privacy ... we were trying to have a peaceful conversation at our table, but the server was just two feet away and seemed unwilling to budge for long periods of time. the menu is actually pretty interesting, and we wouldn't mind trying a few of their other dishes ;)

  3. I really hate wait staff like that. Service should be attentive only when needed, never obstructive. Hard selling or up selling is a huge turn off too. I wonder why they do that since they don't get a cut of the bill.

    1. Huai Bin: i was pretty perplexed too ... maybe it would have helped us avoid the problem if he had other customers to attend to at the restaurant, but the place was pretty much deserted that night, unfortunately ...