Wednesday, May 18, 2016

BLVD House @ Naza Tower, Persiaran KLCC

Endowed with a handsomely polished setting that evokes a cosmopolitan brasserie & a pretty tempting food selection that spotlights contemporary-minded fare, BLVD House seems poised to be a seductive destination for restaurant lovers at the recently launched Naza Tower in KL's city centre.

Chef Pele Kuah's menu is extensive enough that three visits might be required to really explore it, drawing from his experience at establishments as eclectic as the Equatorial Hotel, Elegantology at Publika & the Movida Group. The visual standout is likely the Bean-Can Roasted Free-Range Chicken (RM60), a witty revision of beer-can chicken, featuring a BBQ whole chicken that's set alight at the table, engulfed in flames for spectacular effect before being chopped up & served with baked beans.

But for a meal that leaves a more lingeringly impressive impression in terms of flavour, try the timbale of foie gras & unagi, a luscious liver-&-eel coupling that tastes as memorably ultra-decadent as it looks & sounds; upping the ante, the platter also features a thick, tender slab of grilled ox tongue, balanced out with roasted heirloom cherry tomatoes & cold angel hair pasta with truffle dressing. It costs a budget-burning RM150, but if there's one practical consolation, it can be shared by two patrons.

Lamb devotees can check out the barbecued Denver ribs (RM75), majestically meaty & succulent, with a beautiful sweet-savoury marinade & sauce that's meant to evoke the caramelisation of Chinese char siu. It had us licking our lips & fingers, almost ignoring everything else on the plate (for the record: masala onion potato mousse, crispy potato nest & mussel ragout).

We have to appreciate a venue that serves caveman chunks of bone marrow, roasted & smothered in oxtail marmalade gravy, accompanied by a leafy parsley salad & house-baked bread (RM35). A diet-destroyer by any sane measure, but so irresistible.

The sole order that missed the mark for us was the Maine lobster penne, suffocated by an Asian-inspired chilli tomato sauce with egg & ginger (think chilli crabs) that did no favours for this particular crustacean (RM65). Still, we're curious about BLVD's other offerings, which leap from a New York-namedropping mantou sandwich with lamb sausage, tomato salsa, pepper jack cheese & BBQ sauce to desserts like Ovomaltine beignets & banana jelly-stuffed croissants. Cocktails also showcase sparks of creativity - Margaritas with blackberries & spicy jalapeno syrup (RM34) & Bloody Marys with streaky beef bacon (RM34).

BLVD House
Ground Floor, NAZA Tower, Platinum Park, Persiaran KLCC, Kuala Lumpur. 
Mon-Thurs, 12pm-11pm; Fri-Sat, 12pm-1am; Sun, 11am-11pm. Tel: 03-2630-9999

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  1. Love the storefront! Oooo...the chicken!!! Hahahahaha!!! that sure scared the poor kid! Everything sure looks great here!

    1. Suituapui: haha, yeah, I like the exterior too, quite chic ;) I think the kid was awestruck by the sight of the chicken in flames. And yup, the food is pretty good ;)

  2. Foie gras and unagi together on one plate...I'm licking my lips already! :D The beer-can chicken looks kind of that more like the size of a spring chicken (meant for one)? This place is somewhere near Brolly?

    1. Contact.ewew: oh yes, i couldn't resist checking out that foie-unagi combo - it's definitely a highlight here! :) the chicken is a relatively smaller-sized one, yep, but still bigger than a spring chicken. the portion can be shared by two light eaters for lunch, since it comes with lots of beans :) and yep, same road as brolly :)

  3. Foie gras, unagi, heirloom cherry tomatoes and truffle dressing, all my favorite! I think I would love that dish very much, hehe.

    1. CK: it's quite a well-prepared dish ... i would happily eat it again! :)

  4. Yummy! I enjoyed my meal here too, albeit with a bit of hits and misses :D

    1. Rebecca: yeah, i guess with a menu this extensive, there are bound to be misses ... the main miss for me was the lobster penne ... but luckily there were more hits ;)

  5. may i know the halal status of this restaurant?

    1. Kus: it does not serve pork, and it welcomes muslim guests, but it does serve alcohol