Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Straits Estate @ V E Hotel & Residence, Bangsar South

The Straits Estate, the flagship restaurant of Bangsar South's new V E Hotel & Residence, takes inspiration from cuisine that mainly spans the breadth of peninsular Malaysia's west coast - its selection specifies highlights like Penang's Gurney Drive pasembur, Perak's Ipoh noodle soup with Tualang prawns, Selangor's Kajang satay, Malacca's Jonker Street cendol & Johor's Muar otak-otak. But for purists & nitpickers, here's a reality check before proceeding: Those are merely names & labels from a hotel outlet's menu - The Straits Estate won't fully replicate the flavours of your favourite shops & stalls in your home states.

We ordered the Penangite's char koay kak with oyster omelette (RM16), Malaccan rice balls with a five-grain healthy twist, partnered with poached kampung chicken (RM22) & Johor laksa (RM24). None was perfect (for example, chilli sauces & sambal accompaniments were missing - cue protestations of horror), but each dish proved easy enough to finish for a fuss-free lunch - the sort of harmless fare that travel-weary hotel guests might find themselves enjoying for room service; simply keep expectations within reason. Prices seem par for the course at a KL hotel.

The Straits Estate
V E Hotel & Residence, Jalan Kerinchi, Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur. Open for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Tel: 03-2246-2889

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  1. Can't remember if I've tried Johore laksa. Looks like a cross between Penang laksa and curry laksa. Ya...not cheap, hotel prices. The chicken rice looks a bit like something I had yesterday - with organic chciken, RM5.00 only. LOL!!! Post on that in my blog coming up soon.

    1. Suituapui: i like johor laksa - it's quite comforting ... i think you'll enjoy it too, since it tastes familiar but still different :D

  2. I am fond of all of that natural light. Hope they take feedback and step the food up a notch.

    1. The Yum List: yep, the fountain-side view was nice ... and i think they have solid potential here :)

  3. For a hotel-type restaurant, I thought the presentations could be better :(

    1. Contact.ewew: ooo, i think it's ok, since the food here is in the RM20-ish range, not the RM40-ish range :)

  4. Hmm.m.. while i like the idea of 5 grain rice for the chicken rice..no I can't accept the missing chilli. LOL

    1. Rebecca: yeah, the rice was very slightly too mushy for my liking, but we still ate it up ... it felt incomplete without proper chilli sauce though, you're right ;)

  5. May I know anyone tried their Wednesday & Friday BBQ Buffet Dinner?
    How's the food ?