Monday, July 18, 2016

Le Noir @ TREC KL

Malaysia's spin-off from Singapore's Le Noir restaurant & lounge is now open at TREC KL, offering a three-storey venue that includes an alfresco street-level space for dining, a clubbing floor, & a rooftop bar that reputedly boasts 360-degree city views.

From Le Noir's kitchen the Nasi Lemak 360° is the latest twist on our national dish - evocative of Italian arancini, these deep-fried rice balls are strikingly stuffed with slender capelin fish & quail eggs, completed with cucumbers & ikan bilis sambal (RM35 for two rice balls). Expect to see this creation pop up on your social media feed soon; it may intrigue novelty hunters, though the rice itself seems to border on bland - more flavour & fragrance might be needed to placate nasi lemak worshippers.

The menu of contemporary concoctions with international influences seems suited for sharing & snacking, with orders like beef sliders ostensibly marinated with Creole seasoning (RM27). Cocktails such as the French 63 (RM48; listed as sparkling wine, pomelo & sugarcane - only the first component tastes obvious) spring from the mind of American 'mixsultant' Joseph Boroski.

Le Noir Malaysia
H-G-07, The Hive, TREC, Jalan Tun Razak. Daily, 5pm through late. Tel: 017-495-7217

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  1. The nasi lemak rice balls look interesting, seem like two reptiles coming out from the eggs, lol. :P

    1. CK: haha, ya, that's one way of looking at it! quite quirky :D

  2. Oh my! The nasi lemak sure looks interesting, wouldn't mind giving it a try. Hope the rice is extra lemak, I always look for that in the dish - my priority. Incidentally, I wonder how many people can actually pronounce the name correctly - touched on something along this line in my blogpost today. :D

    1. Suituapui: yeah, the rice does have a fatty texture, but the taste was missing - it needed the sambal to bring up the flavour ;) hehe, i think i can pronounce noir cos i'm a fan of film noir :D

  3. Go eat and leave before the clubbing crowd comes in... The nasi lemak balls look interesting

    1. Leo: heh, yeah, we were gone by sunset, hours before any clubbers came in ;) yup, the menu has some interesting-sounding dishes, but the nasi lemak balls are probably the most unique here ;)

  4. What a fierce looking capelin fishes!

    1. Choi Yen: heh, yeah, the 'expression' on their faces does seem quite vicious ;)