Thursday, September 15, 2016

33 Blue Room, Woosa & The Papas Kitchen

Kind of blue: This jazz & wine bar promises a touch of elegance that's thoroughly unexpected in a PJ industrial enclave. Its menu puts pork on a pedestal - wine-glazed sticky belly with saffron potato mash, scallions & parmesan pepper migas takes a place of pride during dinnertime (RM38; this could benefit from vegetable components or some sauce for balancing), while the baby back ribs spaghetti (RM28) is a day-&-night temptation, featuring home-cooked umami flavours that'll prove familiar for Asian/Chinese palates, though the pork & pasta feel like two separate elements instead of complementing each other in a cohesive recipe. Still, 33 Blue Room has made a marked effort; there's potential here once the venue finds its surest footing.

33 Blue Room @ PJ Petaling Jaya
2a, Jalan 51/225a, Section 51a Zone Perindustrian PJCT, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. 
Daily, 11am-1am. Tel: 016-668-9199

Dry bak kut teh with chillies (RM19.80), tender-spicy wild boar rendang with onion butter rice (RM22.80) & mee hoon with pork-stuffed fish balls in a savoury ginger & shiitake broth (RM19.80) - there's no mistaking which meat motivates Woosa (oink!), which works well enough for a fuss-free lunch or dinner with a beer or colourful cocktail.

Woosa Restaurant & Bar @ PJ Petaling Jaya
B-10-01, Block B, Dataran 3 Two Square, Jalan 19/1, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Daily, 11am-late. Tel: 0379312911

Nasi lemak & a bottle of Shiraz aren't too shabby a pairing (totaling less than RM100) at this Sri Petaling watering hole, where the wide-ranging menu also spans claypot wild boar curry & fennel pork burgers.

The Papas Kitchen & Bar @ Sri Petaling
39, Ground Floor Jalan Radin Anum, Bandar Baru Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 11am-12am.

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  1. The idea of dry bak kut teh seems alien to me as I have never tried it. The pork belly, ribs and spaghetti at 33 Blue Rooms reminds me of Ampersand :)

    1. Phong Hong: i generally prefer the soupy sort of bkt, though i like dry bkt too, heh ;) ooo, your favourite outlet! :D

  2. First place does not look like some place around here, thought it's overseas. Nasi lemak! Grrrrrr!!!! So pissed off by one I had here the other night...and it did not even come cheap - I think I will swear off nasi lemak for good...or till people learn how to cook it really really well. Tsk! Tsk!

    1. Suituapui: haha, you definitely sound furious - I've not quite heard of such a case where nasi lemak caused such rage! :D