Sunday, September 18, 2016

Shelley Yu's @ Telawi, Bangsar

Shelley who? That might be the preliminary reaction to Telawi's latest restaurant, but this distinctive venue - reputedly named for the wife of one of its co-founders - deserves recognition for attempting something determinedly different, pairing Peranakan fare with Nyonya-inspired cocktails in a setting filled with exuberant artistic flourishes.

Shelley Yu's oeuvre is pretty extensive, covering many familiar Malaccan favourites. We particularly love the ikan goreng cili (RM42), a hefty fish that's perfectly prepared, yielding moist chunks of meaty flesh & irresistibly crisp bones, coated in sambal that's flavourful but not punishingly fiery (perhaps more of an expat's kind of chilli paste). The telur dadar cincaluk (RM18) is also worthwhile, one of KL's more satisfying - well-balanced, not-too-salty - renditions of omelette with fermented shrimp paste.

The ayam sioh (RM28; chicken cooked with a tamarind gravy, coriander seeds & shallots) is tasty enough, but its price seems steep for the serving of four or five medium-sized pieces of chicken. We'd probably skip the sotong masak hitam (RM34; squid braised in ink & soy sauce) next time - its reliance on sodium teeters toward heavy-handed. Shelley Yu also offers chicken rice (RM6 a plate) to complement your meal, & a dessert of ice cream with salted palm sugar butterscotch (RM18) to complete it.

The cocktails are cool (RM28-RM48) - the bar has a penchant for gin & tonics, combining West Winds gin with house-made tonics for beverages with robustly nuanced dynamics, laced with the likes of smoked turmeric brine, asam boi, cinnamon, jackfruit shrub & salted pineapple to furnish the Peranakan inflections, with deep profiles that range from smoky to bittersweet.

Shelley Yu's
49, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur. 
Currently open daily for dinner; will open for lunch too soon. Tel: 03-2201-4139

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12 comments:

  1. Lovely decor - obviously, that's for the Mooncake Festival...or is it permanent? I love nyonya. For me, anytime!

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    1. Suituapui: ooo, i'm pretty sure the decor is for the long run, and not for the mooncake festival ;) but yes, count me in for nyonya food too! i was torn between ordering the ayam sioh or the ayam pongteh here ;)

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  2. A rather unique combination...haven't seen a place that serves Peranakan food that's also themed like a bar (with leather and bar seats). I have eaten many omelettes in my lifetime...but never one with cincaluk! ;)

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    1. Contact.ewew: yeah, i like peranakan food and i like cocktails, so it's nice to have a place to does both simultaneously! :) most cincaluk omelettes teeter toward overly salty for me (no surprise, since cincaluk is salty), but i like how the one here is pretty tempered, but it still retains the essence of cincaluk-ness ;)

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  3. The contact number above is invalid

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    1. Einna: thanks, i've updated the post with their latest provided phone number.

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  4. Please come back and try the sotong masak hitam again, I had to leave for a wedding in Italy so could not be there to oversee the cooking of my sotong recipe. The full menu will be ready in 2 weeks, many more dishes/desserts to come! Thanks for the review, keep up the good work @eatdrinkkl.

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    1. Grumpyhobbit: wow, your soft-launch menu is already impressively extensive, so i'll definitely be interested in seeing what more you can add to it. thanks for the tip ;)

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  5. salted palm sugar butterscotch, new combination? fusion Peranakan dessert? o.O
    haha, I can imagine u sweat a bucket when eating the super spicy fish LOL so bad of me...

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    1. Choi Yen: heh, it's actually a nice ingredient for a dessert ;) haha, luckily the fish here was not too spicy :D

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  6. The shops on Telawi 3 change swiftly huh :P I wonder which shoplot this took over from

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    1. Rebecca: I think this was previously BKT & Co!

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