Thursday, January 19, 2017

Minu @ Ampang

Minu's menu & mise en scene make it one of KL's more idiosyncratic Japanese restaurants; its nearly Nordic aesthetics - clean, white lines, with a focus on natural light & nifty flourishes like a ceiling filled with overhanging chopsticks - complement a menu that extracts inspiration from close to half-a-dozen nations.

Japanese & Mexican culinary cross-breeding often makes for a simple, successful formula when competently executed; the teriyaki beef taco, Japanese curry queso & octopus ceviche (RM18 for each) won't be found lacking for in-your-face flavour.

For lunch, a RM28 set comprising Hawaiian-style loco moco, with white rice topped by a beef patty & fried egg with brown gravy, alongside fun accompaniments like miso-roasted cauliflower, wasabi mashed potatoes, soup, pickles & fruits, seems like solid value for money. For dinner, order the 'Tokyo borscht' (RM18) if the thought of a tangy tomato-chicken soup with garlic sounds tempting. Fettuccine carbonara isn't a bad bet for a main, crowned with lots of unagi & beef bacon & a wobbly egg in a cream sauce that's lighter & far less cloying than feared (RM35).

Cream anmitsu (RM18) - jelly with fruits & ice cream - brings a satisfactory conclusion to the meal; beverage possibilities range from a cold brew sencha (RM18) for teetotalers to a Cesari Merlot (RM108 by the bottle) for day drinkers.

Minu
Greenhouse by Muir, 1 Jalan Nipah, Off Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-2630-6728



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12 comments:

  1. Is this one of the new restaurants upstairs? Ooo, I like the seating...lots of privacy in a cage of your own...haha! ;D It looked like a Japanese place from your first pic...and then you featured two Mexican dishes...ah, two-in-one ;)

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    1. Contact.ewew: yep, this is the latest eatery occupying the first floor of the building ;) and yeah, the layout is quite interesting - when you walk in, there's quite a dramatic 'white-out' effect, especially during the daytime ;)

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  2. The ceiling makes me think of those old sword and sandal movies, the ones that will come down slowly on Hercules or Maciste or Goliath or whoever down below and he would hold it up with his majestic strength. They sure don't make movies like those anymore, do they? Fettuccine carbonara sounds good...with the unagi and the bacon and of course, the gloriously beautiful egg!

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    1. Suituapui: ooo, that's a nice film imagery - ya, it's all about CGI these days, which still doesn't quite look real ;) the combo of unagi, egg & (beef) bacon ... impossible to resist! :D

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  3. That egg in the pasta looks so good! Plus it has unagi too... yummers!

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    1. Baby Sumo: heheh, yeah, it's visually very appetizing - and it tasted very much decent too! ;)

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  4. This place looks nice, and interesting combination of food, hehe.

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    1. CK: ya, a mishmash of all sorts of different styles, heh ;)

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  5. Very soothing environment and I can't take my eye off that carbonara with perfect poached egg!

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    1. Choi Yen: ya, it's especially soothing when there are not too many customers ;) and everyone seems to like the look of that carbonara! :D

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  6. looks like a cool place eh. love the simplicity of it

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    1. Taufulou: ya, the decor is very appealing ;)

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