Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Pier 12 @ Old Malaya, Raja Chulan

Seafood devotees may want to drop anchor at Pier 12, which plumbs the ocean for its maritime treasures, netting no shortage of fish, crustaceans & molluscs, served in the colonial-era confines of Raja Chulan's Old Malaya F&B hub, with an atmospheric restaurant on the street level & a tavern-like bar on top.

A full-fledged feast of Neptune's bounty can be had here: Commence with the tapas-like treats of fresh, firm prawns sauteed with garlic, salt, lemon juice & olive oil (RM28) & scallops pan-seared with a flavoursome white wine & butter sauce (RM38). Other opening salvos range from a seafood chowder to char-grilled baby octopus with paprika, potatoes & piquillo peppers.

Pier 12 takes pride in crabs, particularly the garlic chilli crabs, cooked with continent-hopping components that span Spanish olive oil & Japanese soy sauce, partnered with crisp, Chinese-style mantou bun to soak up the savoury remains on the plate after you've devoured the crab's sweet, moist flesh (RM18 per 100 grams, with a minimum order of 500 grams). Make your meal extra-crabby with a side order of mulligatawny, too seldom seen in KL's restaurants, with the crab successfully employed to thicken a soup of mild, Madras-inspired curry & rice (RM25).

Ultimately, fish is what shores up Pier 12; we like the variety of well-prepared recipes on the menu, setting sail from the intriguingly spiced tandoori halibut fillet with mint yoghurt cucumber raita (RM38) to the pan-seared Atlantic mackerel, robust in flavour with mushrooms & a textured tomato chutney (RM38) ...

 ... then making waves with the pan-fried barramundi, flaky & juicy, with grilled eggplant & lemon butter basil sauce (RM36) & irreproachable beer-battered butter fish & chips that do chunky justice to this traditional British crowd-pleaser (RM30) ...

... before reaching safe harbour with salmon, capably grilled & geared up with sun-dried tomato pesto, zucchini & cauliflower coulis (RM42), or smoked & served with a potato dill pancake, red onions, rocket leaves, capers & sour cream (RM28).

If you haven't gone overboard with over-indulging, desserts prove desirable too: The Black Velvet Cake is a rich, fudgy chocolate take on the familiar Red (RM20), while the Cranberry Almond Dacquoise supplies soft, smooth comfort (RM18).

It's easy for evening to turn into night at Pier 12, with plenty of wine & cocktails available, including fun temptations like the Gastronomy Gin Basil Smash (RM35; Gin Mare, basil, fresh lemon, sugar syrup), Porn Star Martini (RM28; we really like this playfully pleasurable signature of vodka, passion fruit liqueur & puree, buoyed by a shot of Prosecco) & Sweet Kingdom (RM30; peach schnapps, rum, triple sec, lime, lemon juice, soda). Our thanks to the friendly Pier 12 team for having us here.

Pier 12 Seafood Tavern
Lot 12, Old Malaya, Lorong Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-2078-5548

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10 comments:

  1. The balcony seating with some greenery views sent me into deep thoughts! I thought I am very familiar with Raja Chulan area and had to street google to see its exact location. I realised I had never turned into this quiet street which has a hidden gem like this.

    The food looks delicious and your photographic skills made them more yummilicious. The Neptune's bounty certainly caught my eyes. I bet I would love this.

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    1. Twilight Man: oh yes, it's nice to see this formerly abandoned building being turned into a beautiful destination ;) I like seafood, and enjoyed the opportunity to have a feast of different sorts of fish and more ;)

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  2. Ahhhhhh!!!! I see! I was wondering what pier they have at Raja Chulan - it's a seafood place. I would love that barramundi fish and chips. Here, they use the cheap frozen fish fillet, dory. :(

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    1. Suituapui: haha, yeah, since we're landlocked in the city of KL, it's nice to have a restaurant where we can imagine eating the day's fresh catch from the shores, featuring quality ingredients :)

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  3. Black Velvet Cake reminds me of the song Black Velvet by Allanah Myles. The food looks great and Porn Star Martini sounds very interesting LOL!

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    1. Phong Hong: black velvet is one of my favourite songs of 1990 :D glad you like the look of the food here ;)

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  4. Oh, this place is right up my alley as I'm a seafood devotee. From the variety (and portion size) of fish available here, I think I can probably eat two fish dishes! ;P

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    1. Contact.ewew: yeah, it's been a long time since i had a meal with multiple fish courses ... and i was still eager for more too, since the fish were all well-prepared ;)

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  5. Never fan of seafood(except fish)but those dishes rather attract my attention however the portion is a bit on small side >_<

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    1. Choi Yen: ooo, it might be the angles of the photographs, cos the portions were actually quite decent :)

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