Lucky Number Seven: Puchong's restaurant stalkers have a new address to hunt down - The Seven is a two-level venue that houses a welcoming pub by the street, but more surprisingly, a discreet dining hall upstairs that's gracefully decked out with an open kitchen & other elegant embellishments. It's a cosy space with an amiable team that'll help you kick back & feel at home.
The Seven telegraphs its own takes on comfort food from both West & East - start with the soft-shell crab tacos, a close-to-certain crowd-pleaser, with each flatbread topped with a whole crab, confidently crisp, chunky & clean-flavoured, rounded out with mango salsa & balsamic reduction for the sort of snack that ensures you'll want to keep on munching. RM25.
Chicken chops may seem like a cliche, but The Seven's rendition reminds us why this remains a restaurant stalwart, hitting harmonious notes, its fresh, crunchy batter yielding enjoyably to a juicy, fleshy interior, with fries aplenty to soak up a pretty tasty Hainanese-inflected gravy laden with peas. RM22.
No lack of lamb on the menu - if a lamb curry pizza sounds tempting to you, then order this; it's exactly as robust, meaty & savoury as expected, loaded with stretchy mozzarella cheese on a well-baked, crusty base (RM38). The sizzling lamb shoulder is made for the heartiest of appetites, doused in a Connor's black pepper sauce that's unashamedly full-bodied, bolstered by mashed potatoes & broccoli to guarantee no one goes home hungry (RM46 for a sharing portion).
The kitchen acquits itself respectably for Asian recipes too - the house laksa feels richly nuanced & textured enough to potentially placate a Penangite, conveying layered dimensions of mackerel, coconut milk, torch ginger & pineapple (RM20), while the Szechuan fried rice with prawns boasts sufficient spark to spice up the meal (RM18).
We can't resist a restaurant with a twist or three in its cocktails - fortune favours The Rabbit Foot, which partners gin & tonic with carrot juice & lemongrass (RM22). Zanzibari is a refreshing blend of rum, sugar cane, lemon juice & ginger (RM22), while Laksa proclaims its Asian inspirations loud & proud, with notes of torch flower & mint (RM32). Wine is available by the bottle & the glass, starting at RM25 for an Australian Woolshed Cabernet Sauvignon. Many thanks to The Seven for having us here.
G-48, 1-48 & 2-48, Jalan Puteri 1/8, Puchong, Selangor. Sun-Thurs, 4pm-1am; Fri-Sat, 4pm-2am. Tel: 012-762-3077
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