Sunday, February 25, 2018

Kasbah @ Bangsar

This Kasbah rocks: Named for the walled citadels of North Africa, Bangsar's excellent new restaurant captures the essence of classic cuisines that span the breadth of Marrakesh to the Mediterranean. Steered by Algerian-born manager Emir, Moroccan chef Achraf and their friendly team, Kasbah offers an authentic voyage through a spectrum of cooking with lush textures and comforting flavours, served in a charming setting that evokes the enthralling medina of a historical Berber city like Essaouira.

Moroccan and Algerian specialities are the highlights: Commence with the kemia (RM28), a mezze-like selection of salads and small plates that include the Moroccan zaalouk (tenderly grilled eggplant with onions, garlic and cumin) and Algerian mechouia (capsicum with tomatoes and olive oil), presented in lovely little tajine pots that bear Kasbah's own engravings.

We like how the food is gorgeously spiced; a Maghrebian soup like harira, brimming with lamb morsels, vermicelli, chickpeas, parsley and coriander (RM16), proves well-nuanced and balanced in every respect, a testament to the kitchen's capabilities, complemented by Algerian semolina flatbread. A refreshing change from the typical menus that rule the roost in KL.

Main courses come in more tajines, comprising savoury, slow-cooked stews with heaps of soul, like chicken cooked with lemon confit, potatoes, green olives, garlic and coriander, a genuinely restorative recipe, reaching the table hot and hearty (RM25).

The star of the selection is the Royal Couscous (RM35), layered with succulent lamb, chicken and merguez sausage meat, laced with cumin, harissa and chilli peppers - constructed for sharing but entirely delicious enough to devour on one's own.

Pastas, pizzas and paninis are also available; wine is not, but bring your own (corkage is RM40). All in all, Kasbah is easy to endorse if you enjoy food that telegraphs the taste of a sumptuous heritage founded on family traditions.

Kasbah Kuala Lumpur
100 Lorong Maarof, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 11am-11pm. Tel: 03-2202-0206


Stay up to date: The Eat Drink KL newsletter is sent by email to subscribers every Monday; it's the Klang Valley's foremost weekly round-up of new restaurant openings, F&B promotions & other tasty tidbits. Subscribe to Eat Drink KL Weekly for free via this following link: https://confirmsubscription.com/h/d/5106C196432BB23D

Rio Hotel Restaurant @ Macau

For the pressed-for-time visitor, the lunch buffet at Macau's Rio Hotel does a decent job of representing several of the territory's should-eats, including African chicken, tomato rice, beef brisket curry noodles and congee. No bacalhau though.


Saturday, February 24, 2018

Lykwid Ind. @ Taman Desa

The short list of bar snacks at Taman Desa's latest watering hole runs the table from South American to Southeast Asian - Peru is represented by the street-food favourite of salchipapas (RM15; fries with sliced sausages and tartar sauce), while our home country shells out the quintessential Malaysian supper of Maggi Curry, the instant noodles complemented by luncheon meat, egg and basic veggies (RM10). Wash away the guilt from these waist-widening indulgences with a potent shot of AGWA herbal liqueur made with Bolivian coca leaves.

Lykwid Ind.
29, Plaza Danau 2, Jalan 4/109F, Taman Danau Desa, Kuala Lumpur. Open Mon-Sat, 4pm-1am. Tel: 012-212-7909

Oshino Hakkai @ Japan

Flesh-warming food on a bone-chilling day: Handmade mugwort dumpings, steamed corn and piping-hot pork buns while exploring the entrancing landscape of the Fuji Five Lakes.


Friday, February 23, 2018

Makan Culture @ Melawati Mall

By Aiman Azri

Asian fare with fusion flourishes forms the cornerstone of this contemporary mall cafe.

The menu is headlined by the Special Claypot Curry (RM 20.90), laced with belacan for extra flavour, flooded with seafood and vegetables that include fish, prawns, squid, mussels, lady's fingers, tofu and eggplant. Sticking to the claypot theme but with a meatier bent, the Buttermilk Chicken (RM 19.90) features large chunks of poultry in a thick, sweet buttermilk sauce. Both work reasonably well for a hot, hearty meal, coming with your choice of Nasi Bon Bon, Fried Mantou or Plain Rice.

Single-plate possibilities include the Nasi Peha Som Tam (RM 19.90), comprising fried chicken thigh that's buoyed by a lightly garlicky sauce and bolstered by a subtly spicy Thai green papaya salad with hints of fish sauce.


Makan Culture
Level 3, Melawati Mall, Jalan Sabah, Taman Melawati, Ampang, Selangor. Daily, 10am-9pm.

Stay up to date: The Eat Drink KL newsletter is sent by email to subscribers every Monday; it's the Klang Valley's foremost weekly round-up of new restaurant openings, F&B promotions & other tasty tidbits. Subscribe to Eat Drink KL Weekly for free via this following link: https://confirmsubscription.com/h/d/5106C196432BB23D