Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Gavel @ Yap Ah Shak Road

Occupying a charming shop-house that has endured for decades in downtown KL, this British-owned restaurant is a nice new spot to consider for a casual meal. Gavel's name is a nod to the profession of two of its founders, who are auctioneers; its third founder is an experienced chef who built up Changkat Bukit Bintang's Magnificent Fish & Chips and Bangsar's Southern Rock Seafood Kitchen, so it's fair to forecast that the food here will be good.

Bidding starts at RM22 for the toasted croissant stuffed with fluffy scrambled eggs and sweetly tart tomato slivers, one of several all-day brunch dishes available. Given Gavel's link to respected seafood venues, it seems prudent to also order a poke bowl, with a choice of fresh grilled prawns or Norwegian salmon layered with Japanese rice, quinoa, edamame, green shoots and seaweed (RM26).

Day drinking is encouraged at Gavel - try the Dakin's Fizz (RM38; Thomas Dakin Manchester Gin, grapefruit, ginger, fizzy wine) or the classic Pimm's Cup (RM22), both thoroughly refreshing.

Service is warm; the mood is relaxed, with ballads by British acts like Coldplay and Ed Sheeran playing on the speakers.

Gavel
20 Jalan Yap Ah Shak, Off Dang Wangi, Kuala Lumpur. Open Mon-Fri, 8am-9pm; Sat, 9am-5pm. Tel: 03-2856-0509




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6 comments:

  1. I like how it has retained the old architecture (especially the beams) to blend in with the old Dang Wangi area. Should be a hit with workers for a bit of after-(office)-hours drinking :)

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    1. Contact.ewew: i used to work for years in an office building that was just a two-minute walk from here, and i'd pass by this street on the way to the parking lot. too bad it's opened so long after i left! :)

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  2. Sounds like an auctioneer's place. I love the front of the shop, lovely old school architecture, nice blend of colours too.

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    1. Suituapui: yep, it's got a lot of authentic appeal! :)

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  3. I like the decor and it's nice and cosy. The food and drinks are so well presented.

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    1. Phong Hong: true, they hit the right notes here ;)

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