Eat Drink KL: Neo @ Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

Monday, July 27, 2009

Neo @ Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

After months of heated anticipation, Neo has finally opened, perched beside Tamarind Hill overlooking Jalan Sultan Ismail. There's nowhere else quite like this in the heart of the city.

It seems somewhat stark and spartan for now, but it's still an impressive space with the potential to become a major hotspot if it plays its cards right.

The food is unabashedly ambitious, with a range of "global tapas" that incorporate ingredients and ideas from across the continents.

Scallops cooked in baby goat's milk, topped with foie gras and passion fruit reduction. This needed a bit more fine-tuning; the scallops were slightly too dry and the passion fruit reduction was too overpowering.

Salmon cubes cooked over lava stones with beetroot orange mash and foie gras oil. More than praise-worthy; the salmon was grilled lightly enough to retain all its moisture and flavour, blending exceptionally well with the creamy mash.

Gnocchi with lamb loin, sakura (cherry blossom) mix & young goat's cheese. Not a total success; the lamb was tasty enough, but the fried gnocchi was chewy, salty and oily.

Decent drinks here. We had no complaints with the Mojito and White Russian.

Neo Global Tapas & Luxe Lounge,
Jalan Sultan Ismail.
Tel: 2148-3700

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  1. it looks really pretty, albeit in the standard decor of water, fire, stone and sparse grass.

    hopefully the food will be superb by the time i get around to visiting. i like the look of the salmon and scallops.

  2. Love the ID... anyway, where is this place located exactly??? Can bring my wife here for lunch or something :)

  3. Looks cool and chic, but I hope it has some soul too, like Le Bouchon. Will wait for a while before going. Let them run in their kitchen first.

    Correct me if I am wrong, if you are going from Jalan Sultan Ismail from Sungai Wang, it will be on your left, just before Wisma KFC. It is just below Tamarind Hills.

  4. carolyn: lotsa other good options on the menu ... duck confit with kumquat risotto ... wasabi prawns with lavender mash...
    leo: it's next to wisma kfc, somewhat opposite equatorial hotel. oh, it's only open for dinner so far though ... and closed on sundays...
    android: it has the human touch ... the chef and waiters seem very friendly and obliging ... and yep, your directions are correct, but it's on the hill, side-by-side with tamarind...

  5. i hate you! stop eating faster than i can blink!

    i am dragging cumi here soon, but not soon enuf;)

  6. there's a chance we'll bump into each other then! there are 5-6 other dishes here that i wanna return to try...

  7. i've seen this place (on the multitude of times i've been stuck in a jam on SI) and it looks amazing from outside with the torches lining the steps. but was just wondering, where do you park your car?

  8. yeah, that jam is enough to drive anyone nuts! just park at the foot of the hill, where the stairs begin. there's valet parking; it's safe, secure and costs less than 10 ringgit. =)

  9. The valet parking is very cheap - only RM4.

  10. would be nice if it were free for restaurant customers though! :D

  11. The food is fantastic and I hear they're working on a swanky music program for after dinner lounging... the best part is, the kitchen never closes! I can't wait to try the late night menu after a few cocktails. Finally someone has identified the perfect balance! Fingers crossed for NEO!

  12. the kitchen doesn't close? wow, that's definitely cool. am always wondering where to get some good chow in comfy surroundings after midnight! :D