Eat Drink KL: Acme Bar & Coffee

Monday, December 5, 2011

Acme Bar & Coffee

Returning ASAP to Acme @ the Troika, this time for tapas.
Earlier entry on Acme: December 2, 2011.

Seared tuna escabeche with red & green capsicum. Acme took its time to launch, pushing back its opening several times. The result: very few noticeable teething troubles _ none for the food. Everything comes out fast & fresh.

These look like ordinary curry puffs until you tear them open; the warm, buttery pastry is filled to bursting with richly savory, creamy chili con carne.

Whitebait with artichoke, garlic & lime. Flawlessly prepared; the mini fish fritters are juicy enough that we wouldn't mind eating an entire tray of them.

Grilled zucchini with oregano & ricotta in Acme's own tomato sauce. An Italian-inspired offering that makes zucchini worthwhile, thanks to the fluffy cheese & fragrantly sweet sauce.

Salt cod brandade. Skip the Subway sandwich, pack this home instead & devour it with some crusty bread for the most satisfying midnight snack ever.

Cauliflower with toasted pistachios, thickened yogurt & pomegranate seeds. Individually, each component might prove unmemorable, but together, they encapsulate Acme's penchant for putting extra effort into every recipe.

Minted peas with toasted almonds, garlic & yogurt. Would work effortlessly with everything from fish & chips to honey-baked chicken. Won't steal the limelight, since it's a true team player.

Green chilies, salt-fried in the style of Spain's northwestern Padron. Have a pitcher of water on standby; these babies are fiery, as one of us found out, much to his red-faced, choked-up regret.

Salted egg yolk fried chicken strips. As addictive as any bar snack; the taste of the yolk coating is subtle but discernible, handing these an unbeatable advantage over mere McNuggets.

Roasted carrots with honey, sherry vinegar & cumin garlic yogurt. Banish all fear of mushy, overcooked carrots; the beta-carotene bearers here are brimming with crunch & flavor.

Got coffee? Take it black, in cute A, B & C cups.

Dom Plageoles Mauzac Nature bubbly, Gaillac.

Dom Pellehaut Harmonie de Gascogne, VDP Cotes de Gascogne.

Photos snapped during the calm before the evening storm. Acme comes alive when the sun sets.

Acme has only been operating for dinner (plus a trial-run Sunday brunch) since its public launch last week, but it's finally expanding its hours today, December 5. Doors will open at 11am, with all-day dining through midnight. Be kind to the hardworking service team.

Acme Bar & Coffee,
ABC @ The Troika, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2162-2288


  1. I may head over here for lunch soon. Kids friendly I presume?

  2. Acme? I half imagined that it would be decorated in a Road Runner / Coyote theme :)

  3. I c zucchini n carrots...I think I m in heaven now :)

    Whitebait...I know a Chinese resto tat does this much better...salt n pepper or d cholesterol-inducing salted egg :D

  4. "Grilled zucchini with oregano & ricotta in Acme's own tomato sauce. An Italian-inspired offering that makes zucchini worthwhile, thanks to the fluffy cheese & fragrantly sweet sauce." = a bit of taste of Heaven.

  5. Hallelujah! Want that particular dish! D:

  6. Baby Sumo: yups, I've seen some parents with their young kids here, no problem. Do call to make a reservation though. They seat only about 80 people, and it can get full, I think...
    Timing: heheh, gosh, it's been ages since I watched a Road Runner cartoon. But ya, I guess the word 'Acme' is imprinted in our minds forever because of Wile E Coyote :D

  7. Ulric: oooh, try the whitebait here at acme. you might be pleasantly surprised :D i'm not a fan of zucchini though, so i usually skip it =)
    Rad: heheh, it's a recipe that might be tricky for most of us to try to make at home. the tomato sauce was pretty incredible. maybe it was made by slowly simmering ripe tomatoes or something =)

  8. Minted peas with toasted almonds, garlic & yogurt would be a good start to get folks to start eating peas:D

    Tapas selection looks good. I am quite awed by the picture of the seared tuna. Seems like the decision to delay its opening has paid off. You found no fault with their food. More establishment should learn from Acme!

  9. omgosh! Is this the place where you had that super creamy & yummy caprese salad?? I'm starting to love this place and I haven't even tasted the food yet!

  10. Chili con carne "curry" puffs? Love the idea, hehe.

    Surprising though that you like the whitebait; for some reason I always thought it was jailbait you preferred? :P

    *runs away before sean flings his greyson chance cd's at me*

  11. Hmmm sounds more interesting to try.
    No restaurant dish is as simple as spelling A B C ;-)

  12. might bring a friend here cos he's into western styled cafes these days.

  13. Omg de ABC cup is so so cute!

  14. wow..first the food, now the tapas! Can already tell I'm going to have a hard time choosing what to eat from the menu..hehe.

  15. Oh wow look at that 'karipap'! Brimming with fillings! So appetizing :)
    On the subject of those green peas, I find it so hard to get nice cooked green peas! most of the time, they're hard and not fully cooked :(

  16. The whitebait looks so uninviting compared to this:


  17. I've always like whitebait but this one here looks big and fat. I don't mind eating it with a glass of beer too!

  18. Missyblurkit: oooo, i've loved peas ever since i was a young kid. it's more fun to eat compared to many other veggies :D and yeah, i had been getting impatient for acme to open, but the waiting has paid off, i think! =)
    Vien: heheh, i'm crossing my fingers (and feeling optimistic) that you'll love it even more if/when you check it out :D
    Kenny: bah, if you're attempting to provoke a furious response from yours truly, i'm not taking the bait! but i WILL take the whitebait, heheh! :D
    Rad: yup, you're right, if cooking were as simple as ABC, i'd probably do it more often! my specialty dish would be pasta, i hope =)

  19. Michelle: yeah, this cafe is a crowd-pleaser. everyone whom i've eaten here with has liked it so far :D
    Augustdiners: heheh, and they also have A, B and C emblazoned on some of their plates =)
    Dropsofcontentment: oh yeah, this is one of those places where groups might work best, so that everyone can share a wider variety of dishes :D

  20. Iamthewitch: heheh, yeah, a nice change from our regular malaysian curry puffs :D ya, i guess most cafes usually treat green peas as a side dish to accompany chicken chops, etc, so they fail to pay much attention to it =)
    Ulric: ahhh, that looks like very good whitebait too! and i like how there's no need to worry about bones for whitebait =)
    Eiling: yeah, i haven't looked at the beer list at Acme yet though. their focus seems to be wine. hopefully there'll be a cocktail list ready before 2012 is here! :D

  21. Sure boh you only take the whitebait? :P

  22. Ehmmm... It's actually not that hard to make pasta.......... *giggles

  23. Yea...u can just slide them in...hahaha :)

  24. ACME reminds me of those bugs bunny cartoons. the green chili really does look very inviting

  25. Ok, noted on the parking. Hw about Wifi?

  26. Kenny: for now lah. A little patience, and jailbait will be jailbait no longer =)
    Rad: heheh, mediocre pasta might be easy to make, but perfect pasta takes skill! :D
    Ulric: yeah, it's a good fish. Hope to see it on more menus =)

  27. KY: heh, yeah, looks like we all grew up with those cartoons :D yeah, the chili had a ferociously spicy kick :D
    Rebecca: ooo, no wi-fi yet. Hopefully they'll start offering it soon! =)

  28. Heheh I knew what you meant. I was joking :p

  29. Rad: heheh, pasta is my passion :D

  30. Hmmm let's make chicken pasta !

  31. Rad: i like seafood pasta! :D

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