Eat Drink KL: November 2020

Monday, November 30, 2020

Sakana Japanese Dining, Suria KLCC

Sakana serves elegant interpretations of its namesake, Japan's equivalent of tapas, snacks customarily coupled with liquor.

Dishes here showcase both style and substance - the K.L.C.C. is a playful nod to Sakana's home, featuring Kampachi, Leek, Coriander and Calamansi, a crudo-style serving of amberjack sashimi with lovely layers of flavour and texture, rich in umami and zest, a tangle of the luscious and the crisp (RM36).

The food might look unassuming, but the produce is impeccable and the execution is excellent. Try the turnip tempura (RM10), crunchy-juicy and almost raw-tasting, sheathed in miraculously paper-thin batter crafted with Japanese flour - a beautiful match of kabu with finely grated daikon and the lightest tentsuyu.

Also order the chicken liver yakitori; Sakana's service crew will ask how you'd like it done, with rare to medium-rare as the full-blooded, potently tasty ideal (RM12 for two skewers). Other enjoyable nibbles include perfectly boiled edamame dressed with Okinawan sea salt (RM10) and can't-fail sushi rolls of salmon, ikura, avocado and quinoa (RM28).

Traditional sakana is paired with sake, but Sakana's wider selection spans lemon sour cocktails to Japanese craft gin-&-tonic.

Sakana Japanese Dining
G11, Ground Floor, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-2181-0211

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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Cakies, Taman Tun Dr Ismail

Quickie for cakies: TTDI's cosy little new cake shop tempts customers with crowd-pleasers like Pandan Gula Melaka Cakes and Double-layered Burnt Chocolate Cheesecakes, perfect for a weekend teatime indulgence.

Bread and croissants are also available, with the choc croissant being especially rich. But our best surprise here was the bombolini - the Italian stuffed doughnut that's currently one of KL's trendiest desserts - decadently packed with much, much more Nutella, thick and creamy, than its exterior hints at.

139, Jalan Aminuddin Baki, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 8am-5pm.

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Gure Cafe, Ara Damansara

Gure Cafe might look grey and gritty, but a visit here promises good vibes all around. Come in, the coffee's fine, with baristas who clearly know and love what they're doing.

Gure Cafe

K-G-06, Jalan PJU 1A/41B Pusat Dagangan NZX, Ara Damansara 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Daily, 830am-530pm.

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Saturday, November 28, 2020

Fake Bro Real Pork, REXKL

Siew yuk with credibly crisp crackling, char siew that's sincere in its sweet succulence, rounded up in a bowl of flavourful rice, make REXKL's latest stall - Fake Bro Real Pork - a true treat for fans of roast and barbecued meat.

Fake Bro Real Pork

REXKL, Jalan Sultan, Kuala Lumpur. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-8pm.

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Neighbowl, Plaza Damansara

This neighbourhood nook is a soothing space for Japanese-inflected bowls of all sorts, from noodles to salads to rice. 

Portions prove hearty, flavours taste fresh, with a variety of choices offered by the friendly team. Possible highlights include udon with an onsen egg and soft-shell crab with a mellow housemade chilli crab sauce (RM25.90), crisp leaves and cheerful cherry tomatoes with punchy ayam berempah, pickled cucumbers and roasted sesame dressing (RM18.90) and Japanese rice blanketed with no lack of eel, egg and edamame to make for a fulfilling lunch (RM28.90).

32, Jalan Medan Setia 2, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 12pm-7pm.

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Ned & Nat Croisserie

Ned & Nat Croisserie promises pastry pleasure in many hues - its All In One Box of 16 pastries (two of each kind) costs only RM29.90 for a splash of rainbow-coloured cheer.

The basic butter croissant is light, airy and flaky to the touch, retaining a fresh and enjoyable texture even after delivery. 

The other croissants mainly carry their flavourings on their surface. The most potent is the matcha croissant, while other varieties - such as coffee, cookie, strawberry and charcoal - are less distinctively pronounced.

The box also includes other European-inspired favourites like the Pain au Chocolat, more densely laminated than the croissants, with a chocolaty centre, and the Custard Strudel, crispy-creamy sweet perfection with a dusting of icing sugar.

To order, WhatsApp 011-6314-9797

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