KL flipside

so we’ve done our fair share of posts on KL, but they’ve really mostly focused on casual dining recommendations.

n while KL hawker fare is reason enough to travel over, sometimes u just wanna spoil urself… n go a lil’ upmarket while u’re on holiday.

here are two joints worth checking out if u’re in the mood for something a bit more atas in KL.

twentyone kitchen + bar (changkat bukit bintang)

trendy restaurant cum bar located along the vibrant changkat bukit bintang stretch, which i liken to a cross between holland V n clarke quay in singapore.

twentyone bar+kitchen along the changkat bukit bintang stretch

great place if you’re looking for somewhere to have a decent meal n then have drinks, before hitting a club. if u’re not looking to dance the night away, it’s also a possible spot to park yourself at on a weekend, or serve as a start point to bar-hop down the stretch.

the food is surprisingly good – it’s a fairly generic european menu so if u’re going with a group everyone’s bound to find something they’d like. they have a cool platter concept for those who wanna try a bit of everything – you can either have a platter of three starters, or three mains, for less than RM60.

platter of 3

too bad u can’t mix n match starters n mains, but i ain’t complaining. the portions were pretty filling even tho’ they were positioned as ‘sample platters’, n a few of us went for the trio menu n were able to share a variety of things.

my favourite was the marinated duck breast, which was tender n came with a really tasty pumpkin mash. the crispy leek also added a nice texture to the dish. also note worthy were the seared black cod with bak choy, with wild rocket n sun dried tomato dressing, as well as the mushroom risotto with oyster mushroom tempura.

marinated duck breast

drinks wise, the restaurant offers a pretty extensive wine list n some pretty exotic cocktails like sex on the grass, a blend of lemongrass vodka, grapefruit juice, fresh lemongrass n lychee. cocktails are about RM 20+ each.

shook (starhill gallery)
we also checked out shook at starhill gallery, a high-end shopping atrium by the YTL group which was connected to our hotel, JW marriott.

this place bore a lot of resemblance to mezza9 at the grand hyatt in singapore, n i later found out that both restaurant concepts were designed by super potato.

the shook concept is pretty similar to mezza9’s – it features a range of kitchens across asian and western cuisines, all consolidated in one restaurant. so pls buffer at least 15-20min when planning your dinner schedule, just for pouring thru’ the menu n deciding on what to eat! again, the beauty of being with a group of people is the ability to order a variety to share!

can we eat now?

the standard of the food was pretty good all-around. but while the teppanyaki was decent n the sushi/sashimi was good, i think the western food impresses more here. altho the standard of double boiled soups from the chinese kitchen was pretty solid.

the vongole angel hair pasta was absolutely delightful – the clams were fresh n the sauce had a hint of an asian flavour which i couldn’t quite make out. the lamb cutlets were also really juicy and moist, even tho’ i had requested for them to be well done.

vong-OLE!

i wouldn’t say dessert is shook’s key feature but the sorbets n ice creams were worth a try.

a sweet ending

overall great ambience n extensive menu if u’re hungry for a range of cuisines.

– juicy

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