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Saturday, November 19, 2005 0 comments
Right here's a proper presentation of this Saturday's post!
Still, given the links that were placed on the temporary post i'm pretty sure that you all should have a pretty good idea as to where we're going and what we'll be doing this Saturday!
The Mustard Tree
This week's location came in highly recommended from Joa (and some other people with whom i checked with) despite a field of stiff competition which, never fear, we will sample as well in due course!
I've never been there myself but from what i've heard so far the food at The Mustard Tree is fantastic yet affordable (its about RM30-60 for a main course) and its ambiance has been described as 'good' (which, given the pics on their site makes it seem severely underrated - i mean, just look at the place!).
Here are some outtakes from The Star review of what hopefully awaits us there:
THE Mustard Tree has been quietly building a name for itself since its opening a year ago. Located in the AmpWalk shopping mall in Jalan Ampang, the restaurant is owned by the husband and wife team of Godwin and Jennifer Cheng, both of whom have had over two decades of experience in the international hotel and service industries.
The decor is modern but subdued, with warm pools of lighting placed in discreet corners. The high tinted glass windows which look out to the wooden deck and the tree-lined road provide the restaurant with an open yet intimate feeling...
...We start off with the Grilled Assorted Mushrooms (RM9), comprising Portobello, Swiss Brown, shitake and button mushrooms generously coated in a melted mild cheddar cheese and deep-fried garlic sauce, served on a bed of salad.
The dish is eaten hot, the cheese sauce, given a tang by the garlic, complements the firm and fresh mushrooms. The fresh crispy lettuce lightens the richness of the sauce.
It is one of their most requested items, Jennifer says, and it is obvious why. The Chilean Sauvignon Blanc comes into its own, and its excessive sweetness now works harmoniously with the dish...
...The last dish to come is the Honey Mustard Lamb Cutlets (RM47). The meat is from New Zealand, done just right on the bone, and still slightly moist. The meat is glazed with a marinade, made from oyster sauce, honey and mustard. It is superb. The tender and succulent lamb has a bitter burnt taste on the outside which melds with the slightly sweet marinade wonderfully. The roasted vegetables, eggplants, red peppers and mashed potatoes make it a substantial meal...
...Confession time: I visited the restaurant last year when it opened, and was not duly impressed by the food and service.
But I am glad I came again.
All things in life deserve a second chance, and I was glad to be proven wrong in my initial impression of The Mustard Tree. The food is superb and imaginative, the service attentive and responsive. Jennifer and Godwin wanted their restaurant to be a sanctuary for those searching a quiet, friendly environment. It certainly is that, and so much more.
*wipes drool from mouth*
Mmmm... ok - details and directions!
The Ampwalk, G08.B Ground Floor,
218 Jalan Ampang (Embassy Row),
50450 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-21712202 / Fax: 03-2172-2203
No Black Tie
Yup, for those of you in the know you read that right - we're going to the brand new No Black Tie!
(kudos to the very cool Ricecooker site for the pics)
This place was known as KL's numero uno 'Musicians Club' and they showcase everything from Punk to Jazz (every Tuesday!). I only ever managed to go there once about 2 years ago just before they closed and i have fond memories of the intimate environment and amazing amount of cigar smoke that permeated the entire building in mind boggling quantities...
Well, they've reopened their doors this month and we're gonna be going in! Scheduled time for this will be 11pm and, from the sound of it, there'll be a live jazz-esque band playing... Sounds good? You betcha! ;)
Details are as follows...
No Black Tie
17, Lorong Mesui, Off Jalan Nagasari,
Off Jalan Raja Chulan, 50200, Kuala Lumpur
Telephone: (603) 2142 3737
...and a little tip for those of you asking "Where the hell is THAT???"
To those who haven’t been to NBT before, at the back of the Istana Hotel is a nice mamak restaurant called Baidushah, the road in front of that restaurant is Jalan Nagasari.
If you’re coming from the area where the Arab Malaysian Building are facing The Weld on Jalan Raja Chulan, head straight towards Istana Hotel (on the right). Just before the hotel there’s a small junction (also on the right side). Take that turn and go down the hilly bit, now you are on Jalan Nagasari, from here you can see Baidushah on the left, go pass the restaurant and take the first right turn into Jalan Mesui. Halfway through that street, you’ll find NBT in the middle of the two-storey blocks on the left side.
Right, here's the usual breakdown/disclaimer thingamabob:
Dinner is at 8:30pm as usual and, as per procedure, if you're interested in coming kindly either leave a comment here (preferred!!!), email me, phone me, or get in touch with Leonard for additional details and/or bookings (by Thursday afternoon please) with details on which event(s) you are coming for and how many friends/mistresses/family you will be bringing. During the night itself the tables are always booked under my name (that would be "Patrick" ya durned monkeigh!).
As always, anyone who reads this is welcome to come! :)
See you there!
Note: Please be on time for The Mustard Tree - it closes at 10:30pm!!!
Name: Patrick Pincon
Studied at: Monash
Work: Business Development
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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