Reasons to visit Pier 12 Seafood Tavern: attractive nautical-themed setting; high-quality seafood skillfully prepared; wonderfully attentive staff; great view of the KL Tower; don’t leave without trying the clams, coriander salad and halibut.
Reasons to visit Canvass KL: sustainable hedonism, enlightened hospitality, biodiversity, fermentation, delicious and affordable food and cocktails, lovely venue.
Pizza is surely a favourite on the menu and I sampled a slice. It was authentic, thin crust with fresh topping sauce.
Reasons to visit Manja KL: attractive setting; prettily plated recipes; unique flavour combinations and creatively composed recipes.
Ten Cha Fish with Lobster Butter Soba (market price) – grilled seasonal catch in ginger palm marination, with ten cha green tea glaze. By the side is a bundle of organic soba cooked in house-made lobster butter with juicy morsels of river lobster meat, topped with sturgeon caviar!
Reasons to visit Luce Osteria: you can’t go wrong ordering just about anything here but the three dishes that will last in happy dreams for weeks to come are the swordfish – Filetto Di Pesce Spada, gnocchi – Chicche Della Nonna Alla Sorrentina and risotto – Risotto ai Funghi Porcini. One of the few Italian restaurants in KL to serve pork. Pleasant setting with multiple dining areas. Please try the chef’s Zabaione – this will make him very happy and honour his nonna in the process.
Chicken Thali Set, 20 ringgit I must say, for 20 ringgit, this Thali set was a good value for money. You’d literally get to taste 9 different items + vadai + “Puli”/yellow rice + papadum. It certainly did come with a variety, more selections from the usual Thali sets served at many restaurants here.
We started our meal with the highly recommended house special Lamb Ribs (RM39), which comes with 3 pieces of New Zealand ribs cooked in tomato masala gravy. The lamb ribs itself was flavourful and fall-off-bone tender, while the gravy was unbelievably thick
Spiced Grilled Chicken (RM 48) For those who love to get a twist instead, order their Spiced Grilled Chicken where they are served with the savoury tomato rice, crispy lotus roots with mild coconut gravy. The taste is just awesome and I love how the tender meat is done. Perfect.
Grilled Norwegian Salmon (RM65). Moist, perfectly cooked salmon with a layer crispy skin, served over a thoughtful presentation that combines green pea puree, roasted potato, baby carrots and seasonal greens at the side.