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ELITE Review: Neo Tamarind, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

It was such a hectic week for my colleagues and I that we couldn’t even recognize ourselves in the mirror! “It’s time to refresh ourselves!”, we all agreed. It didn’t take us long to figure out the best restaurant for us this time – Neo Tamarind at Jalan Sultan Ismail.

Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur yet hidden by green foliage, the tranquil ambiance here helps chasing our stress away to a true peaceful state of mind. The restaurant’s menu is innovative with Asian flavors using European techniques. Its galactic bar, electro-chill music and hypnotic liquid walls brought us the ‘NEO-rotic’ vibe that we were longing for.

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Neo Tamarind, a ‘neo-rotic’ dining destination where you can chill and unwind at night.

Of course, we were so glad to have our ELITE Membership as we could use it to redeem one of the 3 free signature dishes here this time.

 

1/ Duck Confit – RM50+

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The Duck Confit was presented nicely with mustard sauce, bite-sized broccoli, charred lemon and grilled corn.

Our first choice was a scrumptious dish of Duck Confit as I’m an advocate of this traditional and hearty French dish. Duck Confit (pronounced as Kon – Fee) is simply a technique of using salt to cure the duck and gently cooked it in its own fat. As disclosed by the chef, the duck here was brined with Himalayan rock salt for 24 hours which was mind-blowing! Presented nicely, the dish fed our hungry eyes with its vibrant colors – the golden brown color of duck confit blended well with the fresh green broccoli in bite-sized pieces and the mesmerizingly burnt color from the grilled lemon and sweet corn. The charred lemon was a brilliant choice as it will robust the lemon’s acidity and enhance its sweetness.

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The duck’s skin was crispy while its meat was meltingly tender as our fork can go through every shred of it!

After squeezing a bit of the charred lemon of top of the duck, we carefully sliced through the duck and were delightful to hear a crack – its skin was incredibly crispy! In contrast with the skin, the duck’s meat was meltingly tender as our fork can go through every shred of it! I tasted the creamy mustard sauce which was set aside, its creaminess and mellow flavor were to dream for. I personally think it’s an excellent combination of the duck and the mustard sauce as your nostrils will gently flare while your taste buds are pampered with the melt-in-the-mouth piece of duck. The mustard’s slight saltiness went ideally well with the juicy duck meat and totally enhanced its flavor. On the other hand, a big hand to the chef for the creamy mashed potato too. You should also taste the crunchy broccoli and the sweet corn which were also cooked to perfection.

 

2/ Braised Lamb Shank – RM 50+

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A big chunk of lamb shank was put nicely alongside truffle-infused mushrooms and beautiful wedges of fried potatoes.

The Braised Lamb Shank was another dish that won my heart right at the first sight by its tangy smell and elegant look. A big chunk of lamb shank was put nicely alongside truffle-infused mushrooms and beautiful wedges of fried potatoes. Underneath the lamb shank was a bed of thick red wine and lamb jus, which was cooked for 3 days – this fact made my eyes open widely! To be honest, I am quite doubtful whenever it comes to lamb shank. As simple as it seems, a lamb shank can be a tough challenge and it requires skillful hands to bring the texture and taste to perfection.

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The braised lamb shank was spectacularly tender and its mild sweetness was pleasant.

So how was the lamb shank here? Of course Neo Tamarind did not let us down at all! It was a molten goodness – glistening, rich and full of flavor. The lamb was spectacularly tender and its mild sweetness was pleasant. After being slowly cooked, the lamb’s collagen turned into rich gelatin which made it amazingly nutritious! When mixing with the sauce, it became even more succulent. The sauce’s rich aroma with its non-overpowering taste was a perfect complement to the tender lamb shank. I personally love the fried potatoes as it was crisply good outside yet so soft and tasty inside while my friend loves the truffle-infused mushroom for its interesting earthy taste.    

 

3/ Lobster Ravioli – RM 61+

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The Lobster Ravioli came off with such a pleasant and alluring smell that we could wait no more to savour this artistic beauty.

Our last dish was a heart-warming lobster ravioli. The dish came off with such a pleasant and alluring smell that we could wait no more to savour this artistic beauty. Simply garnished with some herbs on top, the ravioli was set beautifully with pieces of lobsters in an eye-catching stock – a light and vibrant dish. We were all fascinated to find out the raviolis were handmade daily and the lobster was freshly imported from Thailand. What’s more? The lobster head was cooked with some Brandy to make the stock! It was not only impressive but also made the lobster ravioli a true delight as there was so much effort needed to make such a dish.  

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I was overwhelmed as the sweet stock burst out in my mouth when I took a bite into a piece of ravioli.

I grabbed the first piece of lobster as it was too tempting. To my expectation, the lobster was beautifully cooked! It still maintained the spongy texture but not too chewy or flaky. A briny taste accompanied with the natural sweetness from the lobster made it so satisfying. The stock was moderately seasoned and carried subtle sweetness. I was overwhelmed as the sweet stock burst out in my mouth when I took a bite into a piece of ravioli. It was an interesting moment and the dish was, in overall, irresistible!   

 

If you would love to view more dishes and enjoy a good time chilling at this ‘neo-rotic’ dining destination, feel free to click here to book a table.  

Of course, you can choose to save your money by using ELITE Membership when dining here as only ELITE members will get free dishes. For more information, find out here.

 

Neo Tamarind

19, Jalan Sultan Ismail,

50250 Kuala Lumpur.

Daily: 6:00pm – 11:00pm

 

 

Best Indonesian Restaurants in KL

5 Best Indonesian Restaurants in KL

Indonesian food here we come!


Always celebrated on August 17th, Indonesia's National Day marks Indonesia's declaration of independence from the Netherlands in 1945. Let's have a look on the 5 best Indonesian restaurants in KL this week!

 

 

5 Best Indonesian Restaurants in KL_TamarindSprings

Getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city? With only 15-minutes drive from KL city, Tamarind Springs sits on the edge of a lush forest appeal to those who love being close to nature; while its titillating traditional Indochinese cuisine of sweet, salty, sour and spicy have won many industry accolades and topped several gastronome scoreboards. One of the highlights is their Khmer Krom stir-fried crab and stir-fried beef.


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5 Best Indonesian Restaurants in KL_NeoTamarind

Best described as 'NEO-rotic', dining within Neo Tamarind feels sexy, satiating and quite a state of mind. NEO's kitchen is a special place from where eclectic Chef Sombat Kokasemkul weaves his magic, conjuring an innovative menu inclusive of Angus beef seared tatami style with lemongrass, bird’s eye chilli and passion fruit juice. With a mixology bar as well, it is inevitably a great place to chill and unwind any night. 

 

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5 Best Indonesian Restaurants in KL_DancingFishDancing Fish at Bangsar Shopping Centre dishes out authentic Indonesian/Balinese cuisine. All ingredients used are carefully selected to bring the true unadulterated and uncompromised favours of Malaysia and Indonesia; no msg is added to food. The kitchen team coaxes flavours out of all dishes by relying on the freshest and highest grade of ingredients. We recommend their signature fish Dancing Fish which waltzes in gravy and various ingredients. Reservations are recommended.

 

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5 Best Indonesian Restaurants in KL_NaughtyNuris

Originated in Ubud Bali, Naughty Nuri’s started small in a warung and slowly, their martinis and ribs became the stuff of legends and now it finally arrived in Malaysia. On a weeknight, there were tables full of people licking their fingers in public after savouring Naughty Nuri’s pork ribs coated with addictive spicy-sweet sauce. Get a "shake, shake, shake" dance with any martini order.

 

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5 Best Indonesian Restaurants in KL_AyamPenyet

Starting in 2009, Ayam Penyet Sumatera has a very experienced team in preparing and cooking Indonesian food with Ayam Penyet as their main speciality. All the food are prepared fresh and specially marinated with various spices and herbs. Reports say that their sambal “pedas giler!” 

 

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5 Best Southeast Asian Restaurants in KL

5 Best Southeast Asian Restaurants in KL

Enough flavors to satisfy any palate, here are 5 restaurants to get you started!

Southeast Asia is home to an incredibly rich food history. From French colonial-inspired bánh mì to Singapore's iconic chicken rice to creamy Thai tom yam kung soup, this is one cuisine that embraces enough flavors to satisfy any palate. Full of bright, bold flavours, some of the finest Southeast Asian cuisines can be found in these restaurants.

Tamarind Springs

Tamarind Springs is a treat for the senses. Only 15-minutes drive from downtown Kuala Lumpur, disembark upon nature's gateway into a visual and sensory feast. Its pavilions that take full advantage of its location on the edge of a lush forest appeal to those who love being close to nature, with an unrivalled view that is stunningly romantic; while its titillating traditional Indochinese cuisine of sweet, salty, sour and spicy have won many industry accolades and topped several gastronome scoreboards. Make sure you taste Khmer Krom stir-fried crab and stir-fried beef if you visit Tamarind Springs.

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 RoyaleVietnam

This Vietnamese-owned restaurant celebrates both the warm, welcoming culture and the colourful, palate-brightening cuisine of the country. Decked with many-hued silk lamps and done up in dark wood, the Royale Vietnam sets the mood and that's even before you meet the charming Vietnamese wait staff in traditional Vietnamese dress. In the kitchen, the chefs are also all from Vietnam, bringing a touch of authenticity to the menu. On the menu, you'll find royal dishes from the Hue Kingdom, once the capital of Vietnam, as well as the usual Vietnamese favourites on offer – from fragrant, steaming bowls of the ubiquitous beef pho, silky noodles in soup with sliced beef, to broken rice served with grilled lemongrass chicken chop.

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 NeoTamarind

Best described as ‘the new Zen', dining within this stylish luxe-lounge style restaurant feels sexy, satiating and quite a state of mind. NEO's kitchen is a special place from where eclectic Chef Sombat Kokasemkul weaves his magic, conjuring an innovative menu of what can only be described as 'global cuisine'; drawing inspiration from Asian flavours and using European techniques to transform the best ingredients into something delightful and fantastic. The most sought-after dishes include Angus beef seared tataki style with lemongrass, bird’s eye chilli and passion fruit juice, and their salmon sashimi served in a cilantro and Thai chilli vinaigrette.

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Mandi-Mandi

Mandi-Mandi is placed within the same jungle enclave where Tamarind Springs currently sit. To conceptualize a pool lounge restaurant within the same grounds, is to utilize synergies; a presentation of the sum of one great culinary experience that is unmatched. This poolside restaurant offers worthwhile Malay and Thai food in a jungle setting that's only a 15-minute drive from the city centre. How does BBQ tomyam-infused chicken sound to you? Exotic much? Make your trip to Mandi-Mandi today to enjoy both tranquility and quality food!

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 TamarindHill

Tamarind Hill is one of the earliest restaurants to serve Thai-Burmese cuisines. Trademark for its rustic-luxe dining experience since 1999, Tamarind Hill's new environment on a private hilltop makes the restaurant an escape within the city. Against the backdrop of skyscrapers, Tamarind Hill's organic and tranquil ambiance exudes the illusion of being 'out-of-town'. As the name suggests, 'walk up an appetite' and relinquish to a culinary affair you'll never forget. Recommended dishes include tuna in hot and spicy mango sauce,  stir-fried wagyu beef with hot Thai basil pesto and sauteed scallop in turmeric sauce.

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