Signature Dishes Review: Opus Bistro, Jalan Bangkung, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

“Opus” by definition mean a work of art and so goes to this hearty Italian restaurant. Opus Bistro is tucked away in the quieter part of Bangsar in Jalan Bangkung. To date, Opus Bistro has been serving up satisfied customers for almost 16 years and along the way has won many prestigious awards, including being voted as the top 20 restaurants in KL. Who would have thought a restaurant which started out as a hobby among a few friends who shared the similar interest of good food and wine has evolved to the success of 4 other sister restaurants located along the same stretch.

We swung by their subtle yet simplistic restaurant anticipating for a journey of hearty Italian flavours. The ambience of soft music, warm lighting coupled with minimalistic feel of the décor sets the mood for a cosy meal. Seated at an open-air table on their restaurant front somewhat enhance the dining experience as the neighborhood was quiet and we could feel some light breeze.

 

1) Spaghetti ala Opus (RM 40++)

Signature Spaghetti ala Opus with generous portion of fresh and succulent seafood.

The signature dish here are the Spaghetti ala Opus, Roasted Cod and Grilled New Zealand Rack of Lamb. Hearty and warming, just by mentioning these signature dishes is enough to trigger involuntary salivation. First up was the famous Spaghetti ala Opus which is a generous plate of spaghetti coated in a light clean tomato sauce, sweet cherry tomatoes and packed with fresh succulent seafood.

Highlight of this Signature Dish, the fresh and succulent seafood.

For this dish, the seafood is the highlight, as the chef might want customers to taste the freshness in the seafood rather than risk overpowering the flavor. As mentioned, the generous portion of seafood was fresh and almost seemed like a seafood parade on itself, titillating us to eat it. Definitely a dish that should not be missed when dining here at Opus Bistro. 

 

2) Roasted Cod (RM 88++)

Perfectly Roasted Cod laid atop of fresh potatoes, carrots and topped with sweet cherry tomatoes and black olives.

Next up was the Roasted Cod. A generous piece of fresh cod roasted to perfection, laid on top of fresh potatoes, carrots and topped with sweet cherry tomatoes and black olives. What impressed us the most was the aroma that radiated from the dish. Not to exaggerate but, we could pick up a pleasing aroma even before the roasted cod was served to us. Such an irresistible attraction for fish lovers! We believed the tantalizing smell was not only from the fish itself but also from the blend of buttery smell and some dill sprinkled on the plate.

The mouth-watering aroma of the Roasted Cod still lingers in my memory.

This dish had the perfect balance of taste as it was savoury in a non-overpowering manner. The texture of the flaky roasted cod melts in the mouth with a buttery after taste leaving you wanting more. In my opinion, this signature dish is highly recommended for anyone who love a well prepared and fresh fish dish.

 

3) Grilled New Zealand Rack of Lamb (RM 83++)

The Grilled New Zealand Rack of Lamb skillfully seared on the outside whilst maintaining a juicy, pink interior, coupled with a delightful mint sauce.

After the Roasted Cod took us away, we were expecting the next best dish and my, did they deliver with their signature Grilled New Zealand Rack of Lamb. This dish is the icing on the cake as it is the perfect ending to an amazing journey of taste. The Grilled New Zealand Rack of Lamb has three substantial cutlets skillfully seared on the outside whilst maintaining a juicy, pink interior, coupled with a mint sauce which perfectly balances the seasoned meat. In a nutshell, every dish served has exceeded my expectation, delivering a mouth-watering, eyes-closed-in-appreciation kind of feeling.

The Signature Dish that got me mouth-watering, eyes-closed-in-appreciation kind of feeling.

Ultimately, I would personally recommend patrons to tried out the Grilled New Zealand Rack of Lamb which I personally love the most. The Grilled Rack of Lamb truly left its mark and deserve a place in my heart. Coming in the second place would be the Roasted Cod which is suitable for those who prefer fresh and lighter tasting dishes. Lastly, the Spaghetti ala Opus did not disappoint either with its generous portion of fresh succulent seafood.

If you would like to give Opus Bistro a try, you can make a booking for the restaurant here.

You probably wonder how I can savour such dishes for free. Of course I don’t mind to share to you my secret. You can sign up for ELITE Membership and enjoy free dishes at more than 100 participating restaurant. You can read more about the ELITE Membership here.

 

 

Opus Bistro

67, Jalan Bangkung 

Bukit Bandaraya,Bangsar,

59100 Kuala Lumpur.

 

Operating Hours:

Mon – Sat : 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM ; 6:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Sun : 6:00 PM
 – 12:00 AM

 

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ELITE Review: Enak KL, Feast Village, Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

As an expatriate living in Malaysia, there is nothing I would love to do more than indulging myself in local foods as a way to have a better understanding about the culture here. That’s why I was absolutely thrilled when my friend took me to Enak KL – a restaurant that uses traditional recipes dating well beyond one’s lifetime to deliver authentic fine-dining Malay cuisine to the tables. What’s more interesting than seeing skillful hands reinvigorating familiar flavours into exciting dishes?

We had a big advantage as well! We saved 30% on our food bill with a booking via TABLEAPP and used our ELITE Membership to redeem a free signature dish this time. Don’t worry! I’m willing to share and you can check this information at the end of this review.  

I cannot stop myself from admiring the hynotizing lights right outside of Enak KL.

The stylish design was a welcoming sight for us as its interior oozes sophistication and comfort. I’m ready to indulge myself in delectable foods here.

 

1/ Ikan Asam Pedas RM35

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A hint of spiciness and sourness from the Ikan Asam Pedas went through the air and whetted our appetite.

The first dish – Ikan Asam Pedas, totally blew me away with its smell. A hint of enticing spiciness and sourness slowly crept into my nose and quickly triggered my salivation without realization. Visually-appealing with its bold color and scarlet-hued gravy, the dish was so inviting that I could wait no more to savour it. I took the first scoop of the soup with some plain white rice. Extraordinary satisfying! Sour and fiery hot, it totally intrigued my palate and refreshed my mind. A punch of heat from a combination of dry and fresh red chili came to my tongue in a second, created a deep yet comfortable “pedas-ness”. It brought a piquant flavor to my taste buds yet not overpowering at all.  I especially love the unique sour taste which derived from the tamarind juice and fresh tomatoes. Delicate and subtle, it perfectly blended with the spicy flavor.

 

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The sea bass was an excellent choice as the sweetness exuded from it totally blended well with the Pedas soup.

It’s time to taste the highlight of the dish – the sea bass (red snapper is also available upon demand). The flesh stripped off its bone easily yet was not flaky as you might find in some over-cooked dishes. Once I gave it a bite, the fish exuded its natural sweetness together with the savory, spiciness and sourness from the soup. This combination was utterly delicious! With all the spices absorbed from the soup, the fish’s flavor was robust in my mouth and made me feel rejuvenated. I have no doubt that this dish would be my perennial favorite for years to come.

 

2/ Daging Rusuk RM65

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The Daging Rusuk was presented simply yet nicely with a mesmerizing charred skin.

Prepare to be wowed from the minute you see the dish! While I was still holding on to the impeccable flavor of the Asam Pedas, I was then in love with the Daging Rusuk which was absolutely my favorite dish of the day. At the first glance, I was hypnotized by the beautiful charred skin which was grilled to perfection. As disclosed by the chef, the beef rib was grilled using an open coal fire which brought it a unique flavor and smell while normal ovens could not. A whole solid big chunk of meat presented nicely along with Acar, Air Asam Jawa Sauce and Sambal Kicap Sauce. The eye-pleasing greenery from the leaves totally elevated the beef rib. Though came in such a simple presentation, the meat was still spot-on.

 

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The incredibly tender and tasty Daging totally captured my heart.

My first cut was so pleasant and smooth that I knew right away something nice was about to come. Little did I know it was so impressive! The beef rib was surprisingly flavorful and lip-smackingly tender. It was rich in classic beef flavor and I was overwhelmed with its delectable juiciness. I could not hide my admiration for the chef as beef rib would turn chewy and dry easily if it is not meticulously taken care of. With such a big portion, it would take hours to marinate the beef to absorb all the spices.

 

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The mouth-watering Air Asam Jawa and Sambal Kecap Sauces also impressed us by its taste.

Each shred of the meat disintegrated on my tongue with little effort. There are no shortcomings in terms of taste! I personally love the Air Asam Jawa Sauce which brought some citrus to my taste buds and balanced the beef flavor while my friend fell for the Sambal Kicap Sauce which brought a hint of sweetness to the beef.

If you are truly a beef connoisseur, you cannot miss this!

 

3/ Ayam Percik RM35

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The Ayam Percik at Enak KL is truly a dish for the soul that you should not miss.

Our last dish was the Ayam Percik which was a whole grilled spring chicken lacquered with calibrated blend of ingredients including turmeric, coconut milk, onion garlic and ginger. The chicken was so aromatic that it immediately whetted our appetite. I was fascinated to see such a big portion of chicken and did not hesitate at all to devour the first piece.

 

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Don’t forget to try the Acar which mingled perfectly with the Ayam Percik.

It was such a hearty dish – a soothing comfort food for the soul. The chicken was tender in texture and its exquisite taste intrigued my palate. Its savory flavor blended well with a tangy sweetness which then lingered in the mouth and touched all the senses. I would say the coconut milk was spot-on as it imparted an aromatic and velvety quality and gave the chicken a pleasantly sweet taste. I shall not forget the mouth-watering acar that came along. Its perfect balance of spicy, sour and sweet flavor mingled perfectly with the tasty chicken. Delicious!

 

If you want to experience a home away from home, Enak KL is the place where you can truly taste the authentic flavors of Malay cuisine. You can book a table here to receive a 30% off on food bill (The promotion is valid until 30th of April, 2018).

Of course, if you pay the restaurant a visit, you might consider using the ELITE Membership like we did to redeem free dishes. You can read more information about it here.

 

 

Enak KL

LG, 16, Feast Village Starhill Gallery,

JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur,

181, Jalan Bukit Bintang,

55100 Kuala Lumpur.

Daily: 12:00pm – 3:00pm; 5:30pm – 10:30pm.

 

 

ELITE Review: Tamarind Hill KL, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Last week I received a surprise visit from my mom. (Yes, our moms are always like that!) I decided to treat her to a nice place in town where we can chill and enjoy delectable and exotic foods. Thai food was our choice this time as the mixture of Thai spices and herbs would make us feel reinvigorated. My mom finally agreed to go for the 2017 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Award – Tamarind Hill Kuala Lumpur at Jalan Sultan Ismail.

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Tamarind Hill’s tranquil ambience exudes the illusion of being ‘out-of-town’.

Scrumptious authentic Thai food with great tranquil ambience, the restaurant is truly a place to be “out-of-town” right in the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur.
Of course I took advantage of my ELITE Membership which enables me to redeem free signature dishes here! Saving more money while treating my Mom to exquisite delights, why not?

 

1/ Tamarind Hill Platter (RM 53+)

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Tamarind Hill Platter includes 4 eye-catching bite-sized kinds of appetizer.

Our first dish was a beautiful platter of 4 enticing kinds of appetizer including fried tiger prawns and kangkung, fresh spring rolls, grilled satay and last but not least, chicken balls and orange. The dish immediately captured my attention with its vibrant colors and an irresistible smell. I couldn’t wait anymore to savour the first piece – the fried tiger prawn and kangkung!

 

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The crunchy fried tiger prawns and the refreshing spring rolls made me yearn for more.

The incredibly crunchy popiah skin was coated with a combination of Thai peanut sauce and plum sauce which resulted in a delicately sweet and sour taste. It was mind-blowing to know that the restaurant carefully handpicked small and fresh peanuts to get the best taste of the Thai peanut sauce. The prawn was a true star with its moist and firm flesh. It brought a clean, brisk and sweet flavor which then lingered in my mouth. Tasty!

Next came the fresh spring rolls which impressed me with its luscious and non-overpowering spiciness. With a perfect combination of herbs, chili and homemade Thai seafood sauce, the rolls made us feel rejuvenated. The vegetables were absolutely fresh, the herbs were aromatic and the unique spicy and sour taste made me yearn for more!

 

The grilled satay with authentic Thai tamarind sauce was tender and flavoursome.

After savoring the other enthralling delights, I knew this satay would be something special! The grilled chicken was impeccably soft and the tamarind sauce really won my heart! I could still vividly remember its flavorsome and sweet taste which I believe could only come from the authentic Thai sauce! A bit of chili flake and pepper was added to bring a hot and strong flavor to the satay which will be balanced out by the piece of cucumber that came along. I would say it was one of the best satays I had ever tried.

 

The chicken-peanut ball was like a candy, exuding a delicately sweet taste in my mouth.

Last came a jaw-dropping delight! At the first glimpse, the decoration was impressively eye-catching as it was akin to a phoenix for me. I took one piece of the chicken-peanut ball with orange and “wow” was the word came out of my mouth! There was a touch of acidity from the orange which blended beautifully with the delicately sweetness of the chicken mixed with peanuts. The chicken ball was similar to a piece of candy which quickly melt in your mouth. It was incredibly fresh and it made me close my eyes in mere satisfaction!

 

2/ Beef Ribs served in a Dry Green Curry (RM 85+)

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The “Beef Ribs served in a Dry Green Curry” appeared in an unpretentious presentation but its taste totally blew my mind.

Here comes my favorite dish of the day! Appeared in such an unpretentious presentation, it totally blew my mind. The dish emanated a hint of sweetness from the coconut milk and a bit of freshness from the Thai basil. You might look at it and say: “Well, just beef and green curry, what’s special about it anyway?” and that was my first thought! Right afterwards, I knew I was wrong.

 

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The beef was lip-smackingly tender and truly what you would call melt-in-the-mouth!

Every shred of the meat relished a succulent taste. I couldn’t keep myself from excitement in every bite. As the coconut milk was made freshly, its taste was unique and flavorful. A lingering sweetness and freshness coming from the herbs blended in the green curry. This lusciously green curry would stun you for its taste that’s rich in both flavor and nutrients. A real winner in the taste and totally worth the money spent!

 

3/ Deep-Fried River Lobster served with Tamarind Sauce (RM 80+)

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The River Lobster and tamarind were freshly imported from Thailand which made the dish even more delectable.

Finally, we ended with an equally palatable dish of Deep-Fried River Lobster. I love the fact that the lobster along with the tamarind were imported from Thailand. Frozen lobster would end up becoming tough and rubbery so a fresh lobster would be a perfect choice. Thai tamarind is something I am always in love with as its pleasant smell and sweet taste stand out compared to other tamarind sauce. The dish presentation was striking and I was so eager to have my first piece. The lobster’s fresh and bouncy flesh truly laces the palate with a umami and savoury flavor. The ‘meat-ilicious’ river lobster paired perfectly and drenched with the delectable tamarind sauce. A highly addictive and flavorful indulgence. It’s definitely a desirable dish.

 

If you love to give Tamarind Hill Kuala Lumpur a try, you can make a booking for the restaurant here.

And well, someone might wonder how I redeem the signature dish for free and I won’t keep it my own secret. If you want to know more, you can read more about the ELITE Membership here.

 

Tamarind Hill Kuala Lumpur

19A Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50250 Kuala Lumpur.

Mon – Fri: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sat & Sun: 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

 

 

TABLEAPP ELITE Launches A New 3-Month Membership for Only RM99

TABLEAPP ELITE is launching a new 3-month membership

KUALA LUMPUR, April 3, 2018 – Dining out at premium restaurants have never been so affordable! Yes, it’s the TABLEAPPP ELITE new 3-month membership, a premium dining pass which opens the door to a world of free 5-star quality dishes. This new membership will be officially launched today and is priced at only RM99 for a 3-month subscription to over 300 FREE signature dishes at 100 top restaurants in Klang Valley. The 3-month ELITE membership is a new addition to TABLEAPP current 1-year annual membership which was launched last September 2017.

If you have always enjoyed premium dishes at top restaurants but don’t want to spend a fortune, then this ELITE membership is for you. For just RM99, ELITE members can get a dining membership that allows them access to a long list of 5-star dishes to be redeemed for free at our partnered restaurants. On top of that, members are also entitled to exclusive access to special dining events, private wine pairing events, wine tasting events, invitation-only dining events, and customised gifts.

TABLEAPP ELITE members can expect to enjoy the same benefits from this 3-month membership as to the current 1-year membership. From now onwards, members can dine out more affordably at popular casual dining restaurants like Naughty Nuri’s and ANTE or having luxurious dining experience at award-winning restaurants like enfin by James Won, Babe, Sushi Azabu and Soleil.

Elite members get to dine out at popular casual dining restaurant and enjoy luxurious dining experience at award-winning restaurants

Benson Chang, the founder of TABLEAPP, explains the inspiration behind starting this new 3-month ELITE membership, “I’ve spoken to many customers, one of the common issues facing them is not every customer is open to a 1-year membership programme priced at RM199, before giving it a test drive. Therefore, the new 3-month ELITE membership programme will open the door to welcome customers that would love to experience this amazing dining membership. At just RM99, TABLEAPP ELITE members can experience the same benefits as our 1-year membership programme offer, in other words it provides great value at an amazing price.”

From now until 31st of May, 100 ELITE Members can get a bottle of customized premium champagne.

Speaking of gift, TABLEAPP ELITE members can stand a chance to win their very own limited edition personalize Mini Moët champagne with their favourite photo as the champagne label. From now until 31st May 2018, 100 TABLEAPP ELITE members with the most number of redemptions will be able to customise a bottle of Mini Moët with a picture of their choice which will be delivered to their doorstep in a classy package – easy and fuss-free. Interested members can join this Win-a-Moet contest online and stand a chance to win this Mini Moët, creating the-one-and-only limited version of their own.

To experience an elite dining experience, join TABLEAPP ELITE via TABLEAPP mobile app available on App Store and Google Play, or visit www.tableapp.com/elite. The new 3-month membership is priced at only RM99 per membership and can be used instantly to redeem free dishes upon activation.