Flora Terrace @ Hampshire Place

May 14, 2012

Taking up the first spot for eateries at the Hampshire Place Residences, Flora Terrace is a spacious, striking setting that will likely lure ladies who lunch.

Spaghetti aglio olio gets a Malaysian makeover here, sprinkled liberally with salty pieces of pickled tenggiri, shaved parmesan and bell peppers, tossed in olive oil, basil and chili flakes. About RM24.

Linguine pesto, with bunga kantan, daun kesum and baby kailan. The floral-herbal notes seem strangely understated, while the pasta swings perilously close to sogginess.

Grilled spring chicken with polenta, baby spinach, garlic, onions and honey mustard sauce. Finger-lickin' good in terms of taste and tenderness. About RM30.

Pan-seared Norwegian salmon with pomelo lemon butter sauce, lentil ragout, baby bok choy and tomato salsa. Well-executed, with enough creativity to help it stand out a little (though not a lot). About RM40.

Tapai pulut with green tea ice cream and mango compote. If you like fermented food, you'll probably be pleased with the playfulness of this creative combo. About RM18.

Chinese pancakes layered with mascarpone cheese, with yam ice cream. Flora's main courses are solid, but the sweets are what might keep folks coming.

Alas, no alcohol is served here. That'll deter us from returning soon, but here's something to look forward to: Italian restaurant Tatto will relocate from Jalan Damai to Hampshire Place this year.

Flora Terrace,
Jalan Mayang Sari, Off Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur.
Parallel to Jalan Yap Kwan Seng and Jalan Ampang.
Closed Sundays, open through late on other days.