September 1, 2011

It's all in the planning at Impromptu: burgers, pasta & pizzas _ familiar-sounding fare infused with thoughtful twists that make a delicious difference.

Lamb burger, featuring a meaty, sink-your-teeth-into-it patty, perfectly partnered with a pleasurably sweet mango chutney sauce. Beware: the potato crisps on the side are addictive.

Hand-made fettuccine with soft-shell crab. OK, this photo proves that even after 30 months of food blogging, we still tend to take terrible pictures. But what looks unappealing above is pretty tasty in reality, thanks to plenty of silky pasta with curry-laced cream & crunchy crab.

Beef yakiniku "pizza," served on a teriyaki-base tortilla. Close your eyes, bite into this, and it could be mistaken for a well-marinated beef sandwich, not pizza. Would be a brilliant bar snack _ if only Impromptu had a liquor license.

So where did this sake come from? Fortunately, Impromptu is the sister outlet of Nagomi Shabu-Shabu, which is able to offer booze next door.

Nagomi's wine selection is sorely limited, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

Menara Hap Seng, Jalan P. Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur.