[email protected]

August 17, 2011

Fine dining in Pudu seems like an oxymoron, making [email protected] (pronounced "Taste at Six") a curious but worthwhile entry to this enclave's restaurant scene.

This modestly furnished outlet on the Swiss Garden Residences' sixth floor features Western favorites with a fusion makeover, served by a team that's eager to please.

Green pea cappuccino. Frothy fun in a cup; a brilliant flavor bomb too, thanks to the savory spoonful of crispy beef bacon.

Pumpkin & orange soup with chili oil & Asian garnishes. Tastier than typical pumpkin broths, with tangy, spicy & herbaceous notes that blend harmoniously together.

Spinach risotto with oven-dried tomatoes & parmesan cheese. Sounded and looked promising, but the risotto was scarcely more than mush.

Oven-roasted duck breast with beetroot mash & sherry reduction. Loved the superbly hearty portion of plump, juicy meat, but the mash was overloaded with sodium.

Frangelico hazelnut liquor-laced tiramisu. Strangely sourish; we ended up not finishing this, fearful that the booze within might have turned it bad.

Sticky banana date pudding with brandy anglaise & vanilla ice cream. Alas, the pudding was stodgy, lacking a freshly made vibe. Nevertheless, [email protected]'s prices are reasonable; starters won't cost more than RM20++, mains top out at RM40++, while desserts can be as low as RM12++.

Aperitifs: Martini Bianco & Rossini. A surprisingly wide range of booze is available.

Alexis Lichine Cuvee Excertionelle, at only RM17++ per glass.

Swiss Garden Hotel & Residences, Jalan Pudu, Kuala Lumpur.