The X @ Bangsar, Hoopla @ Desa Sri Hartamas & O'Galito @ Pavilion
March 6, 2016
The X shows signs of potential, with a promising menu of small plates that spotlight contemporary, cross-continental dining. But some fine-tuning was still needed when we visited at the start of 2016 - the tenggiri fish with fig tempura might have hit the spot with fresher produce, while the mussels with turkey bacon bits in saffron sauce suffered from heavy-handed seasoning.
The X At Telawi
67G, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 4pm-2am
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Hoopla may well be one of Hartamas' most elegantly bedecked restaurants, endowed with an imaginative menu of snacks for sharing - everything from house-made bacon with Carenero cacao & Gula Melaka syrup (RM10) to ladies' fingers with mentsuyu noodle sauce, garlic oil & sesame oil (RM5). The food's more or less inoffensive, but service is wearingly obtrusive, with a member of the service team persistently hovering too close for comfort near the table & pressuring folks to order more.
First Floor, 72-1 Jalan 27/70A Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 036-2116484
It requires a stronger will than ours to resist visiting a restaurant that promises fettuccine with braised lamb ragout or braised beef cheeks with mashed potatoes in mushroom sauce. But O'Galito serves middle-of-the-road versions of these recipes - passable perhaps for casual tourists & shoppers, but what we had made us long wistfully for food that tastes more inspired.
O'Galito At Pavilion
C3-05-00, Connection Level 3, Pavilion Shopping Mall, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-2141-0418
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