W1 @ Telawi, Bangsar

August 13, 2017

When Trafalgar Square & Telawi Street intersect, the result is Bangsar's suave new British-inspired restaurant, where classics from fish & chips to the Eton mess secure a contemporary makeover, served on sharing plates, both big & small. 

We opted for the light portions - the toad in the hole is presented in the manner of a hot dog, with the Yorkshire pudding, chicken banger, crispy onions, pureed peas & gravy all combining for mouthfuls of sheer deliciousness (RM18). W1's Scotch Egg is also a winner, with the runny-yolked egg encased in a warm beef crust, thoughtfully complemented by pickled red onions & curried aioli (RM16). The selection is extensive enough to cater to every preference - for a pasta fix, the beetroot spaghetti with feta cheese mousse & dried mushrooms is expertly executed, yielding confident flavours (RM15); for protein pleasure, the lamb nuggets with pickled kyuri & cilantro chilli yogurt makes for a rewardingly textured snack (RM18). But our favourite order proved to be W1's interpretation of spud comfort food - creamy Hasselback potatoes with sriracha-spiced cheese & savoury anchovy crumbs (RM10).

Cocktails are sufficiently distinctive & done pretty well - London-loving staples like the Pimms No. 1 Cup (RM28) are bolstered by W1 signatures such as the Soho Sour (RM35; Strega with herbs & spices), Primrose Hill (RM30; rose wine, vodka, vanilla) & Paddington Bear (RM37; spirits with marshmallow syrup & grapefruit). Service is warm & welcoming; keep calm & carry on, indeed.

W1 Dining & Cocktails
22, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 016-221-6512

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