Tuesday, January 19, 2016

PopUpDiningKL @ Barlai

Found them on Instagram, and I've been wanting to try for a long time. As mentioned in their handle, it's all pop up events. It is best to follow their handles for updates/events. We managed to book ourselves a space last December for the 5-Course Malaysian Nostalgic Dinner.

From the menu, we can see a lot of mix and match with local herbs with a slight western touch.

All of that for only RM100 per pax, RM160 with drinks.

Nasi Lemak Lite - Egg white mousse with peanut served in egg shell, Kueh kapit with sambal mousse, Breaded quail egg and Ikan Bilis cracker to go with Cucumber Granita.

From some of the hashtags, it seems to me that they love serving in eggshells. Very interesting, as it is not easy to do that. I would probably crush those egg shells before even doing anything to it..

That egg white mousse is so smooth with crushed peanut mixed with fried anchovies. Not your ordinary Nasi Lemak!

Bread & Butter with local herbs

That homemade butter is mixed with lots of different local herbs.

Oxtail Soup and Ravioli

Very healthy version of oxtail soup with really little to zero oil. Rather odd to mix ravioli in it - I think I'm not ready for this fusion dish yet!

Seafood Bakar - tiger prawn, snapper fillet, aubergine, lady finger 

Very messy dish with loads of local flavours. The sambal makes a very big difference - but it got a little boring afterwards, portion a bit too huge for me.

Sweet Bites - Milo mochi donut

Possibly my favourite for the night... Soft lukewarm fresh mochi and very rich in Milo flavour!

Apollo Ending - Coconut semifreddo, pandan sponge, soya milk chantilly, meringue and bunga telang

I used to snack on Apollo cakes as a kid, especially the Pandan one. To make it more nostalgic, they have added some Haw Flakes! Such a beautiful plate of dessert with a touch of childhood memories!

Because it's le boy's birthday I've requested for a little Happy Birthday signage, nothing fancy. They were really kind to accommodate to my request and even provided a candle. Thank you! :)

I was hesitated with the cocktails to go with the food because I wasn't particularly impressed with Barlai. On a separate visit to Barlai, the cocktails we had were so diluted so I was really skeptical. We ended up having wine instead of cocktails to go with the food. 

As for whether or not I will try this again, I will. That, depends on suitability of menu and timing. Keep up the good job!

PopUpDiningKL's Instagram
PopUpDiningKL's Facebook
Barlai
3, Jalan Sin Chew Kee
Bukit Bintang
50150 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia

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