LE PONT SMOKE & GRILL BAR, Old Klang Road, Kuala Lumpur

Le Pont Smoke & Grill Bar is an extension of the immensely popular bakery cafe, Le Pont Boulangerie. “Le Pont”, its namesake in French means “the bridge” and in their case, it’s all about bridging and connecting people with great gastronomic experiences. Ever since they opened for business a few years ago, Le Pont’s pastries, cakes and breads have wow’ed their clientele with their range of quality and comforting fares. Diversity in presentation also plays an important role in their appeal with just the right touch of sophistication to reflect the French connection.

Taking their food philosophy a step higher, the culinary team introduced a selection of smoked meats, poultry and seafood. I actually tried some of these smoked dishes several months ago when they were first introduced but unfortunately they were not well executed, partially due to a malfunctioned smoker machine. I thought it’s fair to give them some time to recoup that letdown. Well, recover they did, as I visited them again recently and am happy to share that the culinary team has really done a good job in improving their smoked dishes in the A La Carte Menu.

Our drinks!

Let’s start with my favourite… the 48-hour Marinated Mackerel! This perfectly-grilled fish was bursting with flavours, thanks to the marination over 2 days. It’s then slowly and evenly grilled in smoked paprika and served with a spicy citrus sauce and pickles. The flavours and texture of the mackerel were amazing, so good that the dipping sauce wasn’t really necessary. I picked the fish clean.

48-hour Marinated Mackerel (RM38)

Similarly the whole king squid was grilled till just the right level of done-ness, rendering it tender and tasty to the bite. I felt the house mayo didn’t quite do much justice to the squid – a bit more zest and heat would have enhanced the squid’s freshness better.

 

Glazed Whole King Squid (RM40) with house mayo and pickles

We tried the Aromatic Chicken Wings and Sou Vide Angus Beef Tenderloin, both grilled over charcoal and between the two, the chicken wings came out suffused nicely with smokey aroma. The beef, probably due to the cut, was a bit uneven in done-ness with the sides more cooked than the centre. As we preferred our beef done “medium” to “medium-rare”, the sides of the tenderloin were a bit over-cooked.

Aromatic Chicken Wings (RM22/4 pieces) Juicy plump chicken wings served with house-made fruity BBQ sauce

Sou Vide Angus Beef Tenderloin (RM60) – Charcoal-grilled beef tenderloin served with mashed potatoes, French beans & miso demi-glace sauce

We had the Seafood Soup Du Tomate in our first visit here and loved it. It’s good to see that the same standard has been maintained as the soup tasted just as good as before! We really like how the sweetness of the fresh seafood (especially that piece of salmon!) has steeped into the soup.

Seafood Soup Du Tomate (RM26) seafood tomato soup with pan-seared Norwegian salmon, mussels, clams and white prawns

For some good old comfort food, the Lamb Shank here at Le Pont is recommended. Served with creamy mashed potatoes and greens, the fork-tender shank, braised for hours, is imbued with the rich flavours from various herbs, spices and dried apricots.

One of the bestsellers – Lamb Shank!

Lamb Shank (RM50)

The flowing lava Chocolate Font Dant here is a big hit and it’s not difficult to see why. Baked only upon order (which takes 20-25 minutes), the hot lava flows out so easily and it’s just so heavenly to eat that with a scoop of vanilla icecream! Remember to order this!

If you like the classic Italian signature dessert of mascarpone cream and light finger sponge, Le Pont’s Bailey Tiramisu is served with a shot of Bailey on the side, for that extra kick.

Chocolate Font Dant (RM22)

 

Bailey Tiramisu (RM26)

 

LE PONT SMOKE & GRILL BAR
Dining Section – 1st Floor
No.6 Lorong 1/137C, Batu 5
Jalan Klang Lama
58000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-7783-0900/018-203-2585

Open daily:
11.00am – 3.00pm
6.00pm – 11.00pm

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D’MUNCH KITCHEN, Old Klang Road, Kuala Lumpur

This post is specially dedicated to pork lovers!

D’Munch Kitchen, located on the ground of Petalz Residences along Old Klang Road, is a pork haven. Every dish features pork or parts of the piggy, to be eaten with plain rice or mantou (steamed or deep-fried). The only non-pork dish on the menu are the blanched vegetables.

Kicking off our pork-centric meal is the Penang-style Lor Bak – rolls of marinated pork in beancurd sheets, deep-fried, sliced and served with chilli sauce. Flavours are mild so the chilli sauce came in handy.

D’ Munch Lor Bak (RM10)

Dishes served here are really very decently priced, starting from RM8 for a plate of blanched vegetables which can be a choice of lettuce, bok choy or choy sum, depending on what’s fresh for the day. The pork dishes are priced in the region of RM15-RM18 per portion and I’d say the servings are pretty generous. Each serving is good for at least 2 people and that ramps up the affordability factor of dining in D’Munch Kitchen.

The Vinegar Pork Trotters and Braised Pork came bubbling merrily in claypots, their aromas tantalising our noses before the food reached the table! These two dishes are typical home-style comfort food and when done well, elicit immense gastronomic satisfaction! If you like innards, the Braised Pork does come with intestines, upon request. Similarly, the Pork Ribs Curry and Pork Rendang were packed with flavours – best eaten with the mantou. The rice lovers may beg to differ though, as for some of them, porky dishes must go with rice – the more the better!

Vinegar Pork Trotters (RM15)


Braised Pork & Innards (RM15)


Pork Ribs Curry (RM18) & Summer Mantou (RM5/4pieces)


Pork Rendang (RM18) & Golden Mantou (RM5/6pieces)

My favourite is the spunky Pork Innards Soup. Peppercorns and pickled mustard leaves gave this robust soup their signature spunky flavours and I couldn’t get enough of it. Whether slurped on its own or eaten with rice, this soup is a must-order item for me.

Pork Innards Soup (RM16)

Blanched Vegetables (RM8)

D’Munch Kitchen is the spot to head to whenever cravings for home-style porky dishes hit you. The homely comfort food is generously-portioned and friendly on the pocket.

 

D’ MUNCH KITCHEN
G-05 Petalz Residences
Residency Rimbunan
No.2 Jalan 1/132A
Off Jalan Klang Lama
58000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 012-683-0699

Open Tuesday-Sunday
Lunch: 12.00pm-3.00pm
Dinner: 6.00pm-midnight
Closed on Monday

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KIMI-YA: affordable modern Japanese dining in Old Klang Road, Kuala Lumpur

There are many dining options in Old Klang Road – predominantly from Chinese tai-chow places to steamboat restaurants and a scattering of Japanese food outlets. One particular Japanese restaurant which stands out is Kimi-Ya which has been making quite a name for itself. Translated as “Your Home”, Kimi-Ya is located on the ground floor of Avantas Residences. Its simple interior deco has a cosy and homely ambience. Seating is functional, nothing too fancy and what stands out is the food.

Cosy & comfortable interior

Let’s start with Kimi-Ya’s monthly specials. If you hurry, you may still be able to catch their June-July promotion of Hokkaido Uni. Freshly air-flown from Japan, the sea urchin is unbeatable at RM38 a portion. Uni fans, make your way there now for this sweet indulgence!

Hokkaido Uni 

The menu at Kimi-Ya is really extensive and we could only zoom in to our favourites. Of course, sashimi is a must for us in a Japanese meal. Kimi-Ya’s sashimi range includes amberjack, scallops, tuna, salmon, white tuna and don’t forget to have some really good salmon roe as well!

Take Sashimi Moriawase

One of the signature dishes here is the Wagyu Steak (120g). The best way to savour this premium cut is to just have it pan-grilled and our preferred done-ness is “medium” to “medium-rare”. Just look at that superb marbling and those juicy tender slices are to die for! They practically melt in the mouth.

Pan-grilled Wagyu Steak

A must-eat item in Kimi-Ya is their Zaru Inaniwa Udon – cold thin wheat noodles served with a dipping sauce smoothened with a raw quail’s egg. and spiced up with some wasabi. This udon is quite unlike the regular udon served in other restaurants. It’s thinner and smoother with a nice bite in its texture. You really have to taste it yourself to know the difference.

Zaru Inaniwa Udon

If you are a fan of clams in soup, check out Kimi-Ya’s Asari Hoiru Butter Yaki. The fresh succulent clams are cooked in dashi soup with himeji mushrooms and enhanced with some unsalted butter – heavenly!

Asari Hoiru Butter Yaki

There’s also the Hamaguri Sake Mushi – giant clams soup with sake and bonito. The sake gives this soup a little kick and for maximum satisfaction, make sure you have it piping hot!

Hamaguri Sake Mushi

Taraba Gani (150g) – Grilled King Crab with Salt

Although we try not to have too much carbs, especially rice in our meals, Kimi-Ya’s Gyu Garlic Rice Ishiyaki and Unagi Bara Chirashi Don are quite irresistible. The former is garlic fried rice served in a stone pot, thus retaining the heat beautifully and every spoonful of the well-flavoured rice with thin slices of tender beef is immensely satisfying!

We had some really superb bara chirashi don during our recent visit to Okayama. The Unagi Bara Chirashi Don here has assorted cubed sashimi like tuna, salmon, white tuna and eel and what it needs is a good binding sauce to make it memorable.

Gyu Garlic Rice Ishiyaki 

Unagi Bara Chirashi Don

Salads – don’t miss the salads here. Our favourites are the Soft-shell Crab Salad and Kaisen Salad with assorted sashimi. They are perfect to get the meal going!

Kimi-Ya Soft Shell Crab Salad with fish skin and assorted vegetables

Kaisen Salada with assorted sashimi

To round off the meal, we had a selection of sweets … green tea ice-cream with red bean paste, glutinous rice balls, house-made mochi and my favourite raindrop jelly.

Abekawa Mochi – house-made rice cake with red bean paste and soybean powder

Mizu Shingen Mochi – Japanese raindrop jelly served with brown sugar syrup and soybean powder

Kimi-Ya’s delectable offering of honest good-quality Japanese dishes is wallet-friendly. Chefs here make the effort to serve a diverse range of dishes using fresh ingredients and many of them are curated with flair and creativity.

 

KIMI-YA
G-2 Avantas Residences
162 Jalan Klang Lama
58200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 013-239-3406

Open:
12.00pm-3.00pm; 6.00pm-10.30pm (Mondays-Thursdays)
11.30am-3.00pm; 6.00pm-11.00pm (Fridays-Sundays)

KIMI-YA: Modern Japanese dining in Old Klang Road, Kuala Lumpur

There are many dining options in Old Klang Road – predominantly from Chinese tai-chow places to steamboat restaurants and a scattering of Japanese food outlets. One particular Japanese restaurant which stands out is Kimi-Ya which has been making quite a name for itself. Translated as “Your Home”, Kimi-Ya is located on the ground floor of Avantas Residences. Its simple interior deco has a cosy and homely ambience. Seating is functional, nothing too fancy and what stands out is the food.

Cosy & comfortable interior

Let’s start with Kimi-Ya’s monthly specials. If you hurry, you may still be able to catch their June-July promotion of Hokkaido Uni. Freshly air-flown from Japan, the sea urchin is unbeatable at RM38 a portion. Uni fans, make your way there now for this sweet indulgence!

Hokkaido Uni 

The menu at Kimi-Ya is really extensive and we could only zoom in to our favourites. Of course, sashimi is a must for us in a Japanese meal. Kimi-Ya’s sashimi range includes amberjack, scallops, tuna, salmon, white tuna and don’t forget to have some really good salmon roe as well!

Take Sashimi Moriawase

One of the signature dishes here is the Wagyu Steak (120g). The best way to savour this premium cut is to just have it pan-grilled and our preferred done-ness is “medium” to “medium-rare”. Just look at that superb marbling and those juicy tender slices are to die for! They practically melt in the mouth.

Pan-grilled Wagyu Steak

A must-eat item in Kimi-Ya is their Zaru Inaniwa Udon – cold thin wheat noodles served with a dipping sauce smoothened with a raw quail’s egg. and spiced up with some wasabi. This udon is quite unlike the regular udon served in other restaurants. It’s thinner and smoother with a nice bite in its texture. You really have to taste it yourself to know the difference.

Zaru Inaniwa Udon

If you are a fan of clams in soup, check out Kimi-Ya’s Asari Hoiru Butter Yaki. The fresh succulent clams are cooked in dashi soup with himeji mushrooms and enhanced with some unsalted butter – heavenly!

Asari Hoiru Butter Yaki

There’s also the Hamaguri Sake Mushi – giant clams soup with sake and bonito. The sake gives this soup a little kick and for maximum satisfaction, make sure you have it piping hot!

Hamaguri Sake Mushi

Taraba Gani (150g) – Grilled King Crab with Salt

Although we try not to have too much carbs, especially rice in our meals, Kimi-Ya’s Gyu Garlic Rice Ishiyaki and Unagi Bara Chirashi Don are quite irresistible. The former is garlic fried rice served in a stone pot, thus retaining the heat beautifully and every spoonful of the well-flavoured rice with thin slices of tender beef is immensely satisfying!

We had some really superb bara chirashi don during our recent visit to Okayama. The Unagi Bara Chirashi Don here has assorted cubed sashimi like tuna, salmon, white tuna and eel and what it needs is a good binding sauce to make it memorable.

Gyu Garlic Rice Ishiyaki 

Unagi Bara Chirashi Don

Salads – don’t miss the salads here. Our favourites are the Soft-shell Crab Salad and Kaisen Salad with assorted sashimi. They are perfect to get the meal going!

Kimi-Ya Soft Shell Crab Salad with fish skin and assorted vegetables

Kaisen Salada with assorted sashimi

To round off the meal, we had a selection of sweets … green tea ice-cream with red bean paste, glutinous rice balls, house-made mochi and my favourite raindrop jelly.

Abekawa Mochi – house-made rice cake with red bean paste and soybean powder

Mizu Shingen Mochi – Japanese raindrop jelly served with brown sugar syrup and soybean powder

Kimi-Ya’s delectable offering of honest good-quality Japanese dishes is wallet-friendly. Chefs here make the effort to serve a diverse range of dishes using fresh ingredients and many of them are curated with flair and creativity.

 

KIMI-YA
G-2 Avantas Residences
162 Jalan Klang Lama
58200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 013-239-3406

Open:
12.00pm-3.00pm; 6.00pm-10.30pm (Mondays-Thursdays)
11.30am-3.00pm; 6.00pm-11.00pm (Fridays-Sundays)