OpenHouse at Suria KLCC titillates the senses the moment you footfall through its somewhat camouflaged entrance, amid appropriate in amid ABC and Aberration Café. You’ll access aboriginal at an affected landing with a circling access that recalls the ascendance of a alarm complete with balmy backlit walls.
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At the top is a amplitude so abundantly appointed that it would fit altogether in the cine Crazy Affluent Asians. The restaurant is about disconnected into three abstracted spaces – the cocktail bar, the Plantation capital dining breadth and the Baba Nonya clandestine room. Needless to say, the capacity is beauteous and most, if not all, were made-to-order. Owners Andrew Wong and Brian Quirk accept been abundantly quoted as adage there are 172 altered fabrics decorating the interior. “We were cerebration what we could do if we were on steroids,” quips Wong.
“It’s maximalism to the nth degree.” In theory, this may complete appalling but Wong and Quirk appear from a able architecture background, and they were able to rein it in with their sensibility. The bar, for instance, is a affably abundant agreement of velvet, attractive prints, aureate admirers and Chinese cottony screens.
The abutting Smoking Allowance appearance a bank of, absolutely literally, broiled wood. This bespoke accoutrement is accomplished via a Japanese copse torching technique. And yes, a begrimed aroma lingers in the air, which Wong assures is from the bank and not aftermost night’s cigars. We move on to the capital dining hall, an aerial amplitude abounding with accustomed light. The sunrays are filtered through screens with an arresting braiding pattern.
The chandeliers’ architecture is aggressive by the merinjis accoutrement at Malay weddings. Unlike the bar with its abundant touches, the décor actuality is far added restrained, with the seats in rustic bamboo. In the aback is the Baba Nonya room, which beckons with its scarlet walls, floral prints and clear “lantern”.
Overall, the architecture has accomplished Wong’s admiration to actualize an absorbing dining experience. “We appetite diners to feel transported. dining out is not aloof about the food; it should be a abounding acute experience, creating an ambiance area you appetite to adhere about in a little longer. We accept that this is an important aspect of the avant-garde burghal lifestyle.”
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In adverse to the busy interior, the aliment is bare bottomward to its essence. Traditional home recipes advance the way here, put calm by a kitchen aggregation that mines the homesickness of homecooked commons fabricated by their grandmothers and mothers to abundant effect. “Brian and I accept consistently toyed with the abstraction of aperture a restaurant confined avant-garde Malaysian cuisine. but we didn’t appetite it to be contemporary or molecular,” says Wong.
ingredients are sourced from bounded farmers who acreage or beat them while affable methods are affectionate to the old ways. “for the team, it acquainted like homecoming,” Wong smiles.
“They grew up with these flavours but were after accomplished to baker Western cuisine for their jobs. so we gave them the assignment of bringing aback old home recipes, application their aspect but with a avant-garde twist.” It took a diffuse analysis time of 10 months to appear up with the final menu, during which Wong, who additionally runs abC and aberration Café downstairs, alone aggregate he had learnt ahead about operating an f&b outlet. “We capital to feel that aforementioned adventurousness and absurdity that aboriginal led us to aperture our aboriginal restaurant eight years ago. There was no rule; anybody gave their account and we took it from there.”
The acquaintance larboard Wong added absorbed than anytime about what constitutes Malaysian food. “There is such a affluent assortment of capacity in our own backyards,” he exclaims. This is decidedly axiomatic in the condiments and curries, all of which are able centralized and fabricated from beginning ingredients. Among the alien array that acquisition their way into the dishes are the cendawan kukur (jungle mushroom) and the temu pauh amber basis with a ambrosial blooming mango scent, both of which are acclimated in the sambal.
Then there is the buah kulim, a boscage bake-apple with a ablaze truffle-like aroma that adds an appetising flavour to apparent aflame rice.
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Same but altered
To add the avant-garde touch, Wong and his aggregation experimented with abrupt additions. let’s activate with the starters, for instance, the umai prawn borneo that switches out adhesive abstract for calamansi for a zestier kick. The apprehensive Kerabu bloom gets a luxe blow with the accession of ambit backtalk roe. as for the mains, the Grass-fed australian beef rendang is taken to the abutting akin with its accompaniment of rice that has been adapted – and served – in a bullpen plant! and instead of the accepted patin fish, OpenHouse elevates the accepted leafwrapped pais with barramundi.
Plush autogenous that spells opulence
Other aperitive highlights accommodate the Craven jeruk Kemaman of turmeric-marinated craven thighs pickled in kemaman shoots, Mango pandan Craven with lemongrass, and the sinfully acceptable river lobster Tempoyak. The babyish bites are a contentment too and abundant of the acclaim goes to the bootleg sambal. There are bristles types of appetite to accept from – the Tempoyak ikan bilis Terung pipit (fermented durian with babyish aubergine), the Kulat Kukur (wild boscage atramentous mushroom), isi rong (rubber berry kernel), Temu pauh (mango ginger) and Hitam Kepayang (black boscage nut).
They accomplish abundant accessories with the angle bark absurd and ulam with melancholia greens from the village. absolutely one charge accept article to ablution bottomward all these affluent flavours with. break with the affair of application boscage plants with the appropriately called boscage Tonics alternative that includes akar Kebayan (jungle assemble root, aristocrat blah and honey), salak sedap satu (thorny approach and butterfly pea flower) and bidara rimba (jungle assemble root, rosemary, grenadine and honey). attractive at the advance afore us, Wong beams: “i’m absolutely appreciative of my aggregation and what they accept done. Who knew that Malaysian aliment could be so refined?” and, we’re accountable to add, enjoyed in such a accomplished environment.