Thursday, 13 December 2012

Acme Bar and Coffee, Christmas Menu, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Acme Bar and Coffee, ABC, Troika, International, western, best new restaurant in Kuala Lumpur
Acme Bar and Coffee Lounge and Dining Area
Acme Bar and Coffee, ABC, Troika, International, western, best new restaurant in Kuala Lumpur
Veloute of Parsnip with Pan Seared Scallop and Gingerbread
Acme Bar and Coffee, ABC, Troika, Christmas set menu
Grapefruit and Mandarin Orange with Olives Salad 
Acme Bar and Coffee, ABC, Christmas Menu, Kuala Lumpur, Troika
Beef Wellington with Pumpkin Puree and Escargot
Acme Bar and Coffee, ABC, Troika, International, western, best new restaurant in Kuala Lumpur
Boudin Blanc Turkey
Acme Bar and Coffee, ABC, Troika, International, western, best new restaurant in Kuala Lumpur
Chocolate Praline Parfait

Acme Bar and Coffee (ABC), Christmas Menu, The Troika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Blindfolded and dropped inside Acme Bar and Coffee could leave you believing you had been transported to the hippest new restaurant in San Francisco, or a trendy café in central Melbourne. Tall ceilings, floor to roof glass and, industrial hues of wood and metal warmed by select fabrics and elegant table settings, encapsulate the set up. Competent staff, a continually reshaped wine menu and heterogeneity of seating areas complete the canvas.

Drawing on Christmas inspiration of East meets West, Acme Bar and Coffee are cruising into the holiday season with a carriage of Yuletide goodies. It’s rare to find a set menu that aces it from beginning to end, but I believe the Christmas Set Menu at Acme Bar and Coffee may have trumped all my prior experiences. From soup and salad, to main and all the way through to dessert and wine selection, I found not one item was average or unlikeable.

Acme Bar and Coffee, ABC, Troika, International, western, best new restaurant in Kuala Lumpur
International Wines

A refreshing salad of Grapefruit and Mandarin Oranges with Olives kicks off the compendium. Tang is delivered with a Red Wine and Plum Vinaigrette and rocket leaves add a seasonal green. Also part of the appetizers, the Veloute of Parsnip could just be the most spectacular soup I’ve tasted this year. A rich creamy liquid is dotted with vanilla seed vinaigrette, luxuriously enriched with a pan seared scallop and designated a stick of Christmas cheer with gingerbread crossing the surface. An optional Moet & Chandon Champagne pairing is an unsurpassable partner.

Mains involve a choice of meat or poultry. Boudin Blanc Turkey comes in a sable cast iron pan flanked with fondant potatoes, Brussels sprouts, baby carrots and sizzling hot rum rosemary sauce. The elective wine match is the Spanish Blanc de Pacs, Parellada/ Macabeu/Xarelio 2010 blend – an organic white that provides and amicable match to the bird.

The Beef Wellington must be the MOST TENDER I’ve consumed this season. Rising above the deluge of Christmas menu sampling this December, Acme Bar and Coffee have topped the pack with this dish. Served atop pumpkin puree and aside honey xeres baby carrots, this dish is elevated even further with sauteed escargot and a truffle parsley veloute sauce. The voluntary wine pairing of a Mas Petit Cabernet Sauvignon/Garnatxa 2010 Spanish blend plays along devilishly cooperatively.

The grand finale of a rich creamy Chocolate Praline Parfait, is exquisite on its own but made better (if that’s even possible) with a smooth butterscotch sauce and a ginger macaron (not the crumbly over sugared version but the perfectly dry on the outside and soft centred kind). Coffee, Spiced or Regular Tea end the set, however, it is Christmas, so I recommend climaxing the experience with a newly introduced Hungarian Late Harvest. This syrupy white makes a delicious dessert wine and a fabulous finish.

The Christmas Set Menu is only available for dinner on the 24th and 25th of December (however select items are available from the December a la carte menu). Be sure to make a reservation, as limited seats are available. The food lineup can be purchased alone for RM179++ or with wine pairing for RM249++. There will be two seatings for dinner, one at 6:30pm and one at 9:00pm.

Acme Bar and Coffee, ABC, Troika, International, western, best new restaurant in Kuala Lumpur
Acme Bar and Coffee Downstairs Dining Area
Reason to Visit: Christmas Set Menu that sparkles from start to finish, Beef Wellington, Veloute of Parsnip, a small but growing selection of organic wines, Hungarian Late Harvest dessert wine

Acme Bar and Coffee (ABC)
Unit 1 The Troika
19 Persiaran KLCC
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
+6 03 2162 2288
mailbox@acmebarcoffee.com

14 comments:

  1. wow... I m SOLD! look at the gorgeous Beef Wellington... its my favorite....and dont let me even get started on that sinful dessert..... :D

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    1. Succulent, tender, the Beef Wellington still makes my mouth water even days after eating it. :-)

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  2. what a great-looking set, full of inventive flourishes. i'm envisioning 100 percent customer satisfaction at acme on christmas eve! :D

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    1. I was impressed. It's rare to find a set menu that's good all the way from the start to the finish. :-)

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  3. Its a fine balance - something festive without being too predictable, but sounds like Acme got it right. Plus the place is ridiculously cool. :)

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  4. That looks like a gigantic piece of Beef Wellington! Seems like it could easily feed 2. :D

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    1. This slice was definitely a sharing portion. :-)

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  5. The Beef Wellington looks overwhelming! I am impressed. My belated congrats to you for your winning the Expats Blog Gold Award! I can see why your food blog has won. Came to know of your yum list from 'our home called kuantan' blog which I have been following for sometime already.

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    1. Oh, I've just connected with him on line too. I'll be heading over to his site more often with hopes of getting the low down on the region before my next visit. :-)

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  6. Gorgeous place! The food as always looks fantastic! I hope I can travel and visit Malaysia soon.

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    1. If you make it in time for Christmas, this is the spot to visit. :-)

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  7. I never have any beef Wellington bit this looks like a bit too raw for me :)

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    1. The pinker it is the more tender the meat. :-)

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