Dinner at Nosh, Bangsar
Words by Kirsten Durward
Photos by The Yum List
Dinner at Nosh was always going to be fun. We have been hankering to come back here after our brunch session a few weeks ago, and we spotted some of the delights on the menu. It’s an early dinner so I’ve fasted today to be sure to have the appetite for their generous portions. We start with some picks from the main dinner menu.
Soup of the week this week is mushroom. Mushroom is one of my favourite soups and this one is no disappointment. Lovely little baby mushroom balance on top with a lightly toasted herby garlic bread. The soup has great texture with cheeky chunks of mushroom dispersed in the velvety smoothness. Mmm… I wonder what next week’s flavour is? Soup of the Week RM16 ++
|Soup of the week: Cream of mushroom soup RM16|
Readers may recall me claiming not to be a fan of couscous but I’m changing my mind every time I try it in KL. This one is tossed with flavourful herbs and is beautifully buttery. No ordinary Ayam Percik lies on top. Marvelously moist chicken on the bone, in subtle curry sauce, murmuring mixed spice notes, is complemented by a tangy side salad. It’s a brilliant fusion interpretation of a traditional dish and the best Ayam Perchik I’ve eaten to date. Roasted Percik RM 29++
|Roasted Percik RM29|
We taste a house pouring of a smoky Australian chardonnay. It’s fruity and golden, a decent wine for the price and reflective of the good range on the menu, happy drinking with our roast chicken. Black Barrel No 8 Chardonnay RM 21++ per glass 110++ per bottle
A juicy rack of New Zealand lamb; oversized lamb chops vie for space with a giant stuffed Portobello mushroom in the next Nosh offering. We all relish the tender taste of the luscious lamb; crispy outer, pink inner, full flavour, generous gravy. But the Portobello mushroom blows us away. The huge dark cap, stuffed with spinach, olives and tomatoes, topped with cheese is a dish in it’s own right. Monica and I immediately demand its addition to the brunch menu. A new Yum for sure! The Nosh Rack RM 52++
|The NOSH Rack RM52|
Someone in the kitchen knows how to handle meat. As the beautifully basted and braised beef loin confirms for us. The meat needs no enhancement, but pink peppercorn sauce is a treat your taste buds will die for. With a nutty texture and a delicate rose perfume, the delicately spiced true pepper flavour has us dipping back for more. I could wax on about potato gratin for lines, but let me just tell you, it’s great - firm, smooth, herby, cheesy, creamy. Try it. Beef Tenderloin RM 70 ++
|Beef Tenderloin RM70|
The house pouring of Cabernet Sauvignon is a good tipple with the meat dishes, it’s slightly dry and peppery overtones with a hint of mocha on the palate balance particularly well with the meat dish. Black Barrel No.8 Cabernet Sauvignon Glass RM21++ Bottle RM110 ++
Ahi Tuna is one of the pretty pictures that caught our eye before. A carved cascading circle of pink sesame tuna is placed in a pool of verdant glowing green wasabi. Thickly sliced and easy to eat, with just a tint of piquant lime in the colourful sauce. I remember Ann’s mantra; ‘Eat with the eyes, eat with the stomach, eat with the memory.’ It works. Ahi Tuna RM 52 ++
|Seared Ahi Tuna RM52|
On top of the regular dinner menu, Nosh also offers monthly specials, for which you may check their website. We tried Smoked Salmon Salad, an interesting combination of crisp salad leaves, bell peepers thinly sliced crunchy carrots, in a lemony dressing. It’s fresh and light with the salty salmon and has an under-fill of baby boiled potatoes. Smoked Salmon Salad RM 29++
|Smoked Salmon Salad RM29|
Another special, sweet potato gnocchi, firm yet soft, is layered over with meaty juicy chunks of lamb. Thick delicious red wine gravy is shot through with carrots, a beautifully rich and textured dish with a tiny hint of a spicy bite in the sauce. It’s a tasty peasant dish that will warm your soul and fill your belly with pleasure. Lamb Ragu RM 38 ++
|Lamb Ragu Gnocchi RM38|
Orange Sicilian is a tall long drink, slightly sweet and a hint of sour on the back of the throat. Blood orange syrup, Campari, fresh orange and tonic. It’s refreshing and would be great on a warm afternoon.
|Orange Sicilian RM26|
Brandy, red wine, strawberry syrup combine with orange to compose Nosh’s take on sangria. The Strawberry Harvest sweet and slightly syrupy with floats of macerated strawberry. ‘This drink, I love it!’ murmurs Caning, and happily downs the glass.
|Nutty Obsession RM26 and Strawberry Harvest RM26|
A Rum Espresso, with hazelnut syrup and ice cream looks stunning in the glass, holding its form well. On tasting, it is smooth and foamy with a lovely coffee hit. Nice for after dinner or in the afternoon with dessert. All cocktails RM 26++
We’re so plied by desserts that I have to write a whole separate section - Desserts at Nosh.
Well folks, here are my thoughts. It’s worth the trip to Bangsar to enjoy this first rate food. The restaurant looks simple, that’s because all the frills are in your food. Nosh provides great value for the quality and quantity of food served. And between 3pm to 7pm there is 20% off drinks. Hmm time to knock off work early one day?
Reasons to visit: Fresh and original menu, beautifully presented dishes, and value for money.
7 Jalan Telawi 3
59100 Kuala Lumpur
+6 03 2201 3548
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