Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Interlude, TTDI, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Interlude, TTDI, Kuala Lumpur, Tapas bar
Interlude Tapas Bar

Interlude @ TTDI

Words by Manveen Maan
Photos by The Yum List (Monica Tindall)

Touted as ‘the new Bangsar’, the up-and-coming neighbourhood of TTDI is quietly seeing the introduction of restaurants that are worth a visit. Interlude is the latest addition to the must-explore list, and there’s definitely a host of reasons to drive out to this French-inspired tapas bar.

Interlude, TTDI, Kuala Lumpur, Tapas bar
Pumpkin and Potato Shoestring Fries (RM10)
Helmed by Chef Rabin, who cut his teeth at the luxury Windsor Hotel in Melbourne, Interlude’s interiors are an injection of Collins St and hideaway bars, in a laidback setting. “We want to bring quality food at a reasonable price,” he explains.

Interlude, TTDI, Kuala Lumpur, Tapas bar
Hardy's Hill Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (RM20) - house pour
With almost all produce being locally sourced, and a menu that is cleverly varied but not overwhelming, Interlude is definitely setting and keeping the bar high, when it comes to quality for the taste buds.

Interlude, TTDI, Kuala Lumpur, Tapas bar
Hardy's Hill Cellar Chardonnay (RM20) - house pour
Interlude’s concept gravitates towards casual grazing over shared plates of inventively delicious food, designed for everyone to unceremoniously dig in to. You could drop in for a quick nibble, or thoroughly investigate the ingenious cocktail selection, with something to mop up the fruits of your research.

Interlude, TTDI, Kuala Lumpur, Tapas bar
Pasos de la Capula Verdejo (RM20) - house wine
To combat the intense KL heat, we started out with some refreshing cocktails. Interlude’s version of the classic mojito ticks all the boxes – icy, minty and packs an alcoholic punch. Staying on the cooling front, the Green Winter Fresh is a great choice for those with a sweeter tooth. A mix of vodka and Triple Sec served with cucumber, this easy-to-drink choice was a winner in my books. The Tokyo Iced Tea is another welcome option, filled with a heady mix of vodka, tequila, gin, rum, and Midori. Those with a stronger stomach for liquor can attempt to take on Interlude’s own Angelique Martini – made with Angelique absinthe, vodka, Redbull and Ribena to even out the stronger flavours. Given that I was driving that day, I barely put a dent in this one. 

Interlude, TTDI, Kuala Lumpur, Tapas bar
Green Winter (RM20)
Interlude, TTDI, Kuala Lumpur, Tapas bar
Tokyo Iced Tea (RM28)
Interlude, TTDI, Kuala Lumpur, Tapas bar
Mojito (RM26)
Interlude, TTDI, Kuala Lumpur, Tapas bar
Angeltique Martini (RM26)
Vegetarians will rejoice at the green-friendly options available at Interlude (Rabin’s sister-in-law is a vegan and the resident in-house vego taste tester). The carrot pappardelle, served with a carrot and orange puree, has a semi-creamy aftertaste, while the oregano and mint adds a twist to the carrot-centric flavours.

Interlude, TTDI, Kuala Lumpur, Tapas bar
Carrot Pappardelle (RM16)
Another veg option, the ratatouille with shaved beetroot and yam, is an absolute standout. Combining the rich flavours of this traditional French dish, the beetroot and yam combination add a hearty depth to this classic.

Interlude, TTDI, Kuala Lumpur, Tapas bar
Ratatouille with Shaved Beetroot and Yam (RM20)
Carnivores need not fret, there’s plenty for the meat-obsessed within the funky interiors of Interlude. Headlining the carne options is the 17-hour slow cooked pork belly – an outstanding choice if there ever was one. The painstaking effort that goes into the making of this exquisite dish is reason enough to sample it. Served with grated egg white, and a gribiche inspired sauce, the flavours combine for a stunning finish. If this were an NBA game, the pork belly gets the MVP award.

Interlude, TTDI, Kuala Lumpur, Tapas bar
Slow Cooked Pork Belly (RM36) 
Coming in a close second is the famed laksa bisque (RM18). A fusion of east-meets-west, the bisque itself boasts an intense laksa flavour, alongside the smooth tastes of this creamy French soup. The presentation of this frothy dish helps with the pleasing of the senses.

Interlude, TTDI, Kuala Lumpur, Tapas bar
Laksa Bisque (RM18)
A new addition to the menu, the chicken chasseur, comes with familiar flavours on the Malaysian palate. Tomatoes, tarragon, mushrooms, and garlic are likely to be a popular concoction for those wanting a hearty, familiar dish.

Interlude, TTDI, Kuala Lumpur, Tapas bar
Chicken Chasseur (RM28)
The trio of sliders makes for a great sharing plate. Available in succulent pork, beef and chicken patties, these cute mini-burgers are served with shallot ginger jam, on homemade brioche buns. Similarly, the skinny pasta trio – served aglio olio, with homemade pesto, and with lemon respectively – adds a little more weight to a tapas-style dinner.

Interlude, TTDI, Kuala Lumpur, Tapas bar
Trio of Sliders (RM25) 
Interlude, TTDI, Kuala Lumpur, Tapas bar
Skinny Pasta Trio (RM20)
If a bar snack is what you’re after, check out the sweet potato wedges. A (somewhat) healthier alternative to regular wedges, these babies are made in-house and taste even better once you dunk them into the creamy, garlic aioli it comes served with.

Interlude, TTDI, Kuala Lumpur, Tapas bar
Sweet Potato Wedges (RM10)
Although Interlude is admittedly not huge on dessert, you should definitely leave room for a sweet nibbly, especially if it comes in the form of the tiramisu pannacotta. Layered up in a dreamy concoction, dig deep into the centre of the martini glass for a taste of gooey, decadent chocolate.

Interlude, TTDI, Kuala Lumpur, Tapas bar
Tiramisu Pannacotta (RM16)
With reasonable prices, and amazing, quality cooking, it’s safe to say that Interlude serves up some of the best food I’ve had in this city. The icing on the cake? All prices are nett, so there’s no hassle of adding tax to everything item on the bill. #Win. 

Reason to visit: Quality cuisine and drinks; reasonable prices; chilled out ambience; pork belly; laksa bisque; carrot pappardelle; ratatouille; very affordable house wine.

Interlude

50 Lorong Rahim Kajai 14
Taman Tun Dr Ismail
Malaysia

Open daily 4pm – 1am
+6 03-7733-7119



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6 comments:

  1. ok yummy, that sure looks worth a visit!

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  2. That slow cooked pork belly is calling my name, I think it'll go well with some chardonnay.

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  3. Love the presentation of the pasta trio, the "green winter" seems like something i need badly right now

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  4. Slurps...pork belly! My weakness. Hmmm...the sliders look huge in your pic, so alluring!

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  5. How did you manage to find all these cool makan places in Kl?! ;)
    The carrot pappardelle looks so tempting!
    So I thought it's okay to be vegetarian for one day...
    Then you showed me the pork belly?!
    I'll be vegetarian another day. Ha ha~

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  6. the ratatouille is absolutely ravishing, one of the most gorgeous renditions of this recipe in the klang valley! :D

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