Sometimes good food can be right under our noses, but we never realize it. It's hard to shake off that urge to keep going back to "safe" places that we know are nice. Sometimes it could just be the look of the place that just doesn't seem inviting. Whatever the reason, it was silly of us not to give The Press Room a try much earlier!
The Press Room sits next to La Bodega (and also is under the same management), at the front of Bangsar Shopping Centre occupying a central place in the mall. If you wonder whether it deserves such an important location, take a look at their accolades proudly displayed on the bar top! It certainly helps put any doubts aside when people realize they are at an award winning restaurant. =D
(This is also an indication of how long The Press Room has been around for. We know it's not a new place, but we're a fledgling blog that has a license to cover such established eateries. =D)
The menu for mains at The Press Room actually isn't very wide, though all the major meat categories are covered, namely chicken, beef, fish, and lamb.
I chose the Beef Bourguignon with Mashed Potatoes (RM58). Resembling a beef stew or beef stroganoff, this is comfort food that we highly recommend! Although slightly on the sweet side with the distinct cutting scent of celery, the beef was plentiful and in tender chunks. Put it together with the mash potato in the middle and it all comes together perfectly; an especially perfect comfort dish for a cold rainy day. =D
We also ordered a Frutti De Mare off their pizza menu to share. This turned out to be a seafood pizza with an a sparing tomato-puree base and cheese, but severely lacking in real seafood toppings (squid rings, two prawns, a mussel?). Besides the calamari rings that were passably fresh and springy to the bite, this was not a very exciting try. Our advice is give this a miss, hopefully have a better experience with other pizzas on the menu!
Wendy felt like something different that night, ordering a Duck Leg Confit with Sauteed Cèpes, Rosti Potatoes and Grapes (RM49). So artfully presented, it was such a shame to eat it. =D
But of course, the stomach always wins out in the end! Cutting into the duck, we found the skin to be pleasantly crispy, with plump and tender flesh lying underneath. Though perhaps not enough meat for big meat eaters like me, it's still quite sufficient for one person. The combination of duck, the sauteed smooth, slightly earthy cèpes, tart grapes and the textured rosti was a really interesting one. The taste was further compounded with a drizzle of sauce around the side, which had a slight hint of red wine. Well worth the money paid. =)
The Press Room seems to pay a lot of attention to its food and quality (the pizza withstanding) and I think it may be a place we'll return with friends or family in tow. Wendy enjoyed the dim, cozy settings though service was slightly erratic that night. Prices are on the high end, so just make sure you're not on a tight budget. We'll definitely return to try more dishes - we hear the saffron linguine and the braised wagyu cheek (drool!) are good!
The Press Room | Site
Lot G110, Ground Floor,
Bangsar Shopping Centre,
Jalan Maarof, 59100 Bangsar,
Tel: +6 03 2095 2098
Fax: +6 03 2095 1089
Opening Hours: Daily, 8am-2am
Opening Hours: Daily, 8am-2am