Inside the latest food oasis that is 1Utama, there are hits and misses. From the outside, L.Table looks like a definite hit; the queues are constant and the food looks appealing. L.Table has a rather special layout because the front half is their bakery while the restaurant is nestled in the back portion of the shop. The bakery does very well for itself; long queues can always be seen virtually round the clock!
But walk in just a little further and it's like stepping into another realm where the hustle and bustle of the main mall cease to exist! I must say it was a good idea to conceal the restaurant behind the bakery, since then it creates an air of exclusivity as well as a quiet atmosphere for a more fine dining experience.
Our meal began with a Fitto Misso - calamari, shrimp and shishamo on a bed of salad. This was quite satisfying; the vegetables had a fresh taste and flavour, the shishamo was juicy, and the prawns were fresh! We were also satisfied with the amount of seafood, so we give this one 2 thumbs up. =)
Usually when it's just the both of us having dinner, we try to order the most interesting or expensive things on the menu and use that as our benchmark. This time we chose to have a Pappardelle and Duck Stroganoff (RM22), simply because it's so rare to see duck meat being used! Needless to say, this was probably the most enjoyable dish of the night. Chock full of duck, it was reasonably tender and done just right. Each strand of pappardelle was nicely coated with the robust sauce and had a nice texture to it, resembling pan mee, if you will. We enjoyed this, being a nice change from the run-of-the-mill bolognese or carbonara.
We also had another main of the Miso Black Cod (RM 45). The addition of the black miso gave the cod a sweet glaze, which would have been heavenly had the cod been done well. Unfortunately, the cod flesh here tasted overcooked, and there was none of the luxurious melting-in-mouth that everyone's so accustomed to with cod fish. The mushrooms were unfortunately overcooked as well. The bed of quinoa, firm and textured grains, was a new thing to the both of us, but it did go well with the cod.
So overall, while we can say the ambiance at L.Table is a wonderful oasis in the hustle and bustle of 1Utama, the food is not as life-giving. We would recommend this for a try at least once, maybe just for the quiet ambiance to escape the crowds at 1U, but if people are put off by the slightly high prices, that's completely understandable. Perhaps it's a good idea to just stick to the pastry sold here.. =D
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Lot G-213, Ground Floor,
1Utama Shopping Centre,
Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya
Tel: +6 03 7728 6933