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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Food: Nosh @ Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar

It's rare that Dad is around for dinner on weekdays. It's even rarer that he has a suggestion on a new place to eat! But that's exactly what happened a few weeks back, when he remembered there was a new place called Nosh around the Bangsar Telawi area. 

On the night we went, the place was quite quiet. Nosh hadn't been open for very long at that time, and renovations were still being carried out. It's a quaint little place, reminding us more of a simple coffee house rather than a full-fledged restaurant.

The menu is also short and simple, making it easy to narrow down the choices. Wendy went for the Lamb Meatballs (RM 31) pasta, with penne being used. About half of the already-short menu is dedicated to pastas, so we zeroed in on that. We do like our pasta al dente as much as the next person, but the pasta that night felt underdone, nearly a chore to chew on. Hopefully just an opening glitch.

Sadly, the bigger disappointment were in the texture of the meatballs, which were extremely mushy. There was the unmistakeable flavour of lamb, but sadly the texture didn't do wonders.

Dad had the Smoked Duck and Gorgonzola (RM 31) pasta. Again, the spaghetti was extremely firm, making us slightly uncomfortable. For a pasta dish dependant on olive oil, we wish the kitchen had put in just a dash more olive oil. Dry and firm pasta didn't turn out to be a good combo. The taste of the duck was average, nothing we would rave about. 

Spot the coffee beans!

By now you must think our dinner was an utter disappointment! There was one saving grace however, and that was my plate of Braised Beef Cheeks (RM 39). The serving of beef was rather substatial, and extremely tender, coming apart at the slightest touch. The good chef at Nosh wasn't joking when he put down "coffee-infused" on the menu, as the gravy had a distinct coffee taste. There's even some small coffee beans sprinkled for added effect. The beef came with mash potato and some vegetables, which were unremarkable. The mash had quite a lot of butter, and it did go well with the gravy at least. =D

We also had some sides (named Noshlettes!) to share, like this Percik Chicken Bites (RM 14). It sounded very interesting and fancy, but it turned out to be just fried chicken cubes with the percik sauce on the side. The cubes of chicken were also quite tough, adding to the dismay. At least the sauce did have the recognizable percik flavour reminiscent of Buka Puasa bazaars! I didn't mind it, but Wendy wasn't impressed.

Also on the menu is Kakiage (RM 12) - a plate of mixed vegetables fried tempura style. What can I say? The name says it all. This wasn't very memorable either.

Normally when dinner is unsatisfying, we don't bother sticking around for dessert. But dad had heard some good things about the dessert at Nosh, so we stuck around to give their best dessert a try! At RM32, you'd be forgiven for being hesitant at parting with so much money for an untried dessert. So we'll do the testing for you. =P

Thankfully, the grand entrance of the Valhrona Heaven turned our whole dinner at Nosh back around. We daresay this was one of the best desserts we had all year. 

On the left is a dense and rich chocolate ice cream, on a field of chocolate crumble. The texture of this was excellent, smooth like satin yet so thick you could cut through it with a knife. It melted very slowly, to our amazement. In the middle, an excellent molten chocolate cake, threatening to burst open at the slightest touch. The last is a shiny, sleek tart au chocolat. The pastry was lovely, and the consistency of the dark chocolate filling was perfect. I polished this off though I'm not a fan of dark chocolate.

A platter of 3 different creations, all made from chocolate yet each with its own distinct texture and flavours. Brilliant combination. 

In the end, a disappointing meal ended with a silver lining in the form of a wonderful dessert. We think Nosh will probably have a small loyal following, but we find it hard to recommend the pasta here so far, but the Braised Beef Cheeks and dessert were excellent. May return for the mains, though. Breakfast menu also available. Do give it a try (definitely have the dessert!) and tell us what you think? =)

Nosh | Site
No. 7, Jalan Telawi 3,
Bangsar Baru,
59100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: +6 03 2201 3548
Opening Hours: Tue-Fri, 11:30am-11pm; weekends 9:30am-11pm, closed on Mondays

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