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Albion @ Kuala Lumpur

Roast beef, Yorkshire pudding & all the trimmings…

 


And the TimeOut KL Best Independant Restaurant Award 2010 goes to…….


”Albion, Kuala Lumpur!!”

A pretty impressive feat for a restaurant that started slightly less than a year ago. Albion was also short-listed for Best New Restaurant award. Partners James Grierson and Colin Yap (who is also the head chef) invited Tim and I over for lunch on Sunday. Obviously, I say yes. Come Sunday, we were comfortably seated at Albion, browsing through the menu. I had the impression that the food was going to be pretentious or showy. My assumption of the Albion was quickly proven wrong when I saw the place and the menu. Albion is a modern British restaurant and bar, which feels like a bistro.Some claimed that Albion’s Sunday Roast (RM39) is the best they’ve had in Kuala Lumpur. When we enquired, the waiter told us there were only three servings left. We quickly “booked” one. I initially wanted to order the slow roast belly pork, but it wasn’t available. So I had the Steak & Guinness Pudding (RM38) instead.

Give Tim a beer, and he’s a happy man…

Lunch started with a basket of fluffy bread served with butter and a flavourful sun-dried tomato dip.

Alfalfa is good for you…


Twice Baked Goat’s Cheese Soufflé (RM18) was a dainty portion, but it packed a wallop of flavours. The goat cheese flavour was subtle and the soufflé had a delicate texture. I thought this combo was daring but
the soufflé and alfalfa ended up complementing each other rather nicely. “Eat more alfalfa, and you will grow taller,” my mum used to say. She lied — I’m still short. ~_~
It is easy to find steak pies at restaurants, but pudding isn’t something I come across very often. This was beautifully presented. I peered inside the pudding and found generous chunks of beef, mushrooms and carrots in thick gravy. The beef was braised till fork tender and well-infused with the caramelised Guinness and stock.I liked how the fluffy pudding soaked up the rich, beefy gravy. It was good stuff. British cooking tends to overcook the vegetables, but at Albion, the vegetables were still crunchy and sweet.
A good Sunday Roast boasts good quality ingredients, bound together by wholesome gravy and crusty Yorkshire pudding. The roast at Albion was just that. I liked how the beef slices were beautifully arranged and carefully garnished with vegetables and Yorkshire pudding. All this, while sitting in a moat of gravy made from beef drippings, proper stock and “lots of red wine.”

A smear of mustard and horseradish, and I was transported back to UK…until Tim bombarded me with his never-ending questions LOL.
The Iced Cranachan Parfait (RM18) was a modern version of the traditional Scottish dessert, originally served at harvest festivals. Pretty as a picture, and delicious too. It comprised lightly toasted oatmeal, egg yolks, whiskey and cream, with honey as a sweetener. The tart flavour of the berry sorbet complemented the creamy texture of this frozen dessert. If only oats taste this good and alcoholic – I would gladly eat this EVERY DAY.

Tim took notes during lunch — I typed my thoughts into my phone. =P

Lunch was good. I overheard the next table saying the Ballotine of Chicken and Pork Tenderloin were very good. Thank you James and Colin, for the invite. I had a wonderful time!

Ambiance: 7/10
Price: 5.5/10
Food: 7.5/10 (non-halal)
Verdict: Good food, good portion, chilled out ambiance and reasonable prices. I was happy.


31, Jalan Berangan,
Changkat Bukit Bintang,
50200, Kuala Lumpur.
03-2141 9282
GPS Coordinates: N 3 08.879 E 101 42.509
http://www.albionkl.com/


11 Responses

  1. "Joe" who is constantly craving

    i hope they do well, went once on a wkday and it was empty the whole nite! the food was good!

  2. fatboybakes

    ooh, that guinness pudding looks intriguing. what is the outer pastry like? it looks like our tai pau…bready. is it? how much is the roast? is it only avail on sundays?

  3. J

    Ooh. AND it's non Halal? Should go try it soon… :D

  4. Bangsar-bAbE

    J – Yup! I want the slow roast pork belly next. They have it for dinner time only…

    FBB – It's flaky, like an egg tart crust. Don't have pau texture, but it is quite doughy. Texture is light too.

    The Sunday Roast is RM39. Yup, it's available on Sundays only.

    Joe – I think they're doing quite well. Because I was there at 1pm till 5-ish. Almost all the tables downstairs were occupied.

    And when I left, there were two tables still eating/drinking wine.

  5. foodbin

    food looks good-must try.

  6. thule a.k.a leo

    I'd come for their Sunday Roast instead :) pretty sure Jenn would love it…

  7. Sean

    Ya, I think they are pretty deserving of the award (or at least the nomination)! And they do some wicked cocktails too! :D

  8. Bangsar-bAbE

    Sean – Oooo…I should make it a point to go there for dinner then! ;)

    leo – I'm sure there's something for you. I heard the pork tenderloin is good. :)

    foodbin – Yeah…it's worth trying!

  9. worldwindows

    Looks good for a try esp the pudding.

  10. Is this place worth trying? :-)

    I was going through Tripadvisor’s “KL ranking”, and this place featured pretty darn high (single digit!).

    I love ROAST, but alas I am only back for 1 Sunday during CNY, and I think it will be next to impossible to go :-(

    What about lunches or dinners? Any strongly-recommended dishes?

    Or should I stick to … CILANTRO?

    Hmmm….

    1. Bangsar Babe

      I think you can give Albion a try. They have set lunches on weekdays too. I like the goat cheese souffle. A friend said their slow roast belly pork is yummy. But I haven’t tried that la. :)

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