Nosh is fundamentally about hearty, comfort food and I’ve become a regular since in the last 7 months or so because the food has been consistently good. At least for me, because I tend to order the same thing every time I’m there.
The latest menu at Nosh (available July & August) features their version of local delights to celebrate our Malaysian heritage. Nosh’s Calamari Cucumber Salad (RM29) was a refreshing starter of crisp cucumber slivers and zesty graprefruit in “nam jim” dressing. This was topped with crispy calamari rings, a Malaysian favourite. Very moreish.
The existing ayam percik in the menu is pretty tasty, but I liked the Ayam Masak Merah (RM32) better. It was a good rendition of the original version – whole chicken leg, braised in spicy herb-infused tomato gravy and served with a side of fluffy cous cous and salad.
My favourite dish that night was the Grilled Kurau (RM42) – a pretty platter of perfectly grilled fish fillet, seasoned in special marinade and served with spinach, yellow lentil dhal and grilled vegetables. This tasted very Mediterranean and the moderate seasoning allowed me to still taste the flavour of the fish.
The Penne Lamb Rendang (RM38) was of generous portion and featured tender cubes of lamb, aromatic from the spices and pasta cooked just right.
I found the gravy mildly spicy, probably to cater to those with lower spice tolerance. Personally, I would prefer this spicier but I’m well aware not everyone can take the level of spicy I’m accustomed to.
To go with the theme, Nosh came up with the Bubur Cacar Panna Cotta (RM17), a delicious fusion of both my favourite desserts. The combination of creamy panna cotta and coconut cream (santan) with yam, sweet potato and sago worked beautifully. And the fragrant palm sugar syrup helped bind the flavours together in unison.
Mango lovers will love the mango crème brulee (RM18) with caramelized sugar crust and chocolate cigar. I love how Nosh plays around with ingredients and still retain the wobbly-smooth texture of the crème brulee.
The Fruits of the Forest Chocolate Pavlova (RM18) was as decadent as it looked. The pavlova crumbled at the tap of my spoon and its sweetness countered by the tart nature of the mixed berries.
My favourite dessert was the cake of the month – Pandan Delicio. A rendition of the old school pandan layer cake, it was simple yet so good! This was fragrant, dense and of just the right sweetness. Also good was the carrot walnut cake (RM18); moist, laced with cinnamon and topped with luscious cream cheese.
Again, the food and desserts didn’t disappoint. While I haven’t gotten past the pollo nel curry, I would order the ayam percik if I want a local flavour. And the pandan delicio…is worth dreaming about.
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Food: 7/10 (pork free)
Verdict: You have until August to try all the above. Hurry!
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