Restaurants like “F” in Bangsar are what keeps me interested and I’d usually know that after the main course or dessert. I like uncomplicated dishes and relaxed dining – where I can reach out to my partner’s plate and sneak a bite or two.
F by Buffalo Kitchen in Bangsar offers that freedom, and more. That is, after climbing the flight of stairs with “F” words written on each step. The restaurant features an open kitchen, bar, library and an alfresco dining area with a great view of Bangsar.
Dinner started with the Smoked Duck and Quail Egg Salad (RM20), a simply yet tasty affair of house smoked duck and crisp greens. I was quite bowled over by the Pot of Oriental Steam Clams (RM22), prepared with Chinese rice wine for that extra oomph. The clams were plump and sweet, and well enhanced by the wine and assorted herbs.
Also good was the Truffle Scented Mushroom Soup (RM15) – thick, richly flavoured and aromatic from the truffle oil drizzles. Although I reckon this would be good with some toasted baguette slices.
The Oven Roasted Chicken Roulade with Foie Gras Shitake Mushroom & Velvet Mash Potatoes (RM37) was delicious. I was slightly apprehensive about this dish, but the chef executed this well – the chicken was juicy and tasty from the mushroom and foie gras centre.
Despite its popularity, the Salmon Laksa Seafood Pasta (RM32) was just alright by my books. I didn’t care much for the laksa gravy (simmered overnight) and the angel hair pasta combination didn’t exactly rock my boat.
The Black Angus & Mushroom Risotto however, did. The steak was beautifully cooked – medium at the centre and succulent throughout. It was simply seasoned with salt and pepper to allow the natural flavour of the beef to stand out.
F’s Homemade Burger (RM28) featured a thick beef patty, stacked with onions, tomatoes and cheddar cheese. I added on avocado and bacon (RM3 each), and since it was recommended, a slab of foie gras (RM25) at the side. The patty was just alright for me but I liked the texture of the burger bun; rif thought the bun was too dense though. I expected the avocado to be served inside the burger as serving it separate didn’t make much of a difference.
Dessert was the Chocolate Volcano with Vanilla Ice Cream (RM15), done just right that the sides were crisp and the centre, molten. Coffee is good here – F carries GaBee coffee beans from Taiwan – I tried a latte (RM8) which was smooth and milky with just a hint of caffeine at the end. Also interesting was the Café Honey Melon (RM15) – a sweet coffee based creation that was a delight to drink.
Overall, I enjoyed my dining experience here. Don’t know why I didn’t check this place out earlier. Looking forward to my next visit with mum, since she’s quite keen on the fact that F doesn’t use MSG in the food and she gets to shop for pots and pans while eating. F is a concept dining by Buffalo, which core business is in cookware.
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Food: 7/10 (pork free)
Verdict: The dishes were uncomplicated and hearty. I also like how relaxed the ambiance is.
F by Buffalo Kitchen
69-1, Jalan Telawi 3,
Bangsar Baru, 59100
Tel: 03-2201 1710
GPS Coordinates: N 3 07.806, E 101 40.255