Hit & Mrs has a lot more to offer than just food – it is an experience that combines modern cuisine, classic ambiance and a whole lot of passion. This spot in Bangsar focuses on creative European cuisine, helmed by Chef Keith Choong. The restaurant sits on the ground floor and the bar, upstairs. As Hit & Mrs is small, it is advisable to make a reservation to avoid disappointment.
My amuse bouche that night was a corn espuma with popiah skin and salted popcorn on top. The espuma had light hints of corn and a savoury twist from the popcorn. I sampled the 5-course tasting menu (RM168 per person) and it started with Gardens, a pretty platter of beetroot, red radish, sugarpea, chive yoghurt, black olive puree and hazelnut.
Mushroom broth came with a sous vide farm egg, asparagus, egg vinegar sabayon, puffed buckwheat and comte cheese. Light, flavour-rich and very whimsical. Great combination, as the sabayon held everything together nicely.
I was also impressed with the Scottish salmon, served alongside aubergine caviar, lily bulb, lotus root and salmon roe. This was paired with a glass of La Closerie Des Lys – the young grapes complemented the fine flavour of the salmon. I liked the addition of braised daikon and kobu in this dish; gives it an Asian touch.
The beef tenderloin was paired with a Luis Felipe Edwards Cabernet Sauvignon, a robust choice that paired strangely well. The meat was meltingly tender and delicious, served with celeriac gratin, green pea & pearl onion ragout and red spinach.
White chocolate and green apple mash with caramel popcorn and pear sorbet seemed more of a dessert than a palate cleanser, and a pretty one at that. I liked this better than dessert itself – passion fruit with green mango salad, pineapple and coconut sorbet. The latter was refreshing, like a tropical pina colada, deconstructed.
Cocktails are stellar here. Like the Mojito Malaya (RM40) and Waterloo (RM35). Let the barista know what your cocktail preference is, and she will make a few good recommendations. The waterloo packed a wallop. Made with gin, campari, marinated watermelon, simple syrup and some lemon, this was serious, hiding behind a fun looking mask.
Mojito Malaya is a clever twist from the usual mojito, combining pandan-infused rum, gula Melaka, mint, lime and orange. This is milder compared to the Waterloo, making it an easy drinking (but just as alcoholic) cocktail.
And then there’s Fino Intro, a fine drink of fino sherry, sweet vermouth, maraschino cherry, angostura bitter and lemon twist. This is more of a pre-dinner cocktail, so order it while waiting for your food to arrive.
All in, I loved the experience at Hit & Mrs. Portions are on the smaller side, but the flavours, colours and quality makes up for it.
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Food: 7.5/10 (pork free)
Verdict: Modern European cuisine and signature cocktails that pack a punch.
Hit & Mrs
No. 15 & 15A
Taman Weng Lock
Lorong Kurau, Bangsar
59000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2282 3571
Business hours: Dinner: 7pm to 11pm (Tuesday – Saturday)
Brunch: 11am to 3pm (Saturday – Sunday)