I’ve read reviews of The Barn at 1 Mont Kiara, all rather positive and giving hope that this might just be a spot for good ribs and tapas. I was initially invited to check out what The Barn has to offer but decided I should go there on my own account and dine like everyone else.
It is not an attempt to be arrogant when I choose to review a place unannounced – my stance has always been this way. My readers should enjoy the same (or similar) dining experience I have and I know that would be difficult if I were to keep going for invited reviews.
The Barn was a dining option that came up last weekend when rif and I were within the vicinity. I like the ambiance; there’s a good balance of restaurant, bar and café in the décor so depending on one’s mood, you can opt for a complete wine dinner, casual lunch or just have coffee, cake and conversation.
While The Barn’s Original Pork Ribs (RM43) came highly recommended and I’ve read praiseworthy reviews about it, the dish was disappointing. It looked promising I must admit, but beneath the glistening coat of BBQ sauce and charred edges, the meat was dry and chewy. If this is their supposed signature dish, the kitchen must have had a very bad day.
Our waitress suggested the tapas of the day (RM5), a small bowl of beef chunks, seasoned and cooked with red wine, garlic and shallots. This was heavy handed on sodium, rendering it difficult to appreciate. Some bread might have helped but I wasn’t presented with that option.
The Famous Pork Pizza (RM32) came with pork belly, ham and mozzarella, and I found it underwhelming. True it had a good amount of pork belly pieces and they weren’t stingy on the cheese either, but the flavours somehow didn’t come together as well as I expected. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t memorable either.
I ordered a soup of the day (RM12) to see if it was just me being picky or if the kitchen really wasn’t at its prime. It was mushroom soup which turned out thick and chunky, and not in a good way – felt as though I was eating porridge. The soup had a sweet undertone from an ingredient I can’t put a finger to, and while they were generous with the mushrooms, there was little earthy flavour in each mouthful.
The bill came up to about RM100; fairly reasonable for what we had but they need to work on the food and consistency. Great ambiance though.
Food: 4/10 (non halal)
Verdict: I like the ambiance, but the food was underwhelming.
G-2, G-3 & G-26,
1 Mont Kiara Mall
Tel: 03-6211 5620
Business hours: 11:30am to 12am