Seafood boils are a big thing in the US and apparently, in Malaysia. These Louisiana or New Orleans style seafood boil require a lot of “digging in” with your hands – right up the alley for Malaysians and one that Ombak Kitchen in Bangsar does well.
Ombak Kitchen offers ocean-fresh seafood, prepared using spice-rich sauces made using pure butter for a finger-licking experience. The Lobster Bisque (RM25.90) features creamy soup with lobster bits, served in a bread bowl and toasted garlic bread on the spice.
Sticking to their roots, Cajun is apparent at the end of each mouthful. The bisque is rich and creamy, but not overly cloying since there’s plenty of spice play involved. A nice twist from the usual decadent lobster bisque you usually get at fancy restaurants.
The Australian Lobster Thermidor (RM49.90 per 100gm) is cooked beautifully – grilled and glazed with garlic butter, the flesh is sweet, succulent and brimming with flavour. If you’re looking to treat yourself, this is one way you can do so.
No Ombak Kitchen experience is complete without a seafood boil, and you won’t go wrong with the Premium Combo Favourite (RM259.90). Comprising an XL crab, prawns, mussel, scallop, clam and squid in signature crazy cajun sauce, portion is good for 2-3 pax. It also comes with rice, corn, sausage and broccoli.
Ombak Kitchen’s signature crazy cajun sauce is made using pure butter and imported Louisianan ingredients with the restaurant’s secret mix so you get that familiar US coastal side flavour with an added oomph. Because pure butter is used, the sauce is aromatic and rich, complementing the fresh seafood well.
I particularly enjoyed the squid as it takes on the cajun flavours really nicely – meaty and tender, I was tempted to order more. The XL crab is also delicious though you will need to “work for your meat”. Gloves and appliances are provided, and you also get a bib to avoid staining your clothes.
Ombak Kitchen also serves lunch and their Heritage Laksa Pasta (RM33.90) is a delicious plate of mussels and clams with angel hair pasta in robust laksa gravy. The Lobster Mac & Cheese (RM36.90) is great for the little ones as it’s savoury and cheesy. Comfort food done right.
I’m not big on the Rainbow Art Dessert (RM49.90) as it feels a bit gimmicky for my liking. There’s a concept behind this dessert so order it for the tale and gram! Overall, we enjoyed ourselves at Ombak Kitchen. I’ll go back when the seafood craving hits and next round, with a larger group as I’m eyeing their larger combos (more bang for your buck).
12, Lorong Ara Kiri 2,
Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 010-216 5946
Business hours: 11am till 10.30pm