As we continue on our quest to try out new restaurants every week, we noticed this new Asian restaurant opened up in Pat's area (Hartamas).
I don't know what came over us that night. but between the 4 of us (me, P, Pat and Jo-lyn) we ate about 10 different dishes.
(That's a lot)
Exotic is an Asian restaurant serving a bevy of Cambodian, Vietnamese and Thai dishes. It's located just a bit down the road from Souled Out, where there used to be a mamak and a bar/ restaurant called Cristo's:
The interior is airy, casual and decorated in a way that gives it a comfortable ambience - nothing pretentious or too upmarket:
As we really had too too many dishes that night, I'll do a quick review of each without going into too much length (or this post may never end)....
Chicken Wings with Cambodian Sauce (RM12++):
Verdict: Not bad. Spicy, sour, tasty. Moderately tender.
Prawn Rolls (RM12++):
Verdict: OK. Crispy, fragrant, goes well with dipping sauce.
Steamed Rice Cakes (RM12++):
Verdict: Yum! Simple and nice - must add the sauce first (P didn't like this though but he was outvoted 3 to 1)
Mangosteen Salad (RM24++):
Verdict: Exotic salad of tropical fruits (coconut, mangosteen, rambutan) and prawns. Mmmm. Didn't like it though. Too sweet.
Curry fish (RM15++):
Verdict: Tender fish fillets. Creamy sauce. Tastes like Thai Green Curry. Not bad but.... Ouch. VERY spicy.
Beef stew (RM16++):
Verdict: Too normal. Savoury with moderately tender chunks of beef and vegetables.
BBQ Squid (RM16++):
Verdict: Nice springy texture and lovely smokey barbeque taste. Yum. Seems a bit overpriced though.
Vietnamese Crispy Crepe (RM15++):
Verdict: Not bad. Crispy crepe filled with vegetables, egg and grilled chicken.
Lamb stir fry (RM20++):
Verdict: Also very normal. Nothing bad but nothing great either.
Cambodian Deep Fried Bananas with Caramel Sauce (RM5++):
Verdict: Crispy outside and moist inside but the caramel sauce was way too sweet.
Overall, I thought the food was ok.
Of course, P kept harping on about how his favourite Vietnamese place (Sao Nam) tastes so much nicer but I still think Exotic's worth a try. The servings may seem a bit small for some of the dishes but overall, the food there is not bad lah.
So it's: Simple airy ambience with friendly staff, wide selection of Thai, Cambodian and Vietnamese food BUT only tastes ok for the price.
Exotic Restaurant and Bar @ Hartamas, KL
Ambience : 6
Service : 7
Price** : RM 55/++ per person
** Approximation - 3 course meal, excluding drinks
Telephone No.: 03-2300 1196
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 3pm, 6pm till late
NO PORK SERVED
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