I love dining in the Jalan Bangkung area (mainly because it's quieter than the main Bangsar area), so I was thrilled when I saw this new addition on Uber blogger Sean's blog.
Four Seas is a new restaurant from the people behind Cava/ Opus (who are slowly trying to take over the entire row of shops? Lol) - it specialises in Western style seafood, with a little bit of an Asian twist, here and there...
This was my birthday dinner and my darling friends didn't let me pay (and walked away from dinner without details of all the dishes' prices)... Thankfully though, Four Seas is wonderfully transparent - posting their entire menu with exact prices online, so I managed to find out....
Anyway, I liked the ambience inside - simple yet classy, and dimly lit (romantic lighting). The vivid blue lighting from the bar area was also pretty cool - gave the impression that you are near (or under) a large body of water:
They also have a quirky sense of humour, with their menu peppered with little jokes like these:
Fish A: "What's the cleanest fish in the sea?"
Fish B: "... a Baru-mandi??"
(What? Not funny ah?)
First off, food-wise - yay! Fresh buns! :)
(They weren't GREAT, I've been spoiled by places like La Favola... Still pretty good :) - sorry lah, it's just worth a short note)
We started off the night with the Four Seas Entree Platter (RM 45++) which had a bit of everything - Crab cakes, Peking Duck spring rolls and Salmon Gravlax:
- Crab cakes: Not bad - slightly crisp on the outside and moist inside.
(A little more bite/ added crab bits would have been nice though)
- Salmon Gravlax: Yummy! It was a nice balance between the moist and fragrant slice of smoked salmon against the starchy (in a good way) and slightly crunchy potato rosti base and the slightly briny pop of "water" from the fish eggs on top.
- Peking Duck Spring Rolls: My only thought on this was, "Crispy, but where's the duck??"....
The Thai Marinated Grilled Chicken Skewers (RM 38++) that Alvin had were just OK.
(Tender fillet of chicken, well marinated and wrapped around skewers and served with a Thai inspired mango salad - tangy, tasty and slightly spicy but otherwise, unfulfilling because the serving was kinda small and the taste a bit too "normal" considering the price tag....)
Diana reported that the Smoked Duck Salad (RM 24++) tasted pretty good but remarked that it was a bit too stingy to have only 6 slices of duck served with the fresh leaves *lol*:
Anyway.... of course, we had to try their house special - the fresh charcoal grilled seafood. :)
Strangely, they only have a really limited selection of either Tiger Prawns, Lobster or Crab (Meat Crab or Flower Crab), simply grilled and served with a variety of sauces on the side:
- Coriander & Cili Padi Pesto,
- Lemon Garlic & Parsley vinaigrette,
- Lemon Butter, and
- Thai Chili.
The sauces sound interesting, right?
Well, unfortunately they were all pretty tasteless!
It didn't matter though... because the "sweetness" of the seafood (so fresh!), enhanced by the great smoky BBQ aroma was good enough to enjoy on its own, without any added sauce. :)
- The Grilled Tiger Prawns (RM 12++ per 100g)
- The Grilled Meat Crabs (RM 12++ per 100g)
Also good was the Oven Baked Whole Baby Barramundi (RM 42++), that came in a simple but yummy caper sauce:
(Fresh, flaky whole seabass - overall, mildly flavored but very lovely and moist)
What really took me by surprise though, was the Char-Grilled Lamb Cutlets (RM 55++):
"Are you sure?", Pat raised an eyebrow, "Lamb? At a seafood place? - Could be bad!"...
Lucky for me, I don't listen to him. :P
Look at the perfectly pink cross section:
Tender. Juicy. Tasty.
... AND with a hearty, meaty flavour but without the bad type of lamb-y/ gamey smell that often accompanies this cute but delicious four legged farm animal....
We didn't manage to try any of the desserts that night, because Jo baked a lovely raspberry chocolate mousse tart for me:
(Awwwwwww....... she really knows the way to my heart!)
Bonus pic: Here they are trying to get me drunk by buying me a Flaming Lamborghini at Leonardo's later:
To defy our age, we commenced to party the night away at Zouk later that night....
Haha... What a night!
Thanks to all my darling friends: Those who came for dinner, those who joined for drinks, those who came partying with me, and ESPECIALLY to those who were there from start till end. :) :)
(Luv ya all! *HUGS*)
Overall: Modern but romantic restaurant specialising in seafood (but also does AWESOME lamb!) in the Jalan Bangkung area, friendly service BUT just have to be a bit careful when ordering - some "misses" on the menu....
- Eat Drink KL
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