Monday, August 30, 2010

Four Seas @ Jalan Bangkung, Bangsar

A new addition to the Jalan Bangkung area!.... :)

I love dining in the Jalan Bangkung area (for various reasons), 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...
Outside the restaurant....

This was my birthday dinner and my darling friends didn't let me pay...
(So I didn't have the exact prices for each dish)

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 (for that added romantic factor). 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:
Restaurant interior: Under the sea?....

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??"

LOL. :D

(What? Not funny ah?)

First off, food-wise - yay! Fresh buns! :)
Hot 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:
Variety of their specialties....

- 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....)
Chicken on a stick....

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*:
(It's true!)
Healthy dish....

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 Vigrette,
- Lemon Butter, and
- Thai Chili.
Take your pick....

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)
Delicious prawns....

- The Grilled Meat Crabs (RM 12++ per 100g)
Yummy crustaceans....

Also good was the Oven Baked Whole Baby Barramundi (RM 42++), that came in a simple but yummy caper sauce:
(Fresh, flakey whole seabass - mildly flavored but very lovely, moist flesh)
One whole fish!....

What really took me by surprise though, was the Char-Grilled Lamb Cutlets (RM 55++):
Baaaaaa....

"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
Haha....

Look at the perfectly pink cross section:
Perfectly cooked!....

Tender. Juicy. Tasty.
... AND with a hearty, meaty flavour but without the bad type of lamb-y/ gamey smell that can come with this cute but delicious four legged farm animal....
(YUM)

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!)
I love chocolate!....

And here's them trying to get me drunk by buying me a Flaming Lamborghini at Leonardo's later:
Uh oh....

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....


Summary Sheet:

Four Seas @ Jalan Bangkung, Bangsar

65, Jalan Bangkung, Bukit Bandaraya, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur

Taste: 7
Ambience : 7
Service : 7
Price** : RM 65++ per person
Parking: OK

Website: Four Seas official website

** Approximation - 3 course meal, excluding drinks

Telephone No.: 03-2092 1222
Opening Hours: 12noon to 3pm, 6pm till late (BUT only open for dinner on Sundays)
Parking : OK

NO PORK SERVED




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19 comments:

Sean said...

Ooh, happy belated birthday! Here's hoping all your birthday wishes come true in the year ahead (if u made any wishes while drinking the flaming lambo, heheh!)
I would have raised an eyebrow at the choice of lamb too, but looks like u were wiser than us to trust your instincts! :D

Paranoid Android said...

Happy Birthday Sweetie! Looks like a big feast!

babe_kl said...

Hehehe baru mandi is really funny leh. Anyway wish you a happy birthday again ;-)

xin said...

yum.. im drooling at the lamb cutlet. looks delish!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

haha not bad not bad, zouk later? i would have rather crash in bed.

food concept sounds abit confused..geez i havent had barrumundi yet in aust n its so common here.

J said...

to Sean:
Thanks Sean. :)
Yeah, hopefully both my wishes come true - one from my birthday cake and another from the Flamin Lambo. LOL.

to Paranoid Android:
Thanks, sweet Android! :)
Yeah... it was a good feast but hopefully we danced it off later..
(Def gettin old tho - knees n feet so painful after that! Darn...)

to babe_kl:
Thanks Babe! *hugs*
(Hee hee hee. Yeah, such cute jokes, right?)

to xin:
Mmmmm. It was, it was! :)
(Just thinking about it makes me hungry!)

J said...

to "Joe" who is constantly craving:
Haha... Like I said, we were trying to prove tt we are all still young.
(Oh man. Really felt the strain on my knees later tho - can't deny tt age is catching up)

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Looks like a great birthday celebration. Flaming Lamborghini eh? Nice way to celebrate. :-D

minchow said...

What nice friends you have! Happy Belated Birthday, looked like a blast!! And Baru Mandi, that brought a giggle to my zombified afternoon.

thule a.k.a leo said...

that sound just like me 6-7 years ago :P dinner and party-ing after that!!! Now I'm happy just to gather with friends or family for a nice dinner (it would be perfect if I'm not the one ended up paying.. lol!!)
and LOL at the fish joke... it's nice to know that they DO offer baru-mandi.. oppss... barramundi on the menu :)
and lastly Happy Birthday to you!!!

taufulou said...

most of the food look well prepared eh... and hope its not too late tow ish you Happy Belated birthday~

J said...

to Lyrical Lemongrass:
LOL.
Fun for my friends maybe! - I think I ended up slurping down some melted plastic from the straw bcos I didn't drink it fast enough....

to minchow:
Well,... I luv them loh, flaws and all.
(Mostly anyway)
;P

to thule aka leo:
Haha...
Well, you can ask them for a Baru-mandi when you go try that restaurant - see what they say.... :P

PureGlutton said...

Belated Happy Birthday to you! You definitely had a blast :-))
I'll go for the lamb then ;-)

boo_licious said...

Great way to celebrate, seafood and some alcohol of course.

I've been toying with the idea of trying Four Seas, looks like it's a place with some hits and misses.

UnkaLeong said...

Happy B-Lated B'day! Whoa...flaming Lambo. *tabiks* Haven;t had one of those in a while ;)

J said...

to PureGlutton:
Haha... A blast indeed. But luckily no hangover the next day! :)

to boo_licious:
Yeah, that's the (pretty) essential ingredients for a great night out - yummy food, friends and a dash of booze to spice things up. lol.

to UnkaLeong:
Thank you, thank you. :)
(Oh, you haven't had one in a while? That's easy to fix! You n Becky free for drinks anytime?)

jas said...

rm65++ per person? is it buffet style or??

J said...

To jas:
That's just my rough calculation of the average cost for a 3 course meal there. :) Could end up costing u less or more, depending on what u order.

anna rosli said...

can i ask the prices for flaming lamborghini?

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