Note: This place is no longer in operation.
I’m not too familiar with the roads of Bangsar apart from the Telawi area so it was such a pleasant surprise driving down Jalan Bangkung and spotting this row of shops with some promising looking eateries such as Cava, Opus Bistro and Tea For Two. However it was the Tasting Room Wine Bistro that I ventured into. Located above the Wine Cellar, there’s a small al fresco area on the balcony which caught my eye.
This bistro is small but cosy. Only a smattering of tables and 2 sets of sofa style seating filled up the place. A smallish walk in wine chiller and a bar (decorated with wine crates, I <3!) were also part of the decor. As it relatively quiet, we had our pick of where to sit and we choose a discreet corner. Too discreet as it would seem as we had to stand up and get the waiter’s attention a few times, Lol.
We started off with toasted tortilla and herbed butter. The tortilla was a bit on the brown side but tasted ok with the butter.
Started with the Sauteed Mushroom Medley (RM12.90) which is creamy mushroom on sliced baguettes. It was very good, and the baguette, crunchy on the outside yet soft on the whites. Yummy.
This is the Roasted Duck with Rock Melon (RM29.90) served with mango chutney. The different types of flavours sure played on our tastebuds. The savoury duck, the sweetness of the rock melon blended with the tartness of the mango chutney. But it was very tasty, and I enjoyed it very much.
My friend opted for Spaghetti Carbonara (RM26.90) which came with such a unique presentation. The egg yolk only added to the creaminess of the sauce. Well-flavoured.
I chose the Pan Seared Lamb Tenderloin (RM45.90) and there were actually 4 sides to choose from. I decided to have the asparagus in garlic with almond flakes. Out of the 4, I’d say this fell short of my expectations after all the earlier dishes but it was still rather appetizing.
We were deciding between the Tiramisu and the Chocolate Cosmos (RM18.90) with mango riesling sabayon sauce. Went for the latter upon the waiter’s recommendation and we were glad we did. Served with ice-cream, this chocolate lava cake is one of the best in its category that I had. Despite feeling stuffed, we felt like we could lick the plate clean. Lol.
I really like the cosy ambience of this place. The food’s up to par as per my tastebuds and even though service was a little lacking (mostly due to the fact that we were hidden from sight), they were quite polite and accomodating overall. Definitely warrants a return trip to this bistro. Plus, I’m also a little curious on all the other restaurants in the area…
Tasting Room Wine Bistro (www)
65-1 (above Wine Cellar)
Jalan Bangkung, Bukit Bandaraya
59100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 2092 4404
Tue-Fri: 11.30am till late
Sat-Sun: 5pm till late
Public holidays: 5pm till late