Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Moussandra (revisit) @ KL Plaza

The last time i stepped in the restaurant was slightly less than 2 years ago.

I still remembered in reality it was probably a run down of a place but somehow the dim lighting and the decor made it look intentional and infact rustic, cozy and mysterious.

Fast forward to awhile ago, i saw a couple of reviews of the place pop up and the ability to not find a tiramisu douched in copious amounts of alcohol, we thought of going back to the place.

KL Plaza, what used to be an already very very quiet dead shopping centre was like a scene from a Zombie movie. Being the only restaurant probably opened in the whole centre other than the front entrance Coffee Bean, one would never know of its existence.

Having to take the back door out at 10.30pm, being told that the lights and lifts have stopped operations made us feel like we are dining with or on some illegals.

I heard that the owner has changed but everything else seemed in place, the wine bottle with lots of wax from the candle. Surprisingly now theres a chandelier which gives the place abit of light but still not enough for you to take a decent picture without the flash.

In the 2 years away, i think the menu has not changed abit, looks like the chef cooks what is best

While waiting for the food, we played their miniature Jenga set

The familiar medley of mushrooms, not just the foreign button ones but a mix of local abalone mushrooms too. Simple, probably easy to cook but are you bothered?

Something not that easy to make, hummus with pita bread. Smooth and you can generously spread on some carbs.

Still a firm favourite, the egg plant with some spiced up tomatoes.

The fish croquettes is best avoidable, tasted like eating tuna cakes.

Their calamari rings had a very crunchy look but we bit into limp soft rings instead. Would have prefer a more crunchy batter.

Their rib eye kebab, probably the most expensive tapas in their menu at RM19. Succulent and tasty with their mustard mayo sauce.

Piccata Milanese - Tomato based spaghetti with chicken breast that was coated with egg which explained why the meat was so very tender.

The marinara pizza that was thin crust with a decent amount of seafood evenly spread over.

The tiramisu was of course consumed faster than saying "wait". Still had the distinct taste of Kahlua, because if it had turned out to be a watered down one, we would have resorted to ordering a shot of whatever goes and pouring it into the sponge fingers. That is what happens when you are spoilt with alcohol laden desserts by friends whose profession or hobby happens to involve baking desserts.

Prices also still looked the same as 2 years, tapas are around RM 8-19 and mains being mains in Moussandra, their protein always hover around the high RM40s to RM50s while pasta and pizza are RM20 plus to RM30.

Nice to go back to a restaurant after a while to see that everything is still intact, the place and the food.

Address and contact details:

Sub Lot B-8, Mezzanine Floor, KL Plaza
179, Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2144 0775

Rating: 4 stars out of 5 stars for old time sake. Come for tapas and sangria and its a brilliant place for a quiet dinner and gathering (thats where all the bonus points went).

28 comments:

Sean said...

i think i had my first paella ever here. but yeah, there's no reason nowadays to step into kl plaza when starhill and pavilion are so nearby. i like moussandra's ambience, but there are so many other places offering tapas now...

thule a.k.a leo said...

Wow... I never knew about the existence of this place except for Coffee Beans... hahaha... you are right!!!

J2Kfm said...

cant resist the temptation to revisit eh? :)

still think the moussaka's great, cheesy and rich.

Nic (KHKL) said...

for me, it has been almost 5 years since i visited this place! i always remember the paella, for it was here where i had my virginal paella do..or was it at somewhere else...omg, i cant remember! haha!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

nic: haha..how can u forget when u lost ur virginity..aiyoyo...

j2kfm: haha was more of an old time sake..

leo: its basically hidden..haha

sean: havent seen many tapas bars around..xcept la bodega..then again, dont really actively go searchin for a particular cuisine..i take wat comes along the way..

Bangsar-bAbE said...

Like Leo, I never knew of its existence until I read J2Kfm's post.

My bestie tells me hummus is quite easy to make wor...but very very mafan! =P

teckiee said...

you know what.. i dont even bother ordering tiramisu's.. cos i know i won't like it.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Quite impressive to see an old restaurant still surviving after so many years.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ll: i know..not many survive till the next time i come popping by haha..

teckiee: really??

bbabe: haha not so easy after all if its mafan rite? yeah its one of a hidden gem

worldwindows said...

Loads of cheese, olive oil and pasta. Very Mediterranean! The dim lights is a challenge to get quality shots unless it is a DSLR.

CUMI & CIKI said...

this place is so old! (but not as old as the 1st venue for Moussandra - think b4 ur time la.. :P) hehe..

Fish croquettes that taste like tuna cakes.. yiks! not nice!

Anyway, i like the lamb here and the humus!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: haha really ar? they been there 12 years wor..u so old meh?

worldwindows: i was using a DSLR =)

SuLee said...

hey Joe!!

how have you been!? just wanna say hi..

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sulee: HEY!!! how have you been! hows that kid of urs too!?

backStreetGluttons said...

The 4th & 5th pixs ( no flash ) look more natural , the others ( flash on ! ) probably over-bright
( oh we are trying to be pix observant , see if it makes sense ) and if our tips are wrong you must tell us in your next post ok...we do not charge anything just a drink only
LOL !

fatboybakes said...

good that old establishment can maintain their consistency...was bemoaning the fact ..oh, hangon, it was on your rick's post, how places start good and deteriorate steadily.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

fbb: yeah i knw..haha..its good to have one or two still standing strong..

bsg: hahah it was just too dark, and my hands were shaky from hunger to shoot without flash..

mimid3vils said...

Presentation of the pasta quite a mess hor.... =.=''

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mimi: messy is good!!

SuLee said...

doing great!, the kid of mine is slowly turning into a monkey! lol

but she's too ccute!

helena said...

awesome awesome blog!

thenomadGourmand said...

piccata..lamb..rib eye kebab..hummus.. check check check.. OK, nw i know wat to order!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

tng: hahah all good to go then!

helena: thanks!

sulee: cute monkey! sounds likes a load to handle!

JC @ Jessey said...

These days keep seeing food review of Moussandra. It make me feels like going there tonight! ^0^

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jessey: well it did that to me too!

xin said...

ok..i was planning to eat just oat for dinner tonite.......and *pooof* my thoughts just disappeared

ling239 said...

chicken breast that was coated with egg.... sounded like a Hainanese chicken chop wor ~ ^_^

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

xin: leaev the oats for morning

ling239: haha minus all the breadcrumbs...