Monday, December 14, 2009

The Pressroom @ Bangsar Shopping Centre

Much has been talked about the new revamped Bangsar Shopping Centre. What used to be the sole purpose for housing the Actors Studio (in my eyes) has now turn into a hippy trendy place that is housing many new restaurants and a truly gourmet mart.

Pressroom has been talked about recently and judging from some reviews, it looked like a decent place to have a date. Since it had been ages that both of us had gone out for some "fine dining" and it was after all the Girlfriend's birthday celebration, the Pressroom it was.

A simple decor greets you and a variety of choices are presented in their limited menu. Despite having a number of French dishes, i couldn't help but wonder where were the dotted lines to the Italian risotto and gnocchi (also quite a number in their menu). I wouldn't say its fusion and i wouldn't even say its Mediterranean.

The most contradicting thing is that they served baguette with vinegar and olive oil (one time) and butter (another time we went). Strange?

Regardless of what they serve, the most important element of the dinner was to enjoy good food.

A slice of foie gras with muscat jelly. The foie would have done better with salt and pepper, rather blend but creamy on its own while the sweet sauce provided balance. (RM38)

The cheese tart though recommended, was dry and well thats about it. Hardly ate a filling and the only positive thing was the tomatoes and the thickened black vinegar that cuts through the cheese. (RM22)

Now mains are not overly expensive. Most mains are within the RM50 range but like they say you pay for what you get.

Pressroom focuses on very few items in their dish. If you order duck, duck it is, lamb, lamb it is.


The Wagyu Beef Cheek with risotto was wonderful. RM 36, sounded like a steal but quantity wise, this was more of an entree serving in a seriously fine dining environment. However in the casual environment i was, i expected some more substantial and i finished the plate in a few bites and was left wanting more, alot more.

So what i don't normally do is order another main. However there is a first for everything, the venison with stewed plums. The dish as you can see is indeed venison with stewed plums resting on a rosti. Sauce is served separately. No side vegetables whatsoever, exactly what i mentioned earlier, their main dishes are simple with a maximum of 3-4 elements. The venison was cooked well but the sauce tasted familiar. Same as the beef cheek, my taste buds tell me. (RM35 thereabout).

The lamb looked like the real deal with 3 chops. Well cooked once again and the "bubble and squeak" which looked like a small scoop of cabbage and bacon garnishes the plate of lamb. (RM45).

Yes, i could find faults if i wanted to but overall this is a place for small portion eaters and the dish focuses on the protein and nothing else really. Their risotto were cooked to an al dente which i liked but their main size portion for RM28 seriously is quite a joke as i can finish in less than 10 spoonfuls or so. I suppose don't get me started as to what kind of cuisine i could categorise this under.

Address and contact details:

G110 Ground Floor, just next to La Bodega (under the same management)
Bangsar Shopping Centre
Tel: 03-20958098

Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. To eat in a place where i have to eat two mains is indeed a rare find. Seriously for the dainty eaters but the flavours are quite promising if not repetitive in our case. Beside that, the food was good and worth going to at least once.

20 comments:

qwazymonkey said...

Hey was i was there last night for dinner. Agree with you on the portion sizes! LOL

sc said...

A place that I'll like to try but have not found the time to :(. but 2 mains to fill the belly? hmmmm....

Sean said...

heh, i think they call it "anglo-french" cuisine, but i guess that's an easy way of trying to fit in the widest possible number of recipes. better to just categorize it as "western," huh ... though that might sounds like steaks and burgers...

CUMI & CIKI said...

wei ur flash work is excellent la :P what is this .. everyone eating at pressroom.. yawn:P kidding! heard the food is good .. but ur 3.5 stars says othrwz thx for the down to earth review!

J2Kfm said...

If it ain't dainty, it ain't fine dining ma. But reasonable enough lah, with most dishes hovering around RM30-RM50 like you said.
The experience that matters?

J said...

Well,... if the servings are smaller then can sample more things in one seating, right? :)
(45 bucks for the lamb doesn't sound so bad! Its 95 bucks for similar (although I realise this is not an exact comparison) in Villa Danieli!)

UnkaLeong said...

Woo...sounds like a perfect place to have a romantic dinner with becks ;)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

unka: yeap yeap..its not OVERLY romantic la, but a nice place nevertheless.

j: yeah thats true..in a way.

j2kfm: but i dont categorise this as fine dining you see.

c&c: my flash works well (when it is even in the bag meh?) didnt use flash la..!

sean: anglo-french? anglo doesn sound very italian to me though

sc: my belly lor.

qwazymonkey: im not alone!

fatboybakes said...

i had the pineapple tart for dessert there, and have to agree with paranoid android's assessment, that the filling was nice, but the puff pastry was like leather. nice atmosphere though.

due the regularity with which sean went, i thought PRESSROOM's PRESS meant the media press. cheh, rupanya its that press thing....

Anonymous said...

Anything for vegetarians?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

anon: the cheese tart got no meat, the gnocchi n risotto have no meat in them too.

fbb: hahaha yeah la..he go DAMN often.

Bangsar-bAbE said...

Yikes...if the portions are THAT small, I'll probably have to order two mains myself!

thule a.k.a leo said...

well, I suppose that they are serving no-frills food here... albeit expensive ones :P
I was almost tempted to go in one sunday after reading Sean's 2 posts on this place...

thenomadGourmand said...

oh.. better I go here for Dinner since my dinner appetite smaller. else I'm gonna rack up quite a bill!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

tng: hahaha..but everythings available for dinner!

leo: i wouldnt say no frills, more like no nonsense, if its duck, its duck, nothing else.

bbabe: yeah i think so too.

mh said...

Pick this place to try out when I'm checking out your blog! Food is really good...but you are right about the portion. Not a very good place to go if you are suffering from the GFC...but, the risotto is...delish!!!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mh: haha glad u thought it was good

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Anonymous said...

LOL, i can read that the size is a problem. People! This is all about FRENCH FOOD! PLUS the tart is just DELICIOUS! All the "Plats du Jour" are DELICIOUS! The bread served is perfectly cooked, not like other restaurants in KL... The service is PERFECT!
FINALLY, a real Parisian restaurant with its St├ęphane Pompougnac's vibes. What else should we ask for? Advice: Call to make a reservation ;)
Une Parisienne.

Anonymous said...

If you are still hungry, get some cheeses with bread ;) This is what all French do. Cheese after the main course.