Monday, May 17, 2010

Albion @ Jalan Berangan, Changkat Bukit Bintang

This is probably not the first time i have complained how prices of dining outside have increased so dramatically that it is no longer a joke. Gone are the days that you can have a good meal at a nice ambience for below RM100 or thereabouts; 3 course with a drink or if we are on a diet, shared appetiser and dessert with our own mains.

Nowadays, we will be lucky to be contended with either pasta mains and definitely no alcohol to fit into that budget.

Albion, like any other restaurant, in my mind would probably have fit the budget of RM100-150. Serving modern British cuisine and armed with above satisfactory online reviews, we went to give it a try.

On a quiet weekday night, it was seriously quiet. A couple had just left before we entered at 7pm and we were the only exclusive customers till 10.30pm when we left. So if you want that romantic dinner, try a weekday night. Then again, i think back, it might have been Thomas Cup fever.

Pork Mosaic, i heard my friend said the description was pork cheeks but it probably was but in the form of a rough pate. It was alright, nothing fantastic.

Trying to be abit healthier than ordering calamari, we ordered some whitebait. Lightly battered, it missed having a sauce other than the balsamic vinegar glaze. Good old tartare sauce would have done the trick.

Accompanied with a bowl of rolls; butter and tomato paste.

So far so decent, starters were in the range of RM18 onwards.

Surprisingly when it came to the mains, prices aren't exorbitant as i had expected. Prices of meat dishes start from RM28, the same price as a pasta dish if you had gone next door to Bar Italia.

No doubt the best dish of the night, the roast pork with the crunchiest of cracklings. Moist with a bit of nut/herb stuffing, this has a melt in your mouth texture and probably worth that extra notch of cholesterol in your body. I want some more by the sight of the photo. Best still, only RM28!

The duck confit was expressed as something well cooked but nothing too spectacular. The red cabbage was apparently too sweet. Had a taste and i suppose the sweetness was meant to cut through the heavy piece of meat. The duck drumstick was RM32 (i think).

Being british and all, one had quite high expectations on their fish and chips. It turned out quite ordinary but they did use quality garoupa which has a solid texture, perfect for a fried dish. The portion of the fries though did look quite meagre. Most expensive of the lot at RM38.

Now at this point, if you do the maths, a starter and a main would be in the region of RM50-60, which means it still gives you room for dessert, budget that is.

Desserts, as you will be glad to find out are a standard RM18.

The Chocolate Fondant was missing a scoop of ice-cream but it well made; with plentiful of molten filling.

The apple crumble came with plentiful of custard.

A scottish dessert, the cranachan parfait (?); an oats and whisky mousse with a scoop of berry sorbet. This was a dessert that i never had and if i had to eat oats everday, i wouldn't mind having this especially since it has alcohol too. Recommended.

So if one was to have a RM18 starter, RM28 main and a RM18 dessert with plain water, the meal would only actually cost RM 64++, not too bad for a restaurant around the precinct. Definitely a place worth trying.

Happy hour prices are quite decent from 5pm to 9pm, Carlsberg pints for RM16, jugs for RM39 and only RM10 for a bottle / glass. Worth it i say.

Address and contact number:

31, Jalan Berangan,
50200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2141 9282

Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars. I haven't let down my guard lately if some are wondering why my scores are so good but we genuinely enjoyed the meal here and it was, i must say quite value for money!


J said...

Mmmm.. the desserts look very tempting.. Especially the cranachan (how to pronounce ah??) parfait.

Bangsar-bAbE said...

That's a gorgeous looking plate of roast pork! A pity there was no ice cream to go with the chocolate molten cake, hor?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

bbabe: yes the pork was gorgeous and yeah a pity the omission of ice cream

j: yes tempting..dun ask me, i didnt know how to pronounce it either.

Sean said...

ya, i think this place would do really well if it had been on changkat's main street. hopefully a few more restaurants will open on albion's row and attract more traffic to it...

thule a.k.a leo said...

if only Albion is located in PJ

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

leo: haha dont wish for too much, my friend

sean: yeah its abit lonely and bar italia seems to take all the attention.

babe_kl said...

sounds like a good place to check out for me

CUMI & CIKI said...

waa.. happy u gave it a 4 out of 5. coz i also wrote positive things about this place! ;D

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: haha great minds think alike!

babekl: yes, nearby where u work rite?

UnkaLeong said...

We were there sometime back. That time newly opened, menu pun takda :) I would've asked for the tartare sauce man.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

unkaleong: yeah i heard abt tat period, shud hav gone then hor..

Life for Beginners said...

Looks good to me, food-wise --- and for the design freak in me: nice logo! :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

kenny: yeah nice logo, speaking of which, i need one for my blog too!

fatboybakes said...

hmmm, i must get my F.A. there soon. looks good, and the custard has real vanilla bean.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

fbb: FA?

Jon said...

If you're in the area during lunch time, do give it a try. A 3 course set lunch goes for RM25 ! And some of the regular main courses are on offer too. I've had the duck confit as part of the set lunch before. Definitely the best value proposition in the whole Changkat Bukit Bintang area.