Monday, July 12, 2010

Bubu @ Tengkat Tong Shin, Kuala Lumpur

I still remember the first time i was at Tengkat Tong Shin. My father had read about Max Kitchen and for some funny reason, he decided to go there for dinner. Now my father is no advocate for western food and is a true china man who loves his rice. Why he decided to go there still remains a mystery, even to him, when i asked.

The exposure to the seedy looking street continued from the eating experience in Ngau Kee and Meng Kee before the hype continued down the street to Changkat Bukit Bintang. Despite it's shady look, this long street still houses plenty of accommodation for backpackers and promising restaurants.

One of the recent arrivals housed inside the budget hotel, Hotel Rae; Bubu is in the spotlight.

Sharing the same name as the Perhentian Island resort which is as coincidental as having the same owner, this place serves a bit of everything; with the highlight of having fresh grilled seafood ranging from squid, prawns, fish and many more. I suppose the food is meant to give you a similar feel to being in an island resort.

Our starters of mushroom bruschetta was something quite simple to make and surprisingly tasted good.

Crab cakes, i have too many in the past few months and compared to the hotel ones, this can't beat but on it's own, it is worth ordering.

Now grilling seafood is no easy matter, so if you plan to have a quick bite, you might want to think twice but the wait is worth every minute i tell you.

The grilled calamari is cooked to perfection. Topped up with their chilli lime sauce, this is as good as it can get. Serve this with beer and you have got one of the best combination that life can give you.

The grilled marlin skewers is just as tempting. A lean and meaty fish, it is cut into cubes to prevent it from being too dry.

If you had to eat one grilled seafood item, it would have to be the fresh tiger prawns. The smokiness from the barbeque permeates into the meat so well. The formula for such a good dish is a case of keeping it simple.

Bubu is not just good for it's selection of fresh seafood, it does a very mean steak too.

The Chateaubriand steak is again cooked to perfection, a medium rare. The tenderloin cut is by far one of the most tender i had so far and is almost like a totally different animal compared to the more fattier cuts that i usually eat i.e. rib eye and sirloin.

Served with some really creamy mash and vegetables, i am a happy man, if only i didn't had to share the platter with so many.

Accompanying our food, you have some very decent tasting wines like this french wine which retails at RM110++ ( i believe so).

Well time for dessert.

You can have crepe which is well not too bad.

Or you could do with a nice moist brownie served with some vanilla ice-cream.

Not overly exciting desserts but it serves the purpose for those with a sweet tooth.

Bubu has a very casual setting which is again suppose to have the same characteristic as it's island resort. Although there is a menu, get to know them a bit better and you can call in advance to request for certain dishes like their paella (which they do serve on Thursdays only). The downside is that they can also get a bit casual in terms of efficiency in the kitchen. The wait is quite a while which for certain occasions like a date is fine but if its a night where you want to stuff yourself silly so you can go home and sleep, you got to think twice. That being said, the quality of food is very good.

Address and contact details:

BUBU Restaurant (at Hotel Rae)
No. 42A, Tengkat Tong Shin
off Jalan Bukit Bintang,
50200 KL, Malaysia.
Tel:+603- 2142 2988

(I think it is pork free but alcohol is served)

Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. Looking for fresh grilled seafood in a casual and relaxing atmosphere, do give it try compared to the most bustling street of Changkat Bukit Bintang.


Sean said...

This place had me fooled when I first passed it a few months ago ... Looked like a pub from outside! Yeah, but the food is surprisingly good. Think there are only two worthwhile outlets at tong shin now ... Sao nam and bubu...

minchow said...

The grilled seafood just got my Monday off to a great start! Chilli lime sauce... why does the sound of that make my toes tingle? The blah desserts suit me well - usually prefer skip the sweet stuff anyway!!

J said...

Ooooh. The steak looks so good! :D
Berapa harga ah?

CUMI & CIKI said...

wow! i really must invest in a good flash LOL. great shots. I totally agree the Steak was soft and succulent! must go back for more..

Baby Sumo said...

The steaks look really great.

Btw you should fit in a visit to Cilantro before you head over to Aussie.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

babysumo: thats exactly on my mind.

c&c: yes flash it!!

j: tak tahu wor, but dont think it would exceed 100pls kua, bcos it is a huge serving.

minchow: wow, the post seem to be tailor made for u!

sean: i still havnt tried sao nam!

AugustDiners said...

i have a craving for calamari, sotong, octopus or anything related after the world cup =P

AugustDiners said...

i have a craving for calamari, sotong, octopus or anything related after the world cup =P

qwazymonkey said...

That grilled calamari looks amazing with the chili salsa on the top. Now i'm craving for some.

Agree with C&C, need to invest in some flash

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

qm: well i can ask for u, i need to invest in a new camera bag, got to go tat place nxt to sogo.

ad: haha eat it all up!

thule a.k.a leo said...

that grilled calamari with chilly lime sauce sounds THAI :) if the traffic in that area isn't that notorious, I might consider going there!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

leo: on wkend it isnt all THAT bad la..wkdays can be a bit daunting. try going abit later.

Shaun Lee said...

Oh man, the grilled seafood looks sooooo good!

The steak looks sooo juicy too!! I find most chefs in Malaysia are quite averse to serving bloody juicy steaks. And unfortunately, that's how I happen to like my steaks.

I see they even serve the red wine slightly chilled. Gotta give them credit for that man. Shows they know what 'room temperature' is about.

Well done on this review, it made me hungry!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

shaun: haha yes, wine is served room temperature, not msia weather room temperature!

eatbitemunch said...

The beef looks like the epitome of heaven. I love how pink it is.

eiling lim said...

ooh loving the chateaubriand! so hungry la now!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

eiling: shiok lor..

eatbitemunch: yes pink is good!