Burn, Baby, Burn
The BIG Group’s repertoire of eateries is expanding in an exponential manner; many of the restaurants that are popping up around the city can be traced back to the culinary giant. Along Lorong Kurau, where the street of shops are wedged within a residential area, situates Mario & Luigi (formerly Hit & Mrs) – a high-end fine dining and bar – and just right next door there’s the subject of this article; Bakar.
Just going by the name alone, ‘bakar’ in Malay is to burn or to roast and what do you know, most of the dishes offered on the menu would grace the sizzling grill. One could hear the crackle of the burning charcoals as the chef tosses meat on it, be it chicken, lamb or steak. The venue itself is not very large; the place can quickly fill up or seem like it. The interior of Bakar is clean; tiled white with silver accented chairs and brightly lit. You choose to either sit on the high seats at the back of the restaurant or by the bar area where you get a view of the restaurant staff making your food or drinks. If you were unlucky or did not make a reservation ahead of time, sitting by the crammed bar top under the “Burn Baby Burn” sign could potentially ruin your dining experience because of the wall that’s in front you.
The restaurant offers both lunch and dinner menus, but we suggest coming during dinnertime when the dish choices grow larger in variety. For instance, we tried their Grilled Watermelon appetiser. The fruit salad derived varying tones of sweetness and tartness from the combination of lightly grilled watermelon cubes, strawberries, and pomegranate seeds; the flavours are punctuated by pungent leaves of mint and cilantro. The Spring Chicken we had was presented to us in a simple manner where each component of the dish was displayed in groups of their own. We were told that we could eat it as a sandwich by assembling all of the ingredients — tender, well-seasoned chicken with pickled chillies and radish, topped with their delicious toum sauce on a piece of warm flatbread. Lastly, our meal ended with a Charcoal Pavlova. Tapping apart the shell of the Pavlova, it’ll reveal a bright inner filling of raspberry sorbet, chocolate mousse, and macadamia brittle. The sugary sweetness of it all is nicely offset by the assortment of berries circling the dark dome of a dessert.
One would think that smoke from the barbeque would fill up the enclosed restaurant, but no worries, you won’t be leaving the place with smoke permeating from your clothes and hair, but instead with a filled, satisfied appetite.
11B, LORONG KURAU
TAMAN WENG LOCK, BANGSAR
59000 KUALA LUMPUR
T: 03 2280 0073
LUNCH – 12PM – 3PM (TUES – SUN) LAST ORDER – 2:30PM
DINNER – 6PM – 12AM (TUES – SUN) LAST ORDER – 10:30PM
CLOSED ON MONDAYS