[Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia] Dinner at Bar X Grill David, Taman Tun Dr Ismail

Dining at Bar X Grill David always promises to be special. Perched on the 1st floor above sister-eatery Cafรฉ-Bistrot David, it exuded a quiet confidence with its comprehensive, well-conceptualized menu offerings, the use of the best quality ingredients available in the markets, to all-round careful, competent cooking in the kitchen.

Service here was disciplined and highly-polished - as one had come to expect of the proprietor, veteran KL restaurateur David Chin, with his no-nonsense approach to offering great food & service to all who enter the premises of his eateries.

Our dinner last night consisted of:

  • ๐˜š๐˜ฒ๐˜ถ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฒ๐˜ถ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ฆ, with squid ink, garlic alioli and gremolata.

  • ๐˜š๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข (๐˜ด๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ) ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ณ.

  • ๐˜š๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ-๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต.

  • ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฃ๐˜ด with Cajun spices and pecorino cheese.

๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜€

  • ๐˜‰๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ช ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ. This dish reminded me very much of the one at Fergus Hendersonโ€™s St Johnโ€™s in London.

Toasted sourdough wedges were perfect vessels for conveying those fatty, sinful squares of marrow into oneโ€™s hungry mouth. :joy:

  • ๐˜ž๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜บ๐˜ถ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฌ ๐˜‰๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜จ๐˜ถ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ, with red wine reduction, mushroom, burnt onion, truffle oil and pomme puree gratin.

  • ๐˜™๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ (๐˜ˆ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ฏ) with mushrooms, butter beans, crumbed parmesan, mint gremolata, jus.

๐˜Š๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜š๐˜ถ๐˜ป๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ฆ - French crepes with caramelized sugar-butter sauce, orange sauce, Cointreau and vanilla ice-cream.

As with any of the eateries in David Chinโ€™s stable, never a bad meal here. This is one of the few places where, as one finishes a meal, one is already planning for the next visit.

Over here in KL with Bar X Grill David, just like its sister-outlet, Beach Street Bistrot in Penang, they set the benchmark for dining excellence in the respective city each of them is located in.

Bar X Grill David
135A (1st Floor), Jalan Aminuddin Baki, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +6018-986 6805
Opening hours: Wed - Mon (Closed Tues).
Session 1: 6pm - 8pm (2 hrs dining limit).
Session 2: 8.30pm - late (Kitchen last call 9.30pm).