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Cod fillets are used for the fish and chips dish that is served with mushy peas and chunky fries. — Photos: RAJA FAISAL HISHAN/ The Star

AFTER four years of serving some of the juiciest lobster dishes in town, Pince & Pints is moving forward to provide more options to customers.

“When our customers come to celebrate an occasion, they don’t come alone, they are usually here with a big group of close friends and relatives.

“The problem is, not everyone eats lobster, some may not like it while others may be allergic to shellfish, ” said Pince & Pints partner Datuk Hafez Mohamed.

The chef and kitchen staff usually prepare other alternatives when requested, but these dishes are not on the menu and have to be sourced ahead of time.

After considering several options, Hafez and his partners felt it was timely to introduce a small selection of other dishes to their menu.

Beef ribs accompanied by corn on the cob and onion rings is a must-try.Beef ribs accompanied by corn on the cob and onion rings is a must-try.

“We felt a few choices will be good although we still take pride in lobsters being the star of the restaurant, ” he said.

During our visit, we began dinner with a hearty bowl of mushroom soup served with a dash of truffle oil and slices of toasted bread. The soup is a new addition to complement the restaurant’s Classic Lobster Bisque.

Hafez is offering diners three choices of fries. Apart from the regular straight cut and sweet potato fries, there is also zucchini fries, an idea he adopted during his visit to Italy.

“Not many people fancy eating zucchini, even my friends hate it.

“They will eat everything on the plate and leave the zucchini out, which is a pity because I love it, ” he said, adding that zucchini fries were a good way to encourage customers to try the vegetable.

Children who do not fancy eating vegetables may also be attracted by the side dish.

The zucchini fries were thin and crispy, and not oily at all.

Lamb chops, accompanied by mashed potatoes and glazed baby carrots, served with black pepper sauce.Lamb chops, accompanied by mashed potatoes and glazed baby carrots, served with black pepper sauce.

Although I have never been a zucchini fan, the fries were a sure way to get me to eat my greens!

If you are not into fries, try the onion rings or portobello mushrooms instead.

The fish and chips, for mains, came in two slices of cod fillet that were lightly fried in batter.

“We use only cod fish for our

fish and chips because it is juicier compared to other varieties, ” said Hafez.

The huge portion of grilled lamb chops had to be shared.

The chops, marinated in garlic and rosemary, accompanied by mashed potatoes and glazed baby carrots, were served with black pepper sauce.

For starters guests can try the zucchini fries or the fried portobello mushrooms.For starters guests can try the zucchini fries or the fried portobello mushrooms.

The BBQ Beef Ribs did not disappoint either.

The succulent meat, accompanied by corn on the cob and a stack of onion rings, was served with barbecue sauce.

Suffice to say, almost all the dishes were of sharing size, which is a great way to try out more dishes at the restaurant.

Dessert isn’t an area the restaurant is known for but after several requests from regulars, Hafez has added two sweet treats — Banana Split and Peach Melba — to the menu.

PINCE & PINTS RESTAURANT

32-G, Jalan Telawi 5, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur. Business Hours (Mon-Fri) 6pm to 11.30pm (Sat-Sun) noon to 11.30pm. Tel: 03-2201 3233.

This is the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement by StarMetro.

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