MANY people are still cautious about dining out with the movement control order still in its recovery stage.
But staying safe should not keep you from satiating your appetite and being in the company of family and friends.
Those looking for a place that caters both to your palate and safety concerns might find Nook an ideal venue.
The restaurant in Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral is offering an excellent spread ranging from traditional to contemporary delicacies.
The highlight among the varied delights served was the Asam Pedas Melaka.
This dish struck a perfect balance of spices, with its generous offering of eggplants, ladies’ finger and baby tomatoes that lent the broth a combination of sweet, sour and spicy.
The asam pedas dishes here offer a choice of fish including sea bass fillet, prawns or just vegetables. There is also salmon fillet which was what I opted for. Another dish worth mentioning is the Legendary Briyani Gam.
This dish was served in a mini claypot with boiled egg, acar and some cashew nuts that gave extra crunch to the dish.
The gravy for this popular rice favourite tasted slightly honeyed and was pleasant, while the chicken proved to be a succulent find.
If you are looking for something to spice up your dinner, look out for the Sarawak laksa.
The spicy broth was a tad briny, but it truly brought out the flavour of this traditional noodle treat which had lots of chicken and prawns to add to its appeal.
This dish came with a side of sambal and lime, for those who want to turn up the spice level a notch or two.
You can choose between kuey teow, bee hoon or yellow noodle for your Sarawak laksa.
An array of Western food is available too, like the Lamb Slice with Garlic Mashed Potato.
Diners can choose between the barbeque or mushroom sauce to go with it.
Both were appetising. The latter was pleasantly velvety, the former combined a nice mix of sweet and smoky flavour.
If you want a classic Western meal, the Burger Slider Hut station offers three types of patties to choose from -- beef, chicken and chickpeas and potato patty.
Those craving for Italian flavours can look forward to the various pasta selections available. I tried the Pasta Aglio Olio with Prawns which was really good.
The flavour of sauteed garlic was prominent on the pasta strands.
For something lighter, diners have the Teppanyaki Hot Plate, with a choice of either beef, chicken, salmon, prawn or squid to look forward to.
Diners can pick their vegetables with a choice of cabbages, sprouts, carrots, capsicums and mushrooms available.
For dessert, Nook did not disappoint.
Apart from assorted cakes, I also tried the air batu campur that was served in a small cup.
This icy concoction came with quite a few condiments as well as Milo sprinkled on top.It was a sweet ending to a hearty dinner.
This dining experience is available from Thursdays to Saturdays from 6pm to 10pm.
Seating arrangements at Nook follow social distancing guidelines while the premises is frequently sanitised.
To minimise contact, each diner will receive mini cards to write down their desired menu. Waiters will hand the orders to chefs at the nine live action stations. The dishes will be served to the diner when they are ready.
The “Eat Lah” promotional price is RM98 nett per person until July 31. The promotion will be priced at RM138 nett per person in the following months.
Children below 12 get 50% off while dining.
NOOK, Level 1, Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-2723 1154).
Business hours: 6pm to 10pm (Thursday to Saturday during the MCO); 6.30am to midnight daily (during non-MCO period).
This is the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement by StarMetro.