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‘Meat o’clock’ encounter in the city







Gambas with tiger prawns sauteed with red chilli, garlic, paprika and basil makes a lovely starter.

Gambas with tiger prawns sauteed with red chilli, garlic, paprika and basil makes a lovely starter.

SOMETIMES, the phrase sharing is not all about caring, especially when it involves a good steak.

Being a meat lover myself, finding a place that serves the perfect pan-seared steaks can be tough.

So, I was a little hesitant to share my meal with my colleague Azhar during dinner at Pampas Reserve Steakhouse in Kuala Lumpur, a restaurant known for its premium beef cuts.

The eatery which opened in 2012 is located in a shoplot at the Suasana Bukit Ceylon residences. It is rather popular among expatriates living in the vicinity.

Prior to the move, Pampas was a familiar landmark along the busy Changkat Bukit Bintang before it was populated with bars and clubs.

“We began in Changkat Bukit Bintang and we did not want to lose our customers who enjoy good steak,” said Pampas Group managing director Kana Theva, adding that Pampas was the only steakhouse then.

Wagyu Beef Tenderloin is served with baked potato, side salad and homemade sauce.
Wagyu Beef Tenderloin is served with baked potato, side salad and homemade sauce.

When opportunity came by, Kana decided to move out of the busy bar street for the sake of his customers.

“It was getting noisier by the day and my customers could not find a place to park,” he said.

The current restaurant is situated a stone throw’s away from Menara Maybank and the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange. It is also about 1km away from Changkat Bukit Bintang but minus the party crowd and loud music.

Kana has kept the menu intact, featuring his much-loved “meat” section which he says is what customers come for.

It was also the reason why I was excited to try the steaks.

Back to the Wagyu Beef Tenderloin we were sharing. This thick, tender and flavourful meat was served with two types of sauces – corn and black pepper – prepared by head chef Roni Islam.

Smoked Salmon Roulade, a dish of salmon roll stuffed with dill and cream cheese, and fresh salad.
Smoked Salmon Roulade, a dish of salmon roll stuffed with dill and cream cheese, and fresh salad.

I preferred the corn sauce for its creamier and richer taste. The star, however, was the beef itself. I enjoyed how its medium-rare doneness had that melt-in-the-mouth goodness. It was exactly what I imagined it to be.

The Wagyu was tender and juicy despite us tasting it much later after several rounds of photography. Although Wagyu cuts are often savoured for special occasions because of its hefty price tag, Kana is giving meat lovers a treat this month.

He calls it the “Meat o’clock”.

“We are giving meat lovers a 50% discount on our Wagyu cuts so they can treat themselves with the prime cut beef every other day,” he said.

The half-price offer is available from Monday to Friday for two hours starting at 6pm.

If you enjoy having early dinners, this offer may suit you best.

The offer is for 250g of Wagyu tenderloin or rib-eye steaks priced at RM110 and RM98, respectively after the discount.

The “Meat o’clock” offer is also available at Pampas Old Malaya and Pampas Boutique Steakhouse in Kuala Lumpur as well as Pampas Sky Dining in Melaka.

We also tried Pampas’ famed starter Gambas which is a combination of prawns sauteed with red chilli, garlic, paprika and basil.

If you enjoy salmon, try the Smoked Salmon Roulade. This particular dish was a pretty presentation of Norwegian smoked salmon all rolled up to resemble a rose stuffed with dill and cream cheese.

The restaurant’s speciality Warm Dark Chocolate Ganache served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream was the perfect dessert to end dinner with.

If you are up for a cocktail, let the bartender know and he may just come up with something snazzy off the menu. I had the Gin Surfer which was a gin-based cocktail with orange juice, Cointreau and rosemary syrup.

Diners will also be entertained by a two-piece jazz band on Friday and Saturday nights.

PAMPAS RESERVE STEAKHOUSE Suasana Bukit Ceylon, Ground Floor 2, Persiaran Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-2070 5548) Business hours: Noon to midnight (Monday to Friday), 4pm to midnight (weekends and public holidays).

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

   

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