AFTER 13 years of running a restaurant in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Yenni Law felt it was time for a change but she had one problem, she didn’t know where to start.
For more than a decade, she had been growing her restaurant, Boathouse, which had become a household name in the neighbourhood.
Having to constantly keep up with the times and the many cafes and restaurants mushrooming around the area wasn’t easy.
“When we started Boathouse, we had only one competitor,” said Law, adding her restaurant was the second food and beverage outlet to open for business on Lorong Rahim Kajai.
Since then, many others have jumped on the bandwagon, creating a livelier atmosphere in the residential area.
Together with her business partner Lene Shifra, the duo discussed what the future of Boathouse would be and what their dreams and ideas were.
“We talked about it one evening and I said let’s do it,” said Shifra, who quickly got the makeover going on both floors of the outlet.
Being a frequent customer at the restaurant for many years, Shifra knew just what the restaurant needed to give it the edge it lacked.
“Yenni was tasked with reorganising the menu for both food and drinks while I did everything else,” said the bubbly 37-year-old.
They had to come to terms with the fact that the restaurant would need a new name and agreed on Meatology, which was also the title of Law’s cookbook.
The upper floor, which used to be a dining area, was given a fresh look.
Shifra came up with the name Myth and added a bar, complete with high tables and electronic dart machines for the space.
“There was no club or bar playing good music here, most of the outlets were just restaurants so we thought why not give our customers something different,” said Shifra, adding that not many knew of their plans.
The outlet continued to stay open during the month-long renovations which ended in late August.
It was only then that the doors opened for business and their customers were surprised to find what they had been up to.
“Everyone was in awe when we revealed Meatology and Myth,” said Shifra, adding that she was thankful her customers loved it as much as she did.
Meatology retained the cosy and rustic look Boathouse was famed for with a few changes such as additional light features and furniture.
Newspaper and magazine clippings of Law’s love for food were hung on the walls around the dining area.
Law, who is a graduate of the Hotel and Catering Institutional Management Centre with more than 20 years of professional experience, made a quick stop at the kitchen to share with us some of the dishes customers could look forward to.
The new dishes, however, would not come from the pages of her recently launched cookbook.
“I will not be serving anything from my cookbook, so you will have to buy it and try them at home,” Law said.
The non-halal restaurant serves main dishes such as beef, lamb, fish and pork as well as pizza and pasta with a selection of vegetarian dishes too.
Overwhelmed by the array of choices, Law suggested I try two of their bestsellers: the Steak on Fire and Meatology Ribs, which clearly did not disappoint.
The Steak on Fire was flambéed with brandy in front of me.
“We want everyone to see how this dish is prepared,” said Law before moving on to torch the ribs with a shot of brandy too.
Another favourite, she said, was the Posh & Chips, which is prepared in a beer batter served with pork bacon and chips.
Do not worry if your friends choose to hang out at Myth, as you are still able to order dishes from Meatology.
Law also created the Myth cocktail together with six types of Tribal shots to go with tuak (Borneo rice wine).
On Friday nights, which is also the outlet’s ladies’ night, customers will be treated to retro and hip hop music from DJ Adrian G and Double D from 10pm onwards.