Eating in Kuala Lumpur - Twenty One Kitchen & Bar
The decor is modern and spare, with a small dining area on the ground floor and bar on the upper floor. There is also an al fresco area next to the street.
The menu is divided into 2 main sections - appetizers and mains. What's great is that instead of having just one appetizer, you can choose any three which are served in tasting portions. I decided to have the duck breast salad, prawn salad and mushroom soup. Chunks of bread and olive oil and a nutty powder was served before the main orders arrived. I couldn't make out what the nutty powder was - it tasty like walnut, but it was quite nice with the bread.
The appetizers came in one big platter. The duck breast salad had a sweet and tangy balsamic dressing which was very tasty. The prawn salad was more Thai style, with sauteed prawns and a green mango salad. The mushroom soup had lots of beef bacon strips inside, and was very well done with a rich and complex taste. All in all, very satisfying.
For the main course, I decided to go for the Duck Leg Confit. It was served with a fresh rocket salad on a rich creamy sauce. The rocket salad was a nice surprise, as it is not easy to get fresh rockets in this part of the World. The duck confit was done to perfection, with juicy and tender meat inside and crispy skin outside. The sauce was creamy and had a subtle orangy taste, and complimented the duck very well.
For desert I ordered the Warm Layered Chocolate Cake served with Stracciato Ice Cream and Wild Berries Coulis. I was not disappointed. The cake was nice and moist, the ice cream and berries coulis rounding out a very satisfying desert.
Twenty One is definitely one of the better Western Restaurants in KL. The food is interesting and very good, the service is attentive but not intrusive. It also has a nice modern decor which is not too stuffy. Great for a casual dinner experience.