Thursday, January 11, 2007

Dining Out @ CoChine, Asian Heritage Row, Kuala Lumpur

Sorry for not posting yesterday but I had serious issues with accessing Blogger. Every time I tried to create a post, it hung on me which was so frustrating. Still not sure if it's because of the slow Net access or because Blogger had a fit yesterday.

Back to food, the pictures this time aren't of sterling quality as this restaurant had pretty dim lighting but don't let that deter you as the food here is yummy plus the atmosphere here is great. CoChine at Asian Heritage Row is part of the Indochine group which started out in Singapore. Their Bar SaVanh just below CoChine is a great place to chill out at night too. It's also one of the few places in town which serves Indochine food i.e. Laos, Cambodian and Vietnamese.

We started off with Gui Cuon Vit (Roast Duck and Mango Rolls - RM20) which is from Vietnam. The rolls are filled with vegetables and delicious when dipped in the sauce with ground peanuts and a tinge of ginger in it. Since the vegetable dishes on the menu didn't look exciting, we settled for a salad instead. Since I love pomelo, I had to order their Goi Buoi Saigon (Prawn and Pomelo Salad – RM28). The pomelo chunks and crunchy prawns are tossed in a sauce made from fish sauce, lemon juice and palm sugar. Unlike other places, we find the food tastes here are more subtle which suits us fine.

I always have trouble snapping pictures of beef and chocolate cake because it's dark hence this picture isn't so nice. However, this was my favourite, the famous Cambodian Thit Bo Luc Lac (Beef Cubes with Pepper, Garlic and Butter – RM26). The beef cubes are juicy and succulent with a slightly peppery kick. Add the dip which is slightly flavoured with fish sauce and you'll be asking for extra jasmine rice for your meal.

Since there was only two of us, we were struggling to finish our dishes but we need we had to taste their curries hence we ordered Samla Kroeng Somot (Cambodian Seafood in a thick coconut curry – RM30). The curry is quite mild in terms of spiciness which we both like as we could then enjoy the array of seafood inside it - calamari, prawns, scallops, mussels and fish.

Even though we were stuffed from the meal, we decided to try the highly recommended Steamed Pumpkin Custard served with Vanilla Ice Cream (RM16). This was the Laotian version that tasted lighter as it used an egg custard instead of a rich coconut milk custard. Absolutely delicious when paired with the cold vanilla ice cream.

Dining here is a great experience as the food is good albeit a bit pricey. We also liked the nice atmosphere the place has with it's artifacts and opium beds from the Indochine region. Although it's a good place to have a romantic dinner, you can also catch a bite with friends before you head downstairs for a night out.

CoChine Lounge and Restaurant
Asian Heritage Row
No. 64, Jalan Doraisamy
Kuala Lumpur

Tel No: 03 – 2697 1180

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.

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Anonymous said...

Wah..2 person can eat so much ar..been to bar savanh once..the alcohol is diluted but there had belly dancers..maybe i shall consider going there for dinner..nice review

Anonymous said...

da prawn and pomelo salad looks good! i've yet to make a stop at asian heritage row....hopefully will be able to take some time off and drive down to this area..

Anonymous said...

always drank at bar savanh but never ate there. sounds quite good huh, though pricey. yummm, pumpkin custard. the last time i had that was in 1986, when during the summer vacation, we had a thai student sub letting a room in the apartment i was in. he made the pumpkin custard, and i remember thinking it was the best thing this side of the suez canal. he served it with a durian sauce though, i think.

Anonymous said...

I had good memories and bad ones when I think about Cochine. Good one was meeting my brother in law for the first time, lovely ambience and the food was really good.

The bad one was, the next morning my cheek was swollen double in size and I had to surgically remove my wisdom tooth (it was pushing its way out and thanks to my small jaw bone, the tooth was pushing the wrong way! After the surgery I had to go on liquid/soft food diet for a week. :/ )

Anonymous said...

Haven't been to KL, but this brings back memories of the Bar SaVanh on Club Street in S'pore... I used to work just across the road from it! :) Absolutely love the decor, but I agree with the constant craver, the drinks are slightly watered down.

Anonymous said...

It looks really nice !!! A curry mild in terms of spiciness, that means that I could try ;-) It a little bit funny for me to read that that was a little bit pricey...If you want to eat a normal pizza in Switzerland, you will pay about 45-60RM, you see ???

Nice post


Anonymous said...

Goodness ! Looks like this is da place for xtraordinary gourmet memories !

Just in case if on yr nex fest and u r lacking in mouthpower 4 whatever reasons(?)do signal friendly FatBB so he can arrange immediate eveready mouthsup(such as WMW, Meiyen,Babe,teckko etc) to spare u of yr overtantalised sensations...and at the same time allow a great n generous sharing of yr forever yummilicious spreads...TQ !

boo_licious said...

someone who is constantly craving - food is great, give it a try. Bit pricey though so save it when yr wallet is feeling fat.

meiyen - the place is generally party area at night and super quiet in the daytime except for Vanilla Box which serves great cakes.

fatboybakes - man around town! Maybe you ask Azrah to teach you how to make this. This version is so nice and not so rich.

honeystar - aiks! sorry abt the bad experience but glad you had a great time in Cochine.

shilpa - think most bars water down their drinks to get extra profits. One of those nasty things they do.

claude olivier - Since we're in Asia, we tend to make noise if we pay a lot for Asian food. Our brains seem to be programmed that Asian food should be cheap. I think in Switzerland, food is quite pricey for us as I remember my sister visiting it and complaining that our Ringgit couldn't buy much.

tonixe - LOL! Sounds like a good idea for next time. Aren't you organising the next food meet?

Anonymous said...

Hi Boo, quite a good spread of eats there :) That old-cucumber soup makes me feels so nostalgic, which I tend to take advantage of in my childhood. Unfortunately, that is one cucumber we don't see here :( You have picked that really good pepper steak beef dish, which was also made popular amongst the Cambodian-chinese here :) The mild-spicy seafood curry is just an excellent choice aside from our basic-instinct MY taste bud, isn't it ? It is very popular here with the Thais aside from their panangs & green curries :) Oh my, that final egg custard is a hit here at the saigon bakeries tucked in a lil' plastic cup for $2 ea. Makes me wanna go get some now :P Thx for the great post in diversifying your spread of eats there. Cheers ! :)

Anonymous said...

Hahaha omg how did I become organizer ! Let me look for Fatboy first !

Anonymous said...

hi there, i'm looking for a new restaurant in kl to celebrate christmas with my gf, it's our anniversary =).

looking for a nice atmosphere and some delicious food. i'm kinda new to kl so pls do state the name of the shop and address, and the type of food they serves. tq

pls send ur recommendations to this email address

thanks for ur kind help =

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