Gemas Gold bone-in rib eye at Ril's
While the downstairs space will continually change appearance over time housing various artists by day and numerous events by night, the steakhouse upstairs aim to become a fixture in the KL dining scene. Ril's, the owner/executive chef explained that the restaurant is modelled after a classic, high-end American steakhouse.
A slanted 30 feet ceiling and raw industrial accents
High ceilings, wooden floors, white table cloths, high backed wooden chairs and a feature bar create a simple yet classic dining area.
There is a pop-up bar, Bar Art downstairs in the art gallery which makes an appearance in the evenings. Ril's Steakhouse has its own stylish bar complete with comfortable sofas should you wish to view the menu over a pre-dinner drink.
Bread roll, made using recipe from Laurie, Ril's wife
Our starter of Sweet Potato and Corn Croquette (RM22) served with spicy beetroot compote and lemon creme fraiche and topped with fried quails egg was a huge hit. The crunchy yet slightly sweet texture of the croquette paired perfectly with the creamy quails egg yolk. The various textures from the components of this dish combined very well resulting in a very satisfying starter indeed. Highly recommended.
Crispy croquette, which scores high in the looks department too
The Lobster Bisque (RM28), is a classic steakhouse item - the version at Ril's was rich, smooth and tasted lovely.
Ril's Tiga Rasa Scallops (RM28), signature seared scallops served in three unique ways - each in a different sauce- sweet spicy beetroot compote, sour lemon/lime aioli, and salty butter/soy reduction. My favorite would be the salty one, however the size of the scallops were a little on the small side.
The crispy pan seared chicken casserole (RM52) is prepared by stewing the chicken thigh in white wine for two hours til meltingly tender then shallow pan fried til crisp and served with its own jus on a sweet potato pancake. The beauty about this dish is the fact that the meat falls off the bone. The outer layer remained crisp yet the meat within was satisfyingly tender and juicy.
The bone-in Gemas Gold rib eye (RM128 for 700g) - a whopping piece of meat with character
Undoubtedly this was the focal point of our meal and rightly so, considering we are in a steakhouse. Full marks for presentation, simple yet at the same time rather theatrical. The 700g of Rib Eye looked mouth wateringly good when it arrived at our table.
This was our first encounter with Gemas Gold, an Australian breed which is raised here in Malaysia. All the beef at Ril's is Halal-certified, and diners can choose from Australian or locally reared meats.
I (hubby) ate the lions share of our 700g and enjoyed every single bite. Admittedly the Gold Gemas offers more resistance, when compared to some of the more delicate meats we have been eating recently, however I found the taste and texture of the rib-eye very satisfying.
This steak is seared on a cast iron burner on high heat and then cooked in a 400°C oven to create a crusty exterior with a tender, medium rare interior.
Since our relocation to KL we have been exploring the more delicate steaks and experimenting with different cuts of meat, such as Aged Black Angus, Blackmore Wagyu, Blackmore Wagyu Cube Roll, Master Kobe Oyster Blade satisfying our craving for red meat while enjoying the learning experience along the way.
I would likely re-order the Gemas Gold Rib Eye on our return visit to Ril's firstly because I thoroughly enjoyed it and secondly to gauge consistency of this relatively new restaurant. Baby Sumo is more likely to opt for a more delicate Australian steak next time round, leaving me with the challenge of eating the 700g alone !!
Double baked potato royale (RM16, extra RM4 for truffled)
Sauteed spinach with garlic (RM12)
Crispy Leeks (RM14)
Chocolate fondant (RM26), sinful dark chocolate served with The Last Polka salted gula melaka ice cream
Surprisingly enough we managed to polish off all the food listed in this post. This admittedly was a big meal for two, however chocolate cake and ice-cream is never difficult to devour. The Last Polka ice-cream, locally handmade is definitely something we will be on the look out for in the future as we are now aware of its availability at selected locations across KL.
Downstairs, The Warehouse Gallery houses accessible and affordable art and features upcoming local Malaysian artists. The Warehouse Gallery has carefully preserved the original features of the building such as the steel elevator shaft, exposed brick pillars and antique ceiling beams. The colonial architecture and vintage furniture gives this place a unique edge.
By night, this area is transformed into a bar area, Bar Art serving cocktails/beer/wine.
Azimin Tazilan, one of the artist whose work was exhibited here for a month (interesting microarchitecture)
Cafe Art which nestles behind the main gallery, serving huge wholesome salads, sandwiches, smoothies and homemade cakes.
Quirky touches here and there
Stairs leading up to Ril's
What's a pacifier doing in a bar? LOL
Btw, The Warehouse / Ril's Steakhouse is located opposite the Sri Mahamariamman Indian Temple
Chinese signage along the way
Parking: You can park in an open air car park behind the restaurant. The turning is on the left, right before the restaurant. RM5 per entry after 7pm.
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Opening times: 10am to 1am. Closed on Mondays. Restaurant opens at 4pm.
Location: The Warehouse Gallery & Ril’s Steakhouse, 198 Jalan Tun H S Lee, 50000
Tel: +603 2022 0528
GPS Coordinates: 3.143109, 101.696486
*This review has been written by ChloeandDanielsdaddy.Please also note that this is an invited review.