Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Gastropub: Estate, The Intermark, KL, Malaysia

It is no secret that I am a big fan of The Big Group's restaurants, especially Ben's General Food Store, Plan B and Tate. Estate was opened sometime in November 2011 and is part of The Estates (also made up of Tate, After Ate, and EST, the newly opened steakhouse) in The Intermark, KL. I actually visited Estate about 2 months ago, but never got around to blogging it as it got lost in my backlog pile. Better late than never.

Estate is a modern interpretation of a gastropub, hence you will find updated versions of British pub classics such as fish and chips, chicken tikka masala, roast beef and Guinness braised beef stew amongst others.

Pretty tomato salad with burrata

Raw cement floors and exposed ceiling gives the restaurant an industrial edge while maintaining a stylish yet casual look. A unique feature wall, made using front covers of old radios provides a backdrop for the stage where local and international bands play on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Nice British backdrop

The wall is covered with radio covers - cool huh?

Bread basket with salted Echire butter (RM10)

Recenly, we have an infatuation with burrata cheese, so we were happy to try the tomato salad with burrata cheese (RM39.90) here. The dish was definitely very attractive, thanks to the use edible flowers and fresh basil. The burrata was creamy while the tomatoes were fresh and juicy. If all salads were this pretty and delicious, we wouldn't mind eating salads more often. A lovely start to our meal.

Surely after a healthy salad, we can indulge in a little deep fried food? The Parmigiano-Reggiano Egg Croquette (RM19.90) served with tartare sauce and micro greens was well worth the calories.An oozy runny egg in the centre makes this a gorgeous starter.

I've read about beer-butt chicken before in the newspaper/magazines but have never actually tried it before. It is served with the beer can intact in the bottom (LOL when we saw it), chicken upright and all - very cool. There is a firing time of 45 minutes for this, but it is worth the wait. After we finished photographing the chicken, the waiting staff took it back to the kitchen for carving. The chicken meat was moist, and is served with gravy, bread sauce and roast potatoes. On the menu, it says that this serves 2 but I would recommend that you share this amongst 3-4 persons.

Beer Roasted Whole Chicken (RM79.90)

It looks like it's dancing LOL!!

From their bar menu, we tried the Wild Mushroom and Truffle Pizza (RM35.90). This is similar to my default order whenever I visit Ben's General Food Store in BV, except that this one has truffle shavings on top of the wild mushroom, mascarpone and truffle oil.

The hand cut Wagyu five striploin cheese burger (RM79.90) was nice but the price is a little steep for a burger. I would say the Plan B cheeseburger for RM23 is as good as this, albeit with a different cut/breed of meat. Served with sesame bun with handcut fries, gherkin and aragula salad with white balsamic dressing.

I loved the Roast Black Angus beef tenderloin (RM89.90), beautifully cooked to medium rare. It is served with Yorkshire pudding, duck fat roast potatoes, grilled asparagus and gravy.

I felt stuffed by the time we finished our mains, but there is always room in my stomach for desserts! ALWAYS. All the desserts that we sampled were delicious.We started off with the Chocolate Crepes (RM15.90), served with salted caramel sauce and chocolate ice cream. I really liked the addition of the salted caramel sauce.

If you like Snickers, then you'll most probably love Estate's take on the "Snickers Bar" (RM19.90), made of peanut chocolate cracker, caramel mousse and salted peanuts with milk chocolate ice cream. This is quite a rich dessert, hence would be suitable for sharing.

Your mum may at sometime in your childhood packed a P B & J sandwich, short for peanut butter and jam in your lunchbox. I like the version here (RM19.90), consisting of peanut butter parfait, salted peanuts sandwiched between salted butter toast, boysenberry jam stacked together and served with coffee ice cream. The sweet-salty flavours worked well together.

EST, the South American steakhouse by The Big Group  located just next door to Estate

Full set of photos here, including menu.


Location: Estate, Lot G-01, Ground Floor, The Intermark, 182 Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel:  +603 2163 5732

GPS Coordinates: 3.161620, 101.719670

*This is an invited review.


  1. The tenderloin looks good! The big group is really taking over the KL dining scene. =)

    1. Definitely not the regular roast beef. Really delicious.

  2. i always love croquette, especially when its filling oozes out when munching through it :D

    1. Croquette is a nice vegetarian starter option.

  3. I like the roas chicken look. Complete with beer and all. Will be keen to check that out, And the bread basket looks inviting.

    1. Yeah we like the way it looked too, nice that they serve it to us with the beer can so we can see/photography before they remove the chicken and carve.

  4. bread for 10 bucks (eventhough i spot echire butter) and 40 bucks for a tomato salad (eventhough i see a generous portion of cheese)..gosh is that normal?

    i was about to ask what beer they use, i think i spotted a bit of blue..tiger? now im wondering if i should give this beer roasting chook a go now..

    1. Burrata is quite expensive in KL, if I rmbr correctly, I had it before at Favola and Acme Bar Coffee and they were both above RM30. I've been told that burrata doesn't keep for long either, maybe 2-3 days before it goes bad.

      Am not sure what beer they used as we didn't get to see the whole can...

  5. Gimme the Burrata...ditch the tomatoes n replace them with zucchini :)

    The Croquette looks good with d runny egg n d tartar sauce gives it a good contrast in colours :D

    Yeah...I also like the Cheeseburger and the Fisherman's Catch Burger at Ben's :)

    Btw, have u been to Huck's Cafe before? He has his own version of the Beer Butt Chicken...hehe :D

    1. Hahahaha but mozzarella / burrata's classic combination is tomato and basil ma... caprese salad ma.

      Have never been to Huck's Cafe. I think the beer can roasted chicken can be easily replicated at home... roast chicken plus shove a can up its bum bum.

  6. I saw my food, the peanut butter parfait! Hehehe :P

    1. I thought of you when I wrote the part about the PB & J sandwich dessert.

  7. That snickers bar dessert is one of my favs. Sweet and salty and it really does taste like a snickers!

  8. seeing duck-fat roasted potatoes in your post made me remember one thing i was wondering recently: i wonder how beef-fat roasted potatoes, lamb-fat roasted potatoes, pork-fat roasted potatoes, etc might taste :D

    1. Hmmm I dont think I've ever seen lamb, beef or pork fat roasted potatoes. I've only ever tried cooking duck fat roasted potatoes at home.


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