Sunday, September 2, 2012

IR1968 Indochine Bar & Restaurant @ Terrace at Hock Choon, Lorong Nibong, Kuala Lumpur

Recently, we won a dining voucher for two (worth RM200) to dine at IR1968 Indochine Bar &Restaurant located in Terrace at Hock Choon. The restaurant serves Indonesia-Chinese cuisine and was first established in Hong Kong in 1968, hence the name. The IR1968 in HK is included in the Michelin Guide HK/Macau 2011-2012. 



Making a reservation for this restaurant was a little strange (one of the stipulations of using the voucher was that we had to make a prior reservation). I called the restaurant, and told the guy I wanted to book a table for two adults and 1 child for lunch and the response I got was "uhm" and the guy hung up! I just assumed he got my message and we just turned up at the restaurant. I was surprised at how quiet the restaurant was, us being the only customers for the afternoon (haha felt like we booked the whole restaurant for ourselves!). I noticed that they had set lunches for RM9.90++which included a soup, main and Chinese tea -  very cheap if you ask me! But sadly, I think the location does not really help. Service was a little slow, but pleasant enough. We weren't really in a rush, so it didn't bother us.

Outdoor terrace


Nice decor indoors





Our voucher entitles us to a set menu for two, hence we didn't have to choose from the menu. It included a drink, soup, starter, main and dessert, apparently worth RM200 in total. We enjoyed the food here, and the ambiance of the restaurant is nice and relaxing too.

Minty Ginger Tea - green apple, mint, ginger, cucumber, 100% natural wild honey - a very nice, refreshing drink

We started off with a warming bowl of double boiled superior chicken soup (sop sayur ayam). The soup, served with some bak choy and chicken strips was clear, light and very clean tasting.


This was followed swiftly by the appetizer platter which consisted of 3 different components - wanton with tom yum sauce, vegetarian spring roll with minty sauce (lumpia), and Indonesian sweet corn and shrimp fritter (perkedel jagung). Despite all being deep fried, they were not oily and all tasted good. 


Indonesian sweetcorn and shrimp fritter (Perkedel jagung)


The mains also consisted of 3 items - a chicken dish, a fish dish and a vegetable dish, together with an Indonesian traditional fried rice. The food presentation here is definitely nice. The fried rice was very fragrant and each grain was full of "wok hei". From the mains, I really liked the tangy flavours of the fish fillet with Javanese lemongrass sour and spicy sauce - so appetizing! The chicken with fresh coconut and banana flower sauce was rich and creamy (far left in photo).



Fish fillet with Javanese lemongrass sour and spicy sauce (ikan asam serai)

Garlic mixed vegetables (chap chai goreng)

Fragrant fried rice


Dessert was watermelon cubes with honey




For information, price for starters and soups start from RM12, poultry and meat from RM22, fish and prawns from RM25, squid from RM38 and vegetables from RM16. 

Full set of photos can be viewed on my Facebook page here. 


Pork-free.

Price: We did not pay for this meal since we won dining vouchers from a magazine contest. However, this is NOT an invited review. 

Location: IR1968 Indochine Bar & Restaurant, Terrace at Hock Choon, 241-B, Lorong Nibong,off Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-2141 3550

GPS Coordinates: 3.159585,101.728827

28 comments:

  1. The place looks pretty...

    Hmmm RM200 for the meal? Didn"t quite look like it though. >.<

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    1. Yes, decor here is lovely.

      I dont think the meal was worth RM200 as well, but since it was a freebie won't complain much :P

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  2. Dear Baby Sumo,

    Sorry but I just can't see myself eating this kind of food in KL. I used to eat at Vic Station located next to Hock Choon every week when I was living in KL where the Indon oxtail soup and "Malaysian style steaks" were awesome and I'm sure they still are!

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    1. Are u talking abt the prices here? I dont think they're that expensive if u order off a la carte (portions shd be much bigger), they probably just wanted to make the prize look more "prestigious".. RM100 set menu sounds better than RM30.

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  3. Oh my, That looks delicious and fab. I love the ambience of the place, and $200 RM is really not bad when you get that many dishes and a lovely atmosphere.

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    1. The ambiance was good, nice for a quiet lunch/dinner :)

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  4. Ooooo...I love the crockery! I've a soft spot for blue and white's. So nice...

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    1. I love it too! LOoks really classic ;)

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  5. Oh I went to this restaurant before, well, more like visited it when it was not opened yet! LOL! I remember thinking the decor was nice! But the location certainly was a bit hard to get to, not mentioning the car park. Well that just means you have more of the restaurant to yourself when it's quiet! Hehe.. food presentation looks good!! I miss Indonesian food..

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    1. They've actually opened up another open air car park so parking is not really a problem here.

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  6. i should come here to try. even though i stopped running a food blog, eating decent food is still a priority. hehe.

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    1. Hehe of cos! Must always eat good food ;) Hope u had a great hol in SA!

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  7. Ahh... the place hasn't changed much since we dined there about 1+ year ago. Love those blue and white crockery!

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    1. Looks like they upkeep it pretty well.

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  8. this is quite a nice place to hang out at for dinner too, when the lights are dimmed and some chill-out music plays in the background. very exotic, kinda romantic! :D

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    1. I can imagine. The outdoor terrace shd be nice for some evening cocktails too, right?

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  9. The food looks good - the kind I would enjoy! The restaurant looks kind of classy and elegant as well...

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    1. Nice place for husband and wife to come pak toh.

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  10. wow, nice place and the food presentation didn't disappoint too!

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    1. Yes, it's definitely fine dining Indochinese here.

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  11. The food and deco both look good, maybe we should go and try one day. :)

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    1. Hopefully they maintain their cooking standards ;) Then after tht u can go downstairs and buy cakes from A Slice of Heaven. Hehe.

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  12. Nice palce and the food looks great!

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    1. Had the whole place to ourself... great! No need to worry abt our kid making a lil noise. :)

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  13. oh the fried rice looks really good...can see every single grain..this shows a good fried ice quality...

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    1. Yes yes, although the fried rice was very simple, it was one of the nicest things we ate here.

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  14. Hubby loves the ox tongue steak here.

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    1. Ooooo... must try it next time! Thanks for the heads up.

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