Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Blackbyrd Dine & Lounge, Platinum Park, KL

Soaring high on the 50th Floor of Platinum Park KLCC is one of KL's latest dining hotspots, Blackbyrd. The contemporary restaurant and lounge boasts panoramic views of the KL city skyline, including unobstructed views of two of Kuala Lumpur's most iconic buildings, the Petronas Twin Towers and KL Towers. Malaysian touches can be found in their interior, such as locally handcrafted wood and custom-made rattan chairs.

Come for the view and stay for the food; the menu is an eclectic mix of comfort food, with a focus on quality ingredients. Here at Blackbyrd, guests can indulge in Asian fusion dishes, as well as light bites, salads, steaks (USDA Black Angus and Japanese Wagyu) and pasta.

The kitchen is led by culinary maverick, Philip Mimbimi who hails from Michigan and also heads other kitchens by the Ismaya Group. Whenever possible, Chef Philip uses locally sourced ingredients such as the duck for his Bebek Goreng dish and vegetables from Cameron Highlands.

Start your meal with Blackbyrd's bestseller, the Crispy Nori Crunch (RM28). These delicious bites have it all - a great crunchy tempura nori seaweed base topped with fresh, spicy chunks of salmon, salmon roe and a generous shaving of Parmesan cheese. Great textures and flavours and so beautifully presented too!

The Tuna Feuillette (RM36) was equally fantastic. Thinly sliced raw tuna is placed on a crisp tortilla and is garnished with microgreens, caramelised onions, truffle aioli as well as balsamic pearls which gives it a lovely, complementary burst of sweetness.

For truffle lovers, the Truffle Tagliolini (RM49) is a real treat for the senses. Known as the "diamonds of gastronomy", this delicacy is used in 6 different forms in this dish. Truffle oil, truffle butter, truffle paste, shaved black and white truffle and finally a spritz of truffle perfume makes this a truffle dream come true. Too much truffle.?.. Said no one ever! I loved every mouthful of it... absolutely brilliant!

Just like the tagliolini, the cavatelli pasta is also made in-house daily. These gluten-free small pasta shells are sauteed with chopped escargot and porcini mushroom, both of which gives this dish quite an earthy flavour. Giving the dish some vibrancy are the green pea puree dotted around the dish as well as a mound of rich stracciatella (the delicious center of the burrata) to finish.

Escargot Cavatelli with Porcini (RM28)

Another popular dish here at Blackbyrd is the Mie Goreng Sambal Matah (RM28), whereby handmade noodles is stir fried along with sambal matah, a Balinese-style sambal, seabass fillet and served with fish cracker sourced from Terengganu.

For a sweet ending to your meal, the Es Cendol Waffle (RM18) will definitely hit the spot. This creation combines two fantastic Asian desserts - the HK-style egg waffle and the much-loved cendol. The pandan-flavoured waffle is topped with slivers of jackfruit, cendol, toasted coconut, grass jelly and coconut gelato. Pour over the gula melaka syrup just before enjoying.

Sip on cocktails at the sexy, sleek bar and lounge, adjoining to the dining area. Bar manager Diniy served us some of their fabulous signature cocktails - the bestselling Mango Crush (RM38), Madame St Germain (RM42) and Blackbyrd Espressotini (RM48). The lounge is also home to an extensive list of wines and spirits.

Operating hours: 12pm - 11pm daily.

Location: Blackbyrd KL, Level 50, Platinum Park, Naza Tower, 10, Persiaran KLCC, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Parking rate RM4 per hour).

Tel: 012-689 8576

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  1. I'd stick to the Mie Goreng Sambal Matah, something more familiar.

  2. Pricing doesn't look bad at all for these sort of quality isn't it?


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