Malaysian Bars Association, on the mention of this name the first thing that came to mind was lawyers and whether it's a place for them to gather, an association of sorts. When I heard there was to be a food review there, I still couldn't dis-associate the name from lawyers. Probably it's a restaurant for lawyers, I thought to myself. It wasn't until I arrived at the bar restaurant that I realize, hey it's a rather cool bar to chill out and have some good food!
|Malaysian Bars Association|
MBA (Malaysian Bars Association)
Jalan PJU 5/22,
Red Carpet Avenue,
The Strand Kota Damansara,
47810 Selangor, Malaysia
Open daily from 12pm until 1am
|Tagline "We Raise The BAR"|
Initially I couldn't really find this restaurant as it is located in the new Red Carpet Avenue inside The Strand of Kota Damansara. A quick google search later, and I arrived at location, to see a couple of fellow bloggers already there. The first impression of Malaysian Bars Association was the cool ambience as the lighting was really dim. Dim until the point I found it tough to get good photos of the food. However for a drinks bar, and a place to chill out, this was the perfect environment.
A quick chat with the owners and I found out that initially the name of the bar was really inspired by lawyers and that their hope will be folks will come over to just chill out after a long hectic day at work. It didn't take long before our food was served, and I was rather surprised that Malaysian Bars Association offered a fusion menu, on top of western food, there were fried rice and even Thai Fried Soh Hoon. Check out some of the dishes we were able to sample that night starting with the chicken dishes and ending with western food.
|#1 Chicken Wings Oriental - RM20|
|#2 Inche kabin - RM14|
The chicken was nicely done up, both the Chicken Wings Oriental and Inche Kabin. I can't find any fault with it, as anything deep fried with spices are normally very tasty and smells nice. We were then served with asian local delicacies.
|#3 Mashed Potatoes - RM8|
|#4 Wild Fungi Soup - RM12|
|#5 The Indon Treasure (Fried Rice) - RM10|
|#6 Thai Fried Soh Hoon - RM9|
The 2 local dishes above kind of surprised me as we don't normally get fusion food like these in bars. In cafes' probably, but it is rather peculiar to be eating Fried Soh Hoon over a cup of beer. But that's probably just my point of view. Let's move on to Malaysian Bars Association's western fare below.
|#7 Traditional Fish and Chip - RM24|
|#8 Grilled Beef Sirloin - RM36|
|#9 Skillet Salmon - RM36|
We had 3 different but common dishes namely the fish and chips, grilled beef sirloin and salmon. Nothing really exceptional about the taste though, as I felt it tasted just okay. Probably the taste buds were tainted by the first few dishes? However the salmon was above average though as I could taste its freshness. I'm not very fond of seafood, so enjoying the salmon tells a lot.
|MBA's logo on their menu|
That wraps up the night, food was rather reasonably priced, very good ambience, and it's a cool place if you were to chill out with friends at Malaysian Bars Association. The food for now were good, but my expectation were pretty high, a "lawyer" wannabe's expectation. Go for the ambience, and just to note, ILoveDiscount (http://www.ilovediscounts.my) has come up with a pretty awesome deal at Malaysian Bars Association pretty soon so be sure to check it out!
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