Tuesday, February 09, 2010

House of Tang @ One Bangsar

House of Tang

As one walks into the compound of House of Tang, one would not realise that this is a Chinese restaurant apart from the obvious lighted signage. This place gives one a very western atmosphere because of the al-fresco dining area in the gardens, beautifully decorated with flowers, pots and lights. I seriously can't think of anyone who were to dine outside under the hot sun in the day time. Could you please name me one?!!

The interior is simple. Actually it's just like another ordinary restaurant but cosy due to the limited number of tables and only 4 private rooms. I was told that this place used to be the then Fukuya Japanese restaurant. This place has been operating for more than a year and my friends did not return after a year until recently because the chef that used to cook here is horrible. Maybe after the complaints, they removed the chef and brought in a new local chef. He's in his thirties (yes, still single) and he did much better than the previous chef.

ABC Soup

I find the double-boiled ABC soup very flavourful especially with the pepper and the meat used in the soup.

Spinach (RM12-15 for small)

This spinach is wok-fried with dry mini "ikan bilis" (anchovies) and lots of garlic. It's very appetizing and is cooked just right.

Kampong Wok Fried Prawns (RM25 for small)

These prawns are big, succulent and fresh. That is the utmost important in any prawn dish.

Tong Po Meat with Buns

This was recommended to us. This Tong Po Meat (3-layered Pork stew) did not really impress me due to the fact that they did not stew it enough. A good Tong Po pork is supposed to have melt-in-the-mouth texture. So, we called the chef and gave him our feedback. He was very nice to have admitted that he did not stew this long enough. The sauce was nice and not too oily but too bad the pork was not tender enough.

Hokkien Mee (RM12 for small)

The waitress told us that they serve very good Hokkien Mee and thus we posed the chef a challenge. If this Hokkien mee is better than the one in Reunion @ Bangsar Village, my friend would pay 1&1/2 of the bill and if the hokkien mee disappoints, he shall only pay 50%. You see, by far, the best hokkien mee in my opinion that is served in air conditioned environment like this is at Reunion.

The verdict was, the hokkien mee is a little bit sweet for my liking. However, after you have added the chilli sauce that is supposed to complement the mee, it tasted much better and less sweet. Nonetheless, I still like the one at Reunion because they give a generous amount of pork lard FTW!

The House of Tang do have CNY dinner sets starting from RM488 for 10 people and they have this "Snow Pear Yee Sang with Plum Dressing). This is not too bad a chinese restaurant that I would come back to try. They do serve dim sum for lunch for what the "gwai lo" will call yum cha.....

And the most important point - BYO wine is charged at RM20/bottle.

House of Tang
One Bangsar, No.63B, Jalan Ara, Bangsar Baru.
59100 KL.
Tel: +603-22821111
Closed on Tuesdays.


Sean said...

i still wonder though, how this place is gonna survive in the long run, since there are now three chinese restaurants on this row now. all of them are actually pretty good, but three is still too many...

foongpc said...

Oh yum! yum! Heard a lot about this restaurant lately. Must give it a try! : )

KY said...

siapa bayar? :P

KY said...

siapa bayar? :P

CUMI & CIKI said...

wah.. KY likes to repeat himself hor:P food looks great.. 2day lunch at cubes.. cannot wait to see Mr Ang and his peking duck:P

Cruel Angel said...

siapa bayar? U such a big eater...

eat eat

Hari-hari mau

suituapui said...

Decor doesn't look like Chinese restaurant... Food looks ok, even the Hokkien mee.

thenomadGourmand said...

Going there tonite... hmm.. hope it's good! *cross fingers*

eiling lim said...

Sean: Actually I really have no idea. House of Tang was rather quiet on a Tues night. Well, at least it still survived.

Foongpc: Yes.. go try it!

KY: My friend bayar la... :(

C&C: Hope you enjoyed yourself there.

Cruel Angel: Sorry la.. I eat everyday.

STP: Cos it used to be a Jap restaurant last time.

Thenomadgourmand: I wonder how you dinner went.

siao1 said...

We went and tried one of the package meal for 4. The dish is not bad, servings is very generous and service is good. The dumplings soup is very nice close to Sichuan taste. The fish curry is nice too. Just the dessert taufufa is bit disappointed.

Just one thing, the dish seems a bit cold when served. Not steaming hot like most of Chinese restaurant. A let down.

Overall: 4 out of 5.

eiling lim said...

Siao1: I guess you have to tell and feedback to the manager so that they know. And probably it's CNY where all the restaurants give substandard service and food quality.

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