Travel Anecdotes – Apollo, Bangsar

I had dinner here twice circa October last year. My friend read a good review and initiated us to give it a try. I loved how it looked from the outside – something different, fresh, inter-galactic. I felt like I was transported somewhere else, another city, another country, another time in a zeitgeist quantum of space.

The atmosphere buzzed and had a crisp, fast paced energy to it. Reservation was a must- both times there was a line before entering even for those who booked. Service was pretty good (quite a coup in KL) – the maitre d was super attentive and ensured smooth transition from the moment we entered till the conclusion of the night. Most waiters were confident and knowledgeable about their menu, and could give really helpful insight on what to order based on our preferences and interest.

Food itself was also largely hits. One can describe it as fusion cuisine- an Asian base mostly but with some unconventional twists that leaves a lasting aftertaste. Presentation was aiming for the stars and sometimes met its mark indeed. For starters, the Potato Croquet was delightful. The way the cheese melted with hot chunks of potato and fused with the spice of the sambal was mouth watering. For mains, the Thai Laksa Crab, Roasted Cauliflower, Kicap Manis Duck Confetti still lingers in my mind today, months after our last dinner there. Each of these mains had perfected their sauces – creamy, tasty, substantial without tipping over the too-much threshold for flavour. I would heartily recommend each and every one of the dishes mentioned. The two dishes that I thought went abit lower in the pecking order were the American Scallop and Taro for starters, and Rare Red Tuna for mains. It tasted well, but somewhat forgettable and not hitting the right spots.

American Scallop and Taro – a starter of scallop, taro fritter, citric juniper and topped with caviar and hollandaise sauce.

Chicken percik roulade – comprised of chicken chop, kerabu risotto and percik sauce.

Potato Croquettes – fried potatoes stuffed with hot melting emmental cheese, anchovy sambal, pickled daikon and pickled onion.

Rare Red Tuna – coconut risotto, pickled shallots, crispy chilli lime dressing.

Kicap manis duck confetti – a wonderful amalgamation of the strength of duck flesh, drenched in a sweet-salty spice.

Roasted cauliflower – a creative and yummilicious vegetarian option comprising of cauliflower, enoki mushroom, roasted kumara, pine nuts and finger licking rendang sauce…

Thai Laksa Crab – one of the wins for the night for me – squid ink spaghetti accompanied by soft shell crab bathed in mouth watering laksa crab meat sauce.

Bentong Ginger Apple Lava Cake – a simple combination of crystallized ginger over apple, vanilla ice cream and maracaibo classificado chocolate. A perfect way to bid adieu to the evening.

Overall, Apollo gets all the notes just right – food, ambiance, energy, interior and service were unique, delightful and whets your curiosity and appetite for more. We obviously need to return soon!

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