No Longer in Operation.

When Barbecue Garden opened at Life Centre early this year, it was instantly & impressively a very good restaurant; in the months since then, it’s evolved into a truly excellent one, creatively expanding its menu & consistently serving top-drawer meat that’s deliciously marinated in a delightful array of predominantly Southeast Asian recipes. Earlier entry on Barbecue Garden: March 9.

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To recap, Barbecue Garden is a Vietnamese-origin brand that’s been brought to Kuala Lumpur by enterprising Malaysians eager to breathe fresh life into the city’s barbecued-meat landscape. It’s a one-of-a-kind, open-air destination, occupying a spacious garden rooftop with views of the KL Tower & surrounding skyscrapers.

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Many thanks to the Barbecue Garden team for hosting our return visit, specifically to try the Malaysian portion of the menu, perfect for casual after-work dinners & relaxed weekend feasts.

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Crocodile Meat

Crocodiles leap into the limelight (eat ’em before they eat us?). Have this Pahang-bred reptile meat, firm & fleshy, cooked with a nice char on a 150-gram jumbo skewer (RM29) with a lightly spicy kitchen-created rub to complement the lean, mean croc.

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Pork Rendang

Pork’s a pleasure at Barbecue Garden; try it with a rendang marinade that’s beautifully nuanced, conveying the intense flavour & savoury-aromatic complexities of rendang. The meat is very tender, ensuring each bite is worthwhile. RM13 for 100 grams.

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Pork Temptations

It’s easy to go the whole hog here, since there are so many temptations in the outlet’s porky oeuvre, from the novelty of grilled wild boar, ‘char siew’-style (RM15 per 100 grams), to pork neck with Chinese wine (RM17), addictive in its sheer succulence, to pork satay & pork belly with honey & hoisin sauce.

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Tandoori Prawns

Seafood isn’t neglected either; other recommendations with familiar Malaysian flavours paired with a barbecue’s smokiness include the juicy peeled tandoori prawns (RM13 per skewer) …

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Ikan Percik

… as well as ‘ikan percik’ (RM9 for 100 grams) – fish fillets with the full headiness of coconut milk …

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Squid

… & fresh squid with creamy butter sauce & curry leaves (RM11 per 100 grams), completing a gastronomic tour de force that spans the spectacular spectrum of Malay, Chinese & Indian culinary traditions.

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Crispy Chicken with Pineapples

Not into grilling? Not a problem; Barbecue Garden’s a la carte menu also comprises more than enough enjoyable enticements, like compulsively edible crispy chicken with pineapples in a creamy-tasty sweet sauce (RM15, a sensational snack; we couldn’t stop munching on it until the plate was wiped clean) …

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Spring Rools with Crab Meat and Pork

… to fried spring rolls for carnivores, crisply battered & well-stuffed with crab meat & pork (RM7 for three pieces) …

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Garlic Fried Rice

… to this surprise scene-stealer: one of the best garlic fried rice recipes we’ve ever had, gorgeously fragrant & ravishingly textured, laden with crunchy garlic bits in every bite, a remarkably satisfying counterpoint to the fluffy rice. RM6 serves two; it’d be worth heading to Barbecue Garden simply for this one. A carb-lover’s fantasy come true.

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Full-Blown Alcohol Menu

Barbecue Garden now has a full-blown alcohol menu, ranging from well-chosen wine by the glass or bottle to newfangled tropical-tinged cocktails like the Coconut Alchemy (RM28; Havana Rum, Captain Morgan, Malibu, pineapple juice, coconut juice, sugar syrup) & Thunderbolt (Absolut Citron vodka, calamansi, passion fruit, lemon juice, brown sugar, cointreau).

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Location and Contact Details

Barbecue Garden

Level 3 Rooftop, Life Centre, Jalan Sultan Ismail

Daily, 11am-2pm, 5pm-midnight.

Tel: 03-2181-8226

Find Barbecue Garden directory listing here.

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