Mama San blazes into KL with style to burn: Bali’s venerated Asian street food restaurant, spearheaded by Scots chef Will Meyrick, has opened its first Malaysian outpost in Suria KLCC, hoping to become one of 2015’s hottest new establishments.

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Take a table under Mama San’s benevolent gaze inside this sultry eye-candy eatery, overlooking KLCC’s street-level park, for a feast that explores our region’s varied culinary colours, inspired & informed by the warongs of Jakarta & KL, the markets of Hanoi & the backroads of Bangkok, with a side trip to Delhi.

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Starters

Mama San’s starters take a fowl turn – Indonesia’s ‘Ayam Tangkap Aceh’ with curry leaves, pandan & green chillies (RM28) channels a tongue-tingling spiciness, but the Vietnamese-inflected duck salad with green mangoes, carrots, shrimp, coriander & ‘nuoc cham’ sauce (RM30) rules the roost with its tangy-sweet dynamics.

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Fish Recipes

Customers may flow in for a wide range of fish recipes: Wood-roasted barramundi – honouring Mama San’s birthplace of Bali – fragrantly wrapped in banana leaves & partnered with kangkung & a trinity of condiments, including sambal matah (RM45), shares the spotlight with the likes of shark meat ‘asam rebus’ with belimbing wuluh & tandoori snapper with kachumber salad.

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For Meat

For meat: Indonesian ‘dendeng balado’ caramelised beef short ribs with kaffir lime (RM55) & Thai lamb shoulder massaman curry with pumpkin (RM40), both built with tender, flavoursome flesh. The melting-pot menu goes on, with Peranakan ayam buah keluak, soft-shell crab rojak, lamb murtabak, five-spice chicken lorbak & much more. But there’s a notable omission: This is KLCC, so Mama San skips some signature recipes from Bali & Hong Kong, including crispy pork ribs & pork hock confit.

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Desserts

The catalogue of desserts looks impressive from top to toe, but the stars may be the steamed buns stuffed with Nutella (Mama San’s take on tau sar bao) & served with an affogato of vanilla ice cream & Balinese Kintamani espresso (RM18) & condensed milk ice cream with shredded young coconut, toasted coconut, crushed peanuts, sweet corn & sesame seeds (RM18).

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Cocktails

Cocktails showcase a tropical fruit bent, from the very distinctively presented Lychee Tiffin Punch (RM28; vodka, lychee, strawberry, vanilla, mint, orange, lemon, lime) to the tequila-based Pineapple Kaffir Lime Margarita (RM28). Wine is available from RM170 a bottle – the Pinot Noir was enjoyable enough to justify its purchase. Service sparkles, with the entire team – from the front of house to the kitchen – working together to ensure a pleasant experience.

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Location and Contact Details

Mama San KL

G46, Suria KLCC

Tel: +6019 787 5810

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