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twentyone tables +terrace @ BSC

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twentyone tables +terrace @ BSC

“Sleek by design, seductive by nature…. twentyone tables+terrace is THE place to unwind in bangsar shopping center kuala lumpur.”

The brainchild of asia and sister restaurant of twentyone kitchen + bar, twentyone tables+terrace at BSC offers a slightly more matured haven for the discerning guest.

There are plenty of similarities between the two, especially in the vibe, the feel, and the spaces.

The focus is the same, and it’s all about the customers and the flow, and achieving the balance between restaurant and bar.

Designer Mark Chew from DplusM Creative- has successfully combined  elements of modern, funky, warm & inviting. Fast becoming the place to see & seen, twentyone aims to redefine food & beverage throughout South East Asia.

“With a chillout fountain, sweeping open terrace, amazing views, awesome food, lushouse tunes, people people people”.

I recalled the tasty meal I’d had there when it first opened. This was my second time dining there, and I was joined by Terry (Red FM Drive), Hawa (Program Manager) and Alvin (Photographer). Our wonderful hosts were Dinesh (BRDB), Janet Lam (PR, drbar) and Tricia (Manager).

Passionate cocktails is what we were promised, and that’s just what we got.

T&T martini – skyy passionfruit, bloody orange & passion fruit syrup with grapefruit juice

Cucumber sandwish – twentyone twist… grey goose vodka, pimms, cucumber & peach syrup topped with tonnes of fruit

twice as nice – 42 below passionfruit, sour rhubarb & homemade rose pandan & rambutan syrup

Chef Sham heads the kitchen at twentyone BSC, and he serves up passionate food with flair. A Penang boy that moved to the big city to follow his dreams, Chef Sham has 10 years experience in the industry and serves up modern European cuisine with an Asian touch.

His inspiration comes first of all from his mum and second from all the other great chefs out there, like David Cheng and Jamie Olivier. Despite the European dominance in the dishes, Chef Sham still manages to incorporate his favourite ingredients into the menu; local spices & beef. He also makes it a point to list all the ingredients in each dish in the menu, so you know exactly what you’re ordering.

We struggled to have conversation because of the level of noise and music, but as soon as our appetizers arrived it became clear that, well, our mouths were much happier focusing on the food!


*SIGNATURE DISH* Rolled smoked duck breast with thin bread, cucumber, carrot, spring onions, garlic & chilli hoisin sauce (RM12)

Fast forward the rolling process of Peking duck and voila! Ready to eat rolls without the fuss. Lightly deep fried, the delicate skin held within it tender slices of duck, crunchy shredded vegetables and a sweet, spicy homemade sauce.

Sauteed green asparagus with Hollandaise alioli, poached egg, beef bacon, lettuce & balsamic dressing (RM28)

This was my favourite starter, and I think it was brilliantly executed. The ingredients were all cooked very precisely, the egg a perfect cocoon and the asparagus spears supple yet with crunch. The marriage of flavours was predictable, yet exceptional in taste. I loved the smear of balsamic vinegar that added extra bite.

Hokkaido scallop with king oyster mushroom & potato foam (RM26)

This was Terry’s favourite dish, as he is, after all, the Scallop King. I have watched him very comfortably consume up to 26 scallops in one sitting, and that kind of practice makes one a bit of a scallop connoisseur. Terry gave the succulent scallops two thumbs up! The delicate cooking process of each ingredient was apparent, and the mushroom and light bubbles of potato foam enhancing, not overpowering the flavour of the scallop.


*NEW* Spicy chicken salad with papaya, tempura of spring onion & sesame seeds

This would be a welcome addition to the menu. A refreshing, dainty salad of moist chicken, crunchy papaya, crispy tempura and popping sesame seeds. The dressing was outstanding, made from tangy  lemon juice, salt, pepper, mustard, thai chili sauce, fish sauce. Whoever said salads were boring must have been nuts!

FILL ME UP (Main Courses)

Roasted chicken breast with polenta, chicken sausage, bak choy & sautéed mushrooms in a butter sauce (RM 28)

Magnificent. I never know chicken breast could be so moist. It was as if it had been injected with a flavourful stock, complemented even more by the juicy mushrooms and rich butter sauce.

*SIGNATURE DISH*Spicy linguini with braised lamb, coconut cream, sautéed mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, basil leaves, mint leaves and red curry (RM 38).

Chef Sham wanted to create a nice twist to a traditional Malay and European dish, so he experimented with familiar ingredients.  He soon discovered that the classic lamb rendang went really well with linguini, and so this rich, spicy lamb rendang pasta was born. You may think it’s quite an unusual combination of ingredients, but one bite of the al dente pasta bathed in the fragrant curry will have you hooked.

Seared salmon with hollandaise and mustard sauce with diced roasted spuds (RM 38)

You can’t really go wrong with salmon, and twentyone’s seared salmon is pan fried so the skin is nice and crisp, while the flesh remains moist and pink. A lovely combination with creamy hollandaise and mustard sauce for an extra kick.

*SIGNATURE DISH* Seared black cod with bak choy, wild rocket and sundried tomato puree (RM 50)

The seared cod is one of the most ordered items on the menu, and it was clear why. The fillet of cod had a crusty golden brown layer outside from the hot pan, and was gleaming white and flaky on the inside. The natural flavour of the fish was mild, almost indiscernible. Combined with the Asian favourite bak choy and European classic sundried tomato, it was a delicate balance of wholesome, pleasant tastes.

*NEW* Chicken tortilla loaded up and served with shoe string fries

A lovely soft, chewy wrap stuffed to the brim with chicken, lettuce, salsa, alioli & pickles.


*SIGNATURE DISH* Braised beef burger with tomatoes, lettuce, onions pickles, English chips and gherkin aioli

This was a stunner. Like one of those cars that look’s sexy, you can’t wait to give it a test drive, and once you drive it, you need to own it. This burger, it’s just like that. One bite and we needed to have it all. The homemade patty is made from juicy beef striploin, thai chili sauce, bread crumbs, egg & light soya sauce. It was thick, it was moist, it was meaty and savoury and spicy all at the same time.

The English chips were fat and tasty, and all the ingredients came together with the creamy, slightly sour gherkin aioli. It is NOT to be shared!

Desserts are a must try at twentyone, so make sure you leave space in your tummy for one of the following.


Passion fruit mousse with poached berries & variations of caramel (RM 18)

Light and fluffy, this is an airy dessert, with hints of sweetness from the berries and caramel,  and a nice tartness from the passionfruit mousse.

*SIGNATURE DISH* Baked dark chocolate ganache with warm chocolate cream lemon curd and chocy soil (RM 20)

I loved this dessert, and I’m not a dessert fan!  The dark chocolate is dense and rich, and not too sweet. Dig deep to the bottom of the plate you’ll find the sour lemon curd. An explosion of tastes in your mouth.

*NEW* Mango puree topped with white and dark chocolate foam

This one disappeared in seconds. Light and breezy is how I would describe it, with lovely fresh flavours weighed down by the taste of chocolate.

Well, after a meal like that, twentyone proves that it’s true to its word.Familiar flavours, unpretentious tastes and beautiful presentation.

“Serving up passionate cocktails & food , twentyone is the ultimate tables+terrace combination”.

See the smiles on our faces? Very, very satisfied customers!

*A big thank you to Dinesh, Tricia and Janet for a wonderful evening.

*special thanks to Alvin for the beautiful photos.




twentyone tables + terrace

T1, Level 3, Bangsar Shopping Centre,

285 Jln Maarof, Bukit Bandaraya,

59000 Kuala Lumpur

+6 03 2287 0021



Written by alyredfm

September 4, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Posted in Reviews

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  1. Dr.Bar = Danny & Richie – boys u guys rock and the food n beve looks good. will pop by next week for some 42below & grey goose cocktails..



    mark robert

    September 4, 2010 at 9:55 pm

  2. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Janet and twentyone tweets, twentyone tweets. twentyone tweets said: sink your teeth into this! ♥ twentyone baby! […]

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