[Non-halal] JUS Resto Bar is a new restaurant in Bangsar. This resto bar is a collaboration between Atelier Bichotan and Wholly Spirits.
We’ve been eyeing Atelier Binchotan for some time, but making reservations at the restaurant had been quite challenging.
Hence, we were excited when JUS Resto Bar opened recently.
Surprisingly, it was not difficult to secure a booking at JUS Resto Bar – so we finally visited this new spot in early March.
JUS Resto Bar in Bangsar
Launched in November last year, JUS Resto Bar is located in APW Bangsar.
A play on the word ‘juice’, the restobar offers a comfortable modern dining space, with a focus on contemporary dishes that draw influences from everywhere – succulent Iberico ribs generously rubbed with mala spices, French Scallops enlivened with dashi and chives butter, and Lebanese touches on chicken wings by way of Muhammara sauce.
JUS Restobar brings the best of two worlds together.
Wholly Spirits offer an array of tipples from the bar – with a special spotlight on its inventive cocktails such as Covfefe (cold-brew coffee, whiskey, belacan, passionfruit-Gula Melaka syrup) and Shokugeki (peanut butter washed whisky, toasted peanut and dried squid).
Not your mom’s kaya toast
The Kaya Toast (RM50) and Mini Pork Burgers (RM22) at Atelier Bichotan are frequently heralded as the best things since sliced bread – so we were quite excited to find them on the menu here.
The former is not the typical toast bread you find at your local kopitiam.
Instead, thick brioche bread (very good texture – soft and airy with good crisp edges) is topped with kaya jam and a generous heap of shaved foie gras.
We enjoyed the good brioche texture, and the kaya sweetness was beautifully complemented by the savoury hits of foie gras.
Juicy pork burgers
We also thought the Mini Pork Burgers (RM22) lived up to the hype.
The patties are incredibly juicy, as you can see the natural juices (and flavours!) oozing out whenever squeezed. The patty has a nice bouncy texture, and it was nicely complemented by the gribiche (French mustard-egg sauce) for some buttery sour licks. All these in between two soft buns!
All roads lead to Romaine
For greens, we ordered the Charred Romaine Lettuce (RM25).
The humble romaine lettuce are lightly grilled for some char, and then topped with lovely pork floss, Parmesan shavings and anchovies emulsion.
It’s an interesting combo – we enjoyed the interplay between the juicy-crispy lettuce and the savoury-soft texture of the pork floss. The parmesan and emulsion give that extra edge of creaminess and spunk.
Dressed in Sichuan mala spices, the Iberico Pork Ribs (RM60 for two bones) went all out to impress our tastebuds.
As we requested for the Mala spices to come on the side, the ribs on its own was already tender and glazed with a “BBQ-ish” sweet-savoury sauce for some lovely caramelisation.
The Mala seasoning elevates the dish with some tongue-numbing sensation – but not too much to overpower the natural sweetness of the ribs.
This ice-cream is GOAT-ed!
We ended the night with the Goat Cheese Ice-Cream (RM20). Compared to regular cow’s milk, the goat cheese ice-cream has a bit more creaminess. It is topped with lovely warm and soft blueberries, and finally drizzled with some balsamic vinegar and olive oil for extra pazzas.
Overall, we really enjoyed all the dishes here. The pork burgers, lettuce and pork ribs particularly stood out for us. Although we didn’t indulge in any of the cocktails, we enjoyed the red Tempranillo from Faustino, Spain.
JUS Resto Bar
Address: B-04, 29, Jalan Riong, APW Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Hours: 6pm-12pm (Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)
Phone: 014-963 3638
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