[This restaurant is on our NINE Favourite Meals of 2020 list. See the post here]
[Pork-free] Loo Loo Casual Dining offers delicious fine food without the hefty price tag.
Loo Loo had been on our list for some time after hearing our friend rave about it. After a few unsuccessful attempts of trying to book on the same day hehe, we finally got a reservation at the restaurant on a Friday night.
Loo Loo’s philosophy? By stripping off the non-essentials from their cost structure, so more focus and attention can be given to real and honest food. Yep, we dig it!
Having said that, the premise is anything but shabby. The space was simple, contemporary and comfortable (yes, we love Eames chairs), and offers a nice view of the pristine but busy kitchen.
The atmosphere’s casual – no stuffy coats and evening dresses required here. The staff/owners are also happy to recommend a tipple for the night and items on their menu.
With over 10 years of experience, Chef Loo brings precision and poise to his culinary creations. The menu is lean, with only 16 items including starters and desserts with most prices in the RM20 to RM40 range.
For starters, we shared the Buns (RM10) – Momofuku-inspired baos but with smoked duck, and embellished with pickled cucumber and scallion. This was lovely. Buns were soft and fluffy, duck was tender and juicy with subtle Hoisin flavours. Yums!
The Tomato Soup (RM12) was quite sour for us and not as creamy as we anticipated. The tomatoes are hand-picked at its ripest and oven-dried.
The star of the night was the Beef (RM48). Oh boy, it was one of the best we had in a long time! The Aussie marbled beef was cooked precisely at 54°C to yield a perfect chunk of goodness! Served only as medium rare, the steak was juicy, supple with a nice crisp exterior. The seasoning was on point and potatoes were crisp! We went mmmmm with every bite.
The Prawn Pasta (RM24) is a signature here. The sauce is prepped for 48 hours – one full day to make the chicken stock base, and another day to extract flavours from the prawns’ shells and heads.
This yields a very creamy, prawn-bisque-y sauce (think more briny vs. the brighter punch of a seafood marinara) with some chives providing levity. Pasta was al-dente and lusciously coated with the sauce – a perfect union of form and flavour. Two large prawns complete the dish. This pasta was good!
We ended the meal with the Choc Soufflé (RM16) – made with 72% dark cocoa and served with hazelnut gelato. It tasted alright but far from the highlight of the evening.
We really enjoyed the meal (and the prices!) and can’t wait to come back here. We’ve already earmarked the Honey 3 Ways, Somen and Lamb for our next visit. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Loo Loo Casual Dining
Address: Plaza Damas, B2-7, Block B, No. 63, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, Wilayah Persekutuan, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Hours: 12pm-10pm daily (By reservations only)
Phone: 011-2729 7311
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