[Pork-free] Those seeking refuge from the bustling city life should find respite here in Princeps.
This bistro is the newest addition to Stories of Bukit Tunku – serving European-inspired dishes with a view of green fields and swaying trees from the patio.
Princeps means “first and foremost, or eminent person” – a nod to the founder of the nation, Tunku Abdul Rahman – of which Bukit Tunku is named after.
A view of the park at Princeps
The decor inside is well-manicured and classy – providing a comfortable and intimate space for the clinking of wine glasses over a casual meal with friends.
However, the best seats in the house are at the patio as it provides a view of Bukit Tunku with its sloping greens and natural breeze.
An afternoon downpour helped cool the evening down further – making our dinner with friends much more enjoyable.
An European affair with Princeps
Helmed by chef Jace Lok and team, the menu is a fuss-free European affair offering the likes of steak, pasta, lamb rack, and duck confit.
For starters, we shared the Roasted Cauliflower Steak (RM36) – served with kailan, rocket, feta cheese, and seaweed powder.
The chunks of cauliflower were adeptly roasted to get that slight char and smokiness – wonderfully accentuated by the creamy gravy.
The Creamy Crab Spaghetti (RM35) was another lovely full-spirited dish to share – spaghetti tossed with cream, topped with delicate crab claw flesh, chilli flakes, and chives.
Viva la steak and foie gras!
For mains, we settled on what was probably the most indulgent item on the menu – Angus Ribeye a la Plancha el Classico – a limited special item for the weekend we were there.
For RM85, we were served 300g of ribeye cooked la plancha (seared on a flat plate with a bit of smoke) with truffle emulsion, greens, and fries.
The dish was made even more extravagant with a slab of pan-seared Foie Gras on top, an add-on for only RM30. A good bargain, in our opinion.
The beef was cooked medium-rare to order – beautifully seared on the outside, with juicy redness in the middle. The truffle emulsion gives a bit of richness to the meat. The foie gras was delicate and tender – lusciously paired with the steak and emulsion.
Our friend had no complaints about the Duck Leg Confit (RM39) either.
A sweet ending
The Chocolate Mousse (RM22) was our dessert of choice to end the meal. French chocolate mousse served on edible soil and vanilla ice cream, the dessert provided enough textures and flavour profiles to tantalise the palate (we tasted mild sweetness and bitterness).
Since our last visit, Princeps has expanded its opening hours to serve all-day dining from 9am until 10pm (closed on Mondays). We recommend reservations to secure seats at the popular al-fresco section with a view of the garden. Check out their menu to see what’s updated on their menu and their specials.
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Address: Unit A1, The Stories of Taman Tunku, Off, Jln Langgak Tunku, Bukit Tunku, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Hours: 9am-10pm Daily (Closed on Mondays)
Phone: 03-6211 1866