Are you looking for a Romantic restaurant to do your once in a lifetime proposal to your lovely one, or just looking to restaurant to have a candle light dinner in a romantic setting? You will find the Asmara Penchala located at 2933, Jalan Sungai Penchala, Kampung Sungai Penchala, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia the place to be.
The restaurant is Balinese theme, and has previously won many accolades for the best romantic restaurant. Indeed when you arrive, you could see why. If you happen to visit Bali, Indonesia before, this place will reminiscent that feeling.
There are 2 hut, that you can pre-book, again this is similar to the one in Ubud Bali (we ate the bebek – duck) where you can dine in specially design huts with the right atmosphere. You can get the similar feeling here.
We have a number of dishes that evening; firstly, we were served the Asmara Fruit Punch. They have crafted out a love insignia from watermelon, while the base drink is made up of watermelon juice, with orange puree and rose syrup (to give the drink a distinct red – much like Bloody Mary minus the alcoholic). Unfortunately for me, it was a little too sweet for my liking.
Next, we had the appetizer which is Thai Fish Cake. This restaurant chooses to present this dish as a cocktail, for one, it looks cute and secondly it is very easy to eat – just put all into your mouth, you don’t have to put up a fight to savour it.
Lamb Masala was next on the table. The Lamb shoulder was quite nice, as the herb used have infused into the lamb meat. Although a little bony, we suggested to the chef to try to give more meat to the dish. This dish is best eaten with white rice.
Next dish for the night is the Assam Pedas Tenggiri. The assam pedas gravy was not overly spicy, just the right balance. This is another dish that goes well with the white rice too. I was a little disappointed in that, the ladies fingers that was served, was a little too old, while the brinjal and tomatoes was half cooked – much like ulam style. Taste wise, the gravy was good for a second helping of white rice.
Creamy butter prawn was next. It is a little different serving style for the prawns compared to others. Here the prawns are battered coated and fried before putting a layer of creamy butter sauce on top of it. This way, the sauce is not blended into the prawn like some other restaurant Butter Prawns. The only advantage is you can taste the crispy prawns by itself – you can literally eat the shell as well (only if you really like it).
For desserts we had the Sago With Gula Melaka and Vanilla ice cream as the topping. The combination was just nice with the cold ice cream mix with the sugary gula Melaka and sago.
They offer a candle light dinner package i.e. at the main hall or at the specially decorated hut. Apparently, this package is in high demand and you have to pre-book so that they can decorate it accordingly. The package includes either local or western set dinner.
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