Serving Tapas dishes are getting popular of late especially Restaurant that also serves liquor as these food usually complement well with these drinks. Best Restaurant To Eat was invited to a special preview to taste some of the special International Tapas at Interlude Restaurant and Bar at 50, Lorong Rahim Kajai 14, Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) Kuala Lumpur.
Interlude is decorated as a simple modern bar setting. It serves a wide variety of liquor drinks that spans from beer, hard liquor, Mojitos, Margarita and popular Mocktails. The ambience and soothing music will rejuvenate you after a hard day at work.
To complement these drinks; Interlude TTDI also serves a wide variety of fusion International Tapas that are master creation of the Chef.
Our first dish on the table was the Grilled chicken breast with mash and chicken jus. I am not a real big fan of chicken breast as I usually find the meat to be very tough and stale but I was surprised that the breast meat cooked with the CONFIT method; explains the tenderness and juiciness of the chicken breast. Served with a bed of buttery mashed potatoes with the chicken jus. It was the perfect start to our review.
The second tapas was the Crispy Pork Belly with Kilkenny Glaze. Super crackle crisp skin of a pork belly is a testament to the quality of a roast pork belly. The secret to this was the Pork Belly was first baked with a salt blanket for 2 hours and after removing the salt blanket; it is rebaked to the crisp. The pork belly is then glazed with a layer of Kilkenny glaze and serve with a side of pickle cabbage that add another dimension to this dish.
Next on is the BBQ Pork Ribs with Guinness BBQ Sauce. The pork ribs were braised with Cinnamon, five spice powder and other herbs for 2 hours. Before grilling the Pork Ribs, it is then glazed with an in-house made BBQ sauce that is mixed with Guinness Stout to enhance and provide the pork ribs with a special smoky malty flavour.
· This is then followed by the Pork Burger – a thick in-house made pork patties topped with a piece of fried bacon and topped with a piece of melted cheese. Served with a side of French Fries which was sprinkled with Paprika for that added kick.
· After a few meat dishes, we then had the Citrus Chicken Salad – A plateful of fresh garden green salad with herbs i.e mint leaves, Italian parsley with Chicken breast chunks on a Lemon Vinaigrette dressing and topped with Fried Shallots.
· After that, our tastebud was ready for the stronger taste dishes, the first of which is the Baked Snapper in Tom Yam Broth. A Thai inspired dish – the John Snapper Fillet was deboned and cooked with a Tom yam/ Miso broth to gives it a sweet, sourish and spicy taste. It is oven baked and served on a bed of rice.
For something special we then had the Carrot Parpadelle – This is a 100% Vegan dish. What looks like pasta is actually carrot strips which are finely grated to resemble pasta. Then it is tossed in the pan and added with oregano, cumin and mint leaves with orange and carrot puree to be cooked.
The signature dish of Interlude is the 17 hours Slow Cooked Pork Belly – Cooking this dish takes a lot of patience and passion as it takes more than 17 hours to cook. The method used to cooked this dish is SousVide, which is a method of cooking food sealed in airtight plastic bags in a water bath or in a temperature-controlled steam environment for longer than normal cooking times and in this case 17 hours. The final result is that the meat is still tender while still retains the meat juice and its full flavour.
Nantua of Spaghetti with a Selection of Seafood – The Nantua sauce is also known as the American Sauce which has a strong smoky prawns flavours from the prawns bisque and tomatoes which was superbly done. It is then cooked with an array of seafood which include prawns, mussels, squids and topped with sprinkle of green herbs.
To wash down on the delicious food, we had the Herbal Mint Ginger which has mint leaf, ginger puree, ginger ale and Gingerade.
and then Melon Berry Crush which is a concoction of Honeydew, Watermelon and Strawberry.
and lastly the Rainbow Shot -It’s a vodka drink — and not a very strong one, it is made by layering grenadine, sweet and sour mix, orange juice, vodka and blue curacao in a cocktail shaker. Each liquid has a different density, so if done right, they’ll layer on top of each other and pour out all the colors of the rainbow in perfect order.
Interlude TTDI is a place where you can chill out while enjoying the delicious International Tapas while drinking your favourite drink after a hard day at work.