16 May 2015

Wanderlust @ Solaris Mont Kiara

Price Range: Mid-range
Cuisine: Fusion
Cat-phobia Friendly?: Yes

True to its name, Wanderlust introduces a world of flavours in each adventurous dish served. Thanks to Food Ink, the tongue traveller in us spent the balmy afternoon happily traipsing from one creative culinary interpretation to another!

Wanderlust is the brainchild of the Departure Lounge guys; if you can’t tell at first glance, their award-winning top-notch coffee will no doubt strike a familiar note.

Iced Latte (RM11)

Also, can’t help our excitement over the fact that there’s a green smoothie on the drinks menu: Green Power (RM15), packed with spinach, banana, green apple and low-fat yoghurt.

The travel inspiration remains in this new venture, but a remarkable level of sophistication has been injected, resulting in a minimalistic and refined dining space, and a highly enjoyable experimental menu.

We’re hooked on the star starter, the Flaming Wings (RM22): juicy chicken wings doused in hot sauce and accompanied by spiced watermelon cubes. There’s an interesting connection going on here: the extra spicy chicken jolts the senses awake while the delicately-flavoured watermelon soothes.

The beat continues with Deep Fried Beets with Japanese Mayo (RM15). The beetroot cubes are fried to a nicely crisp crust. Be warned: these are crazy addictive!

And in comes the evillest of all starters: a bowlful of fried chicken skin! The Chicken Chicarron with Sriracha Aioli (RM15) is a guilty pleasure indeed. The chicken skin takes on a cracker-like texture and makes it hard to stop at one… or ten! Sriracha anything makes the world a happier place, and this aioli serves as the perfect chicken skin-keropok accompaniment.

Appetite aroused? Good! Here with go with the mains!

Reigning brunch king Eggs Benedict gets a Malaysian makeover here, with the Wanderlust Benedict (RM25). There’s awesomeness in every layer, starting with the deep-fried poached free range egg (!) laying majestically on a bed of fresh baby spinach, perfectly sautéed mushrooms, with roti paratha as a base and drizzled generously with a curry-tinged hollandaise. That is one serious breakfast!

The pairing of pumpkin and salted egg yolk seems to inspire quite a few restaurants around town lately, and these flavours combine beautifully in the Grilled Tiger Prawns with Handcrafted Pumpkin Tagliatelle in Salted Egg Yolk Sauce (RM30). Each part of the dish is wonderfully executed, from the flavourful prawns, to the perfect pumpkin pasta tossed with zucchini bits to the deliciously creamy salted egg yolk gravy.  

Strawberries and salmon? Yes they take place on the same plate here! The Salmon Steak with Strawberry Basil Salsa (RM32) is a playful twist on an otherwise serious dish. The juiciness of the steak and crispness of the pan-fried skin are well-complemented by the sweet-sour strawberry salsa, while the addition of shallots and basil help to give the side a more savoury undertone.

Phew, that was quite a journey there! But is it ever complete without sweet endings? We hear yah! How’s about a Sago with Hazelnut Brittle, Double Ristretto and Hot Cream (RM18) for desserts? The sago is the perfect vehicle for such a complex mix of distinctive flavours: there’s the hazelnut brittle bringing in a salted caramel vibe, the smooth decadence of the hot cream and the bitterness of the ristretto to round up the flavours nicely.

If you could have any of these dishes right now, which one would you pick? Let us know, comment below! =) 

10 Jalan Solaris 4
Solaris Mont Kiara
Kuala Lumpur
T: +603 6211 9688

Opening Hours:
11am – 11pm (Mondays to Fridays)
9am – 11pm (Saturdays and Sundays)

3.175685, 101.659537
Or click here for location on Google Maps

Parking in this area is virtually impossible, but you could try parking in the basement of SohoKL (RM1 for first 3 hours on weekdays, RM3 for first 3 hours on Saturdays, RM1 per entry on Sundays).

For more information on Wanderlust, check out their listing on Food Ink.

Note: Pricing stated in this review is based on the menu. GST and service charges may apply

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