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2015-09-28 415 views
From its beginnings as a Work In Progress to a now popular hangout spot in KL, WIP is now Whipped Into Place. Located in the upmarket Bangsar Shopping Centre, the outlet offers an elegantly casual ambience with the design feel of an urban-tropic garden. Walking in, you’ll feel temporarily out of the hustle and bustle of a big city, while the friendly staff are happy to guide you through the whole experience.The direction of WIP’s menu is cosmopolitan, with inspiration from different continents.
The direction of WIP’s menu is cosmopolitan, with inspiration from different continents. You can either choose to be safe and order the local favourites, or be bold and try out more unfamiliar dishes. Good news, by the way, as WIP has just launched a few more new dishes to add into the eclectic mix. Tomato Bruschetta is Italian in origin and here buttered garlicly sliced baguettes are toasted first, then topped with chopped cherry tomatoes mixed with basil. It’s simple, but when all the flavours are right, it can be so comforting and appetizing. Here, they’ve executed this start particularly well. The Popcorn chicken was next on the list of starter, and this proved to be great bar snack. The crunchy exterior, juicy flesh, completed with a piguancy tartar-esque sauce will have you reaching for more, while also encouraging you to reach for your beer/cocktail/wine. Delicious. Are school prawns more intelligent because they went to school? Well, I don’t know that but what I do know is that this species of prawn has a distinctive sweeter taste, and can be consumed in whole, which is great news for people like me who are too lazy to be peeling prawns. Plus it adds to the whole crunchy factor that is so alluring to many. The sauce looks like a thousand island to me, but actually tasted a little spicy which is a bonus. I’ll happily devour this again. For the mains, I had the Garlic Pan Seared Salmon, which comes with Pilaf Rice, Mango salsa and Sautéed Vegetables. Very fusion sounding and would definitely be a go-to dish if executed well. But here the Salmon is slightly overcooked for my liking and I’d prefer if there was more condiment (and sauce) to go around. The pilaf rice is surprisingly aromatic despite its pale appearance. The other half went for the Alaskan Crab Burger, which came with fries and a side of cherry tomatoes not unlike the toppings on the Tomato bruschetta. The crab patty is impressively thick, packed with crab meat and it tastes like the ocean with its umaminess. The exterior is also nice and crispy, pairing nicely with the soft burger bun. Bonus point for the crisp lettuce too.
There are many more new dishes that we didn’t get to try but we definitely will keep that in mind when we visit WIP next.