What used to be 7ateNine is now Tujo at The Ascott, Kuala Lumpur. Still managed by the same team (who also handles Souled Out, WIP etc), the resemblance of the old name is purely for sentimental reasons though the facelift is much welcome to reflect a brighter, modern, classier environment.
“Eat, Play, Live” – Tujo’s motto is well reflected in its decor and modeled after a playground. You can find shelves of toys, sadly not for play by customers. However if your hands are twitchy while waiting for your food and drinks, just reach out for paper and crayons, puzzles and 5-stones (batu seremban) to while away time.
Walk up the stairs designed to resemble a book case, each step emblazoned with an old favourite book title. On the first level, you’d find a more intimate dining setting, perfect to cosy up with your lover. A private room complete with a karaoke set is also available to fulfill your inner Mariah Carey.
What about the food?
Liver Terrine (RM23) – foie gras, chicken liver, sultanas, chives served with apricot jelly and brioche croutons. Smoked Duck Salad (RM23) – cos lettuce, orange slices, cherry tomatoes in a cilantro dressing. Spinach, Melon and Feta salad (RM18) – savoy leaves, melon, Greek feta, almond flakes drizzled in balsamic.
A bit of pate and jelly on the bread sticks, this should go down really well with liver pate lovers. Smooth, rich and groovy. The salads were pleasing, no complains there.
Tujo Stinger Satay (RM15 for 1/2 dozen) – marinated chicken satay with pineapple salsa, nuts and spicy shrimp paste. Spinach Pizza (RM25) – spinach and egg with spinach infused crust. Malaysiana Pizza (RM19) – sambal, nuts and anchovies with squid ink infused crust.
Satay was a crowd pleaser; succulent juicy chicken pieces with sweet pineapples, then the spicy shrimp paste kicks in. Highly recommended to go along with your choice of cocktails and wines.
Can’t go wrong with a good spinach pizza. But the real stand out for the evening was the ‘nasi lemak’ pizza. At first glance, it felt strange to see a fusion Malaysian favourite on crust. Then you take a slice and the fragrant sambal hits you. And you bite into the pizza and all doubts vanished.
So good, you must try it at least once!
Oxtail soup (RM18) – Spiced consome, carrots and potatoes. Hearty and warming for a cool evening. Ira Malai (RM45) – generous servings of prawns in coriander gravy with mixed vegetables and pulao rice. Parmesan Bass (RM35) – baked sea bass with parmesan crust, fava beans with sage and caper sauce. I was told that this is a crowd favourite.
Mushroom Spaghetti (RM23) – button mushrooms in a creamy sauce, perfect for fussy kids and adults. My preference is the Tomyam Fettucini (RM32) – squid, prawns and chicken in a spicy tomyam sauce. Lipsmackingly delicious and appetising.
Fancy something from the grill? If you have a hearty appetite, go for the Dinosaur Ribs (RM140) – 500gm of prime rib on bone, your choice of rub from shogayaki, cajun, paprika, black pepper crust, Montreal salt or sea salt. Anything but medium rare would be dishonouring this prime meat.
Actually it’s meant for sharing, requires a 45mins wait. Down some alcohol while waiting, it’s only the right thing to do.
Large portions of sides ranging from potatoes to greens and rice are available from RM8 onwards.
To finish off our meal, we had the Salted Caramel Apple Guava Tart (RM20) served with apple dragonfruit sauce and Haagen Dazs vanilla ice cream, and Gula Melaka and Jackfruit Cheesecake (RM15). Both were excellent fusion delights, should satisfy discerning dessert lovers.