May 13 2012

Review: F Concept Dining by Buffalo Kitchens

Published by at 7:33 am under Food

The Buffalo brand of stainless steel kitchenware and appliances have now ventured into another aspect of the food business in Kuala Lumpur with its F Concept Dining. Located smack in the middle of Bangsar, it’s right above Chawan on the corner of Jalan Telawi 3 and across Bangsar Village. Going a way toward answering the question of its slightly quizzical name, the staircase leading to the first floor restaurant is chalked with several “F” words, none dirty rest assured, but all related to what has inspired their modern space: food, family, fabulous, freedom.

It really does get busy.

The open kitchen, coffee bar and book displays make it homely and cheery with the overall feel minimalist but sophisticated. Using recycled wood and PVC in their interior decorations, and an electrical stove rather than gas, Buffalo has made a bid to show that being green can go hand in hand with good food. They say that their kitchenware has a higher rate than usual (30% to be precise) of heat transmission, reducing food’s cooking time so saving energy (and preventing the loss of nutrients in the food).

The menu might seem limited but what Buffalo offers, it has got right. The two-way crab and seared tuna salad are a good way to start your meal, while the steaks and pastas as mains are impressive. Prices considering the quality are reasonable, with the F Tasting Plate for two costing 18 ringgit, the squid ink linguine 35 ringgit and a fusion chicken escalope 32 ringgit. And the coffee is worth a mention too: freshly roasted coffee beans from GaBee in Taiwan ensures that this is one of the best coffee spots in Kuala Lumpur.

The open kitchen.

F Concept is also open for brunch, with the menu boasting a good variety of egg dishes including eggs Atlantic and their version of a big breakfast as well as a range of sandwiches. The amicable staff will whip up a favoured item not on the menu, too.

One of the highlights here is the wine list — and the wine prices. Offering some great wines at some of the most affordable prices in the city, Buffalo shows KL diners that they don’t need to splurge to enjoy quality wine or a good night out for that matter. A glass of house red, white or rose is 20 ringgit.

Sumptuous brunch.

This dining gem is quietly classy. With a library, range of magazines and WiFi, it makes for a comfortable spot for an independent diner to enjoy a good meal after seeing the city’s sights, but it’s also the sort of place suited to meetings and gatherings with friends. F Concept is also kid-friendly, with colouring sheets and pencils handed out to keep little hands busy. On Thursday nights, a band performs bossa nova and old hits from 20:30 onwards; great for those who love live music while dining, or a warning to those who don’t!

F Concept Dining by Buffalo Kitchen
69-1, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru
T: (03) 2201 1710
Open Sunday-Thursday 09:30-23:00, Friday-Saturday 11:30-late

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