What is it?
A Japanese-inspired restaurant in Sri Hartamas that’s clean in both decor and dish. The menu keeps things simple with a choice of rice bowls, sharing plates and ongiri (rice balls). However, the flavour combinations and ingredients are creative. Sharing plates, for example, include skewered honey soy gizzards, fried oysters and a Hokkaido scallop and lychee tartare.
Who is it?
Mei is opened by Melissa and Michelle Pong, the sisters behind Damansara Uptown’s Fat Spoon. However, you wouldn’t necessarily pair the two restaurants together if not for the name. Fat Spoon’s interior is kitsch with retro antique touches and serves up homey, hearty dishes that are Malaysian inspired. Mei feels like the more sophisticated sibling, with a minimalist interior and food that’s light and largely grease-free.
The ox tongue rice bowl is both comforting and surprising. This dish hit all the right notes, with a combination of flavours that adds up to more than the sum of its parts: thin slivers of seared ox tongue scattered with garlic chips, chilli padi and scallions, served with a rich miso radish broth on the side.
The Summer Bara chirashiro bowl with salmon belly, yellow tail and Hokkaido scallops is likely to be a popular choice, and is very prettily presented. For sweets, there are a few Fat Spoon favourites on the menu, like the cempedak spring rolls and red velvet cake. We were intrigued by the passionfruit and kaffir lime pavlova, but it wasn’t available when we visited.
Friends who like to #EatClean but still yearn for a bowl of rice.
Sharing plates at RM8 – RM28, rice bowls at RM16 – RM38, desserts RM5 – RM17.
Mei by Fat Spoon, 22G, Jalan 27/70A, Sri Hartamas, 50480 KL. Open daily, 10am – 11pm.
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