Honestly, what kind of a restaurant name is G3??
The lack of a, err, sexy moniker was partly why we never tried this casual dining restaurant on the same row as Alexis and Nosh. Until today, when we simply couldn’t bear to return to our usual haunts.
Since we had a late breakfast, we only ordered a main and an appetizer. I never expected to like G3 so much that I’d want to write a full-blown post instead of a half-baked instagrammed photo!
I wasn’t expecting much from the chicken-based pasta. When it comes to pasta, my first instinct is always to go with carbonara. But since it was a pork-free menu …
My regrets evaporated when our dish arrived. Every strand (tube?) of penne pasta was well-coated with a thick layer of creamy sauce. Guessing from its description in the menu, the sauce must have been prepared from a blend of sundried tomatoes, fragrant herbs and of course cream – lots of it *blush*. Can even give the intensely flavoured carbonara a run for its money
Adding to its decadence, the pasta came topped with thick ribbons of parmesan cheese. I don’t usually enjoy chicken breast, but here, the chicken pieces were well-marinated and tender, with none of the rough/coarses texture that plagues chicken in general. For the generous portion and quality of the food, RM25 was a steal – remember, this is Telawi where pasta prices typically average RM28-30.
The potato+mushroom+onions dish was homely and good – it tasted like something ma would whip up in her kitchen. No photo though! I was too obsessed with getting a good shot of the pasta before I realized most of the potato was nearly gone. Nope, no longer photogenic!
Suitably impressed by the savouries, we decided to push our luck and call for dessert.
We were sitting near the dessert counter. A brown, still uncut cake behind Frank seemed to be staring back at me.
“Is that a brownie?” I asked the waiter.
It didn’t look like mousse at all. “Ok what’s it called?”
From G3 to Chocolate nemesis … that’s quite a literary leap, eh? . For word geeks like me, this was the deal-sealer I needed to order it.
Our slice of “Chocolate nemesis” came garnished with a sprig of mint leaf and a small jug of raspberry compote. I guess the tartness is meant to cut through the sweetness of the chocolate. At only RM11, this was superb value.
I took one bite and almost swooned.
It was not as hard as brownie, yet dense enough to give us more time to chip away at it with our small spoons, before slowly crumbling and melting on our tongue.
Noticing that we were finishing our dessert, the waiter – who could obviously tell we were first-timers – came over to ask us how the food was.
“Excellent,” I emphasized with a thumbs up.
His cheeks swelled with pride. In a lowered voice, he confided, “The restaurant is owned by chefs who used to be attached to Lafite and La Bodega.”
No wonder lah! I thought, peeking at the other tables, laden with equally tempting-looking salads and breakfasts.
The sausages were long proper-sized ones instead of the wieners you get elsewhere, and the omelettes looked beautifully done.
What a lovely surprise G3 was – I was already super-curious about the pasta with caviar and dill (only RM29) when we left.
Jade Wong – who made this excellent recommendation – do tell what else is good here
G3 Kitchen & Bar
19 Jalan Telawi 3
Opens 11am-midnight Mon-Fri, 9am-midnight Sat & Sun
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