HAPA-GAB Outlet Of The Year: WIP @ Bangsar Shopping Centre
Coming to year end, what we usually do is hunt for nice spot to eat and drink with friends and family. Recently came across this outlet located at Bangsar Shopping Center, that had instantly top in my list of recommendation with a great balance of scrumptious food, excellent service, great entertainment and of course, an environment to die for.
The name itself already very catchy that evolve from “Work In Progress” and now mature to WIP is short for “Whipped Into Place”
Congratulations to WIP for winning Outlet of the year from HAPA-GAB. How did this whole quest stood up?
It was GAB set out on a quest to find the top outlets in Malaysia which offer the best in quality, service, entertainment and ambience through the inaugural HAPA-GAB Excellence Awards 2012. Out of 69 outlets from the Klang Valley, Penang and Johor that participated in the awards program, ONLY 4 of these outlets on the list have proven themselves to be the best of the best.
• Service Excellence – won by SOULed OUT Sri Hartamas • Best Entertainment – won by The Beer Factory (SetiaWalk) • Best Product Quality – won by Chin’s Stylish Chinese Cuisine (Penang) • Most Innovative Guest Experience – won by Chin’s Stylish Chinese Cuisine (Penang) • Outlet of The Year – won by WIP Kuala Lumpur
Luscious cuisine featuring a hearty selection of Western, Asian and Northern Indian cuisine will more than satisfy the palate.
Its a huge restaurant that have a few sections in it with bar counter are uniquely design. If you look and feel, its more like a indoor tropic garden interior like.
For huge family they have a long table, that is sited slightly higher compare to other dining area and its a bit close up that give you privacy on it.
Offer great selection of Mocktail, Cocktail and wine too.
A great dinner of course my accompanied by favorite alcohol, with Strongbow, Guinness and Paulaner in presence.
Find that North Indian cuisine are slightly different compare to the south, as its more usage of spice rather than spicy. Mutton Varuval, is one of the dish that first came out from appetizer menu. Chunky cubes of mutton being well marinated with spices, aromatic with bursting flavours. Not spicy at all.
Grilled Portobello Mushrooms – something simple is with this juicy mushroom and eat along with garden salad is just nice.
Never knew that Mushroom and Spinach Pizza @ RM 31 falls into appetizer catagory as its not small ordinary pizza, its quite huge to feed for 2 person. Made fresh with paper thin crust that is crispy on the edge, with cheeze, mushroom and spinach.
I love The Chicken Chimichangas @ RM 22 were actually flour tortilla stuffed with chicken and cheese, deep fried and served with spicy tomato salsa. Well prepared, and love the condense ingredient that added in. To me, its like Curry Puff in Spanish style – Recommended~
Kakiage looks plain, but with just only first bite, you will never stop. Something simple and the magic is the sauce that will keep you going.
Every restaurant sure will have their special item. Well in WIP Espetadas are their signature item. Typical Portugese dish made of chunks of meat on skewers, seasoned and grilled. As right in the restaurant I was very curious as I saw many people order this dish with skewers all hanging on the metal pole. Presentation sure its eye catchy as already caught my attention from the beginning.
Special sauces are created to match the right food.
Lamb loin marinated with garlic herbs and balsamic vinegar, Sirloin chunks marinated with garlic and traditional herbs @ RM 92 , Chicken breast and chicken thigh chunks marinated with jerk spices, and Prawn, squid and fish marinated with olive oil, garlic and herbs @ RM 78
Roasted Caribbean Chicken. A whole chicken thigh, marinated with spices, oven roasted and served with potatoes, vegetables and roasted garlic sauce.
Branzino – Barramundi fillet pan fried and served with grilled vegetables, potato wedges and bisque sauce. Fish meat is soft, with a sign of freshness, and the sauce just make it more delicious.
WIP’s version of Sang Har Mein is using deep-fried wantan noodles and fresh “blue-legged” prawns cooked and shower in a thick eggy grav.
Another one of my favourite North Indian cuisine here is Chicken Makanwala marinated chicken breast cooked in hot and spicy gravy and served with chana masala (chickpea in spicy gravy), aloo methi (potatoes cooked with fenugreek leaves), salad, papadum (Indian crackers) and naan or briyani rice. I prefer this to be with Nan as its well prepared, as its soft and pair very well with the gravy. – Recommended~
The Tropical Fruit Pavlova is a meringue-based dessert topped with dragon fruit, orange, mango and passion fruit with coconut cream filling.
First bite on the crust of the pavlova, it instantly reminded me of kuih bangkit (Coconut Cookies) that I eat during Chinese New Year. Crust easily melts in my mouth.
Another creative invention by their great pastry chef is this Trio Creme Brulee (Vietnamese coffee, passionfruit and ginger).
No doubt with great ambiance, services and great food quality that they have that won them this award. Surely its one of the restaurant that I have been recommending my friend even before I am witting this.
Location: WIP @ Bangsar Shopping Centre Lot G111, Ground Floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre 285 Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandar Raya 59000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2094 1789 / 2789 (for reservations)
Fax: +603 2094 3789