Coming from different backgrounds proved to be a rather successful combination here at TableTalk. One of the founders, Carine Fong, had resided in Switzerland over 20 years ago to pursue a degree in hospitality. And then, life took a interesting turn for her. There, she met her husband, Kam Tsang Ming, who now spearheads the restaurant as the Head Chef and a business partner. Together with 2 more Malaysians, the idea of a comfy, cosy dining eatery was born.
Located at Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, TableTalk is no stranger in the area. Known as a family restaurant that serves good breakfast sets, this is one place that has its own niche in the area. Why TableTalk? That’s because the founders had a vision for people to engage in meaningful conversations instead of gluing onto their smart phones over meals.
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Sambal Seafood Spaghetti (RM22). The pasta used in this dish is the Number 5 Spaghetti, slightly thicker than your usual spaghetti off the shelves. Nevertheless, the spaghetti choice was a nice complement to this dish, with hints of sambal as the aftertaste. Not too spicy for the palates while retaining it’s Malaysian hint. The seafood was very fresh, with huge number of prawns and squids. The sambal is pretty much their own blend of sambal for which they pride themselves in. Worth a try.
Next up, a rather interesting fusion pasta. Tom Yum Carbonara Spaghetti (RM22). We have heard of tom yum pasta and carbonara pasta, but a combination of both? That’s rather intriguing! It definitely caught our attention.
When we first laid our eyes upon this dish, we caught a whiff of the rather aromatic fragrance, thanks to the lemongrass stalk and the kaffir lime leaves. Our tummies immediately rumbled, and we were drooling right away.
With good cause as well, because this was an instant hit with our taste buds. The sour sensation of the Tom Yum flavors were an interesting take on carbonara cream sauce. The carbonara cream wasn’t too thick until it becomes too overwhelming, and the Tom Yum flavour provided a sour twang to it. Who would’ve imagined that you could replace it with Tom Yum cream? It was the winner of the day for the gNOMes.
Oxtail Linguine (RM32). Even after downing 2 plates of pasta, this too, got us wanting for more! The linguine was al dente and did well against the taste test. However the gNOMes were not sure if the oxtail stew sauce was really able to stick onto the pasta, perhaps due to the nature of the sauce which doesn’t stick as well as tomato or cream-based sauces. Nevertheless, the oxtail made up for it all with aroma in every tender bite. The stew was cooked to perfection as were the vegetables. Love the meat-falling-off-the-bone texture of the oxtail. NOM point from us!
And oh, we would love to see Oxtail Soup on the menu. If the Oxtail is so tender and palatable, we believe that the Oxtail Soup would be a delight and a definite crowd puller!
Verdict : The winner of the day was the Tom Yum Carbonara Spaghetti, but the others fared well too. The gNOMes get the feeling that TableTalk is gearing towards catering for the Malaysian palate. However while they do excel at many things, the gNOMes feel that TableTalk should also take care as not to abandon their identity as a place that serves great western meals. Oh, this restaurant is also PORK FREE, but serves alcohol on its menu.
How to get there :
Address : No. 4, Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
Contact Number : +603-7733 7718
Opening Hours : Mondays to Fridays. 1030 hours till 1530 hours. 1730 hours till 2230 hours.
Weekends and Public Holidays. 0800 hours till 2300 hours.