* This article was published in the New Straits Times (Life & Times) on 19th October 2011
BY CK Lam
Located in the Sunway township of Seberang Jaya, Abbey Road is a trendsetting Beatles-inspired bistro and restaurant. The restaurant concept of this family-owned outlet is derived from the restaurant’s owner Cheong Chee Seng love for The Beatles. The walls are adorned with posters of the group, and diners get to enjoy their music too.
Opened in April 2011, this restaurant which occupies the ground floor of a shop house, offers dining in a casual mode. The kitchen is managed by chef Samuel Cheong, who has worked in many overseas establishments and fine dining restaurants. The simple menu focuses on Western cuisine with modern plating.
For appetizer, we started with the dish of scallop, oyster, foie gras and smoked duck. All the ingredients placed delightfully on the plate were rich. I particularly enjoyed the soft texture of the foie gras which went well with the smoked duck.
The other appetizer was a sandwich. There are several choices and the Elvis sandwich is a signature dish in Abbey Road. I was told that this sandwich is not only the customers favorite but also of the late King of Rock & Roll, Elvis Presley. This rich filling between the wheat bread was a balance of sweet and savory, with peanut butter, banana and beef bacon. There are potato wedges as well.
The soups came with a thick piece of baguette on the side. The first was the smoky tomato soup slow cooked with broiled chicken, beef bacon, celery and tomatoes. The other cream of spinach and potato soup had freshly blended spinach and potato cooked with parmesan cheese, grilled mushroom and celery.
There are several salads and we had the colorful Nicoise Salad which cost RM16. The serving with tuna, French beans, lettuce, tomatoes, olive with aioli and a perfect boiled egg was very refreshing.
The main courses soon followed, which included a variety of fish. Abbey’s version of fish and chips was served with a cinnamon battered dory fish, regular cut fries accompanied by salad. It comes with homemade tartar sauce and vinegar. The cinnamon batter is better than most of the fish and chips dishes I had tried, however the choice of dory fish lacks the texture.
The Grilled Atlantic salmon is just superb in a simple way. The 180gms boneless and skinless salmon fillet is grilled and served with sautéed spinach and creamy pesto sauce. The dish prepared with simplicity, firm with moist and soft texture cost RM32.
The thick-cut piece of New Zealand beef tenderloin was cooked to medium–rare, tender and juicy. The meat went well with the sautéed vegetables, creamy polenta, dijonaise and the red wine glaze served in a glass. It is rather pleasant seeing the presence of the polenta with its lovely taste and texture complementing the rest of the ingredients.
We rounded off the meal with desserts and coffee. The Passion fruit cheese cake is prepared with chilled passion fruit kasekuchen, creamy passion sauce and pumpkin soil seed. Abbey Road offers an array of interesting coffee beverages, including the black forest coffee and the traditional Irish coffee. The Black Forest coffee is very unique, and it is excellent especially for fans of the popular cake as it has chocolate syrup, maraschino cherry juice, topped with whipped cream, chocolate shavings and maraschino cherry.
Irish coffee and black forest coffee
This restaurant has attracted a steady stream of customers since its opening. I am sure to be back again to try the many other food. Prices may be a bit steep, but they do reflect the quality of the food. This pork-free restaurant with a semi open kitchen has a seating capacity for 50 and with plenty of parking spaces in front. Click here for the Map Location.
Abbey Road Bistro Restaurant
6GF Lebuh Tenggiri 2
Pusat Bandar Sunway
Tel: 04 3906655
12noon – 2.30pm and 5.30pm –12am (Tuesday to Saturday)
12 noon – 2 midnight (Sunday)
Closed on Mondays
* Many thanks to Abbey Road Bistro Restaurant for laying on this invitation.