Royale Vietnam – a new restaurant at Feast Village, Starhill Gallery

The Feast Village at Starhill Gallery will soon welcome a new establishment to its’ family of restaurants.

Royale Vietnam is scheduled to open its’ doors at the end of June 2011 (Exact date to be advised) serving truly authentic Vietnamese cuisine prepared by Vietnamese chefs.

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Below: One of the jovial chefs, who is a photography enthusiast as well & was seen taking pictures throughout the preview session!

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I enjoyed the dishes that I sampled that day, but I was more bowled -over by the presentation of each dish. Obviously much effort & time was spent on food arrangement alone; and I do hope that translates directly to the food preparation process as well.

This is the mango salad with prawns, in the shape of a caterpillar. Such a lovable form isn’t it? I’m sure it would be able to wheedle out a smile from anyone who looked at it. :P

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Such detailed craving & vivid colours. Totally pleasing to the senses, both on the eyes & on the tongue!

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This piquant salad wasn’t as sour as the usual Thai ones & while I’m not sure if that was so because it was prepared the Vietnamese way; I much preferred this version since I’m not a fan of anything sour. The prawns was fresh & the slices of kiwi added a sweetish finish to the whole salad.

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What is Vietnamese cuisine if the Vietnamese spring rolls wasn’t featured? The culinary team prepared their delicate spring rolls on the spot for us.

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I’m a fan of Vietnamese spring rolls and the version here was faultless, complete with a nice dip.

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Here is another amazing dish, both visually & in taste. This peacock inspired dish featured a “tail” that fans out slices of ….

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….. a roll of some kind, wrapped on the outer layer with eggs, while the yellow middle is salted egg yolk. I have never tried these before!

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It seems that birds are featured quite a bit here. This “bird” sports “feathers” of deep fried meat rolls that were crispy & delicious on its own, minus the need of any dip/sauce.

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My tasting platter; a bit of the salad & half a spring roll which I ate dunked into the tangy Vietnamese dip. *Thumbs up*.

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Next I sampled the ‘pho’ – Vietnamese noodles soup which base is usually made of beef stock. Basic ingredients for this includes the Vietnamese basil, lime, bean sprouts & parts of the cow which may include slim cuts of beef  – steak, fatty flank, lean flank or brisket; whichever that you may prefer. Variations feature tendon, tripe, meatballs, chicken leg, chicken breast, or other chicken organs.

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My bowl of wholesome, delicious ‘pho’ with tender beef slices & bouncy beef balls was absolutely delightful with the aromatic & clear beef broth.

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I’m certainly looking forward to sampling more Vietnamese cuisine when Royale Vietnam opens. My wish? I hope they serve Vietnamese baguette sandwiches – Banh Mi, as I have yet to try any!
Or does anyone know of any Vietnamese outlets in KL that serves those delicious baguettes??


LG7 Feast Floor Starhill Gallery, 181 Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL.
03 2148 6151

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This Post Has 22 Comments

  1. Pamela Lim

    I love Vietnamese food! Bahn Mi can only be found in Vietnam for the French have greatly influenced their baking. Baguettes are freshly made & not sure if anyone can replicate them here. :unsure:

    1. rebeccasaw

      I had good banguette here before though it was only at specialised bakeries. But naturally these bakeries don’t make Banh Mi. And the rest of the Viet restaurants in KL doesn’t either!

  2. Sean

    ohhh, there’s actually banh mi at t forty two’s branch at the intermark! it’s quite decent (though actually, i haven’t tried the ones in vietnam, so i dunno how to compare, heheh) 😀

    1. rebeccasaw

      Hhmm only the Intermark one? I think I should pay a visit then!

      1. Paranoid Android

        Did somebody mention Banh Mi? :heart:

        Instant comfort food. But the porcine version is the best.

      2. rebeccasaw

        Ahh.. its time someone starts a Viet non-halal restaurant.. oh wait.. Little Viet in 1U is non-halal.. but i don’t know why there aren’t any banh mi in KL!
        Can’t be tht hard to make!

  3. Isaac Tan

    I think I will give full marks for the presentation. Later sayang to eat the dishes 😛

    1. rebeccasaw

      Hahha.. i eat only, dont care. HUNGRY ma! ;p

  4. Shu

    Such creative presentation! Fab pics Becky! Oooh I love Banh Mi too, need to go hunt that out:)

    1. rebeccasaw

      Yes, heard from sean that there’s a version at T Forty Two at the Intermark! Must go try that soon!

  5. Margaret

    Excellent food presentation! A great place for Vietnamese food in KL. I look forward to being one of the first customers when open! Yum yum.

    1. Rebecca

      Hey Margaret! Same here! I hope the food doesn’t disappoint! 🙂

  6. Lucas

    really nice if you tried vnamese food in RV res. i love all.

    1. rebeccasaw

      I’m waiting for it to be open! then I’m gonna visit 🙂

  7. JoinMe

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    1. rebeccasaw

      How do I take myself off your list??

  8. ck

    Bahn Mi sandwich is in town!!.

    We make our own vietnamese baguette daily in our cafe. Located in Publika Mall, solaris Dutamas, Level UG1. Our cafe name is QuickBites.

    1. rebeccasaw

      Hi CK.. hhmm.. really?
      I might drop in soon then

    1. rebeccasaw

      Cool! Awesome that it met your approval. I have been to publika so so so mana times, but never tried this eatery though it’s at a very visible location, simply because I doubt its authenticity.

      Now that you have endorsed it (I assume u have tasted the ones in Viet ) I’m definitely going to be here the next time I’m at Publika. 🙂


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