Just a little over 3 weeks old, this restaurant is the latest addition to the mini food haven along Jalan Mesui. Located next to Feeka Coffee Roasters, Isabel is the sister to the popular Alexis Bistro. While Alexis Bistro focuses on Asian Western fusion, Isabel focuses mainly on South East Asian.
In contrast to Alexis, which often aimed towards a darker interior, Isabel is all white and brightly lit – the epitome of sophistication and elegance. No reservations need to be made prior to a visit, walk ins are more than welcome. However, it can get pretty full during peak hours, so perhaps it would be safer to make a reservation then – just to ensure the availability of seating.
Tenggiri Assam Pedas, 32 ringgit
Man, this was utterly delicious. If you are a fan of Assam Pedas, then this is the dish for you. Spicy and flavorful with a just the right amount of ‘pedasness’ , this was da bomb. The dish camw with a plate of fragrant white rice + tenggiri assam pedas + kerabu. The tenggiri assam pedas includes a hot and sour fish (tenggiri, yay!! The joy of eating boneless fish!! Yay!!) with kesom leaves + ginger flower + okra. The Kerabu is made up mainly of four angle beans, which happens to be my favourite vegetable, yay!! It is difficult for me to explain the exact burst of flavors I experienced, hard to put words to it, all I can say is that this dish is certainly worth a try.
Kaeng Khiao Wan Gai, 28 ringgit
Another awesome dish. Kaeng Khiao Wan Gai basically consisted of a plate of fragrant white rice + green curry and chicken + mango and bean sprout salad. The green curry delicious and when you have it with the whole works – rice, chicken and salad, it totally gave me that rich creamy flavor with loads of flavor and crunchyness. Loved it!
Would I head here again?
Yea, I certainly will. I totally dig the ambiance and the food was awesome, so why not.
Address: No. 21, Jalan Mesui, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 12 pm – 12 am.
Signing out now, Ciao.