Eating Out For Under RM30 features mid-range restaurants where one can eat well within this budget. It’s usually a meal for one – but when we’re lucky, we find places where two or three can eat for that price.
Simplicity and freshness are key to the eminently likeable offerings at Lushbowl in Plaza Damas.
At just over two weeks old, the tiny restaurant serves a choice of sweet and savoury bowlfuls of goodness, with a strong emphasis on food that tastes good – and is good for you. Its simple, clean aesthetic – think dove grey cement and natural wood finishes, modern rattan chairs and absolutely gorgeous rose gold-look cutlery – perfectly reflects the contemporary, no-frills approach. A swing with with plump hessian cushions and a small rattan rocking horse lend an element of play downstairs; there’s also a small seating area upstairs.
For main meals, first choose a base of salad leaves, sticky sushi rice, or cauliflower rice. The latter is one of the loveliest versions I’ve tasted, gently stir-fried and flavoured with a house-made stock that owner Siew Suet Sim simmers every night for hours and hours.
You can then choose to top that with strips of meltingly fresh salmon sashimi in three guises – doused with shoyu spiked with ginger and spring onions (RM25), languishing in a truffled ponzu sauce (RM27) or generously coated with a togarashi mayo (RM25) with a mildly spicy edge from a lick of sriracha.
“We toss the salmon with the dressing just before serving, so that it retains that melting texture of very fresh fish, and isn’t cured at all,” says Siew. Good call – the salmon really boasts a mouth-watering freshness.
Or choose lightly-seared salmon in soy sauce (RM25), with ginger and cili padi. There’s also a baked chicken breast option, with the same seasoning choices as the salmon sashimi – it’s not on the printed menu yet, but you can order it just the same at RM21.
Choose from a combination of corn kernels, sliced kyuri, beetroot and carrots and cherry tomatoes; seasoned seaweed, ebiko and edamame finish all the bowls.
You can also pimp your bowl with extra luxe touches: crispy, lightly-salted baked salmon skin, avocado, chuka kurage (seasoned jellyfish) or a six-minute egg with a smooshy yolk, each at RM5 a pop.
“We really want everything to be fresh here, so I pick out the vegetables at the market every day, and the Norwegian salmon is delivered daily too – chilled, not frozen,” says Siew. “We also cold-press our juices every two hours, for maximum freshness.”
These include bottles of organic kale softened with the sweetness of pineapple, and beetroot and strawberry. There are pristine white bottles of cashew milk too.
Inspired by a trip to breezy, balmy Bali, Siew and her partner wanted to open a smoothie bowl place, but decided to expand its appeal by including the savouries. The smoothie bowls are off-menu for now, but ask and you shall be rewarded with the Rainbow – seven secret fruits – or the Beso – pineapple, mango and fresh coconut water – both with house-made granola and fresh fruit, at RM23 each.
G-0-3, Block G
60 Jalan Sri Hartamas 1
Tel: 03-7890 2038
Open daily, 11.30am to 7pm