If you have ever chanced upon Frasers Place on Jalan Perak, you will notice that it carries a number of fine eateries. From fine dining bistronimies to Japanese, you will find a decent selection of variation. Out of the few there, one stands out as a perfect place to pleasure your palate aptly named Simply Green Salad. Easily one of the best salad bars in KL, their menu range from roasted pumpkin to quality roasted beef, offering a wide range of fresh ingredients for you to choose from with their mix your own salads, or if you’re at a lost, you can always have a gander at their iconic Bountiful Platter, a grand mixture of leaves, brown rice and pesto chicken.
The salad bar is laid out quite simply with a few tables indoors, and if you like, outdoor dining as well. As though you have stepped onto the green of a golf turf laid out in green, the restaurant is a great place for a nice little hole in the wall lunch or for the busy person on the go, a quick takeaway for a healthy option. The salads are made to order and offers a nice selection of pick and choose with soup selection and healthy juices on the side.
Simply Green Salad is headed by Executive Chef Yoong Yuin Hun, a traditionally trained culinary chef who has experience form both France and the USA, specialising in casual fine dining. From humble beginnings as a home cook making food for friends and family, she later decided to do what she loves most. When asked what her philosophy comes to cooking, she replied: –
We all need to eat and food brings joy when it is pleasurable. When I cook, I believe it is all about cooking from the heart using fresh ingredients. I feel happy when I see people eat my food as it gives me a sense of giving someone a belly full of happiness. A good cook should always bring out the best of the ingredients. A finished plate is a masterpiece and that is my goal. Every plate I serve is a masterpiece, doesn’t matter if it is for someone else or just me as I do not see cooking as a chore but cooking as a way to express my soul and my passion. — Yoong Yuin Hun, Executive Chef of Simply Green Salad.
The dishes at Simply Green Salad comes in 4 variants, gourmet salads, wraps, sandwiches and soups. As most of the ingredients are locally sourced, you get a nice selection of healthy and fresh ingredients. As for those that are harder to come by, they are all imported such as avocados and baby spinach, to give you that fix you’ve been looking for.
The first dish, a soup, was the Seafood Chowder, a hearty but light soup with bits of fish and prawns, very well blended and flavoured. Salted well, and not too salty, the soup packs a nice savoury punch and makes a great starter.
The second dish, a soup, was the Minestrone Soup, a tomato based soup with celery, carrots and pasta bits was light and tasty.
The third dish, a gourmet salad, was the Bountiful Platter. This dish lived up to its name with its heavy earthy flavours of brown rice, baby spinach, black beans, mixed peppers, corn, sundried tomatoes, cranberries, pesto chicken topped with almond flakes and mixed with lime herb mayonnaise. This dish was definitely a stunner with its bold and earthy flavours with a good balance of textures from the grainy beans, tender chicken strips and almond flakes. A definite must try, if you’re looking for something hearty.
The fourth dish, a gourmet salad, was the Warm Tucker. This salad consists of warm desirée potatoes, roasted pumpkins, grilled zucchini, grilled aubergines, broccoli, kidney beans, red onions, walnuts, cheddar cheese and cachaça chicken drizzled with a honey mustard. This salad had a nice play of temperatures from with warm potatoes and pumpkins, and char from the zucchini and aubergines. Kidney beans add a nice gritty texture while the cachaça chicken is perfectly grilled and spicy. A honey mustard sauce pulls it all together softening the bold ingredients.
The fifth dish, a wrap, was the Artisan Gourmet Wrap, a plain wrap filled with mixed lettuce, brown rice, black beans, feta cheese, dried cranberries, carrots and smoked duck in a red pepper dressing. The wrap was a nice mixture of flavours from the cheese to the beans. the smoked duck was a nice protein choice as it added to the mix of aromas. The red pepper dressing was surprisingly sweet and added a nice pinch.
The sixth dish, a mix your own salad, was the Large Salad, requested simply with baby spinach, avocado, boiled eggs, feta cheese, and tender roast beef served with a blue cheese dressing.
The seventh dish, a mix your own salad, was another Large Salad, in which we chose roast beef, roast pumpkin, grilled zucchini, edamame, kidney beans and a lime mayonnaise dressing.
The eight dish, a mix your own salad, was the Signature Salad, in which we chose fusilli, boiled eggs, avocado, grilled zucchini, edamame, with a request for the honey dijon dressing to be served on the side.
Online Delivery Service
One of the best offerings that they have is Simply Green Salad’s Delivery Order, bringing gourmet salads to your doorstep. The minimum for delivery orders are RM15 is free if your order is RM40 and above. Perfect for those who don’t have the time but is not willing to compromise on quality.
The Simply Green Salad Experience
There are many salad bars peppered all over Kuala Lumpur, some offering organic fare, and some with much less variation. The thing that makes Simply Green Salad stand out is how well thought out the dishes are. They bespoke salad menu thinks of balance of flavours, textures and even temperatures, which illustrates Chef Yoong’s fine dining culinary past. One of the things that make them stand out beside the food is their great and friendly service. When asked what Simply Green Salad’s approach to service, she stated: –
“A restaurant is like a home, whenever we have someone over at our home we would of course be hospitable and make it as comfortable and enjoyable as it can be for our guest. That is what service is at a restaurant. At Simply Green, we make sure our staff are always smiling and are friendly to all customers. We instil in our staff to treat the customer as how you would like to be treated at restaurant. Always put yourself in someone else’s shoes. At Simply Green Salad, we address our customers by name, it makes it less formal and gives customers a casual friendly environment to dine in.”
Whether if you’re looking for something light or something hearty, Simply Green Salad will be able to provide you with a satisfying meal, even for people who are aversed to having salads. Give it a try, you won’t regret it.
To get better acquainted with the chef, see our exclusive Interview with Yoong Yuin Hun.
Simply Green Salad
Lot 163, 10, Jalan Perak,
50450 Kuala Lumpur.
+6018 218 0100
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 7.30am to 8.00 pm; Saturday 9.00am to 4.00pm
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