Now Open: 16 Degree
The menu highlighted in this feature in February 2014 has been slightly altered today. For the latest review of this place, click here.
Good, fresh food paired with delectable and reasonably priced wine is what Kitty Kaye discovered at this bistro and bottle shop rolled into one.
The white, light-coloured furnishing and walls give the place an easy-going feel while its spacious interior makes you forget that it is somewhat buried in the lower ground floor of Gurney Plaza. Half bistro and half bottle shop, 16 Degree is barely four months old and its main role is to complement Sam’s Groceria that does not sell alcohol or non-halal food.
Therefore, what they offer is everything sinfully delicious. The bistro’s menu range from salads, appetisers, hamburgers, pizzas to very meaty main dishes and the dishes tend to be rather German-influenced – which is not a bad thing, really, since Germans are known for superb handling and cooking of pork.
Crusty, stuffed mushrooms
We’d advise that you choose your wines from their bottle shop and pair them with your food order. Yes, you’re welcome to savour the wine at the bistro and the wait staff will gladly uncork, chill and pour the wines you purchase without corkage charges. Their wine range is rather good and at mid-range prices of between RM60-90 you’d be able to get some pretty decent ones.
Our meal choice kicks off with a bush of salad prettily dotted with deep-fried, crusty-batter stuffed mushrooms at RM16++. Nevertheless of its dainty portion, the mushrooms are fresh, juicy and textured perfectly. Next up is the pork-filled quesadillas at RM26++ served with fries and salad. This on its own is a main meal or perfect to share over a bottle of elegant Errazuriz carmenere that’s a Chilean red with polite tannins.
Thinly wrapped quesadilla
The one we feel you should not miss here is their thick, juicy pork burger at RM25++. If you’re sharing this, they’d gladly cut it neatly into four and it comes with fries. Pair this with a bottle of dark-berried red with quiet tannins such as South African Arniston Bay pinotage. The result of this pairing is not only memorable but intoxicating as well – it may have something to do with the wine’s lovely but high alcohol content though!
Out of the four choices of pizzas available, we decide on the sausage one at RM25++ and find it lacking in character, flavour (sausage, to be exact) and the base is too bready and thick. So, till they improve on their pizzas, we say, stick to the other really good stuff on their menu.
There are cigars on sale too at the bottle shop but alas, it’s a no smoking floor. Might be an idea to order them to go!
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