Reunion, in the Bangsar Village II Shopping Centre, is a neighbourhood restaurant serving consistently high quality Chinese food in understated but elegant surroundings. It's not one of my must-visit restaurants when I return to KL - but that is entirely a consequence of my lack of days in town, rather than any sort of indictment on the calibre of the restaurant - I'm always happy to eat here anytime I happen to stay an extra day or two.
This time around, we visited at lunch, in between a morning and afternoon of running around trying to get a week's worth of errands done within a day - no better way to work up an appetite! We started with Blanched Sliced Pork in Spicy Sauce which was tender, nicely spiced and very appetising, followed by Salt & Pepper Whitebait which suffered from batter that was too thick, and not entirely suitable for the whitebait. The same batter was also applied to the Salted Egg Yolk Prawns, and in this instance it worked perfectly in what was a lovely dish - fresh, succulent prawns encased in batter and deep fried, then topped with wonderful salted egg yolk.
Crispy Skin Roast Pork was probably the biggest disappointment of the day - the skin not all that crispy, the meat not all that tasty. But things picked up again with the delicious Drunken Chicken in Chinese Wine with Jellyfish which came complete with a delightful chilli kick.
I ordered just one item from the dim sum menu (and I say I, rather than we, because this dish was all mine!) - Deep Fried Yam Puff - I absolutely love "Wu Gok", and having failed to experience a proper, classic version so far on my Asian trip, I couldn't resist. Thankfully, Reunion's rendition did not disappoint - beautiful, sweet char siu encased in a light yam pastry - exactly what a "Wu Gok" should be.
To finish, Fried Hokkien Noodles was also very good, although the chef was rather too liberal with the pieces of deep fried pork fat - they should be used sparingly; a little bit of treasure in the sea of noodles - if there was this much treasure in the high seas, even I might have made it as a pirate.
In a nutshell...
Reunion may be a neighbourhood restaurant, but the quality of its food suggests a much higher station. There is much to like about this place, from the food, to the reasonable prices, to the quietly classy decor.
Level 3 Bangsar Village II, Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
Average Price: RM50