Local palates yearning for a spice hit would welcome Southern Rock's Legendary Laksa with Mussels (RM56-small, RM88-big). Featuring live Boston Bay blue mussels, the sweet shellfish morsels in aromatic 'masak lemak'-style gravy easily reel you in. We suggest dunking toasty slices of the house bread to relish the delicious gravy. The chefs also whip up a fab Angel Hair Mussel Laksa (RM36) version.
Sashimi connoisseurs can look forward to shelled Canadian Scallops (RM30 for 70g). Their delicate fresh sweetness is as good as any served at the finest Japanese restaurant.
Fish and carb landlubbers may bid 'ahoy' to grilled Barramundi with Squid Ink Pasta with Pot Roasted Veggies (RM88). The notably sweet slab of fish should float your boat coupled with the al dente pasta.
From the pristine waters of NZ comes Tarakihi with Grilled Veggies & Sauteed Potatoes (RM77). I like its moist, slightly firm white flesh which tastes almost similar to snapper.
In Europe especially France, Lemon Sole a la Muniere (RM66) is a classic dish that sends fish connoisseurs into rapture. While I understand the appeal lies in the fish's fine flesh, I'm not big on this particular offering possibly due to the heavy tartness of capers.
It must be my Chineseness coming through when I silently lament over the Sea Perch with Anchovy Dressing & Herbed Mash (RM72) and Grilled Ocean Trout (RM65). Thanks to years of training by Dad who is finicky about fish doneness, I can hardly bear overcooked fish as in these two instances. Both offerings would have been superb when deftly acquitted.
Brownie (RM23) is supplied by Baked with Dignity - a social enterprise to empower persons with learning disabilities to train, learn and earn a living through baking and sales of their baked goods. Dense and wickedly chocolatey, the decadent dessert is best shared for greater enjoyment.
Feather-light Pavlova with Chocolate Mousse & Summer Berries (RM23) is another worthy option for the sweet toothed. The abundance of fresh blueberries, raspberries and strawberries along with promegranate seeds lend extra appeal to the pavlova and choc mousse pairing. You can rest assured this tempting treat won't leave you on a sugar high or guilt-ridden.
For reservations at SOUTHERN ROCK SEAFOOD, call tel: 03-28562016 or 012-385 0266. Address: 32-34, Jalan Kemuja, Bangsar, KL.