CoChine Restaurant & Bar SaVanh Review
Asian Heritage Row Restaurants & Dining0
Part of the world-class IndoChine brand, CoChine Restaurant & Bar SaVanh grabs your attention at first sight. Staying true to the brand’s tradition of award-winning designs, its eye-catching façade piques your curiosity, beckoning you to explore its depths.
Stepping into its domain is like entering an exotic realm. The smell of jasmine fills the air, giving the place a mystical aura, and the soothing sound of water in the background has a calming effect on anyone who steps foot in here. As evident in both looks and offerings, the restaurant truly embraces the Indochine concept.
Eight stunning sandstone sculptures guard its entrance. At once contemporary and rustic, the restaurant’s interior uses plenty of organic materials, featuring timber flooring, stone-carved wall decorations and coffee-sponged walls.
A banyan tree forms the centerpiece of the bar area cum entertainment arena, and a sunken water feature beneath the stairs leading up to the fine-dining area enhances the sense of tranquility within, with glass window panes and a skylight producing well-lit spaces.
During the day, when there are fewer patrons, the establishment is picture of calm and serenity. At night is a different story altogether – downstairs in Bar SaVanh, the area transforms into a lively and exciting nocturnal hub filled with good music and good fun, featuring live performances and deejays spinning tracks from various genres.
Most bustling on Friday nights, it’s the perfect place for drinks or a bite to eat before heading to one of the neighbouring clubs, or to treat your loved one to a romantic candlelit dinner upstairs.
The restaurant has an extensive wine list filled with a huge selection of white, red and fine wines from the world’s major wine regions including Australia, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. A regular wine promotion comes with the menu, where a different label – usually comprising a set of both red and white - is featured each month.
Combining the diverse tastes of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, the restaurant presents a harmonious medley of herbs and spices in its offerings that not only pleases the taste buds, but also comes with nutritional values.
Our lunch starts with the exquisite IndoChine Platter – unsurprisingly, a firm favourite with the restaurant’s patrons – consisting of Cha Gio (Vietnamese Spring Rolls), Goi Cuon (Vietnamese Fresh Rice Paper Prawn Rolls), Muc Non Chien (Fried Baby Squid), Pik Kai (Laotian Chicken Wings), Xin Lord (Laotian Sun-Dried Beef), Sai Ua (Laotian Homemade Sausage) and Chao Tom (Prawn Guenelles on Sugarcane). The Muc Non Chien is pleasantly sweet and crunchy, while the Xin Lord is surprisingly tender and not at all tough and chewy as I had imagined sun-dried beef would be.
Our main dishes consist of Goi Buoi Saigon (Pomelo & Prawn Salad of Saigon), which is steamed prawns tossed with chunks of pomelo, carrots and the aromatic IndoChine house dressing, Thit Bo Nuong Xa (Grilled Lemon Grass Beef), which is pan-fried marinated beef served on top of some crispy rice vermicelli, shredded lettuce, cucumber, carrots and drizzled with chilli oil, Samla Marakat (Roasted Duck in Green Curry), which is roast duck in green curry with green grapes, cherry tomatoes and chunks of pineapple, Ca Chem Hap Chanh (Steamed Sea Bass in Lemon Juice), which is steamed whole sea bass in a thin sauce of lemon juice, garlic, spring onions, ginger, coriander, basil leaves and red chilli, and Xao Ba Nam (Mushroom Medley), which is three types of mushrooms sautéed with garlic and a special IndoChine sauce. The duck dish is a particularly pleasant surprise for me as it is sweet, tender and does not have that strong, greasy aftertaste that puts many off duck-based dishes in the first place. We finish off our meal with a serving of Pumpkin Custard with Vanilla Ice-Cream, which is refreshing and not too sweet.
You can have some fluffy, fragrant Jasmine rice with your dishes if you so wish, offered at the beginning of the meal. Portions are just nice – not too little and not too generous – and they are so wholesomely delicious and filling that even among the four of us, we couldn’t finish them all off!
Affable and accommodating, the restaurant’s staff embody the true spirit of the warm IndoChine hospitality. Service is quick; we needn’t wait long for our food to be served. The restaurant manager, Nik Cruz, is always on hand to make sure that our lunch is a pleasant experience.
Top marks for looks, ambience, taste and service - but that should probably come as no surprise when it involves a world-class restaurant cum bar from an internationally-renowned brand such as CoChine Restaurant & Bar SaVanh.
Located on Jalan Doraisamy, just off Jalan Sultan Ismail, CoChine Restaurant & Bar SaVanh marks the beginning of Asian Heritage Row - one of Kuala Lumpur’s famed hotspots. Situated right next to the five-star Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur, the restaurant is only about a couple of minutes’ walk from the Medan Tuanku Monorail Station.
CoChine Restaurant & Bar SaVanh
- Opening Hours:
Restaurant: Monday – Saturday: Dinner: 18:30 – 23:00
Café: Monday – Friday: 11:00 – 22:00 Saturday: 17:00 – 22:00
Bar: Monday – Wednesday : 17:00 – 0100am Thursday – Saturday : 17:00 – 0300am
Closed on Sundays
- Address: 64 Jalan Doraisamy Asian Heritage Row 50250 Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: (603) 2697 1180
- Opening Hours: