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I never really had any Irish food before and for all that I know about Irish are probably their pubs, stouts and beers. Pubs claiming to be Irish in this city have an iffy relationship with anything close to what can be seen as authentically Irish – Malones isn't any different but it plays to the current aesthetic of the gastropub trend.

The word drunkard Irish man surely did not come out of no where. I'm sure there is more than just drinking in Malones.

Eating out in a restaurant bar no longer means the dreaded microwaved frozen foods and cardboard chips. They are probably a restaurant posing as a pub more than a pub with a restaurant.

Established since 2009, Malones offers a delightful menu filled with an array of pork free authentic Irish specialties. Going pork free in an Irish bar is a bold move but the selections available look sound and currently serving 4 different locations - the Suria KLCC, Sooka Sentral, Pavilion KL and The Curve.

Irish stew (RM 24.90), a famous traditional Irish dish with tender stewed lamb, potatoes, carrots, onions, parsley and served with mashed potatoes and slices of tuscan bread. And of course, the Irish are famous for their stew and the other variation was the Guinness beef stew (RM 28.90). Chunks of tender lamb and fresh vegetables slowly stewed, served and eaten with a smile.

Sausages on colcannon and Guinness onion gravy (RM 28.90), grilled beef and chicken jumbo sausages and steamed veal bratwurst sausage served with onion gravy and colcannon (mashed potatoes with cabbage). The sausages weren't quite what we'd been expecting; definitely skipping this next time.

Beer battered fish and chips (RM 21.90), dory fillet dipped in beer batter, golden-fried to perfection and served with fries and tartar sauce. The fish was fresh, while you can taste the slight hops from the beer in the crispy batter.

Just like the days in UK, malt vinegar on hot battered fish and chips is probably one of the world's best accompaniment. And if only they wrapped it in a newspaper, it will be the "Icon of England".

Wicklow lamb (RM 39.80), rack of lamb marinated with balsamic vinegar, seared and roasted to perfection and served with crunchy French beans, new potatoes and basil dressing. What a wicked delight it was!

Pan fried gaelic steak (RM 49.90), seared 280g sirloin steam served with fries and broccolis.

The gaelic sauce was creamy and rather different from the normal steak sauce; it could be the Irish whiskey.

Beef burger (RM 24.90), juicy 200g beef patty topped with beef bacon strips, cheddar cheese, fresh lettuce, tomatoes, pickle slices and served with fries. It looked good but expensive for something common like this.

Verdict: Might not be the best Irish food but definitely a nice relaxing place for a decent good Irish experience dinner with boozing atmosphere flowing freely into late night. With 4 branches up-to-date, who needs the Irish's luck now?

Lot C3.02.00, Level 3,
Pavilion KL Shopping Mall,
No. 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2141 6310
Business Hours: Opens daily from 10am - 12am
Pork Free: Yes
GPS: 3.1492897, 101.712155

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