Have you heard? About the latest coolest rooftop place to hang out in Petaling Jaya? It’s at PJ’s Bar & Grill and if you are wondering where on earth this generic-sounding name is, well, it’s the stunning rooftop venue of the New World Hotel in Petaling Jaya. This is where the swimming pool is also located and if you are a hotel guest, there’s the added bonus of lounging on top of the world with nothing between you and the big blue sky!
Go when the sun is about to set and on a clear day, you will be greeted with a glorious splash of colours in the sky. It’s like Mother Nature has accidentally knocked down barrels of colourful paints across the heavens. While toasting to the wonders of nature and taking in the panoramic 360-degree views, check out some of Executive Chef Alexander Chong’s tapas-like appetisers – mainly Western and Asian grilled favourites.
Executive Chef Alexander Chong
The crunchy Deep-fried Fish Skin was a great hit with us. Made more aromatic with the addition of spices, chillies and curry leaves, we just could not stop munching on them.
Scrumptious Deep-fried Fish Skin
Next came the Beef Tartaré served with garlic toasts enhanced with mustard aioli and a refreshing salad of Marinated Salmon. In both dishes, the natural flavours of the beef and salmon shone through nicely.
Marinated Salmon (RM28)
I love chowders but unfortunately the Seafood Chowder served next was just average. It had also left out quite a bit as the soup was just mildly warm. It definitely would have gone down better if the chowder had been creamier and served piping hot.
Similar to buffalo wings, the Chicken Wings were coated with a sweetish, spicy and sticky sauce similar to BBQ sauce.
BBQ Chicken Wings (RM26)
The highlight of the evening was the jumbo plate of breaded crabcakes, deep-fried soft-shell crabs, hot fries and crispy wonton chips served with Asian dips. These were just perfect with cocktails and wine. Adequately marinated with spices, the fried items were good for sharing as the portion was quite generous.
If the Party Platter’s insufficient, check-out their Skewers, where Jumbo Chicken Satay & Beef (RM38 each portion) and King Prawns (RM88) are bound to satisfy any more pangs you may still have. The beef satay was tender, juicy and well marinated with gorgeous spiced flavours bursting from the meat.
More meat? Then have the Mixed Grill (RM108) as well, comprising Beef Tenderloin, Lamb Rump and Chicken Sausage.
After all that protein, we just had to have some sweets to end the meal. Nothing beats the comfort zones better than the Classic Vanilla Crème Brûlée. I much preferred Chef Alexander’s lighter Citrus Baba as it’s a refreshing concoction of calamansi jelly with vanilla ice cream!
Classic Vanilla Crème Brûlée (RM38)
So, if you are looking for a cool high spot to wind down after a long day, this rooftop venue is worth checking out. Nothing feels better than being on top of the world!
PJ’s BAR & GRILL
New World Petaling Jaya Hotel
Paradigm, 1 Jalan SS7/26A
47301 Petaling Jaya