Babe by Jeff Ramsey
A Party for the Palate
By Crystal Chong
On the 11th floor of Clearwater in Bukit Damansara sits Babe, a ‘fun dining’ restaurant by Michelin- starred chef Jeff Ramsey.
Set in a simple yet stylish space where the food and the view of the Kuala Lumpur skyline take centre stage, Babe is an original dining experience offering an evocative, multi- sensory approach to modernist cuisine. Rather than formal fine dining, Babe focuses on fun dining. This is where patrons can relax and let laughter fill the room as they discover the creative and interactive menu.
Having trained with renowned sushi chef Masayoshi Kazato and Spanish chef José Andrés, Ramsey coined his own cuisine at Babe – ‘Japas’ (Japanese and tapas). The menu is constantly evolving, bringing together exquisite, seasonal Japanese ingredients and showcasing the best of local produce. One might also notice how the food reflects Jeff Ramsey’s own journey as a chef, with influences from his mixed-race heritage, years of culinary training and the many foods he has tried on his travels. You won’t find the same experience anywhere else.
With the MCO, the team has developed an upscale and trendy casual food menu exclusively for delivery and takeout. They call it Babe – Tokyo Street Edition, as the menu is inspired by the various street eats you can find in Tokyo. The very popular Wagyu Don, for example, sees premium wagyu with a marbling score of 9 seared and cooked with a reduced sukiyaki broth, similar to teriyaki. The beef is then set on chirashi rice with sesame seeds, konbu (kelp) and Ooba leaves. The finishing touch is an oozing premium egg yolk which has been cooked for an hour at low temperature with truffle oil. Then, there’s the Wagyu Katsu Sando (sandwich in Japanese) – breaded and fried wagyu with a special gyukatsu sauce sandwiched between toasted Japanese milk bread. A personal favourite of Ramsey’s, however, is the Unagi Katsu and Avocado Sando – breaded and fried eel paired with sliced avocado and sandwiched between butter-toasted Japanese milk bread. Can’t wait to give these a try? View the full delivery menu and order at babe.com.my/togo/.
On Babe’s plans for after the MCO, Ramsey explains the restaurant will not be opening so soon as Malaysians may not yet be ready, financially, for a fine dining experience. Instead, we can all look forward to further developments on the Tokyo Street menu, pop-up dining experience, private- chef-catered events, collaborations with other chefs, and a new line of halal ramen kits for delivery.
Address: Babe by Jeff Ramsey *Japanese Tapas (pork-free)
11th Floor Work@Clearwater, Changkat Semantan,
Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 013-209 1330