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Built to Last
Grace Lim | 03 Nov 2017 15:35
Wong drew inspiration from the Pacific Northwest for the first ABC restaurant

When one strikes up a conversation with Andrew Wong, it is not long before the topic gravitates towards food. A passionate foodie, Wong is the brains behind Acme Bar and Coffee (ABC), a casual dining joint that has been charming urbanites with its chic atmosphere and fusion food.

Since ABC is known for satisfying cravings, I ask Wong about his favourite food. “Nasi lemak!” he replies immediately. “I’m always on the hunt for the perfect one. After travelling (overseas), I always crave for sambal. I would also miss a hot bowl of pan mee, the hand-torn type instead of the flat noodle version.”

“In fact, just last week I was wondering where to go for pan mee and remembered this old aunty in Changkat Bukit Bintang who still makes hand-torn pan mee. She would always scold me because it meant more work for her,” he chuckles.

With this in mind, Wong set up ABC as the place to go for a hearty meal. “Comfort food is something you can eat without thinking too much about it or feel like you need a manual before taking a bite. I do enjoy the sophisticated techniques of fine dining, but we’re not about that at ABC. That doesn’t mean our food is simple; we just find a way to make it look easy to enjoy. For example, our Shoestring Fries are dusted with parmesan and paprika. Our food is accessible but there is a lot of thought that goes into crafting them.”