Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Urban Spoon @ Plaza Damas 3, Sri Hartamas KL

Fusion food, just a stone's throw from the new palace....

How super classy Mont Kiara/ Hartamas is becoming.

It's already well known to be an expensive expat area... but now, a palace in the vicinity too? WOW. :)

Anyway, just down the road from the palace, there is another new development called Plaza Damas 3 (shophouses and a new condo), just across the road from Hartamas Shopping Center and the original Plaza Damas... There are not that many shops/ restaurants open there yet but Urban Spoon is leading the way:
(There's also the Urban Bistro just above and what looks like a buffet restaurant a few doors down - Lemon Tree? Something like that)
One of the only places open in this new block of shops....

The ambience is nice in this new restaurant - modern and comfortable:
Comfy ambience and friendly service....

In terms of the menu, they seem to be going down the path of Western classics with a fusion twist...

- Mushroom Soup (RM 17.80++):
Mushroom soup with taufupok instead of croutons....

The chunky mushroom soup was a little underseasoned, but otherwise, interesting with crunchy bits of taufu pok (beancurd skin) instead of the usual croutons.

- Classic Caesar Salad (RM 12.80++), add chicken (+RM 10++):
Classics, with a twist....

The lightly dressed Caesar didn't taste too sinful with its relatively light dressing, topped with grilled chicken that tasted of mildly of pandan/lemongrass.
(Mixed reviews of this: I thought that the chicken breast was ok, tender enough considering the challenging cut of meat, but SooJ thought it was a little dry)

- Lamb Keema Pizza (RM 28.80++):
Not your usual pizza....

This was my favourite that night - chunky bits of minced lamb, fragrant of spices and blending well with the generous layer of cheese and some egg atop the crispy pizza base.
(I like pizza, in general, and I found this Indian twist on an Italian classic yummy)

- Wagyu Sirloin (RM 108++):
Tender beef....

A bit pricey (or not? Considering that it's Wagyu..) but so tender! The sauce again tasted a little underseasoned to me, but nothing a few flicks of the wrist armed with a salt shaker couldn't fix.
(Disclaimer: I usually like my food pretty salty)

- Emperor Tang Duck (RM 38.80++):
Le duck....

This time, a French classic with an Asian twist with the salty/piquant soy calamansi reduction enveloping the tender meat and (fairly) crisp skin...

- Strawberry and Peace? (RM 15++):
A sudden addition....

We were quite sad that they didn't have any cakes that night, but they placated us by whipping up a simple but delicious dessert that was not on their menu - strawberries and peaches in a creamy sauce, that can be matched with a chaser of watermelon mint juice on the side.

- French Apple Tart (RM 12++):
Classics, with a twist....

We also tried another dessert (which is on their usual menu) - overall, not bad.. A straightforward combination of pastry, tart apples and vanilla ice cream that did not weigh down too heavily at the end of the night.

So it's: Interesting range of classics with a fusion twist, reasonable pricing (considering serving size and that it's in Mont Kiara) BUT nothing bad really. :).....

Restaurant Review
Summary Sheet:

Urban Spoon @ Plaza Damas 3, Hartamas, KL
B2-3A, Plaza Damas 3, 63, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

Taste: 6
Ambience : 6
Service : 7
Price** : RM 70++ per person
Parking: OK

** Approximation - 3 course meal, excluding drinks
Telephone No.: 03-6201 2108
Opening Hours: 11am to 11pm



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  1. i don't think i will mind having that interesting dessert if there was no cake. :)

  2. to Michelle Chin:
    Not everything was awesome but I liked the pizza for sure :)

    Ooh and so funny lah the dessert - we were teasing the waiter saying that we are unhappy that none of the cakes available so he was like "ok no probs we will make something special for u"...

    Then one waiter ran out and came back with a watermelon (and some strawberries I think).

  3. a case of wishful thinking: am hoping they'll open part of the palace someday and turn it into a nice restaurant :D

  4. to Sean:
    Oooh, that would be interesting. :) If they ever do that, (we can dream, right?) LET'S GO! :D

  5. Wow, rm20 mushroom soup? Could probably win some prizes for most expensive mushroom soup in KL :P

    108 for wagyu sirloin isn't that bad I think. The other day I bought some wagyu ribeye from cold storage to grill at home, it was rm30-ish per 100gm, ended up paying almost rm200 for two 300+gm steaks. And this is raw meat, I still had to take it home, season and grill-pan it myself ;o

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  7. to timing:
    Well,.. it is a bit pricey... but from the chunkiness and taste it seems like there were quite a lot of fresh mushrooms inside so ok laaaaa. :)

    OOOh. How was the taste of the steak u cooked tho? Maybe urs is very high quality leh... Apparently wagyu got a lot of grades?
    (Not sure)

    to anonymous:
    Um. What?

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  9. Foods look so delicious. Yummy!, I must try this. ;)

  10. Just thought you should know, Wagyu beef is not sold outside of Japan. If you don't believe what I am saying you can wikipedia this fact. Neither is Kobe beef served outside of Japan either. Most of the beef we eat from Malaysia comes from Australia and therefore it can't be Waygu or Kobe beef. As a consumer you need to know what you are paying for.


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