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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Food: Dish @ Dua Residency, Jalan Tun Razak, KL

Growing up, parents' birthdays were never a big thing in my family. I was never asked to buy presents or dinner or things like that. Now that I'm working though, I seem to be paying it all back with interest! For dad's birthday recently, I shot myself in the foot by suggesting a trip to Dish at Dua Residency. Dad was all ready for a trip to Han Room with his RM50 discount from Oriental Group, but I had to be the smart-alec to arrange dinner at Dish. =D

Dish is housed in Dua Residency along Jalan Tun Razak. Most people know the Delicious restaurant in there, but many may not be aware of Dish's existence. Though the name is shorter, it does not imply a simpler or cheaper menu! 

Dish doesn't really have an enclosed space of its own. Just walk through the doors on the Ground floor and head past the groceries and knick-knacks. For a place like this, I do wish they had some big double doors or something along those lines. It would enhance the ambiance I think. =)

For dinner, Dad cleverly ordered two 6-course Taste of Dish (RM 135) sets for himself and Mum, so for this post I'll go through the set dinner menu first and then move to the ala carte dishes Wendy and I had.

But before all that, we started dinner with some complimentary Eggplant Fritters. This is wonderful snack food, light and crispy on the outside and the kind we could just eat and eat and finish a whole box without realizing! But be careful not to eat too much of this to save space for other treats. =D

Another complimentary starter - Bread!

Not your ordinary bread however; this bread was amazingly light and fluffy on the inside, but totally crispy on the crust. Bread is served with olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping and a slab of garlic butter for spreading. We swear that garlic butter was one of the most amazing piece of butter we've ever had! I would have gladly paid good money to take home a chunk, but alas, the waiter said it isn't for sale. Again, self-control must be exercised so as not to make a meal out of the bread and eggplant. =P

Not long after gorging ourselves on the wonderful bread, the Amuse bouche of the set dinner arrived, which was watermelon and feta cheese. When we first saw the watermelon all we could think of was the watermelon salad at S.Wine! Thankfully this was much more acceptable to our palates, with the crumbled feta cheese flavour balanced perfectly by the cool sweet watermelon. We're not the most distinguished eaters out there, but even we could appreciate the refreshing combination in this dish. 

Next came the Foie gras and smoked duck ballotine with spiced pineapple - 2 big round portions of of pate wrapped in smoked duck, served with buttered bread and pineapple spiced with cinnamon. Just like the watermelon and feta cheese, this was another combination of perfection. While the pate was very rich and full of flavour, the sharp sweetness of the pineapple made sure the pate didn't get too ahead of itself. Once again, we were all impressed by the thought and balance put into the dish.

Next was the Seared and marinated tuna, pickled radish and crispy quail egg. Another interesting combination, but this didn't have the same perfect chemistry like the first 2 dishes. That didn't mean this was no good though. On the contrary, the tuna and quails eggs, individually, were an exemplary display of culinary skill. The quails egg oozed runny yolk (have you ever seen quails egg with a runny yolk before?), while the tuna was lightly seared on the outside, but wonderfully raw on the inside!  If you're not a fan of tuna you might not appreciate this, but we found this tantalizing to the final mouthful. =)

The start of the next half of the Taste of Dish set was this Sauteed scallop, cauliflower puree, turkey bacon and almond nuts. The scallops were very fresh and plump, but very salty when eaten together with the nuts and bacon bits. It was surprising how those tiny nuts could be so salty! But taken together with a bit of the puree and everything is right again in the world. =)

And last but not least (for the mains in the set at least!) came the Wagyu Striploin presented with truffled potato puree and tarragon poached vegetables. The portion doesn't look very big in the picture but there was actually enough for 2 to share without looking embarrassing. The beef was lusciously melt-in-your-mouth as all Wagyu should be, while the potato puree was a smooth and supple addition to the dish. 

For Wendy and I, we decided to go with the ala carte menu, selecting one fish and one steak each. For the fish we chose the Salt baked cod in red pepper and lemon sauce (RM 69). The whole thing arrived in a big fancy-looking dough pastry with a separate plate of sauce and sliced peppers.The waiter helpfully opens up the pastry, which is inedible by the way, and takes out the glorious fish onto the plate.

And that is how the cod is served, on a bed of vegetables. I honestly cannot say if I have had cod as good as this. I've had fantastic cod back in Ipoh, but that's always done Chinese style, meaning just steamed with ginger. On the other hand this was a lot more creative, with a lemony tomato base that subtly brought out the flavour of the cod. The texture was so smooth, so satisfying that we could never get enough of it!

And the final darling of the night was this 338 gram piece of Australian Black Angus 150 day grain fed rib-eye, costing us a neat RM 87.78.

How do I know the weight and price so accurately? Because Dish lists down all the cuts of meat available at the exact weight and price! It does feel to good to know the exact weight of your meat, and exactly how much you're paying for it. In fact we were lucky; when we arrived the 266 grams wasn't crossed off, so I ordered that. Later the waiter came back and said it was actually sold out, but he still gave me the 338 gram piece for the price of 266 grams! Now that's what I call customer service. =D

(Also available is a cut called the optimum prime rib, which we both mistakenly read as Optimus Prime at first glance! :D)

Though we were already quite stuffed from sharing the starters from the set menu, my tummy quickly made room for this whopper of a steak! Well marbled with a clearly defined layer of fat running through the middle, this is true rib-eye at its best. Ask for it done medium and the chef faithfully grills it just right to maintain the blood red inside while getting it well cooked outside.

The only thing missing from the steak? Some proper side dishes. We solved that by ordering a separate bowl of Triple cooked chips (RM 18). Fries are normally a must-have with any Western meal, but this time we all agreed it wasn't necessary. Amongst all the other fancy dishes, the poor chips just got lost in the crowd, and we hardly touched them in the end because we were too stuffed. Quite a shame though, because I have to say that these chips were cooked to perfection. =D

We were also persuaded to order this Truffled macaroni 'n' cheese (RM 18) since the set dinner had starters and we had none. Again, we realized all too late that this was an unnecessary order, since the 4 of us could actually share the starters in the set dinner, and there was more than enough for everyone to have a taste. Also this mac n cheese was perhaps a little too good, since eating that amount of cheese definitely leaves no space for the other goodies in Dish!

And finally, dessert! Dish doesn't believe in going out without a bang, so finally comes the curtain call, the Caramel chocolate delice, raspberries and lime ice cream, just to prove once and for all that Dish is a master in the art of balancing flavours. The caramel chocolate was as rich and pure as chocolate comes, while the lime ice cream and raspberries were sorely needed to tone down the richness in the chocolate.

Our waiter also brought out some truffles and marshmallows that we enjoyed equally as much. That was the clincher though, we really could barely move after the final sweet treat!

Some truffles and marshmallows beautifully served on a block of wood

So all in all, it was a wonderful dinner at Dish, albeit one that cost me very close to RM600! Note that the ribeye should have actually cost another RM30-40, so the actual price of dinner was well upwards of RM600. It's certainly on the pricey side, but we feel the quality of the food definitely justifies the price. Dad certainly didn't have anything to complain about after one of the most expensive treats we've had in recent years. =P

Dish @ Dua Residency | Site
Lot 1.1, Ground Floor, Dua Annexe,
No. 211, Jalan Tun Razak, 50450 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: +6 03 2164 1286
Fax: +6 03 2166 0766
Opening Hours: Daily, 12pm-2:30pm, 6pm-11pm

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