Some time back, we made our way to Damansara Uptown pretty late on a Sunday night for dinner. The location in point? Private Kitchen, a modest restaurant at a corner of Uptown specializing in Cantonese-Hong Kong fare.
The decor is simple and warmly-lit, an ideal location for a simple, unpretentious sit-down dinner with the family.
We started things off with servings of the Long Boiled Soup of the Day (RM6) which was pork and watercress. We certainly got off on the right foot with this one, piping hot and gloriously satisfying.
When we went, the Hong Kong Style Sand Ginger Chicken (RM 25 for half bird) wasn't yet on their regular menu (we spotted it off the sign outside). We enjoyed the meat tons, retaining a firm yet smooth texture, no doubt efforts of long hours of preparation. The accompanying ginger dip was also very well done, and appetizing!
The Stir-Fried Prime Beef Fillet in Strawberry & Black Pepper Sauce (RM 28) may raise some eyebrows because we rarely see the sweet-sour palette being used on red meat, beef in this case. And black pepper too! Thankfully, the chef has successfully worked out a lovely marriage of flavours here; you'll have to try it to believe it. The beef used was also very tender.
Now for some more common sweet & sour combinations - Pork Ribs with Longan, something you can't certainly go wrong with. The pork ribs were deep-fried to a crispy exterior and well-coated with a nice honey glaze. Something both kids and adults alike will enjoy!
Enough of meat, on to the greens... or well in the case of the Stir Fried Lotus Roots and Celery with Macadamia Nuts (RM16), it's earthy browns. I liked that the lotus root pieces were thinly sliced and still retained a very satisfying crunch. There also wasn't much celery used, making it tolerable for every those who detest the pungent vegetable. The addition of macadamia nuts were also a nice touch (although at RM 16, don't expect too many of these macadamias!)
I don't usually really fancy chives and will only eat a little but I found myself enjoying the Sauteed Chinese Chives with Pork Belly in XO Sauce (RM 18). I put it down to the addition of XO sauce and pork belly (nothing can go wrong with pork belly, right?), making this a rich, sinful affair. It was a bit oily for our liking though.
We found dinner at Private Kitchen to be very enjoyable, food was excellent, and we got to try some new Chinese-style dishes we've yet to see anywhere else. The restaurant was already emptying out when we got there so I guess we really did get our very own "Private" Kitchen in the end. Haha!
The only gripe would be that the restaurant does echo quite a lot, all the stacking of cutlery and plates by the staff at the end of the night created quite a din which the lady boss politely acknowledged and apologized for. Other than that, it was all good. Do try to carpool if you're coming in big groups because parking is frankly, a pain. I would find myself returning the next time I'm craving for some good Chinese food, in a comfortable environment. :)
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103, Jalan SS21/37,
Damansara Utama (Uptown),
47400 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Tel: 03-7728 8399
Opening Hours: Tues-Sun, 12pm-3pm & 6pm-11pm (closed on Mon)