Thursday, April 28, 2011

Roast Kitchen

The story: two Chinese brothers recently launched this cafe as a response to their Muslim friends who face a tough time finding tender roast duck. No one should be deprived of delicious meat.

The strictly halal fowl here may not be fantastic, but it's better than fair. Juicy without being fatty, flavorsome but not gamy. We'd rate this duck an enjoyable 7/10.

Roast chicken, satisfyingly meaty too. Makan tanpa was-was! Note: booze is totally banned here, so no smuggling in any wine or beer.

BBQ chicken thigh. Our favorite for the evening; supremely succulent, with a spectacular sweet-savory taste evocative of pork char siew.

Yao tiau with wasabi mayo. Sounded more interesting on paper than in reality; the crullers were slightly too chewy and the sauce could have been spicier.

Chicken with pumpkin. A can't-fail recipe; pumpkin equals pure perfection.

Sang har meen, but with smaller prawns compared to Soo Kee's version, for example. A nice bargain though, costing RM8.80+. The noodles were crispy, the prawns were fresh, the gravy was reasonably rich.

Roast Kitchen,
23, Jalan Wan Kadir 2,
Taman Tun Dr Ismail.

29 comments:

  1. at last i can eat halal roast duck has been craving for one since last i had it on my bday last year. tq !!

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  2. june: you're very welcome! i enjoyed the duck here, and i do hope that you'll like it too :D

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  3. hey, Dancing Fish has one of the best fried duck that i've had...try it.

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  4. Tihtahpah: oh yeah, the crispy duck there (I think it's 'bebek goreng bali') is tasty! I guess some people would prefer that, while others would prefer Chinese-style roast duck =)
    Michelle: sweet and creamy! :D

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  5. Hahah.. wht TTDI needs now is a dim sum outlet!
    We've got halal places like this (and TTDI majority residents are rich malays) , a whole row of porky pubs with all sort of imaginable alcohol & plenty of mamaks. I re-iterate, TTDI needs a BKT & dim sum outlet~!

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  6. Ooh I've often wondered about this... would the dwi-alamness of duck make it non-halal? I guess I know now!

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  7. tng: heheh, i'll second that and add that TTDI needs a few BKT & dim sum outlets that remain open at NIGHT! :D
    min: oooh, interesting thought! but i figure ducks are still in the same category as chickens, since i can't imagine them being lumped together with crabs and turtles! :D

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  8. Where's the pork? Where is it? Huh huh?

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  9. qwazymonkey: heheh, it's strictly halal! they've got that islamic department certificate plastered on the door outside here! :D

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  10. woohoo! great find.. halal duckie duck! i am so bringing my clients;) Thx sean!

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  11. ciki: hopefully they'll all be quacking with delight after the meal! :D

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  12. I'm here now. Sold out roast chicken & beef char siew. Damn. Going for the duck.

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  13. Tuan: gosh, that beef char siew seems to get sold out really early every evening!

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  14. Going again for lunch today :D

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  15. tuan: whoa, two meals in a row! i salute you for your dedication, heh :D

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  16. OOhh that BBQ chicken really looked like char siew to me! :P Sooo caramelized! :) And the Sang har mee is really reasonable! How I wish I work nearer...

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  17. Iamthewitch: ya, they've also got a "char siew beef" that we really wanted to try, but unfortunately it was sold out already that night. And yeah, when we initially saw the price on the menu for the sang har meen, we weren't expecting something that was this tasty and satisfying! :D

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  18. wah very smart move to have a strictly halal restaurant. The BBQ chicken does look very much like char siew! haha

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  19. eiling: yep, i do wish they'd allow customers to consume wine here, but i guess their effort to make it fully halal is commendable :D

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  20. just had the roast duck at roast kitchen..verdict : really good and the staff there are so friendly and helpful...

    well done..

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  21. ibrahim: glad to hear you enjoyed it! :D

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  22. Yes, we agree. The food was really delicious indeed!

    We went there for lunch today after discovering it via one of our contestant's entry: http://bit.ly/mENbpF--which unfortunately disqualified, but nevertheless, it is worth checking out, really worth it.

    The service--man, if there's a genie where we can make a wish, we would wish the industry standards of ALL food outlets in Malaysia to be just like Roast Kitchen's.

    *Give +5 points for free refill of chinese tea* ^_^

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  23. OK, here's a proposition,

    To all food lovers, food bloggers and foodsters in general, who loves travelling, you are all invited to enter our food writing competition, which have started on May 1st, and ends on 31st May 2011.

    Details about the Competition: Selangorlicious http://bit.ly/iDwnn0

    Thank you eat drink kl for allowing us to post. :)

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  24. selangorlicious: glad to hear you enjoyed it! ya, so far the feedback was been mainly positive to this place. good for them! :D

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  25. my word! seeing all these positive comments really makes us at RK feel on top of the moon!its nice to know that our effort to serve you good folks great food has not gone unnoticed! thanks y'all....

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  26. Rk: keep up the great work, guys =)

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  27. Sean/Roast,

    I recently ate there but it will be my last.

    Reason was the chilli sauce. Mega fail. That chilli oil stuff just tak kena lar. Must have the normal chilli sauce that one eats with chicken rice baru sedap.

    Rice and duck were perfect though.

    As a customer we should be given a choice.

    Puan Aida
    Chilli sauce lover.

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  28. Love your chilli sauce...!! Your roast ducks and chilli oil taste as authentic as the non-halal... Love it..!! My prayer was answered... :)

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