Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Manhattan Steak House

Perhaps the closest thing to fine dining in Kelana Jaya, showcasing a surprisingly ambitious menu, sterling service and satisfyingly comfortable setting.

We checked out only one steak, but it was a triumph: a perfectly prepared 180-gram tenderloin, bolstered by a buttery blob of foie gras and dripping with a decadent mushroom ragout for a fully rounded flavor.

More carnivore bait: duck breast with Earl Grey orange glaze. Hearty and tender, but not a knockout. Tasted like the run-of-the-mill roast duck that many decent outlets serve.

Pumpkin fettuccine with caramelized onions & crumbled goat's cheese. Sounded promising on paper, but we had mixed feelings about this. Maybe a mild mozzarella would have worked better, instead of this potent goat's cheese that overpowered each bite.

Couscous tossed with chermoula-marinated chicken, olive oil, lemon juice, cucumbers, tomatoes & mint yogurt sauce. A beautifully refreshing salad, bursting with light, tangy flavors.

The salmon soup seemed more like shellfish bisque (maybe our order was mixed up). Fresh and hot, but not as thick and richly flavorsome as it could have been.

Seafood risotto. Hit the essential bullet points of this recipe: al dente, creamy and rich. But perhaps too predictable, laced simply with prawns & scallops.

Prosecco, to further lighten up an evening of hits, misses & kisses.

Peter Lehmann Barossa Weighbridge Shiraz '08 (Australia).

Manhattan Steak House,
Plaza Kelana Jaya.
Tel: 03-7876-5188
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28 comments:

  1. Do they have the "fancy" meats on the menu? you know, black angus, us prime, wagyu, all that jazz?

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  2. you ought to be eating steak at a steakhouse!

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  3. If one is to hv only one steak, that one you had certainly trumped all others, lol!

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  4. Timing: nopes! just the basic Australian chilled beef. I guess that helps to keep prices reasonably low =)
    Michelle: heheh, I guess we chose the right place then! :D
    Pureglutton: beef with foie gras _ a gastronomic match made in heaven indeed! =)

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  5. OOhh did I read kisses? :P
    The steak looks gorgeous!! How about the pricing of this nice restaurant?

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  6. iamthewitch: heheh, you're very observant! (but i won't kiss and tell on this blog) :D prices are not too scary. a 180-gram sirloin is RM59++, 300 grams would be RM79++. starters and salads come in two portions: small and large, with prices for those ranging from RM12-RM30 =)

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  7. Hits and misses? Were those followed by delicious bits and kisses, as you so playfully hinted at, above? ;)

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  8. lfb: the food had its sensually delicious bits, but what followed the food was even more tantalizing. i better stop there, oh kurious kenny. some beans aren't meant to be spilled (at least not so openly) :P

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  9. Ah, always the gentleman. No worries. I shall whatsapp you for the juicier details... :D

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  10. lfb: eeeks! let's hope your phone doesn't fall into the wrong hands, causing all the juice to be leaked online somewhere! :D

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  11. lfb: get your mind out of the gutter and into the, ermmm, steak house! :P

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  12. oOo looks like another good place to visit, even better is that i stay pretty near there :D

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  13. That steak does look good. Interesting how it's located in Kelana Jaya! What's the wine list like and prices for that?

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  14. Your pics so good dat I wanna lick my screen!

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  15. KY: ahh, didn't realize u live in the area! But ya, a bit tricky to find great steaks here =)
    Hungry female: yeah, business seems to be quiet here. only one or two other occupied tables on a weeknight. There's a decent wine list, with at least five choices each for reds and whites, with prices per bottle in the 100-something ringgit range =)
    Babe_KL: oooh, thanks! That's not something I usually hear for this blog, heheh :D

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  16. Lemonadelime: definitely juicier than we had expected!

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  17. lfb: as your idol justin bieber would sing, never say never! :D

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  18. Your idol, not me. I don't idolise all these teenyboopers, unlike a certain food blogger I know... Ahem.

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  19. lfb: dun bluff. discreetly tucked away in one of your laptop folders are the collected works of bieber, including all his studio AND live albums :D

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  20. lfb: *not convinced until you submit your laptop for an inspection*

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  21. plaza kelana jaya?!! now i have to look for it. I hope fine dining in PJ area can really survive as most people prefer to fine-dine in KL.

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  22. eiling: yeah, it does seem like the fine-dining scene in PJ is struggling sometimes. hopefully that will change as the years go by =)

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  23. Ok this place is closed

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  24. KY: oh noooos. that's rather sad. this place was pretty OK...

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