Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Chancery Lane @ PJ & Dukes & Duchess @ TTDI

Heading to two watering holes this time, one in PJ & another at TTDI. First up, Chancery Lane at Phileo Damansara is a popular hangout for employees of The Star, whose headquarters is a five-second stroll away.

We went on a roast pork rampage here; Chancery Lane's siew yok is not bad, particularly for those who prefer lean, meaty versions.

Fried roast pork, noteworthy for spicy savoriness. Could give Vintry a run for its money.

Roast pork angel hair pasta, perfectly prepared & absolutely addictive.

Roast pork fried rice with sunny-side-up egg. Simple, solid satisfaction, with plenty of meat mixed inside the fluffy, flavorsome rice.

Long Island Iced Tea & Around The World cocktails.

Wine is cheerfully cheap here at about RM12 a glass. Best of all, it's totally drinkable.

Another recent visit: Dukes & Duchess, which has taken over from Chip N Dale at Taman Tun.

Crispy pork trotters with garlic chili sauce. Excellent; other restaurants typically offer overly fatty or bony versions of this, but we can't find fault with the crispy-juicy ones here.

Eggs Benedict with pork ham. The eggs taste fried instead of poached, ruling out runny yolks. But here's a surprise: in spite of that, this combo remains enjoyable.

Skip the Guinness-marinated pork tenderloin sandwich though. Kinda bland, strangely.

Some interesting South African wines are available here. Certainly worth a try.

Chancery Lane,
Phileo Damansara 2, Section 16, Petaling Jaya.

Dukes & Duchess,
Lorong Rahim Kajai 14, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.
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30 comments:

  1. I would have thought Guinness marinated pork should be darker in colour.

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, we didn't taste any guinness effect in the meat, but we checked with the chef, and she confirmed that there was guinness in it. so maybe it needed more =)

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  2. Porky goodness! The lean roast pork does look tender. Could well be the right marinade and perfect cooking.

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    1. Missyblurkit: heh, i wasn't a major fan of the roast pork by itself, though it was good enough, but i loved it when mixed with the pasta and with the fried rice! :D

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  3. Roast pork + eggs = *watery eyes* maybe i should make something like that for myself!

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    1. Michelle: ooh, try it! could be a fun recipe :D

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  4. That roast pork fried rice reminds me of my secondary school sunday meals! We'll get them in the morning from the market and have siu yoke for breakfast and lunch! Then at night, fried rice with siu yoke!!!!! That pasta dish looks good...

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    1. Vien: siu yoke sundays! what a cool theme and a cool memory! :D

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  5. If I can only choose one of these pork dish, I think I will want to try the crispy pork trotters, looks so yummy!

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    1. CK: i was surprised that i liked the pork trotters here! i had pork trotters last year at putien and overtime, but i didn't enjoy it very much at those two places :D

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  6. hmmm... the food at Dukes & Duchess doesn't look that promising ya?

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    1. Smitten By Food: hits and misses, i think. the pork trotters were yummy, but the pork sandwich was not so yummy, heh =)

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  7. i realise their siew yok is not too fatty like the usual ones :) i'd personally prefer this

    Latest: World Best Sandwich 2012

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    1. Fish: oooh, i'm the opposite. i prefer a 60 percent fatty content if possible :D

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  8. Oh dear the fried roast pork looks sinfully tempting.

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    1. The Yum List: temptation that i couldn't help succumbing to! :D

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  9. aiyoh i want roast pork now!

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    1. KY: aiyoh go get some now! :D

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    2. the siew yoke looks very lean.. but am happy how all the new places are sprouting up in TTDI. Near my house mahhhh ;)

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    3. Ciki: yeah, the siew yoke is lean and mean. a bit too lean and mean for me too! :D there's so much to still explore in TTDI. i could devote an entire fortnight to eating there! :D

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  10. Wow - u really went on a Roast Pork rampage there, lol! The place is just across the road from me, must check it out soon!

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    1. Pureglutton: hahah, i wanna go on a char siew rampage someday :D

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  11. hmmm .... yup i agree the siu yuk kinda lean..
    i prefer those have 3 layers .. GOOD..

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    1. Simple Person: true! Heheh, it's interesting to debate about our different types of siew yok preferences =)

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  12. I am Fiona, one of the partners at ettora. You apparently did a review in march between Ettora & espressolab .I am rather shocked and surprised with your review..

    It sounds to me buddy, that you are being paid to do reviews..

    Why put us in the same category as the coffee shop? We are a gourmet gift company.. Our target market is for the cosmopolitan well travelled person..

    And when were you at our place? Checked with staff, you never dined at our shop.We do not allow anyone taking photo shots at our shop, unless it is an official event .How did you get those pictures??

    You have given misleading info in your review.. Our gift boxes range from 150 onwards..Why would you give the public wrong info by branding as as too expensive?

    Clearly you have no clue what gourmet cookies are, given the fact you do not even own an oven nor have any gastronomy expertise..

    Our 60 varieties of chocolates made by a belgian artisanal chocolate maker are supplied annually to head of states and govt officials during the world economic forum in Davos..

    I am rather disappointed that unprofessional bloggers like you make up the food review landscape in this country....For heaven’s sake stop misleading public with your untruthful reviews..

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    1. Fiona: i'll respond to your points first off with an apology that you were unhappy with what i wrote.
      no, i'm not paid to do reviews.
      i combined espressolab and ettora in the same blog entry because i was at both places on the same evening, and since both outlets are located in the same block of solaris dutamas and have similar business hours, it's easy for any person to visit both places at the same time.
      i was at ettora in the early evening of march 1. the staff member saw me taking photographs but did not stop me. my friend and i purchased the cookies and chocolate, and we ate them immediately upstairs while having coffee at espressolab.
      i'm sorry if my phrasing wasn't sufficiently clear. my meaning was that one of the gift boxes cost more than RM1,000. if you read that sentence again, i wasn't stating that all the gift boxed cost more than RM1K. but i've added a line in my blog post to make that clarification.
      as for your other points, taste is a subjective thing. i may love one recipe, but others will hate it; i may hate one dish, but others will love it. and with enough experience, one can understand and appreciate flavors despite not having baking or cooking skills.
      i'll end by apologizing again that i couldn't make more favorable comments about ettora.

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    2. Stand by your review, Sean, no apologies needed.
      Ettora off my list.
      If one can't take criticism, one shouldn't say "you were paid off".
      This place don't allow photography? Sheesh!!! Stiff upper lipped, hoity-toity establishment.

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    3. Food We Despise: thanks for the support. i haven't been back to ettora, and i guess i'll never be welcome there =)

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  13. eggs Benedict with pork ham? I'm sold! And paired with wine?!! Wow... this is worth visiting

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    1. Eiling: lotsa porky dishes on the menu at the TTDI outlet, including pizzas topped with ham, salami, etc :D

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