Monday, April 9, 2012

Samira @ Sentul Park

A well-kept secret for now, this Thai restaurant with a verdant lake view has the potential to become a hot spot for everything from a romantic rendezvous to birthday bashes.

Samira takes over from Yuritei, the Japanese tea house near the KL Performing Arts Center. The venue has been entirely refurbished, resulting in an enchanting setting.

Seeking a salad before catching a ballet performance at KLPAC? This mix of banana blossoms, shrimp & squid (RM22+) makes for a flowering of sweetly delicate flavors.

Dry tom yum chicken (RM22+). The meat without the soup, but with the sour spiciness intact.

"Hor mok," the traditional crimson-curried fish custard in banana leaves (RM23++), steamed to savory, souffle-like succulence.

Northeastern Thai street food: Grilled beef with Isaan chili sauce (RM30+). Good enough to munch on mindlessly while contemplating life, love & other mysteries.

Omelet rolls with mixed veggies & seafood (RM16+). Note that though Samira's prices seem low, the portions are constructed for only two or three people.

Who knew that veggies could steal the show here? These are the perfect "paku pakis" _ the freshest of fern leaves (RM16+), simultaneously crunchy but soft, stir-fried with shrimp paste.

Cocktails & wine are available, a pivotal plus point. Siam Soul (vodka, cointreau, lemon juice) & Last Man In My Life (vodka, tequila, grenadine, orange juice).

Housekeeping notes: Samira is the sister outlet of Asian Terrace @ Solaris Mont Kiara.

Remember how we said recently that we only resort to Thai food once every three months? If more places like Samira pop up, then maybe once a month might be a better estimate.


Samira by Asian Terrace,
Sentul Park (KLPAC), Jalan Strachan, Off Jalan Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 012-921-3880
Open daily for lunch & dinner, except Wednesdays.
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42 comments:

  1. Ohh.. I nvr got to Yuritei! Wondeer what happened.
    Anyhow, there's been good feedback on Asean Terrace so far, so I guess the quality should stick for here too!

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    1. TNG: Oh, Yuritei really wasn't worth the effort. Service was awful, and the food was so-so. I've only been to Asian Terrace at Solaris Mont Kiara once, but i remember it was a decent meal. I think Samira's advantage is the terrific ambiance here at Sentul Park. And for now, there are no crowds. And service is still sparkling :D

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    2. is the food good? :D seems promising from this post. any chance of a revisit?

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    3. Michelle: I think overall, I'd rate the food a solid B, maybe even B+. Ya, I'm thinking there'll be a revisit, for the curries. Green, red, yellow and massaman =)

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    4. The Asian Terrace group is a thumbs up restaurant in town... And Samira by Asian terrace will be the best coming up in town! Effort is there and it will bring up the Place ! Nice ambience, good wine, best Asian food , magnificent surroundings!

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  2. The view's stunning! Feels like a Balinese holiday! it's nice that the portions are smaller (i get to order more!) but with big eaters in my family (bro and dad) it probably won't be enough! ;)

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    1. Vien: true, it was a nice evening's escape. No sounds of traffic, very tranquil, and very few people around! Definitely felt transported out of the city, even though it's only a 20-min drive from my office! =)

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  3. It's such a beautiful setting. I've heard you need to have lots of time to enjoy it though as the service is not so fast.

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    1. The Yum List: ooh, hmmm, maybe it's busier on evenings when there are well-attended performances at the arts center nearby. The speed of the food wasn't a problem on the weeknight when I was there; many of the dishes arrived within 15 minutes of ordering, phew =)

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  4. I studied in this vicinity and wouldn't mind paying it a visit when I am back catching up with friends. How would the food compare to My Elephant though since you gave it only a B?

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    1. Bride: heh, actually I'd probably rate My Elephant as a B-minus. maybe it's partly cos I'm not a major fan of Thai. I think Samira does put a fair bit of effort into its food. The herbs, the spices, the distinctive fragrances and full-bodied flavors are pretty much present =)

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  5. I'd been Yuritei few times, but that was few years ago I think. Time to revisit Sentul Park!

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    1. CK: heheh, the next time you feel like having Thai food, this place can be a recommendation! Got tom yum and pomelo salad and fried fish also :D

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  6. Wow... what a beautiful view! Time to revisit Sentul with Devil (looks above)! ;)

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    1. Kenny: here's hoping this place provides Devil with inspiration for some great photos and you with inspiration for great words/sentences/paragraphs! :D

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    2. Hehe. These days my paragraphs are more sentence-sized hor? :P

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    3. Kenny: it's not the size that matters, but what you do with it? yay for cliches that ring true :D

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  7. I'm usually only at KLPac for shows and what not, let alone eat. I also didn't know that the Japanese restaurant is no longer there. Oh well.

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    1. Synical: ya, i guess it might be difficult to have a leisurely dinner here if you're also catching a show. the business hours for the restaurant are considerate though: they open pretty early in the evening, and their last orders are at 1030pm =)

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  8. This place looks gorgeous. You're right about it being very romantic and perfect for evening shoots followed by a good dinner. Any mozzie issues?

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    1. Missyblurkit: oooh, they light mosquito repellent devices under the tables, so the answer is nope, there wasn't a single mozzie that bothered us that nite, heh :D

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  9. Used to like Yuritei for the ambience, but the service wasn't good so I stopped doing. Portions at Samira looks a bit small for the price though.

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    1. Bangsar-Babe: oh yeah, service at yuritei was the absolute worst! argh :D oh, i think the portions were fair for the price. not generous, but fair. and i guess if worst comes to worst, we can use the excuse that we're also paying for the ambiance, heh =)

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  10. I was reading your blogpost and thinking to myself, wow Sean was at another Thai restaurant not too long ago.. maybe all you can eat and drink Thai buffet on Sunday next? ;)

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    1. Baby Sumo: maybe another weekend, i think! i'm gonna stay away from thai food for at least another week (i hope!) :D

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  11. That dry tom yum chicken looks good! But I think I'll still wish for a hot bowl of tom yum goong. =D

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    1. Dropsofcontentment: heh, i gotta admit, i'd be perfectly content to never taste tom yum again for the rest of my life. that's how much of a non-fan i am :D

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  12. The view is beautiful...I'm sure it went well with the delicious food. =)

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    1. Smitten By Food: oh yeah, i'm a sucker for great views! always enhances the dining experience for me

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  13. Yo babe, great find! Is the Thai food here authentic or only so-so?

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    1. Ciki: i think the spiciness might have been toned down a bit, cos it wasn't too fiery, even for me! but the herbs and fragrances taste authentic, heh =)

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  14. This looks like an amazing place. The food shots are making me hungry!

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    1. Asmita: if you're ever in KL, you might enjoy visiting this place =)

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  15. i have no idea where this place is but it does look like a place where I would plan a gathering with some friends.

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    1. Eiling: oooh, it's just off jalan ipoh. basically where the KL Performing Arts Center is =)

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    2. It's in the koi centre , the place Ytl breeds fishes!

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  16. Variety of menu? Thanks!

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    1. CK: a huge variety, definitely dozens of dishes =)

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  17. You are lucky! They restricted for taking photos as stated on their board! It's a privacy and comfort of their guests dining there! In fact its good as the flashlights won't disturb their ambience! Heard the food good Coz one of the owners is their chef! They used to be fulled during weekends, so RSVP needed right? In fact their few years old Asian Terrace is one of the most popular restaurants in Mont kiara! ... Though it's bit small and packed even during weekdays ! They should expand the space ! Bravo to the founder! And bravo to your pics! Looks like in Thailand

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    1. Yangyin: thanks! ya, i think photography might be OK if customers avoid using flash and are polite about it. but yeah, this is a place i'd recommend for a nice thai dinner =)

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  18. Worked at there for 2 month... not really worth. the view is not as gd as the photo taken, the water in the pond is drying and everywhere is rubbish. dunno since when the YTL no more hiring the cleaning company and juz leave the rubbish at there. Food...u can get the taste everywhere in KL but y there? becoz of price? becoz of curiosity?

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