Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Steve Allen's Dishes @ Dish

Subscribers of The Delicious Group's e-newsletter received intriguing information this month: Dish at Tun Razak has a new consultant chef with mighty fine credentials.

Formerly heading the kitchen at London's Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's, Steve Allen has spearheaded a fresh menu for his current KL base. Sit back & savor complimentary bread with rosemary herb butter, but save sufficient space for Allen's creations.

Eggplant fritters studded with sesame seeds & served with coriander sauce. Hits the right notes: scorching-hot, staunchly crunchy & surprisingly light.

Watermelon, feta cheese, pine nuts & balsamic vinegar. We were hardly hungry while ordering, but this amuse bouche absolutely perked up our appetites.

Barramundi ceviche with tiger prawn beignet (RM38++). Minty, citrus-marinated raw fish at its freshest & fleshiest, featuring pleasurably pure flavors.

Tuna prepared two ways _ seared & marinated _ with pickled radish & crispy quail eggs (RM42++). Allen's skills shine through constructions like this, combining components that would each taste terrific on their own but make mouthwatering magic together.

Ballotine of foie gras terrine wrapped with smoked duck ham, served with spiced pineapples & toasted brioche (RM46++). Richly creamy & remarkably flavorsome, this recipe breathes a bit of new life into liver, reminding us why we love it in the first place.

Tomato risotto with black olive tapenade & zucchini (RM34++). Allen's goals include making Dish known for more than merely its steak specialties. With this, he succeeds spectacularly _ there's no need to have beef here in order to have a marvelous meal.

Passion fruit marshmallows & chocolate truffles.

Berry brilliance: strawberry mousse, granita & jelly, paired with olive oil ice cream (RM21++). We feared this might be sour, as strawberry desserts nearly always are. But miraculously, it's gently fruity, with a natural sweetness that works well with the mild-tasting ice cream.

Dish is only thirty-two months old, but for some time now, it's seemed like a worn-out gladiator in KL's gastronomic arena. But things are changing; if word of mouth spreads, this could be a contender for the city's most revitalized restaurant.

Some might ask, is Allen actually toiling in Dish's kitchen? Perhaps not everyday, but he was there during our visit. And on a quiet evening, he'll pop by the tables for a chat with customers.
Earlier entry on Dish: August 6, 2009 (oh how the years go by).

Dish @ Dua Annexe,
Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2164-1286
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37 comments:

  1. Ooh that risotto looks yummy... Not easy getting good risotto in the city, so consider me curious. :D

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    1. Kenny: yikes! i've heard about how curiosity kills the risotto-seeking horse! :D

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  2. The food looks good,I think I will order the foie gras terrine wrapped with smoked duck ham for sure!

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    1. CK: i think i'll be dreaming about that foie gras for the next month! :D

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  3. Heheh I am going this week I hope!

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    1. Baby Sumo: ooh, i'm optimistic that you'll enjoy the food & overall experience here! :D

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    2. We ate here yesterday and yes, you are right, we enjoyed the food very much. And Chef Steve Allen is a really nice guy.

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    3. Baby Sumo: i'm really glad to hear that! and glad for chef allen too. here's hoping he'll stick around in KL for a long time to come :D

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  4. Food looks good. Risotto is delightfully inviting. Eggplant fritter in that manner is a sure way for none eggplant eaters to give this vegie a try.

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    1. Missyblurkit: oh yeah, i'm not a fan of eggplant, but the eggplant 'chips' here helped whet my appetite for the next few courses :D

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  5. Nice.. at least Dish is heading somewhere..
    Now, the question is, is Delicious gonna buck up?

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    1. TNG: good question! the answer is, yes! they're revamping the menu at Delicious too! :D

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  6. I need to get there now! hehe it's hard to refrain myself from eating too much bread in the beginning when there's awesome butter sitting in front of me!

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    1. Vien: true! sometimes i wish they'd hurry up with the starters/appetizers, so that we wouldn't gorge on the irresistible bread & butter, heh =)

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  7. Nice.. at least Dish is heading somewhere..

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    1. Edi: going somewhere good :D

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  8. definitely a different direction from the last time i visit (which was yonks and involved huge chunks of steak!)

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    1. Joe: ohh, beef-lovers can rejoice that there's still lots of steak on the menu (mainly grain-fed though) =)

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  9. sorry for the long spell of silence. I was tied up with work. It's good to see Dish dishing up some new dishes but their dessert (marshmallows and truffles) remained the same. haha...

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    1. Eiling: no worries, it's nice to have you back =) heheh, ya, the complimentary sweet treats at the end of the meal are still around! :D

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  10. I wanna go there! Can't wait. Any chance of a revisit?

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    1. Michelle: i'm now guessing that Dish might be drawing more bloggers in the weeks ahead! :D

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  11. E&O is bringing in credible chef to the table, I like!

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    1. Smitten By Food: here's crossing our fingers that their move will be well-rewarded! :D

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  12. Argh, the desserts are ticking my tummy! I'm being tempted by the passion fruit marshmallows (even though I'm not a fan of 'em) and chocolate truffles.

    The chef has done a great job in off-setting the strawberry with the granita while maintaining the lovely red color.

    We all know how sour and sweet strawberry is, don't we

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    1. Waverly: the marshmallows were nicely done too ... not sour either! :D yeah, the main reason we ordered that strawberry dessert was for the olive oil ice cream. but what a pleasant surprise that the strawberry part of it was even more delicious :D

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  13. Exciting times for KL dining. I like what's happening. I hope there's enough people to support the lastest.

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    1. The Yum List: true, allen said the restaurant was packed on saturday, though it was much quieter on weeknights this week...

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  14. Hi. That really wasn't you when a mat salleh went over to ask if you are the blogger?

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    1. Hueychin: heh, i'm not sure who you mean, but it's possible =)

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    2. Ha.. It's ok.. I m just amazed how you can try out so many new places in a month and we would love to check out together. Of course, we will pay our share :)

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    3. Hueychin: oops, sorry, i finally found out that it was a case of mistaken identity. it turns out that you were approaching one of my friends. his blog entry is here: http://ckiong.wordpress.com/2012/04/18/dish-dua-annexe-kl/

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    4. That is hilarious.. I guess I am bad at remembering facaes

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  15. will be going here soon.. yippee!!

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    1. Ciki: i'm imagining that a sumptuous feast awaits you here! :D

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  16. Can't wait to check this out...going soon!

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    1. Pureglutton: the food is worthy of rave reviews! :D

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