Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Weekend Tapas Brunch @ Dish

Need another reason to look forward to weekends? Dish now offers three-hour lunches on Saturdays and Sundays, a fun way to sample some of Chef Steve Allen's tastiest recipes in tapas-sized servings.
Main entry on Steve Allen at Dish: April 11, 2012.

The RM99++ lunch (RM179++ with free-flow booze) comprises more than thirty items to choose from. Fellow fans of eggs, fear not: our savory dreams have come to life with this sunny-side-up, wobbling ravishingly atop smoked pastrami.

In the week leading up to this lunch, some customers might want to temporarily forgo eggs, before finally rewarding themselves here with Eggs Benedict and poached eggs with tomatoes on wholegrain bread without worrying too much about cholesterol.

Can't skip the boiled egg with foccacia soldiers or the scrambled eggs with salmon either.

Dish's pumpkin soup with truffles, wild mushrooms and parmesan is a perennial crowd favorite, outshining the French onion broth with gruyere and tomato-lemongrass consomme. All are delicious nevertheless, proving that good things can come in threes.

Luscious avocado, gigantically portioned with fleshy crab meat. This is the one we'd happily order, over and over until last call at around 2:30 p.m. Note that each customer can only order five items at a time.

Other swell salads include a Caesar swelling with crispy chicken, tiger prawns, quail eggs and anchovies, as well as a mozzarella-and-tomato marvel.

Who knew that corn would be one of our favorite components for this meal? The paprika chicken with corn and mushrooms dispelled claims that chicken is dull, but what we really loved was the sweet-and-spicy corn-and-cili padi habitas, perhaps a reinterpretation of a Peruvian street snack.

Crisply hot croquettes, with three types of fab fillings: turkey ham and mozzarella, mushroom and rosemary, chicken and red pepper. Kids will probably adore these.

Other outlets might boast of humongous burgers, but Dish proves that bigger isn't necessarily better. This Black Angus beef burger is petite enough to finish in fewer than five mouthfuls, but each bite packs a wallop of red-meat flavor.

More red meat: lamb loin Wellington with pepper sauce and beef strip-loin with sauce Charon. On Dish's a la carte menu, the full lamb Wellington costs RM85++, so having this all-you-can-eat lunch is a cost-effective means of trying a slice of it (or more) with other dishes.

Pasta lovers aren't forgotten, thanks to the crab-and-coriander linguine and beef carbonara.

Carb addicts can feast on tomato risotto with black olive tapenade and mac-and-cheese.

Finally, for fans of fish and seafood, the spread here is wide, including salmon that's pan-fried and salmon that's citrus-cured and served with pickled beetroot and horseradish ice cream.

Salt-baked cod with red pepper sauce (also another expensive item from the a la carte menu) and roasted red snapper with lemongrass sauce.

Thai fried calamari and mussels with apple and cider sauce. Repeat visits for this lunch might be worthwhile; Chef Allen promises that not all the 30-plus items will remain the same every week.

For something faintly fiery: grilled tiger prawns with chili-herb salsa and a sambal salad containing French beans and snow peas.

Save space for desserts: the caramel chocolate delice with lime ice cream is remarkably rich and greatly gooey without being cloying. Also an excellent showcase of Chef Allen's flair: the trio of strawberry mousse, granite and jelly.

Local fruits take center stage: rambutans sparkle with the almond panna cotta, while the green guava crumble with almond ice cream is a hot-and-cold hit.

Not currently on the buffet lunch menu, but available a la carte: Passionfruit-and-raspberry baked Alaska, cloud-soft and mousse-creamy, with its smoothness roughed out a little by bits of pistachios. Its flavor is mighty fine too, not sourish at all but still pleasurably perky.

Mangosteen puree and granite with shortbread, basil and white chocolate mascarpone mousse. The flavors of my favorite fruit seem slightly too understated here, but it's still a joy to taste recipes that succeed in incorporating mangosteen.

By the way, frosting-loaded cupcakes line Dish's display cabinet for takeaway, but it's wiser to skip them on the way out; the cake base is fine, but the topping tastes surprisingly artificial.

The lunch's free flow includes sparkling, red and white; teetotalers have all the juice they desire.

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

  1. I didn't try the habitas!! Must ask Steve if he can make me one next time I'm there for lunch.

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    1. Baby Sumo: here's something rather strange _ if i had to choose my three favorite dishes from this brunch, they might be the habitas, the lamb wellington and the avocado-crab salad. i enjoyed the egg dishes as expected, but these three were the ones that surprised me, especially since i'm usually not excited by corn or by lamb! i do hope you'll enjoy the habitas too! :D

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  2. The eggy stuff looks good...I m so gonna order all of them especially the boiled egg =)

    How was the lamb wellington? Something different which I have an eye on...hehe :)

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    1. Ulric: heheh, yeah, the egg dishes are irresistible. luckily there were only five of them. if there had been 10, i'd have tried to order all 10! we ordered the eggs benedict twice in the end =) the lamb wellington was very nice. not gamy but still flavorsome, and with more meat than pastry. some parts of it reminded me of thanksgiving turkey stuffing, strangely. or maybe i was drunk by the time i had the lamb :D

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    2. Haha...give me a 10 too! :D

      Won't happen to me since I m almost-a-teetotaler...hehe :P

      Would love to try d habitas...and how many orders of the avocado did u polish off huh? =)

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    3. Ulric: 10 would be the perfect 10 =) teetotalers have more space for food =) ya, i think you'll enjoy the habitas. i only had two avocado portions though. or maybe it was three, heh =)

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    4. Had their new set lunch today...their starter of tortellini of braised duck, sage n pumpkin with thyme sauce was just lovely =)

      I heard tat u kena ambush by a certain sumo tat day or was it the other way around?...hahaha =)

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    5. Ulric: the tortellini sounds terrific, like something an italian restaurant might do :D heh, maybe we both surprised it each other =)

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    6. ish what ambush? we were nice, friendly "neighbours" at dish ok.

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    7. Baby Sumo: Just kidding lar...ish :P

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    8. Baby Sumo & Ulric: if fate is kind, maybe someday we'll all find ourselves here together at the same time unexpectedly :D

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  3. That's a lot of food! The eggs look really good. Was all that eaten at one sitting?

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    1. Footfringe: heheh, yep, that was all eaten in one sitting, shared by only two people =)

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  4. Very worth it, I think we will visit Dish soon! Hehehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, can have a second birthday celebration for yourself there! :D

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  5. i would go for the free flow option anytime! I hope they dont regret me as a customer at the end of the day! hahahhaa.

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    1. Augustdiners: heh, tell me about it! i drank at least 10 glasses by the the end of the afternoon. but i'm sure they'd be pleased to have you bringing an extra dose of liveliness to the restaurant :D

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  6. Wow...they serve beautiful eggs. Especially the one with runny yolk. ;-)

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    1. Melissa: oh yeah, egg lovers will be flowing in eggs-tasy :D

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    2. Eggs-tasy...I like! :D

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    3. Ulric: eggs-ellent =)

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  7. It definitely a very satisfying lunch...
    Love the runny yolk...

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    1. Simple Person: i totally skipped dinner after this lunch. and i was still full the next day :D

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  8. hey the burger looks really sinfully delicious! can't wait to try :)

    Latest: A Trip to Hunan

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    1. Fish: hope you enjoy it! the meat patty in the burger is really good =)

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  9. The food looks good! Just wondering, RM99++ for 5 dishes or unlimited orders?

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    1. Chong: oh, it's RM99++ for as many dishes as you can order within those nearly hours. but each time you place an order, you can only order five dishes per person at one time. after you've finished eating those five dishes, you can order another five, and so on, until 2:30pm or a bit later =)

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  10. Eggs - my fav weekend breakfast. Can't wait to get over there.

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    1. The Yum List: all of us are such gluttons for eggs, aren't we, heh :D hope you enjoy your meal here. i'm feeling confident you will =)

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  11. This is def the place to go for weekend brunch! All the eggs dishes look luscious.

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    1. Smitten by food: oh yeah, I think Dish is my current top recommendation for weekend brunches! :D

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  12. You are the second person I've seen blogging about Dish's weekend tapas and it's KILLING ME looking at so many delectable dishes!

    How did you feel after gobbling up so much food? I feel quite intimidated to be honest and don't think I can get past 5 dishes in one setting.

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    1. Kelly: ooh, the dishes are all not too heavy, so i think even light eaters can probably fit in nearly 10 dishes in one sitting. and probably more, if you share them with a big eater, heh :D

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  13. oh my... it's been a while since I saw delicious looking photos like the ones above! hahaha

    Sean! How are you? New profile photo, too! :D

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    1. Rad: gosh, it's been weeks! maybe months! i'm OK. hope you're doing good too, yeah. here's wishing that you're happy and healthy, and eating delicious dishes :D

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  14. Hey this looks like a good deal. And there's quite a good number of choices. I will definitely go and try it one weekend!

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    1. Eiling: oh yeah, i think you'll find that it's a very fair price for a fabulous lunch. hope you enjoy it, ya =)

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  15. You prefer the Eggs Ben here or the one at TWG?
    I'm in the quest to find the best Eggs Ben now!

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    1. Rebecca: if i had to choose between the two, i think i'd say the eggs benedict at twg! :D

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  16. Love the idea of many more places coming up with yummeh weekend brunch specials. It makes the weekends more special!

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    1. Missyblurkit: true, and these lunches are a very pleasant way to spend time with family or friends =)

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  17. Wow what a great find! Those habitas and croquettes look ideal hangover food. Do you have to wait long for orders to come? Must be pretty intense on the kitchen....

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: that's true, the habitas and croquettes might help relieve a hangover, though i suspect the free flow of bubbly might cause another one, heh! :D it was still quite quiet when we were there a few weeks ago, so the food came out really promptly, usually within 5-15 minutes of ordering :D

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