Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Ante Kitchen & Bar @ Solaris Dutamas

Ante Kitchen & Bar is upping the pork quotient at Solaris Dutamas, supplying a viable alternative to The BIG Group's S.Wine for hog-hungry patrons.

Run by a team of twentysomethings with heart, passion and plenty of smiles, Ante is the spot for spending a relaxed evening; three hours flew by effortlessly here.

Ante's caveman-worthy pork ribs might rank among KL's most succulent, charcoal-grilled with hickory chips for a lick-your-lips flavor that'll stick to your fingers for hours. No fewer than three should share this RM70+ portion.

Pork burger (RM25+), featuring a beautifully seasoned patty that's partnered perfectly with a sweet-salty wheat bun. Fans of flavorsome burgers, this one's for you.

Our favorite so far: "Volcanic Sacrifice" (RM29+), a slab of sliced pork that tastes as juicily savory as steak, with a molehill of mashed potatoes overflowing with spicy-meaty "lava" sauce.

But not everything here's a bona fide hit. We'd skip the pork chorizo pizza (RM25+), which functions fine as a cheese-loaded bar snack but leaves little impression.

"Angry Piglets" (RM24+), spicy sausages with crispy bacon. What'll tempt us to return: Ante's soon-to-be-unveiled brunch menu, with sinful sensations like Eggs Benedict with back bacon, "Eggs in a Basket" with grilled bacon, plus buttermilk toast with _ you guessed it _ more bacon.

Ante isn't serving wine yet, so bring your own. Corkage might not be charged this week.

Currently open only for dinner, with lunch likely to commence by next week.


Ante Kitchen & Bar,
A2-G1-09, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Not exactly in Publika. Same row as Pappa Rich, facing the main road.

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50 comments:

  1. A pork burger tats flavourful...count me in anytime =)

    The Volcanic Sacrifice looks uniquely worthy of a sacrifice...hehe :p

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    1. Ulric: both the burger and the volcanic sacrifice will cost customers nearly 1,000 calories each, i think! :D

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    2. Now tats a sacrifice!...hahaha :D

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    3. Ulric: sacrifice a slim waistline forever =)

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    4. Not a problem for me...hahaha =)

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  2. hehehe I'm really excited to go back and try all the new & yummy places!! Is Publika/Solaris Dutamas booming with people already?? The last time I was there, it was getting busier but still lacked traffic. How exciting!!! :D

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    1. Vien: come back soon! yeah, based on parking conditions, publika is getting really crowded during peak hours, but everyone is pretty spread out all over the sprawling complex. not all the cafes are booming, but several definitely are =)

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    2. ahhhhh! I wanna go home now :D hmm.. sounds like there's not enough parking space for the huge complex!!

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    3. Vien: yeah, i think everyone tries to park at the limited spaces that's most convenient for accessing the cafes =)

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  3. I can be a caveman one or two days a week ! ... At may age ! :D)

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    1. Wong: during those one or two days each week, you can tempt yourself with some tasty pork ribs! :D

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  4. You seem to hang around this area a lot - staying somewhere around here? Oooo...I love sausages and bacon so you can guess which one my pick will be. Slurpsss!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: nope, i don't stay around here, but it's less than a 30-minute drive from my office after work, so it's a fairly convenient location for me. heheh, i hope you'll get a chance to check out the 'angry piglets' dish here sometime =)

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  5. We were there and thinking what to eat yesterday, should post this earlier, lol. :P

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    1. CK: heheh, you can come here to Ante next month, after you return from your vacation! :D

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  6. oooo Sunday brunch! The most perfect meal ever devised

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    1. Footfringe: i'd love it even more if sunday brunch started at 5pm. oh, alas, the brunch menu at Ante is only available until 2:30 pm :D

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  7. Ah... some porky food at Solaris Dutamas. If you had posted this two days earlier, I'd have tried them yesterday. But then again, I'm not sure if I could locate this restaurant since that area is always a maze to me. Hehe.

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    1. Chong: yeah, if we exclude publika's food court, there are still only a small handful of restaurants in solaris dutamas that serve pork. i think i'm semi-confident about my solaris navigating skills now, since i'm here once or twice a week :D

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  8. Yum Yum...that burger with runny egg yolk looks good!

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    1. Melissa: that burger's on my recommendation list! :D

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  9. More porky goodness in Solaris area. No reason for the pork lovers to complain anymore.

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, and if S.Wine gets too packed on weekends, then customers can try heading here to Ante instead :D

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  10. I.want.that.pork.burger!!!

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    1. Bangsar-Babe: ooh, forgot to mention that the egg is actually not included in the burger, but they will happily oblige requests for a sunny-side-up to be added =)

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    2. Bangsar-Babe: Dare u try ur luck for a sunny-side-up?...hahaha :P

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  11. Pity that chorizo pizza didn't pass your test... love porky pizzas!

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    1. Pureglutton: heheh, you might still actually enjoy the pork pizza here. i was kinda stuffed by the time i started eating it, so maybe that's one factor for my not loving it :D

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  12. Debe ser un lugar encantador, y el aroma de esas comidas casi llega hasta aquí.
    Saludos desde España

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    1. Victor: thank you for the message. i remember having a lot of great pork dishes in spain too :D

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  13. The pork ribs looks good!!! Tender, fall of the bone.

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, in terms of tenderness, the pork ribs rate an A+ for me! in terms of taste, apparently the chef had only managed to marinate it for a few hours that day, so it could have been tastier, but i think they'll fix that for future customers :D

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    2. Wow..tats pretty good =)

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    3. Ulric: yep, there's also pork knuckle available here, so along with the ribs, those two items are good for sharing in groups

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  14. wah, you went there damn fast! Funny about the chorizo bacon pizza. One of our all time favourites. Either it's a case of one man's meat.... or they still ironing the kinks in the kitchen.

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    1. Ivan: ooh, maybe they've been tweaking and tinkering with the formula, but yeah, maybe i was hoping for a meatier pizza instead of a very cheesy one, heh =)

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  15. Pork burger calling my name :)

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    1. TNG: i think you might enjoy it! :D

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  16. love love love what i see! slurpies!

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    1. Augustdiners: i'm definitely coming back here sometime in the next month or so! :D

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  17. Another new outlet at Publika? I think i love the pork burger! =)

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    1. Smitten: yeah, this complex is buzzing with cafes. and it's one of the better pork burgers i've had this year, i think =)

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    2. even better than d'legends?

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    3. Ivan: oops, it's been a couple of years since I had d legends' burger, so my memory of it is hazy =)

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  18. Oh dear I'm hungry right now and that pork burger would surely fill the spot.

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    1. The yum list: hope you managed to munch on something as satisfying as any pork burger for dinner! =)

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  19. the pork burger looks interesting due to its sweet and salty wheat bun. Sounds very tempting.

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    1. Eiling: yeah, this might be the only pork burger in town where i'll actually gobble up the entire bun, and not just the patty, heh :D

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  20. Can't wait for their brunch menu!! ;)

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    1. Charmaine: crossing fingers that it's good! :D

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