Saturday, December 1, 2012

ESC Dining @ Ara Damansara

Promising an escape from the city, an escape from trite cooking, ESC Dining is a restaurant run with skill & ambition, by food lovers for food lovers.

Complimentary bread with plummy house-made tomato chutney. The menu ranges from tapas to pastas & pizzas, most at a fair median price of RM20-something.

 Looks like lasagna, but tastes not exactly like lasagna (RM23.90), thanks to the use of crepes, not pasta sheets, for an intriguing texture. Rich & creamy.

Barramundi (RM29.90), seared & baked, accompanied by veal reduction, puy lentils, citrus cabbage & crispy leeks. Fish enhanced with a meaty flavor, expertly executed in a fine recipe. 

1824 rib-eye (RM59.90) with truffle mash & roast pumpkin. Could have been the sort of ho-hum meat-&-potatoes platter that scores of other cafes in the Klang Valley serve, but instead, it's a prime example of how ESC works to elevate its food.

One complaint: wine is available only by the bottle so far. 

ESC also offers mystery set meals that change daily, potentially with premium components like Wagyu beef, oysters & foie gras; simply let the friendly team here know, preferably in advance, if you're feeling adventurous for your eating escapade.

ESC Dining,
D5-9-G, Dana 1 Commercial Center, Jalan PJU 1A/46, Petaling Jaya.
Near CITTA Mall, kinda. Open for lunch & dinner, except Tuesdays.
Tel: 03-7832-3686 (call before coming here; ESC hosts plenty of private functions)
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32 comments:

  1. Another promising place to visit =)

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    1. Ulric: oh yeah, a bit far from the workplace in KL, but totally accessible for folks in PJ =)

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    2. Where's there's good food...will drive!...hahaha =)

      Veal reduction only? I want the veal proper! =(

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    3. Ulric: want veal? probably not a problem. if you make a reservation a few days in advance and request a veal dish, it sounds like they'll be happy to oblige =)

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    4. Oolalala! Thanx for d tip! =)

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    5. Ulric, when r u going?;P JOM!!!

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  2. An escape from the city? Doesn't look like country-style cuisine to me...so very classy, fine-dining stuff I see. I'm a meat person...so it's the rib-eye for me... :)

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    1. Suituapui: oh it's in the suburbs, which is enough of an escape from the city for me :D yep, lotsa meat on the menu here, from beef to lamb to chicken =)

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  3. The rib eye looks great... nicely cooked!

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    1. Baby Sumo: oh yeah, the chef here really respects the meat he cooks =)

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  4. This place is amazing...was here for a birthday dinner last Sunday. Not a fan of Baramundi but Ben certainly did a perfect execution.

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    1. Missyblurkit: oooh, ya, i managed to chat a bit with chef ben, and i like his passion for thinking up recipes that will satisfy and excite customers :D

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  5. I think I may have passed this restaurant once or twice. I'm not a big fan of meat, but Barramundi is tempting my palates. =)

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    1. Waverly: ooh, it's worth stepping in for a meal here, the next time you're in the neighborhood. prices are pretty reasonable, and i think the food is worth it =)

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  6. Very near my area...wonder if they can do a carpetbag steak! :D

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    1. TNG: steak & oysters, they have both ingredients here, so probably no problem, heheh :D

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  7. Hmmm 1824 beef seems to be a very popular brand / supplier in KL (or at least, the outlets that you frequent). Generally pretty good, I take it?

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    1. Timing: oh yeah, one of the first places i noticed it at was at Mandarin Grill at mandarin oriental hotel a few years back. i think it's a good choice, not overwhelmingly expensive and a bit better than average =)

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  8. its next to my office. The pizza not too bad too :)

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    1. Isaac: thanks for that info. i'll have to come back here with an empty stomach someday to try to pizza, heh :D

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  9. Mystery set meals sound fun! :P

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    1. CK: yaaa, they say that they won't inform us what the dishes are beforehand, so we have to trust them that the food will be good :D

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  10. Yes please! count me in

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    1. Cquek: hope you enjoy the delicious dishes here =)

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  11. I would say first time seeing restaurant in black-white paint !

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    1. Wong: heheh, it's an interesting look. simple and clean, i think =)

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  12. Ooh, I just had cannelloni last week using crepes rather than pasta. I liked it. :-)

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    1. The Yum List: sounds like a great way to prepare cannelloni! hopefully more outlets will take notice of this crepe method :D

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  13. I'm coming here! looks promising and is so close by my house =)

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    1. Smitten By Food: ooh, hope you enjoy it! it'll be a convenient place for you to eat here regularly if you like it =)

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  14. so did you finish the whole bottle of wine?

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    1. Eiling: there's actually still enough for one more glass remaining in my fridge :D

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