Friday, January 18, 2013

The Royal Flush @ Oasis Square, Ara Damansara

The team behind Tom, Dick & Harry's could have a winning hand with its latest gambit, The Royal Flush, a Chinese restaurant that's remarkably regal, reigning over Ara Damansara in a three-level, lantern-festooned shrine of shimmering scarlet.

We're not bluffing when we say this place is beautiful. The Royal Flush raises the stakes for the Klang Valley's Oriental outlets; its ace in the hole might be a romantically moonlit rooftop garden where customers can chill out before banquets begin.

Work on The Royal Flush started two months ago, when the TDH dudes agreed to add another venture to their empire, which includes Hoofed & Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock. They then flew to China to secure furnishing & miraculously completed this place before the Lunar New Year.

The Royal Flush ups the ante for what Ara Damansara's Oasis Square corporate park will become. TDH representatives are keeping some cards close to their chest, but they'll soon open a fourth Tom, Dick & Harry's here, as well as a steakhouse that sounds flamboyantly fun.

All in? Many thanks to The Royal Flush for hosting this preview feast; house rules state that everything here must taste distinctively delicious, even starters such as crispy spring rolls & crunchy cucumber stuffed with chestnuts & pork floss ...

 ... as well as wonton skin-wrapped salmon flakes & cuttlefish crackers.

Subsequent courses hail from one of The Royal Flush's New Year sets, kicking off with a chilled seafood combo of shellfish with kiwi fruit ...

... & a sweet-savory oyster shooter that underscores the confident talent of The Royal Flush's main chef, a mysterious figure whom rumor claims has cultivated decades of experience at top establishments like Shang Palace & Marco Polo.

Dim sum is included in this set; these soup & pork dumplings & fish balls will also be available for lunch daily once The Royal Flush launches January 21.

Grilled cod fish is a highlight of these multiple courses, which total RM1,200 nett per table of ten. Fair, considering The Royal Flush cost some 2.5 million ringgit to construct.

TDH might be famed for pigs in blankets, but The Royal Flush scores with its succulent interpretation of bacon-cloaked scallops, instead of sausages.

Can't read our porky face? When the chips are down, we'd bet the farm on crowd-pleasing ribs.

Asparagus with bonito flakes pays off for folks seeking something a little less sinful.

 Our stomachs nevertheless folded in surrender at the abalone fried rice ...

 ... followed by double-boiled bird's nest ...

... & peanut-rich mochi that both man & monkey might love.

The Royal Flush is a no-shark-fins restaurant, so consciences can remain clean here.

This restaurant is now open for reservations for meals commencing Monday next week; its remaining Lunar New Year set meals are also absolute aces, promising everything from charcoal BBQ crispy suckling pig to fresh geoduck & salmon sashimi.

The Royal Flush seats some 250 in its ground-floor hall & first-level rooms.


The Royal Flush,
Central Piazza, Oasis Square Ara Damansara, 2, Jalan PJU 1A/7A, Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 012-211-7810, 016-2912-737, 012-299-7598

47 comments:

  1. It's a charming place, inside and outside, and I like the interestingness of the food. Chinese but different

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    1. Footfringe: yeah, for a memorable chinese meal, i think the royal flush has got the right stuff! :D

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  2. Wow look at the decor in that place! I'd like a ball of that peanut mochi.

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    1. The Yum List: it's the most attractive restaurant in the oasis square complex! :D heh, i'd have happily eaten more than one of the peanut mochi if i hadn't already been rather stuffed =)

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  3. Wow! Fantastic and even more interesting Chinese...a royal flush indeed...will make a visit to sample their dim sum and other dishes =)

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    1. Ulric: i haven't seen their dim sum menu yet, but i think it'll be a very nice place for people in PJ to satisfy their dumpling cravings! :D

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    2. A pity, that the pictures does not justify the taste at all

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    1. Mr Lonely: yeah, very memorable :D

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  5. Wow this place looks incredibly beautiful! That first picture itself reminds me of the restaurants I saw in Beijing before. Thumbs up to the architect! I'm guessing this place will be fully packed come CNY! :)

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    1. Iamthewitch: yeah, as we were driving into this area, we could see the restaurant building from afar and we were impressed immediately! ya, i hope their hard work pays off during the CNY season :D

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  6. 2.5 mil, of course must open be4 CNY! LOL

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    1. Rebecca: quite a risk, and i hope they'll receive the rewards =)

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  7. My first thought was "wow Sean is in China!" Hahaha...

    Lovely decor and food looks promising too. This calls for a 'sau gong' dinner. ;)

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    1. Bangsar Babe: heh, yeah, one of the owners says it is indeed modeled after some traditional chinese architecture :D and yeah, this is a good place to consider for customers who want someplace different =)

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  8. I like the outlook of this building very much! Very oriental feel. Will be a very nice for a Chinese Wedding or photoshoot ;-)

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    1. Melissa: yeah, i can imagine many wedding banquets being hosted here on future weekends! it will be popular, i'm sure! :D

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  9. yesterday i saw you!!
    we sit same table

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    1. Cindy: ooo, nice! i'm sorry we didn't manage to say hi or speak to each other =)

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  10. The place looks like a building from China!

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    1. Baby Sumo: i think you'll be seeing many photos of this place in the months ahead! :D

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  11. Gosh!!! So impressive!!!! Food looks awesome - bet the prices are too! We had a Royal Flush here in the late 70's...food good, decor like casino...but closed down eventually - boss meddling with shares and had to run some place to hide. So sad.

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, good food, and potentially steep prices for PJ, but i think business will still be robust here =) sounds like an interesting history for Royal Flush in Sarawak! :D

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  12. Kudos to the team behind TDH!

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    1. UnkaLeong: yeah, it's really great how these passionate guys have expanded their empire in the past several years =)

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  13. What a selection of food! Bacon wrapped scallops could be the best invention of the month..I wanna taste!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: yeah, a satisfying chinese feast indeed! i'd happily have accepted three or four of those bacon-wrapped scallops myself :D

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  14. The place looks gorgeous...and I eye some rather interesting dishes too! Can't wait to check them out!

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, i think maybe i'll return after the chinese new year crowd subsides, and see what they'll have on their permanent a la carte menu :D

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  15. Wow! TDH opening in Oasis as well? Nice!

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    1. Isaac: yup! A nice new location for them =)

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  16. What a beautiful place! TDH dudes have surprised us once again!

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    1. Kelly: yeah, a very pleasant surprise! And perfect timing too, since we're all looking for good places this Chinese New Year =)

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  17. I think the exterior architecture itself is a winner, not sure can find another in PJ o Subang !

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    1. Wong: true, a bold, eye-catching concept!

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    2. Tried it last weekend! Certainly burn more ringgit than our usual dining outings !

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    3. Wong: hope you felt it was worth it, ya :D

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  18. wow wow wow I'm impressed with the facade of this restaurant. It'll definitely be one of those places to bring your foreign friends to get that full Chinese dining experience from ambiance to food.

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    1. Eiling: yeah, there's a major wow factor here! :D

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  19. looks like some novel cuisine.. Must check this place out!

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    1. Ciki: it's quite accessible for residents of PJ! =)

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  20. how about the price of the food?

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    1. Isaac: unfortunately I only managed to see the set menu, and not the a la carte. The above is rm1200 nett per table of 10 for Chinese new year

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  21. Hi Sean,

    Thanks for the sharing, base on the info you provide, i went at saturday, which abit hard to find and far from me, because i went there from sri petaling. But still, my family satisfied the food. :)))))

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    1. Violet: thank you for your comment and positive feedback :D ya, i actually live in sri petaling too, so i understand that it can be quite difficult to get from here to ara damansara. but i'm very happy to hear your family enjoyed the food =)

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  22. Hi do you have a private room for corporate function that can accommodate 10 tables?

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