Sunday, May 19, 2013

Voir Dire & Terrace Arms @ Kota Damansara

A bit of bistro-hopping at Kota Damansara, a neighborhood of gastronomic hits & misses.

First up, Voir Dire. The place is small and the menu is compact, but bigger isn't necessarily better. Voir Dire's pork platter is a simple Chinese-inspired selection of sausages, balls, luncheon meat and 'sui kow' dumplings, all well-done and wonderful for snack-lovers to share.

Slurp-worthy spaghetti carbonara, bolstered by bacon and enriched with a raw egg.

Pork burger, also a pleasure. Voir Dire's probably worth recommending; no frills, but a fun nook.

If Voir Dire's co-owner and resident mixologist James is around, ask him for some of his specialty cocktails. This one was created to help a heartbroken customer forget her lost love. Potently constructed with cointreau, blue curacao, triple sec, rum and lime juice.

Not our grandmother's tea: Gin, ginger ale and cranberry juice.

Not our grandfather's coffee: Kahlua, Bailey's and milk.

Beer and hard liquor are the focus at this pool table-equipped hangout, but there's still carefully chosen wine by the glass and bottle.

Down the street, we move from pork to beef, heading to the Terrace Arms steakhouse.

Grain-fed chilled Aussie rib-eye, about RM80 for 300 grams. So-so, frankly.

Tiramisu, laced with what seems to be a little kahlua.

Wine, not bad at Terrace Arms. But maybe not enough to make us come back.

Voir Dire,
41G, Jalan PJU 5/21, The Strand, Kota Damansara.
Tel: 03-6151-7778
Open for dinner, closed Sundays.
Terrace Arms,
21G, PJU 5/21, Kota Damansara.
Tel: 03-61505277

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28 comments:

  1. I prefer pork platter
    bcoz I don't like beef steak

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    1. 十六: ooo, the pork platter at Voir Dire is quite worthwhile, quite a tasty selection =)

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  2. The rib-eye looks really good, the spaghetti carbonara does as well! Interesting decor, too.
    I can't each much beef because I have had attacks with gout, a form of arthritis that makes your big toe swollen and red...and unable to walk without pain. However, I am on meds to prevent this...still, I make sure that I don't eat a lot of beef.
    The presentations are great!

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    1. Linda: oh, am sorry to hear you've had problems with gout. i have a few other friends who also face similar troubles, and i do sympathize that you all have to take extra precautions, but i hope you do manage to enjoy beef once in awhile as a special treat =)

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  3. Do their pork have that greasy fats in it ?

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    1. Sycookies: their pork has what tasty pork generally has :D

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  4. Wow! Tat lovely egg in the slurp-worthy spaghetti carbonara and that char in the porky burger...thumbs up! =)

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    1. Ulric: oh yeah, quite nicely done! No overcooking or undercooking for the food at Voir dire :D

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  5. Ooooo...sausages!!! I want! Slurpsss!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: juicy chunky sausages! :D

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  6. I don't like carbonara with too much sauce, but I think this one just nice. :P

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    1. CK: ya, you're right, if too much sauce, then we get sick of eating the carbonara after two or three minutes! hehehe :D

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  7. Wow – what gorgeousness!

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    1. Cquek: some nice recipes here =)

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  8. That is a very nice place for pork...
    Shall try out next month coz I m taking Vege for a mth

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    1. Simple Person: good luck on your no-meat month! sounds like a very good effort, and i respect your discipline! =)

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  9. interesting that it is a chinese pork plate! 100% marks for creativity. Mind you, that's what I slap together at home, when I am lazy and not in the mood for carbs! haha :P

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    1. Ciki: good combination for a protein-packed, muscularly tasty plate! :D

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  10. Voir Dire certainly has interesting drinks! Would love to have a gin right now!

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    1. Missyblurkit: true, I quite liked the one that's supposed to help mend a broken heart, heh. And the other two were nice too, thanks to ingredients like ginger ale, cranberry juice and baileys! :D

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    1. TNG: a nice complement to burger junkyard's beef and chicken burgers in this neighborhood! =)

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  12. that pork platter + beer would be a decent combination over a football match.

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    1. KY: the food will be finished before the first half of the match is finished :D

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  13. so there's no name for the blue cocktail. probably called die-heart? lol

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    1. Eiling: hahah, that's a cool name indeed, very appropriate! we should suggest that to the resident mixologist here :D

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  14. Sean: the name of the blue cocktail is Forget Me aka 'wan qing shui' in mandarin, one with gin is called Christmas kiss & the last one is my own creation...kopi-peng...i am not part of the set up anymore as I have fled the country for work haha, ask for Tey at the bar i have passed most of my recipes to him

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    1. James: oh gosh, it's been that long! heh, thanks for the info on the cocktail names. i hope you're fine abroad, and maybe i'll bump into Tey someday. great to hear from you =)

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