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.
41G, Jalan PJU 5/21, The Strand, Kota Damansara.
Open for dinner, closed Sundays.
21G, PJU 5/21, Kota Damansara.