Tuesday, June 18, 2013

D'Cuisine @ The Plaza, Jaya 33

D'lightful d'scoveries might draw d'votees to Plaza 33's D'Cuisine, a new retooled-Asian-cuisine offshoot of the D'Italiane Kitchen restaurant chain.

The menu feels both familiar & fresh with tempting twists throughout: this Oriental tapas platter (RM29+) illustrates inventiveness via a wet trifecta of Mongolian chicken cubes, chili prawns & buttered salted-egg fish slices with toasted handmade mantou bun.

Chinese-influenced Pu-Erh tea-infused chicken (RM18+), smoked for 45 minutes, served with Malay-style blue-tinted butterfly-pea rice. Pleasant one-plate fare.

Strictly for sharing: 'Sang har mee,' RM48+ for this serving with 300 grams of freshwater prawns, piled upon thick Hong Kong yee mee that retains its crispness very well while still soaking up the robustly savory, roe-rich sauce.

Don't D'spair: There's plenty more to try here, from Nyonya curry noodles with Norwegian salmon to Australian beef ball soup to fish & chips in a kaffir-lime batter.

But save space for some fun desserts, including this mild-but-unique salted egg pudding with house-made vanilla ice cream (RM19+).

Lemongrass ice cream with lemongrass jelly. Lovely, more so for these hazy-hot days. RM11+.

Avocado ice cream, a hearty double scoop served with a side of Arabica espresso (RM21+).

Respectable wine at a more-than-respectable rate of RM20+ per glass.

D'Cuisine runs an alfresco cafe cutely called Ketch-Up in this building (an extension of Jaya 33), where folks can sip a marvelously milky Creme Brulee Latte.

It's still early days, but Plaza 33 is certain to become a should-visit for Petaling Jaya's foodies; this complex now also houses Noble Mansion & Kampachi, with Coliseum, a new branch of the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Road institution, expected to open here next month.

D'Cuisine @ PJ Plaza 33

D'Cuisine @ PJ Plaza 33,
Ground Floor, The Plaza @ Jaya 33, Jalan Semangat, Section 13, Petaling Jaya.
Open for lunch & dinner, Mon-Thurs, & 11am-11pm Fri-Sun.

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26 comments:

  1. anything with salted egg will be good. Salted egg pudding sounds like a very delightful dessert taht is comforting in its own rights.

    Interesting choice of puer for the smoked chicken since its normally tip kuan yin.

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    1. Missyblurkit: oh yeah, it seems quite unusual to use salted egg in desserts. the only other recent one i can recall is salted egg macarons :D
      and yeah, i actually can't tell the difference between chinese teas, but i guess the pu-erh still imparted an interesting flavor to the chicken =)

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  2. Hi Sean, it must be both fun and fascinating to have the pleasure of exploring all these eateries and cafes! I love the names of the establishment here, very creative. The milky creme brulee latte looks amazing! I would definitely have to try that. :) I like the ambiance and the cushions, it gives it a warm and welcoming feel. (referring to the first photo).
    The Oriental tapas platter looks like a succulent buffet!

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    1. Linda: definitely, the fun part is when there are pleasant surprises in the food =) and yep, it's nice to just sink into these cushions, start with some tapas, relax, and then finish with a creme brulee latte :D

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  3. Oh! Passed by recently...tot they were a Western-style cafe...thanx for righting my perception =)

    The 'sang har meen' looks substanstially rich...while the salted egg pudding n the avocado affogato looks mighty fine =)

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    1. Ulric: ya, D'Cuisine is one of those names where we'd have no idea what they serve until we look at their menu, heh =) yaaa, this was a surprisingly good 'sang har mee' for a non-chinese-outlet version. tastier than a few that i've had at PJ (though my favorite 'sang har mee' is the famous one at Imbi) =) also happy that the desserts here try to be different. no tiramisu or cheesecake, heh :D

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    2. Can't wait to try their fish & chips in a kaffir-lime batter...hehe =)

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    3. Ulric: heheh, cross fingers that can taste the kaffir-lime in the batter ... and that it provides a pleasant spark of flavor! :D

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  4. I like salted egg dishes: pumpkin, prawn, crab, chicken.....But how the salted egg pudding taste like?

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    1. CK: ooh, the salted egg pudding is not as rich as salted egg prawns, crabs, etc. i think it would be better if it were a bit more moist and creamy. i hope they can make that improvement here =)

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  5. Salted Egg Pudding is on my "to order" list.

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    1. The Yum List: oh yeah, when i saw that on the menu, i knew we couldn't leave without ordering it :D

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  6. I think the place looks better now. And oriental tapas? That's a first! :)

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    1. Bangsar Babe: ya, hopefully these new dining outlets help to revive interest in the Jaya 33 complex overall :D and yep, yay for oriental tapas! =)

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  7. Pu-Erh tea-infused chicken looks delicious. The gravy sure very flavorful.
    salted egg pudding with house-made vanilla ice cream sounds like a yummy savory dessert!

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    1. Melissa: yup, the chicken was tasty and tender enough to please us :D i wonder who came up with the idea of a salted egg pudding, and how they thought of it, heh =)

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  8. OOhh...I love the look of that Oriental Tapas platter!

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    1. Pureglutton: it's an interesting change from the usual spanish tapas, especially with the mantao, which was the perfect dipping bread! :D

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  9. Fusion, eh? Looks interesting. I love salted eggs - sure would want to try the pudding.

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, the imagination and sense of playfulness displayed here work quite nicely :D

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  10. Lemongrass ice-cream? That's got to be really cooling for the body. =)

    Avocado ice-cream? How did that taste, Sean?

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    1. Waverly: both the ice cream flavors were subtle and not too overwhelming. I prefered the lemongrass one, since it was a bit more aromatic. The avocado one was good too, but I guess avocado is sometimes just as much about texture as taste, so it might not necessarily translate into a very flavorsome ice cream =)

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  11. I love unique combinations that bring out the best in every ingredient.

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    1. Cquek: absolutely, it's interesting to think of how different types of food can complement each other in unexpected ways =)

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  12. The food looks great and i am wondering if the meat is halal? Would like to try eating there...

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    1. Ennyuarar: the restaurant is hoping to serve muslim customers, as there's no pork on the menu =)

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