Thursday, July 11, 2013

Bistro Den Den & Pantrie @ Oasis Ara Damansara

Seeking salmon? Search no further than Bistro Den Den & Pantrie, two new restaurants in Oasis Ara Damansara that feature this fatty, fan-favorite fish in fun, flashy fashion.

First up, Bistro Den Den, a Japanese restaurant with international influences peppering its menu, blessed with an abundance of natural sunshine & warm service.

Keeping things light & healthy here with fresh/refreshing spring rolls, stuffed with salmon, shrimp, cellophane noodles & Jew's ear edible fungus (RM25).

Comfort-food tartare of salmon, avocado & scallop layers with creamy wasabi sauce. RM25.

Don't leave without having this cheese platter; the cream cheese & camembert might be typical, but the surprise is the orange-hued mimolette, the now-notorious, mite-burrowed French cheese that's banned in the U.S. but mercifully still found in outlets like Den Den & KL Hilton's Graze.

Wine is available by the glass & carafe, but strangely, not sake, not so far.

Only a one-minute stroll from Bistro Den Den, here's a look at Pantrie, another pleasant place.

Salmon lurks within this starter, of the chilled Norwegian air-flown variety, citrus-cured at Pantrie & accompanied by avocado & tabasco sauce mayo with oranges & capers on the side. RM20++.

Also enjoyable: Tea-smoked salmon blended in a hot, creamy soup. RM16++.

Crispy-skin, sous-vide salmon, scented with truffle oil (RM36++). Delicate & juicy.

After all those courses of salmon, customers will surely need something sweet to finish. Pantrie's pavlova (RM8++) should please. A dainty portion, like most of the food here.

Salted caramel chocolate cake (RM10++), dense & not overly rich.

Wine's currently available only by the bottle at Pantrie. Not a wide selection, but that's OK.

Bistro DenDen @ Oasis Ara Damansara,
Central Piazza, Oasis Square, Ara Damansara, Petaling Jaya.
Now open daily for dinner. Will start lunch service soon.

Pantrie International Restaurant,
D-G3A, Block D, 2, Jalan PJU1A/7A, Oasis Square, Ara Damansara.
Open Tues-Sun, 1130am-1030pm

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32 comments:

  1. The food at Bistro Den Den looks appealing...and I can pop over to Pantrie for the tea-smoked salmon creamy soup =)

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    1. Ulric: yup, wholesome & well-done food at both places. I hope they both do all right. A bit expensive for an average weekday lunch for the office workers in the area, but the ingredients are imported and everything, so all in all, not unreasonably priced =)

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  2. Not a fan of salmon. We have fresh air-flown Norwegian ones at a Japanese restaurant here - they notify via Facebook once they get any...but they run out very fast. My daughter loves it! I think I'd love the soup - I love stuff that is rich and creamy!

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, norwegian salmon is tasty indeed! and yup, creamy-rich hot soups are perfect for times when we're feeling cold or under the weather (i'm sniffling a bit today) :D

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  3. nice place to chill.. thanks for recommand.. :)

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    1. 镜框外ザ軒: hope you get the chance to check out oasis ara damansara =)

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  4. The food in both places sound good to me. But I will wait for your Bistro DenDen's lunch menu first. hehehe

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    1. DevilCK: heheh, okie. Oasis Ara Damansara is a nice place to visit, if you're free on a weekend. good area for photography, with some nicely decorated restaurants and cafes (including Epiphany Coffee) =)

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  5. Hi Sean, this looks like a really cool place! I absolutely love Spring rolls, but I would have to skip the edible fungus. :) I absolutely love salmon, as you know, so smoked salmon is definitely on my list of favourites! The tea smoked salmon in a hot creamy soup sounds divine!

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    1. Linda: oh yes, i enjoyed this meal as it was full of salmon goodness. and thankfully, the fish all tasted fresh :D

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  6. "feature this fatty, fan-favorite fish in fun, flashy fashion" - lovely use of alliteration and fab pics of the food. My mouth is watering.

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    1. The Yum List: heheh, i can't resist alliteration. thanks for noticing, and thanks for the kind comments =)

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  7. I would probably go for the tartare or raw salmon since I'm not a huge fan of it cooked. Gonna go goggle mimolette now.

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, i think i'm in agreement with you there. raw salmon is so tempting! :D heheh, can go try mimolette the next time you're at KL hilton =)

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  8. wa....feast with salmon! *I Like* ;-)

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    1. Melissa: ya, quite an interesting range of salmon recipes here :D

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  9. I would love to give the salty chocolate cake a try; I've never had something like this. =D

    Lovely for salmon lovers like me. I almost read Den Den as Ben Ben. >.<

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    1. Waverly: ya, salted caramel is a nice touch to desserts, i think. it adds a mildly savory zing :D heheh, i guess there are a lot of salmon lovers like us out there =)

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  10. wow, sous vide is so in fashion these days ya..

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    1. Sibu Food Diva: a good way to prepare meat and seafood =)

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  11. Gorgeous recipe as per usual

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    1. Cquek: satisfying for salmon lovers =)

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  12. no wonder you eat as you do, and still you're fit sean. it's that insane amount of omega3. seriously.

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    1. Ciki: the magic of omega3! i need to pop some salmon oil capsules, seriously! =)

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  13. Food looks interesting. Fresh. Vibrant. Interesting name too "Den Den"!

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    1. Missyblurkit: yups, fresh & vibrant are appropriate adjectives for the food here, i think! :D

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  14. mimolette - i like it! Had it in Sg earlier this year. Yummy stuff:P

    I love this area too, went there once for Mr & Miss.

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    1. Tng: yes, more mimolette would be nice! =) yup, oasis ara damansara is steadily becoming one of my favorite places in PJ. Too bad it's kinda far off for me, but it's worth the effort =)

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  15. wow, i love salmon! but are these places halal though? :(

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    1. Dayana: oh, both these places don't serve pork on their menu, and they both have muslim customers. however, they don't have the official halal license as they offer alcohol for drinks =)

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    2. noted. thanks on that! :)

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    3. Dayana: hope u enjoy your visit =)

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