Friday, October 11, 2013

Porcélene @ Empire Damansara

One of 2013's most notable newbies, Porcélene is a fun, funky hangout billed as Malaysia's first acid jazz restaurant & bar, determined to deliver a distinctive dining experience that lives up to its tagline of 'coup de foudre,' the struck-by-lightning sense of love at first sight.

This multiple-level establishment matches the beauty of its home, Empire Damansara, featuring elegantly intimate spaces for eating on the ground & mezzanine floors ...

... plus a "Bowler Room" for live performances, as well as a rooftop lounge that'll be ready soon.

The menu strives for playfully creative touches, epitomized by The French Bird (RM38 before taxes), 60 fabulous grams of pan-seared duck liver on hash browns with caramelized onions. 

Asian Diver (RM28), another tapas-style treat of sauteed scallops with rock salt & asparagus.

Porcélene's mushroom soup (RM15) is a good one, a light, lovely cream of five types of fungi, drizzled with truffle oil & almonds.

Pasta has a place of pride at Porcelene: Highlights include angel hair, aglio olio style (RM25), well-prepared with prawns & salmon roe.

Plus, there's a passion for pizzas with Asian flourishes: mildly spicy Thai-inspired Ga Prao Gai (RM25) with Pattaya-style minced chicken & fried sweet basil.

Pantai Timur (RM36), a Malaysian-influenced recipe with mixed seafood & sambal belacan.

The wine list is thoughtful, supplying something for everyone.

Solid opening-night performers, including gritty Malaysian blues-jazz band Minetrane, bode well for Porcélene's musical future. The thrill most certainly isn't gone.

Porcélene,
Empire Damansara, Jalan PJU 8/8A, Damansara Perdana.
Daily, noon through late. Tel: 03-4065-0039

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26 comments:

  1. Hi Sean, I like the murals on the wall, especially the ones in the first photo. Food prices seem reasonable too.

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, that's an eye-catching wall that will probably be photographed a lot in the coming months! :D and ya, you're right, the prices here were a pleasant surprise for me (especially for the foie) =)

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    2. The murals are done by a very talented local girl Lihua, you can find her on Facebook --> https://www.facebook.com/artoflihua

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    3. Papillon: thanks for the info and the link. the examples of her work on her fb page are ravishing!

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  2. The decor here seems mighty interesting with very good lighting in place =)

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    1. Ulric: yeah, the lighting helps make this place quite cozy! can lounge around for a couple of hours, for sure =)

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  3. Food looks great for a bar!!!

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    1. Suituapui: it's definitely more than a bar! :D

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  4. Duck liver & scallops, my favourite! And the price seems friendly too. :)

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    1. CK: ya, quite a lot of goodies on the menu (and a lot of other items were not available yet, so i need to return, heh). true, the meal was not as expensive as i'd have expected :D

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  5. I like the duck liver and sauteed scallops, looks tasty! The ambience of the bar is quite cozy, should be a nice place to hang out with friends at night^^

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    1. 比比: yeah, the duck liver and scallops were good appetizers. you're right, i think this place will be popular especially among people who live or work nearby :D

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  6. Angel hair! I love them more than spaghetti! ;P foods seem promising! *drools*

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    1. Eunice: ya, i prefer angel hair pasta too! but i think i don't manage to have it very often nowadays, since i haven't visited many italian restaurants this year =)

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  7. Aglio Olio! My favorite way of eating pasta, Rm25 for that amount of seafood is reasonable :)

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    1. Ken: yeah, a simple aglio olio done quite can be quite pleasing, yeah. and true, that plate could have cost above RM30 at some other outlets, heh =)

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  8. Hi Sean, that first photo with the aerial view is very cool! I love pizza.

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    1. Linda: thanks! i was pleased with that photo. and yeah, i'm happy to gobble up plenty of pizza! :D

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  9. Oh this sounds (& looks!) fabulous!

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    1. Cquek: that's a good way to describe it! =)

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  10. The aglio olio caught my eye. Love the photography(lah) Sean!!!

    Acid jazz! My kinda chillout zone.

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    1. Missyblurkit: thanks! that pasta's quite photogenic, heh =) and yeah, it's an interesting genre of music compared to what we'd get at other venues, ya =)

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  11. Good food + nice bar - would work really well for that area!

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    1. Rebecca: ya, this could help change some of the perceptions about the F&B scene at damansara perdana :D

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  12. Today I went to your restaurant, at 1st everything is good, your foreign worker very polite and good service, until we order a pizza, problem begin, the pizza is burned, we can smell burn when it serve on table, we tell the waiter about it, and a malay staff come over and try to defence and insist us to try, my brother in law tries it and told him us burn, and we wanted to cancel it, your staff came back after 5 min and ask us to try the other end of pizza which us less burn, he told us is normal to burn the pizza or ekse the chicken will be uncooked. .. after all we tell him we got enough.... the worst thing happening to us again, about 10.45pm we been chase out from the restaurant, one indian staff came to us pointing on his watches and say we are close now with his un friendly tone and expression, we spend almost RM 600, and yet we feeks like shit experience there. .. so sad is my sister's birthday celebrations, can u believe we end up with shit

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  13. Used to be my favourite spot for their signature drinks and their French-Asian fusion dishes, especially their Foie Gras on Steak, and CrabMeat salad in black sesame dressing. Went there again last Friday to fulfil my Foie Gras cravings, turned out that they've changed their menu! They have downgraded by a mile, really. They took out all their signature dishes, nothing french about them anymore it disappoints me to no end. Their old stuff were so good! Maybe they changed the chef, i don't know. But there's nothing French about their new dishes anymore. They have totally lost their regular customer. What a shame.

    Check out their new menu here: http://www.porcelene.com.my/menu-2/

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