Thursday, November 28, 2013

Way Modern Chinois @ Clearwater, Damansara Heights

Sensual elegance isn't something that a Chinese restaurant is expected to exude, but Way Modern Chinois sets out to be a breaker of multiple rules, painting on a broad culinary canvas.

Opening this week in Damansara Heights, the sister restaurant of Ploy is swathed in shadows, cultivating a cozy-cushy intimacy in a strikingly small space free of traditional banquet tables; it's perhaps the ideal place in KL for a Peking Duck-craving couple to enjoy a romantic evening.

Start with dim sum, served both for lunch & dinner; the Pac-Man platter (RM22 before taxes) is a cute one, comprising steamed prawn dumplings marinated with Szechuan spices & ponzu, to be consumed with a cracker resting on mashed avocado.

 No-carb, no-meat dim sum? No problem. Lettuce-wrapped, carrot-filled 'treasure pouches' (RM17) taste like a healthy treat, enlivened with pumpkin sauce.

 Cheong fun stuffed with shredded duck (RM17), as expertly executed as everything we had here.

 Gyoza-like dumplings, pan-fried & packed with mutton & chives (RM12 for five pieces).

Way is a no-pork eatery, but that won't stop its chicken-based xiaolongbao (RM12 for four) from supplying satisfaction.


This one's wonderful: Wickedly creamy-smooth congee (RM68), constructed with chicken stock, slow-cooked for 12 hours, crowned with abalone & aromatically enriched with plenty of truffle oil.

Tropically tempting: Pina Colada Crab (RM33), chilled crustacean of the flower variety, its meaty flesh coated in soft ice flavored with pineapple & coconut. 

Way's derring-do extends to its cocktail menu; try this "Journey To The West" of Ron Zacapa rum, dried longan, dried dates, ginger beer, lime juice & lime peel. The downside: It costs RM50. 

"Long March," with jasmine tea-infused vodka, elderflower syrup, egg white & lemon juice.

 Note: The way into Way is currently concealed; press the button outside to open this entrance.


Fun fact: Way is the Chinese name of the owners' son. It can mean 'unique' in Mandarin.

Way Modern Chinois
G-1, Work@Clearwater, Jalan Changkat Semantan, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur
Currently open for lunch & dinner, except Sundays. Tel: 03-2095-1118

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30 comments:

  1. Never thought that they are serving Chinese food judging from its interior, i like the classy presentation of the food :)

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    1. Ken: yeah, the beautiful, darkly lit decor here might remind some customers of Reunion, a now-closed Chinese restaurant at Bangsar Village. this outlet feels more formal though, and yeah, it looks really stylish and it serves some eye-catching dishes =)

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  2. Unique dishes...but I hope tat they will do well with those kind of prices ><

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    1. Ulric: ya, it's a bit of a difficult balancing act, trying to keep prices sane while offering interesting food with top-flight ingredients. i think all things considered, i felt the final bill was fairly reasonable for the evening spent here, and the biggest pinch was actually from the cocktails, heh =)

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  3. This is a Chinese place? Gee! Can never tell with a name like that and the decor too - real classy and nice.

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, it could be a cool alternative to other chinese restaurants =)

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  4. It's gorgeous though I can't figure out why they might want to hide its entrance. The Pac-Man dumplings are cute

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    1. Footfringe: heheh, maybe there's a nice air of privacy and seclusion and secrecy that some customers might like :D and yeah, i knew the first thing i had to order was the pac-man dumplings =)

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  5. Truffle oil congee? Hmmm sound interesting, I want to try that! :D

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    1. CK: ya, it's really nice. very smooth, we weren't sure whether it was even made from rice or not, heheh :D

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  6. This is very chic and classy, Sean! :)

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    1. Linda: i agree on both counts! :D

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  7. Ahhh...so they are open, finally. Very un-Chinese decor and food seems fusionistic.

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    1. Pureglutton: ya, after 15 months of food testing, the menu says. futuristic food even, heh :D

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  8. So reasonable pricing for both portion & quality!
    I'm surprised it's located so near Ploy..cos that area doesnt seem to have much human traffic (other than office workers & occasional events). I guess it can work either way; everyone goes to either one of the 2 outlets & biz booms, or well, the other way round.
    *Eh just realized I used a lot of "way" in my sentences :P

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    1. Rebecca: heheh, your comment is way cool :D but ya, ploy seemed to be much busier than Way this week... Way had about four or five occupied tables, while Ploy might have had some events going on. I guess maybe they can try to complement each other. and there's a spa here in this building too, hmmm...

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  9. I love the ambience of the restaurant, will suggest for my family for special occasion as they love Chinese cuisine ;)

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    1. 比比: hope your family enjoys it! ya, maybe for a special occasion, it could work well here =)

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  10. Very nice presentation for Chinese cuisine for sure ;)

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, high marks for presentation! =)

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  11. The setting looks very chic.

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    1. The Yum List: that could be the perfect word to describe this place =)

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  12. Yalor...the ambiance doesn't resemble Chinese restaurant. But its something different and nice lor...

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    1. Melissa: ooo, ya, it's a very pleasant setting. can easily spend hours here :D

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  13. well, i like the xiao long bao and crab dish~ XD

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    1. Mr Lonely: ya, the xlb was nice even without pork, and the crab was quite a creative recipe =)

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    1. Wong: heheh, dim sum in a very comfortable setting for a leisurely evening =)

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    1. Cquek: and they taste good :D

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