Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Naked @ Plaza Damas, Sri Hartamas

Exposed at last, here comes one of Sri Hartamas' most seductive new restaurants this year.

This two-level venue proves knowingly versatile: on top, Naked's brightly lit, cafe-like setting would work well for lunch, while its breezy bar space at the bottom might lure customers seeking someplace casual but cool to chill out in the evening.

Naked's menu features familiar favorites with cheeky twists: Its mushroom soup (RM18+) is a menage a trois of the shiitake, brown button & oyster varieties, sauteed in a sherry broth with herbs, finished with truffle creme fraiche & fresh thyme.

 Lady's fingers (RM16+), a vegetarian-friendly snack tossed in paprika-tinged batter, crisply coupled with coriander & a cucumber-mint yogurt dip.

Meat-free pizzas can satisfy, evidenced by this well-crowned creation with garlic-roasted veggies, goat's cheese, rosemary, whole-milk mozzarella & aged balsamic reduction; costing a reasonable RM33+, it's clear that Naked's prices won't strip patrons of their hard-earned cash.

Canadian executive chef Nigel Richter's house burger feels fully loaded for ravenous eaters, stacked with a seared beef patty, melted aged cheddar cheese, lettuce, subtly spicy onion rings, crunchy beef bacon & beefsteak tomatoes.

Dressed in a maple balsamic emulsion, Naked's no-gluten salad includes protein-powered components like caramelized beef bacon & a baked parmesan crisp.

White chocolate semifreddo (RM19++) with vanilla cream, salted chocolate crumble & berries.

Naked's cocktails exhibit the bare brilliance of Joshua Ivanovic; love the Cool Bananas (RM28+), comprising Angostura Reserva white rum, banana liquor, lime juice & a banana chopped up into the shape of a friendly dolphin.

School of Awesomeness (RM22+): Beefeater London dry gin, aperol, lemon juice & egg white.

Tea For Mojitwo: A mint tea-infused Bajan Mojito laced with passion fruit. RM38+ for two.

Bloody Gardeners (RM22+): Smirnoff Red Label vodka, tomato juice & seasoning. Will likely be served in a plant pot beginning next week.

Money Club (RM22+): Cachaca, lemon juice, raspberries & egg white.




Naked Restaurant & Bar
E01, Plaza Damas, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, Kuala Lumpur
Open 11am through late, except Mondays

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44 comments:

  1. Gawkkk! The mushroom soup, the pizza n the house burger...nuff said! :3

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    1. Ulric: that would make for quite a hearty meal! =)

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  2. Interesting name... hiak hiak hiak

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    1. Ken: yeah, plus that large red lettering in front of the restaurant really does scream out the name for everyone to notice =)

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  3. Wonder if it has anything to do with Naked for Satan, one of my fav hangouts in Melb. Shall check it out soon.

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    1. Kelly: ooo, no relation as far as i'm aware ... though i like Naked for Satan too, especially the rooftop area, and their chili-infused vodka! :D

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    2. Ooh! Should try Chili Vodka at Sid's 350k scoville!

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    3. Kelly: omg, that sounds scary-good! :D

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  4. I’m salivating right now!

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    1. Cquek: heh, good to hear that! :D

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  5. This is a very unique name for an eatery, Sean. At first I wasn't sure why they gave it that name until I saw one of your latter photos. LOL!

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    1. Linda: heh, yeah, the restaurant's name will raise some eyebrows! :D

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  6. That banana dolphin cocktail looks cute! Lovely, hehe.

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    1. CK: ya, the banana dolphin cocktail made me smile! :D

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    1. Suituapui: not so far, not during business hours :P

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  8. hi sean, we would like to invite you come to our menu launching ceremony at kota damansara, may i get your email add? our company is “WINSOON CAFE" - fish head meehoon......thx

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    1. Eve: hi eve, thanks for the offer. i'll try to drop by the next time i'm in kota damansara =)

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  9. hahaah, so many double entendres..love the post. so natural and bare.

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    1. Fatboybakes: thanks for reading, haha. always fun to write this kinda stuff :D

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  10. The pizza indeed looks nice.
    HAHAHA! School of Awesomeness comes with a ruler!! Look awkward but creative!

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    1. Melissa: ya, i like how the pizza is presented =) and yup, that ruler on the cocktail is a cool twist! :D

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  11. I woukd not have thought this is possible in Malaysia, is there a Non- Halal sign somewhere in this joint ?

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    1. Wong: heh, maybe it helps that it's in English =)

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  12. what a nice name for the restaurant! haha, good concept~

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    1. Mr lonely: it'll be interesting to see how it fares, ya =)

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  13. My very best wishes;& congratulations on your grand Opening;may your business flourish;blessed with overwhelming prosperity!

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    1. Jerry: am sure the people behind Naked appreciate your kind words =)

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    1. Rosemarie: glad u like it! =)

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    1. Ciki: heheh, you first, my dear! :D

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  16. i stay very nearby, but haven't been to plaza damas for over a year. as there was nothing to look forward to at that time. got to check this one out! especially when meeting my friends who are on "special diet" some on gluten free, some on vegetarian, hard to please everyone! but these friends have one thing in common. they love to drink alcohol even though they are on their strict diet. ;) this place sounds very promising!

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    1. Sibu Food Diva: yeah, i find it's worth returning every few months to plaza damas, cos there's usually something new to check out here. heheh, i think i'd fit in well with your friends due to the liquor factor! :D

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  17. I love the look of the cocktails. Garnishes are fab.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, inventive and eye-catching and memorable :D

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  18. Hey Sean,
    I came across another site with your content in it, exactly the same!
    http://eating-babycare.blogspot.com/2013/12/naked-plaza-damas-sri-hartamas.html

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    1. Charmaine: yeah, thanks for that, unfortunately my content gets ripped off wholesale from time to time, but hopefully the culprits aren't really profiting much from it =)

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  19. I never saw a blogger in KL that comment the food you just show what you have eaten what is the sense? Or you are afraid you don't get invited anymore.... By the way the Pizza look horrible.

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    1. Carmine: if you think this was a review by invitation, you're wrong =)

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    2. That was not the point of my message and if you are paying you are even more entitle to give your comments about the food. Of course is very subjective but i recognize that bad food taste bad for everybody

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    3. Carmine: fortunately, the food doesn't taste bad here.

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  20. i was there on Sat with my date, had Meat-free pizza & other main course "prawns, salmon with cheese, the portion was big & Incredibly delicious..we both really enjoyed..definitely will make another trip..oh yeah, I love the name "NAKED" ...

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  21. i was there on Sat with my date, had Meat-free pizza & other main course "prawns, salmon with cheese, the portion was big & Incredibly delicious..we both really enjoyed..definitely will make another trip..oh yeah, I love the name "NAKED" ...

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