Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sitka Restaurant: Lunch Menu @ Batai, Damansara Heights

It's a hit! Returning to a cheerfully crowded Sitka for its newly launched lunch selection. Introduction to Sitka: April 10.

Love your liver & start with what's most scrumptious: One of 2014's top sandwiches, swollen with crispy chunks of chicken liver, cushioned with coleslaw & orange marmalade. Probably the most satisfaction we can purchase for RM18 at a KL cafe right now.

Also addictive: Half a spring chicken, meatier & more tender than expected, buttermilk-fried, its crunchy skin made enjoyably nectarous with honey & aromatic with thyme. RM23.

Sitka's salads are hearty, complex & nourishing: This plate of aubergines & portobello (fleshy & sweet with miso & honey) mixed with millet provides pure pleasure, reinforced by an add-on 63-degree egg (RM26 in total).

Tacos are a treat here: Try the ones teeming with large, luscious panko-fried mushrooms with soy & truffle dressing (RM21) ...


... or those triumphant with tender lamb shoulder (aromatic with spices), crushed peas & mint. RM27.

Say cheese! Tangy mangoes with tomatoes, charred red onions, cilantro, chilli & couscous (RM20), topped with local ricotta (extra RM11) that's perhaps too stodgy to prove a true textural triumph.

Caprese ciabatta with local mozzarella, slow tomatoes & Thai basil (RM24). The bread is out-of-this-world fantastic _ crispy, fresh & fluffy _ though the mozzarella (as well as the ricotta for the earlier salad) isn't nearly as tasty as the best ones out there.

Lobster roll in squid ink bun with cocktail sauce & celery leaves (RM34, Sitka's priciest order for now).

More finesse is also needed for the beef tacos, featuring gochujang-braised brisket that proved somewhat stringy & overpoweringly salty in parts, partnered with feta & green onions. RM25. All ingredients are sourced locally where possible.

Let's finish on very positive notes: There's still so much that's admirable about Sitka, so many orders that would make a meal here a success, like this invigoratingly ravishing salad of roasted local beets, orange slices, hummus & chickpeas (RM20) ...

 ... & a green-thumbs-up pastiche of peas, sugar snaps & long beans with quinoa, herbs & yoghurt dressing (RM18), exactly enough to make us go, "Botanical who?"

Sitka Restaurant
8-5, Jalan Batai, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur
Lunch generally served 11am-5:30pm. Dinner menu to commence sometime in May
Tel: 03-2011-1117

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47 comments:

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    1. Ulric: ya, but beware the lunch crowds on weekdays! (come before 12 or after 2) :D

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    2. Got it! Hopefully they improve the freshness of the lobster roll...are there any fish tacos? =)

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    3. Ulric: i think the lobster's freshness wasn't the problem but the quality of locally sourced lobster might be :) there are fish tacos! with tempura of local fish with apple slaw and smoked red pepper aioli :)

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    4. Haha...icic...then it will be the 2 above-mentioned and the chicken liver sandwich for lunch...lolz! :D

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    5. Ulric: sounds good! the only two items on the current menu i didn't have space for were the fish tacos and the lamb tacos with shoulder meat, crushed peas and mint (perhaps another time) :)

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    6. Oh god...need to add the lamb tacos also...hehe :3

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    7. Ulric: haha, i think that'd be a good idea :)

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  2. Liver sandwich! Wow I want to try that!! :D

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    1. CK: lovely for liver lovers like us! :D

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  3. Wow! So crowded. Must be really good. Western eh? From the name, I was expecting Indian or Thai.

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    1. Suituapui: the name does have an interesting origin, it's a reference to the Sitka spruce tree that's part of the landscape in Scotland & elsewhere :)

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  4. I love chicken liver :)

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    1. Footfringe: it reminds me of my childhood, eating chicken liver satay from a malaccan shop :)

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  5. I think i'll love this place for serving healthy food, love those fresh greens and sandwiches

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    1. Ken: that's true, the food tastes deliciously wholesome and nutritious and fresh and well-prepared :)

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  6. Oh wow, the food here definitely looks fresh and I also like how vibrant they look!

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    1. Baby Sumo: ya, very vivid colours ... they've really put a lot of care into each recipe here! :)

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  7. Oh hurrah for creativity! It looks like quite a colourful food spread.

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: the colours and flavours do come alive here :)

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    1. Linda: yes, crafted with care :)

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  9. wholesome and nutritious and fresh - Love what I'm seeing here! :)

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, this is a restaurant that's serving stuff that we want! :D

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  10. Chicken liver sandwich?? That's a first! Very creative menu indeed :)

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    1. Iamthewitch: yeah, i could happily gobble up that entire chicken liver sandwich! it has four big chunks of liver, yay :D

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  11. The salads look particularly good.

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    1. The Yum List: yup, excellent salads at an excellent price :)

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  12. Interesting menu. First time seeing ppl serve chicken liver in sandwiches.
    I would love to try Lobster roll in squid ink bun ;-)

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    1. Melissa: ya, fun sandwiches hor, chicken liver sub, lobster in squid ink bun ... they'll be changing their menu from time to time, so it'll be interesting to see what they create next time :)

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  13. Had the Chicken liver sandwich today! OMG, that's really one of the best sandwiches I have had in a very long time. Definitely sandwich of 2014 so far. Chicken liver is indeed heavy but nicely balanced out by the orange jam relish, liver is cooked perfectly, pink insidee!

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    1. Eugene: totally agree with your description ... and it's always great to hear from a fellow liver lover :)

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  14. R u the 1 who sitting the table next to the door n with a girl & boy ... ???

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    1. Ms Poppy: that sounds correct :)

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    2. Lolxxxx ... Remember there is a girl siting alone beside u ?? That's meeeeeeee XD

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    3. Ms Poppy: nice to 'meet' you ... yep, i remember you left earlier :)

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  15. Nice to "meet" u toooo ^^ yeah ... Left early bcoz saw ppls waiting for seat d ... Hehehe
    I was wondering how come u guys order so much foods and I suspect u guys must be blogger and I see ur face so familiar but can't recall 😝

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    1. Ms Poppy: cool, hopefully will bump into you again at another time in another place :)

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    2. Tag me together when u go food review then 😁😁😁

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