Thursday, June 5, 2014

Dinner Menu @ The Kitchen Table Restaurant, PJ Damansara Kim

Returning to The Kitchen Table, this time for its evening selection. Earlier entry on The Kitchen Table's lunch menu: June 4.

The Kitchen Table is proceeding with more caution than expected, serving an extremely compact range for now. It's a showcase of quality over quantity: Reckon on only two or three starters, a couple of main courses, perhaps three vegetable sides & another two desserts on the restaurant's single-page dinner menu this week.

Gotta love The Kitchen Table's compilation of plates; they form an artful backdrop for gracefully nuanced recipes like Malaysian-produced mozzarella by Bright Cow (less milky-rich than the best ones out there, but still enjoyable) combined with tomato jam (terrific _ thick & tangy-sweet), vivacious Thai basil pesto & crisp shaved zucchini. RM24.

Sprightly summery flavours also seize the spotlight for this citrus-fruit salad, crowned with grilled calamari (juicy & beautifully fresh-tasting _ no surprise, since it's from the fine folks who operate MySeafoodMart) with capers & shallot vinaigrette. RM24. Domestic produce is the cornerstone of The Kitchen Table's culinary tableau.

Mains underscore The Kitchen Table's comfort-food philosophies: A fan club is forming for proprietor-chefs Marcus & Mei Wan's flagship chicken, fried with buckwheat flour, partnered with Thai basil crops, ginger & a deeply moreish, garlic-filled ponzu sauce (plus a bottle of Lingham's chilli sauce by the side).

The chicken nails all the right marks, with crispy skin in a light batter, peeled open to reveal hot, irreproachably tender meat. It's a risk though; some customers might baulk at the RM36 price tag for five pieces. But we'd merrily munch on this all night long.

Don't skip the hearty pork belly either, irresistible with a sweet-to-enhance-savoury apple reduction & watercress (RM44). 

Again, all the essentials for excellence are on exhibit: A succulent meat-to-fat ratio (leaning well toward the former), bolstered by flavour that's distinctively but not too dramatically porky. RM44.

Side dishes supply sturdy support: Carrot-&-beet salad, complemented by toasted peanuts & sweet corn (RM18) ...

 ... & roasted cauliflowers (a bit too burnt though, this batch) with celery & shaved onions (RM22).

Desserts? Definitely. Save space for the Earl Grey creme brulee (sumptuously soft & silky, topped with grapefruit segments) with shortbread fingers, a fun play on the tea-&-biscuits theme. RM15.

Like your chocolate supremely smooth, with an authoritative depth of flavour? The Kitchen Table's dark chocolate tart with almond tuilles should leave you plotting another visit (though hopefully, the soundtrack here will extend beyond the slightly-too-gauzy likes of Passenger & Of Monsters and Men by then).

Wine is currently not available at The Kitchen Table, but the corkage fee is a most agreeable RM35.

The Kitchen Table Restaurant & Bakery
23, Jalan SS20/11, Damansara Kim, Petaling Jaya
Open 10am-1030pm (with 530pm-630pm break). Closed Mondays

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16 comments:

  1. Earl grey creme brulee... now that's something interesting.

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    1. Ken: a double-pleasure in one scoop for anyone who enjoys both tea and dessert :)

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  2. Tat was fast! Loving the summery citrus-fruit salad and wanna kiss the luscious pork belly... =)

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    1. Ulric: oh yeah, i think you'd probably enjoy the citrus salad (the calamari is stellar, and it makes for an interesting pairing with the grapefruit) and you'd definitely enjoy the pork belly (it's done almost perfectly, kudos to the kitchen) :)

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  3. Ooooo...the pork belly! And you're so bad, shared so many photos of that. Now I'm suffering! Tsk! Tsk!

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, yeah, this was mighty good pork belly ... hopefully you could try looking for some pork belly this weekend maybe :)

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  4. The chicken looks pretty good; but I would steer clear of the octopus. It makes me squeamish. :)

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    1. Linda: oh yes, it's definitely possible to have a satisfying meal here just by ordering the chicken :)

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  5. Wow, so fast you revisit already! The citrus-fruit salad looks very refreshing and I want that pork belly too, hehehe.

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    1. CK: ya, that calamari citrus salad was very memorable, and the pork belly definitely should be ordered also :D

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  6. I love that they're using locally produced cheese! I'd like to see more of that. Shaved zucchini too - I'd like that salad.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, the local-produce movement is spreading, slowly but surely :) and yup, i'm actually not a major fan of zucchini, but this was a brilliant recipe for a salad, all in all :D

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  7. For a start, I love the plates...really very home-like and as you say, Malaysian-style :-)
    Everything looks good, and the sound of the domestic produce is agreeing with me!
    I can see that they are really innovative with their menu; and the Earl Grey Creme Brûlée...and the shaved zucchini (as Yum List mentioned), all just equally tempting ;-)

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    1. Christy: oh yes, it almost feels like plates you'd find at someone's home :) the menu here seems very thoughtfully planned, and i think every item is worth trying. hope you manage to make it here sometime in the future, and hopefully you'll enjoy the meal :D

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  8. Hmmm.. the beetroot salad and the pork for me! :D

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    1. Rebecca: the beetroot salad is really refreshing, and the pork belly is top-notch! ;)

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