Monday, August 25, 2014

Preview: Dinner Menu @ Sitka, Damansara Heights

More than four months after first opening, Sitka has finally embarked on serving dinners that rank among KL's most carefully crafted - only twice a week, Fridays & Saturdays, featuring recipes that reflect a commitment to raising the bar for what restaurants can offer. Freshly installed, starkly forested wallpaper forms a beautiful backdrop for evenings of edible enchantment.
Introduction to Sitka & its lunch menu: April 10 & April 23.

 Many thanks to Jenifer & the Sitka team for this preview of what patrons can expect starting this Friday: Dinner will begin with lovely bread that we tore into with gusto, paired with butter (on a bed of black sesame seeds) that might seem magically softer than expected. The secret? It's whipped with beef fat. No need to spread it on the bread; simply use it as a divinely airy dip.

 The concise menu's first section comprises up to three types of snacks: We like the linseed cracker (or flaxseed, if you prefer) - brittle-textured & nutty-tasting - crowned with creamy drops of avocado mousse & a crispy, nutrition-packed kale leaf. Sure, it's entirely gone in two or three mouthfuls, but it'll whet the appetite for more. RM17.

Alternatively, there's fried chicken with coconut cream, pressed pineapples & pickled cucumbers (RM20). It's an intriguing ensemble, with delicate nuances that compel you to concentrate on what you're tasting, but the chicken was the weakest link: a bit too little meat, too much nondescript batter. Still worth sampling though.

 'Small plates' follow: Tender mackerel with almond creme fraiche, almond crumble, baby choy sum, gooseberries & dashi broth make for a remarkable combination that illustrates how hard Sitka works to source its ingredients - occasionally, you might even find the restaurant's co-owner at a port before dawn, waiting for the seafaring boats to return with their catch. This might prove more satisfying if the fish weren't cooked fully through, but that's a matter of preference.

 For a protein-powered plate, try the raw smoked beef, which provides a pleasurably savoury chew, partnered with pickled yolk, radish & other accompaniments (RM50). It's something of a fun riff on steak tartare.

 'Large plates' include luscious sea bass, magnificently moist, with dill, buttermilk & brassica veggies (RM60). This dish seems to define Sitka's ethos: Who needs Norwegian salmon when there's equal enjoyment to be found in Malaysian fish at its finest?

Wherever there's duck, count us in: Sitka's is served with temptingly pink flesh & a depraved layer of fat over a thick sauce tinged dark crimson with cherry & red wine, complemented by purple cabbage, fermented black bean & a fried bean curd roll stuffed with pulled confit of duck that instantaneously seizes the spotlight from everything else. RM65.

But what will haunt our memory the most is dessert, specifically the award-worthy white chocolate panna cotta, indelibly smooth & irrepressibly light, its comforting sweetness matched surprisingly & serendipitously by this garland of wood sorrel & Thai basil. RM30; if you eat only one thing for dinner at Sitka, make it this show-stopping sacrament of sumptuousness.

 The beetroot sorbet - with malt crisp & bitter chocolate as a counterpoint - is also elegantly delicious in its own right. RM30.

 Aussie wine starts at RM25 by the glass; all in all, dinners here seem to nimbly straddle the balance between being intimate & casual, though the cost of an evening's meal will understandably & easily surpass that for Sitka's lunch salads, baos & tacos.

 The menu will evolve, with more mouthwatering marvels expected to emerge in the months ahead. Sweetbread with basmati, sichuan pepper & ginger? Sounds like the biggest of winners.

Sitka Restaurant @ Jalan Batai, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur
Email for reservations: info@sitkarestaurant.com
Tel: 03-2011-1117

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26 comments:

  1. Large plates for me pleaseee :3

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    1. Ulric: the larger the better, for those of us with hearty appetites :D

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  2. Oooo the food here is so beautifully plated. The duck and raw smoked beef sure caught my attention and the garland of herbs around the panna cotta sure is pretty.

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    1. Baby Sumo: ya, these culinary works of art made me wish i could take prettier photographs, heh :) my preference also was for the meatier dishes. oh ... there was a dish of smoked potato with duck egg & burnt leek on the menu, but that was reserved only for vegetarians on the preview evening, so we didn't manage to try it :)

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  3. yummy ah~ supported again~ XD

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    1. Happy walker: glad you enjoyed reading about sitka :)

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  4. The panna cotta with the garland looks like a dessert goddess ! White chocolate and Thai basil leaves ? Sounds like a complex flavor :) KJ

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    1. KJ: yeah, that dessert was my favourite dish here. It was surprising and satisfying, exactly what we were looking for from this meal :)

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  5. Lovely presentations, and I love the wall with the trees in the first photo! Nice ambiance!

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    1. Linda: that wall is a beautiful flourish! :)

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  6. The food looks pretty. :)
    I love duck! I go to china town to have roasted duck almost every weekend, hehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, ya, i think i could happily eat duck every weekend also, whether or not it looks pretty, heheh :)

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  7. Lovely place - looks like some classy hotel cafe. Ahhhh!!! Duck! That's the one for me. That "Super Gym 5" looks familiar - have you featured this place before...or maybe I saw that in some other blog? Have they taken over some place else that used to be below the gym?

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    1. Suituapui: a hotel cafe! that's an interesting and thought-provoking description! :) oh ya, it's been four months since i wrote about this place. it was a health facility or something a long time ago, and they chose to retain the signboard :)

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  8. This place looks exciting - lots of unexpected dishes on the menu.

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    1. The Yum List: the menu's pretty cool here! :)

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  9. Wow, looks like a lot of style. Hopefully substance too. When you said 'Small plates' follow.. was wondering what could be smaller!

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    1. Ciki: ya, i think the restaurant adopts a philosophy with a lot of substance ... the portions were OK, though i think this might not be the place to visit to get stuffed, heh :)

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  10. Oh my god, the dessert looks so fine here! especially the white chocolate panna cotta, I must try it!

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    1. Audrey: hope you manage to try it, and enjoy it, ya :)

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  11. These are so fantastically plated, it'll be difficult for me to start eating.

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    1. KY: true, we had a hard time stopping ourselves from taking snapshots! :)

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  12. love the plating and that white chocolate panna cotta certainly looks like a must have! lovely play with thai basil! can't wait to check it out!

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    1. Missyblurkit: i love white chocolate (i know white chocolate has a lot of haters), and this was one of the most fun dessert recipes i've ever seen for white choc :)

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  13. That food looks beautiful and so lovingly crafted. Beetroot sorbet got me excited!!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: they've got the craftsmanship nailed down :) and yeah, i was very much looking forward to the beetroot sorbet too :)

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