Monday, October 13, 2014

Preview: DC Restaurant by Darren Chin @ Taman Tun Dr Ismail

After months of anticipation & angst-ridden postponements (who knew electricity could prove so elusive?), Restaurant DC is bracing to officially launch on October 21 - following private test sessions this week - capping a long & tumultuous journey by its French-trained chef-founder Darren Chin to share what he calls 'the joy of cooking' with his soon-to-be-ecstatic guests.

 We've been tracking Restaurant DC's progress from the beginning of this year, back when it had still been set to open in Empire Damansara. A change in location has since landed it in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, where it now occupies a three-level shop-lot, with each floor serving a distinct function. Many thanks to Darren's team for this tour inside.

Still a work in progress when we visited, but it's now easier to envision what the final look might be: Restaurant DC's ground floor is billed 'Le Comptoir' - with a long counter dominating what's meant to be a relatively casual space where customers can get up close & personal with the restaurant's chefs & their work.

 The first floor is named 'Le Salle' (The Room) the main formal dining hall where patrons can enjoy prix fixe (fixed price) menus that evolve daily - based on what's now in season & what ingredients are at their peak, prepared with inventiveness & integrity.

 The cuisine? Expect to start with something like caraway seed ciabatta paired with raw unpasteurised Pamplie French butter, followed perhaps by an entree such as local slipper lobster (potentially supplied by MySeafoodMart) in squid ink tempura with watercress puree & sauce gribiche.

 A creative flair streaks across the menu: think lamb tartare with a Thai Isaan twist, paired with bitter sorbet & coriander cress. Or yuzu citrus tartlets with ginger ice cream, lemon basil soil & pomegranate gel. 

 The top floor features the restaurant's herb patch, as well as a space where cooking classes & workshops can be conducted.

 Customers can now make reservations by contacting Darren at 0122232991 ... watch this space in TTDI.

If Darren's name rings a bell, well, it should; his family runs the long-enduring Dave's Bistro, one of 1 Utama's best restaurants.
Earlier reviews on Dave's Bistro: July 2009 & April 2011.

 Darren's creations are also showcased at Dave's, but in the form of heartier, bistro-style fare; still, recipes like the 'World's Best Sandwich' (RM28; baguette with crispy roast pork belly marinated in local herbs, garnished with daikon radish, carrot, cucumber, bird's eye chilli & tonka vinaigrette - named for its triumph as the Delifrance Coupe du Monde du Sandwich 2012) highlight the breadth of Darren's capabilities.

 Restaurant DC will not offer pork, but Dave's Bistro absolutely does - everything from sous vide Sanbanto pork cheeks served with its own jus, mash & buttered veggies (RM58) to pork ribs & knuckles.

Aussie 120-day-aged Black Angus roast beef (RM58); solid pairing with the Chateau Ferthis 2010 house pour, RM75 by carafe

Restaurant DC by Darren Chin @ TTDI
44 Persiaran Zaaba, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

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22 comments:

  1. Nice preview! Am looking forward to charge up at DC...since the food served at Dave's Bistro is quite superb =)

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    1. Ulric: yeah, i have many memories of good meals at dave's bistro dating back to 2004, and am looking forward to making good memories at restaurant dc too! :D

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  2. please send those beef this way.

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    1. KY: don't malas, go and get it yourself! :D

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  3. DC reminds me of DC comics' superheroes! Pork!!! Slurpsssss!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, come to think of it, you're right! :D

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  4. I like the pink hue of the angus beef! nicely done!

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    1. Ken: heheh, glad you like the look of the beef! :)

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  5. Can't wait for my dinner tonite! :)

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    1. Rebecca: heheh, enjoy the unpasteurised butter! :D

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  6. This kind of reminds me of a place here in Montreal, but I can't think of which one! :)

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    1. Linda: ooo, a parallel restaurant! interesting :D

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  7. Crispy roast pork belly with bird's eye chili, this combination sound so yummy! :D

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    1. CK: ya, it's quite a flavourful sandwich to munch on! :)

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    2. It was fiery n sinful :D

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    3. Ulric: heheh, the veggies help to alleviate both the fieriness & sinfulness tho :)

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  8. The new spot looks promising.

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    1. The Yum List: i think folks can expect to hear a lot about restaurant dc in the months to come :)

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  9. wow, that herbs garden! I wish I can own one too!

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    1. Choi Yen: yeah, this is a very cool herb patch! i like the variety of what they're growing :)

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  10. I've been following them on Facebook too, and happy to see that their restaurant is finally ready for business. Their food sure looks impressive and I love their herb garden!

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    1. Baby Sumo: hopefully you'll have a great time dining here when they're open :) and yeah, i can't recognise herbs, but the garden looks good :D

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