Sunday, September 6, 2015

Sekor & Co @ Ukay Heights, Ampang

This new family-run restaurant is a soulful sanctuary that's set to become a neighbourhood favourite in Ukay Heights - perched on the first floor of a shop-house with a leafy view of serene suburban surroundings, Sekor & Co promises lovingly prepared home-style recipes that its founders, Melati & her husband Greg, inherited from their forebears.

Step in & you'll feel as if you've been welcomed into Melati & Greg's own home; this is a casual eatery with a no-fuss charm, nestled above Melati's family's bakery downstairs. Take a table outdoors for a sense of having completely escaped the city's bustle. And here's a romantic tale: Greg surprised Melati by presenting her with the key to this formerly vacant space for their fifth wedding anniversary this year & furnishing it so she could start her own eatery here.

Melati is of Malay-Indonesian heritage, & the food here reflects both her roots & her travels - the latter is represented by the gyu tan don, which is meant to evoke Melati's memories of Melbourne's Menya - thinly sliced marinated ox tongue grilled with red chillies & onions, served with rice & miso soup (RM35).

But the most cherished dishes are the ones Melati grew up eating, like semur lidah & daging balado (RM35) - meaty meals with pleasingly mellow flavours, surprisingly not too fiery. You'll also find ayam masak sekor, a secret recipe handed down by Melati's grandmother - ghee-roasted chicken with potatoes & gravy (RM26), best savoured with salted egg & sambal bajak (RM4).The heart-warming menu also includes claypot chicken rice with salted fish (Melati's stepmother's concoction), beef stroganoff (a favourite of Greg & Melati's young son, Isaiah) & tenggiri masak tempoyak (a Pahang home-town speciality).

 Greg is French, which explains the excellent duck pate (RM24; rustically textured), partnered with lovely bread & orange chutney. This selection is available for dinner, Tues-Sat; on Sundays, Sekor & Co serves a brunch menu that comprises everything from nasi lemak & bakso to crepe squares & open sandwiches. Wine is not offered, but patrons can bring their own.

Sekor & Co
1A, Jalan Chong Khoon Lin, Ukay Heights, Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. Tues-Sat, 6pm-10pm; Sun, 11am-3pm

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21 comments:

  1. Nice looking place, Sean. :) It looks like a cloudy day judging by your photos, but I don't mind cloudy days. :)

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    1. Linda: i like cloudy days too, as long as it doesn't rain too heavily, heh :D

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  2. the food served here look very delicate. It's worth trying out; after all, I reckon that it's really hard to find home-cooked food in a home-like environment in KL :)

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    1. Fabian: yeah, and it's nice to know that the recipes here have been perfected through the generations and served for a long time in their families :)

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  3. Love the balcony, nice to sit there on a cool, rainy day, great natural light for photographs too. Malay-Indonesian? Count me in!

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, the balcony was my instinctive choice too! and i was also drawn to the selection available :D

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  4. Love this place, simple and cosy. Hope I will receive such a surprise one day, hahaha.

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    1. CK: haha, i also hope you'll receive a surprise gift of your own restaurant, so i can visit it :D

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  5. Oh, it's above The Bakery! I'd heard there was a new spot up there, but couldn't imagine where it would be. Thanks Sean!

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    1. The Yum List: i think you'll enjoy your visit here - melati and her team are very welcoming! :)

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  6. Interesting space! Would love to try their fresh bakes!

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    1. Ken: the bread went very well with the pate :D

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  7. nice environment, i notice you like to drink wine~

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    1. Happy walker: yes to wine and more wine :D

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  8. now semur lidah really sounds interesting.

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  9. Looks like comfort food in lush surroundings! :)

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    1. Contact.ewew: that's a good description! :)

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  10. Lovely surroundings and the meal looks so homey and comforting! :)

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    1. Baby Sumo: this was a breath of fresh air from eating in the city :)

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