Monday, October 19, 2015

The Eighth Avenue @ Solaris Dutamas

The Eighth Avenue could be this month's first choice for customers seeking somewhere new to eat at Solaris Dutamas; married couple Vanessa & Raj have opened the kind of restaurant that KL could always use more of, with a menu that's adventurous & appealing, buoyed by prices that feel honest & fair, plus service that's encouragingly hands-on & personal.

Much of the selection is unique to this venue, showcasing an ambitious scope that Vanessa & Raj cultivated after spending years in Perth. This is their maiden F&B venture, but they've worked to put together a team capable of executing elaborate recipes that borrow inspiration from both East & West, from the seafood devotee's Phat Boy Squid (RM17.90; squid stuffed with minced shrimp & fish, scrawled with squid ink sauce) to a vegetarian-friendly Zucchini Pasta Doppelganger (RM24.90; strips of zucchini masquerading as pasta, drenched in savoury basil pesto with portobello mushrooms & sun-dried tomatoes).

The Eighth Avenue genuflects before the glory of the swine: Pork temptations hog the spotlight - rolled soft tacos filled with pulled pork & paired with chili con carne (RM29.90) & a tortilla-based pizza blanketed with shredded pork, bacon & chorizo (RM26.90). If you're here for lunch, some afternoon specials include nasi lemak with pork rib rendang (RM15.90 for a set with a soft drink & dessert) & an Oriental pork belly stew with enoki mushrooms, quail eggs & steamed rice (RM15.90 for the set).

Engaging flavours & playful textures come to the fore for the tender grilled catfish with creamy peri-peri sauce, crispy risotto balls & asparagus (RM30.90) & the Angels & Demons, a platter of smoked salmon wrapped around asparagus & pork bacon cloaking juicy prunes (RM14.90). There are many other intriguing items to try - oat-fried squid tentacles, ostrich burgers in pandan brioches & roasted beef bone marrow. Wine is available too; our thanks to The Eighth Avenue for having us here.

The Eighth Avenue
D2-G3-03, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur. Open Sun-Thurs, 12pm-12am; Fri-Sat, 12pm-2am
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18 comments:

  1. Beautiful!!! I'm attracted to those wraps...and others but I think I'd pass on the nasi lemak. Pork rendang...ummmm....!!! :D

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, i'm always game for nasi lemak ... and pork rendang is a fun change from chicken rendang :)

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    1. Linda: i'm glad you feel that way! :)

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  3. the salmon just looks so awesome!

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    1. Happy walker: hope you manage to try it! :)

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  4. The squid and salmon looks beautiful and yummy! Would love to try both. :D

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    1. CK: interesting recipes and preparations for those dishes :)

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  5. There are a few dishes I'd like to try here, but where's dessert?

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    1. The Yum List: there's definitely dessert, but we were too stuffed to order them, heh ... and cocktails too! :)

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  6. Phat Boy Squid would be my choice but yea, i'd like some desserts too

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    1. Ken: ya, the squid could be pretty popular ... and you can have waffles/pancakes for dessert, i think :)

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  7. Catfish and bone marrow perked up my interest......both not commonly found on menus! ;)

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    1. Contact.ewew: oh yes! the bone marrow was not available on the day we visited, but it does perk up my curiosity too :)

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  8. That pizza with copious topping looks promising!

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    1. Choi Yen: i love pizzas that are totally packed with toppings :)

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  9. Did I read "pork"??? That's music to my ears :)

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    1. Leo: music to mine too ... like a good '90s mariah carey song :D

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