Friday, January 15, 2016

2016 Menu: Ampersand by Culinary Rebels @ Damansara Uptown

One month after opening, Ampersand by Culinary Rebels has expanded its repertoire, unleashing a unique ensemble of imaginative recipes. In pursuit of pork ribs with playful twists or desserts with distinctive flourishes? The hunt may end here.

Ampersand's Miso GCJ Ribs might be our favourite new ribs - irresistibly tender flesh that tears easily off the bone, marinated for 12 hours with miso & gochujang for compelling flavours that will likely win over not only Korean cuisine enthusiasts but everyone else too, partnered with luscious apple chutney & kimchi for pleasurably punchy dynamics (RM26 for a half-portion; RM48 for a full slab). Other memorably creative variations include sweet-savoury Cacao Ribs, prepared with a Valrhona rub, chilli flakes & chocolate balsamic glaze, paired with house-made pickles, & spicy-salty Sambal Ribs, showcasing Indonesian & Malaysian nuances, with a Balinese sambal marinade & Kelantan budu sauce, matched with an SE-Asian winged bean salad.

From brunch to dinner, Ampersand has all the bases covered: Start your day right with the Amps Buka, built for two people, featuring four sous-vide eggs heaped with vegetable slaw, mushrooms, bacon bits & a subtly spicy sauce on house-baked Lebanese bread (RM28) - it's the kind of creation that we'd love to see more of in the Klang Valley, leapfrogging past the current banality of Eggs Benedict. Ampersand's baked eggs also convey a surprise, with a thick sauce of Thai basil pork waiting within (RM30 for a serving size for two customers). Both these egg dishes are only available on weekends, 10am-3pm, but if you're here at other times & have a yearning for yolks, order I'm Not Ramen (RM15.90), a comforting soul-food claypot of spaghetti in steaming-hot miso-scented broth with sous-vide egg & braised pork bit - it's the kind of combo to nurse a broken heart. And if you need some wine to help, bring a bottle of wine - corkage is minimal, with ice & glasses ready for your use.

For Instagrammers, Ampersand's desserts are a should-try - take a stab at the Lolita's Revenge (RM20), an elaborately complex concoction of a lemon-scented white chocolate molten cake, set to be pierced atop a glass of lime panna cotta infused with Thai herbs, spicy 'sand' & Kapiti vanilla ice cream, with everything to be eaten together. For further violence, Killing Me Softly (RM20) sees a Valrhona peanut butter lava cake oozing over crispy pork bacon, chocolate sand & Kapiti vanilla ice cream. This could be merely the beginning - Ampersand seems determined to keep coming up with more original inventions. Many thanks to the team here for having us.

For the week of January 18 to January 24, 2016, Uber is offering all users two free rides to & from Ampersand by Culinary Rebels. Claim your free rides (worth up to RM20 per ride) by using the following promo code: EDKLAMPERSAND

Plus, there's an exclusive reward awaiting you at Ampersand: Flash your Uber email receipt or trip history on your phone to show that you enjoyed a complimentary ride to the outlet, and the outlet's staff will be pleased to provide you with a 10 percent discount off your bill with minimum spending of RM15.

Remember to key in Ampersand by Culinary Rebels as your starting point or destination for the free rides to take effect. The free rides are valid for all Uber users, including both new and existing users.
Customers are entitled to redeem each reward once at each outlet, on the same day as the free ride.

Ampersand by Culinary Rebels
First Floor, 19, Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Above Restoran Khalifah. 
Monday-Tuesday, Thursday-Friday: Lunch & dinner. Saturday: Brunch & dinner. Sunday: Brunch only.
Tel: 03-7732-9711

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20 comments:

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, the menu is engagingly extensive! :)

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    1. Linda: and mostly good choices at that! :)

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  3. ribs & wine will never be a wrong choice!

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    1. KY: i agree 101 percent, heh :D

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  4. The Cacao Ribs and the Amps Buka looks fabs! :D

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    1. Ulric: my favourites are the asian-accented gochujang ribs and the i'm not ramen noodles, heheh :D

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    2. Ooo...ooo...I will keep those in mind =)

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    3. Ulric: yay! Hope you'll enjoy ampersand :)

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  5. Their desserts do look delicious and instagram-worthy....the last one is a sharing platter?

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    1. Contact.ewew: the last one was a bit of an experiment, not quite on the menu for now, but yeah, it was meant to be a serving for sharing :)

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  6. Thumbs up to "current banality of Eggs Benedict" - I get poaching eggs and making Hollandaise sauce is not easy, but seriously so mahal :P

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    1. SC: I'll always love poached eggs, but I guess what I'm looking for is a bit more originality on the up-&-coming menus, heh :)

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  7. All look great but my eyes are drawn to that egg and noodles in the claypot. Double whammy! I love soupy noodles and of course, eggs with runny yolks are my weakness!

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    1. Suituapui: I think you'd love that clay pot noodles with egg ... I did! It was real soul food, very comforting ;)

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  8. Free ride and pork ribs? Why, tQ Sean! :D

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    1. Rebecca: hope you enjoy the rides and the ribs! :)

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  9. Huge fan, love the work you do - but just a slight bit: the Uber promo's worth up to MYR20, not MYR30. Was a little surprised to see that on my Uber receipt, but our stellar meal made up for it. That aside, keep it up and keep 'em coming!

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    1. Aaron: thanks for your super-kind words - am really glad you enjoyed Ampersand, and i appreciate your letting me know about the Uber promo glitch. i've checked with the Uber reps, and it's supposed to be RM30 - could you pls email me with your Uber account details at seanyoong@gmail.com - they say they'll be able to credit any excess payment charged to your account back to you ;)

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