Sunday, January 10, 2016

Doma Korean Cafe @ Mont Kiara Shoplex

KL's most unconventional Korean restaurant fuses the surprising synergy of Seoul & Sydney to stir up contemporary cooking with cross-border currents - Doma's chef Terry Song comes to Malaysia from Australia, while co-founder Carl Lee is South Korean; check out their collaboration if you enjoy Korean flavours but want to move beyond the city's archetypal BBQ eateries.

Come ravenous; Doma's evening menu consists of small, medium & large plates, constructed for sharing. The restaurant remains one of Mont Kiara's best-kept secrets, supplying a calm, leafy setting for munching on a platter of Korean fried chicken done three ways - original, honey-soy & sweet-spicy - endowed with the requisite full-on flavour & juicy crunch (RM29).

Much meat on the menu - soy-glazed roasted pork belly emerges in an elaborate preparation, partnered with blackberry tofu mousse, shallots, scallions & garlic chips (RM67; the interplay of the cooked & raw elements provide for intriguing dynamics, though the sum total might be an acquired taste). You'll also find other porcine specialities like twice-cooked pork belly sliders with spicy mayo & red cabbage (RM17) & crispy pork hock with mixed herbs & smoky honey BBQ sauce (RM55). The braised Wagyu beef short ribs with radish, chestnuts, enoki mushrooms & pumpkin puree sound supremely tantalising too (RM107).

There's also a smattering of seafood - the most tempting may be the yellowfin tuna sashimi with horseradish emulsion, cucumbers & white soy dressing (RM22), though we're also pretty fascinated by the prospect of the pan-seared scallops with pea puree & yuzu zest (RM21) & soft-shell crab with paprika puree & baby coriander (RM32). Recommended desserts include confidently executed sticky rice pancakes, fresh & warm, well-topped with ice cream (RM11). And of course, it wouldn't be a Korean restaurant without soju & beer. Note: The lunch selection is a little smaller but comprises sufficient enticements in its own right, from kimchi fried rice with bacon & parmesan (RM18) to grilled calamari with pineapple & roasted seaweed (RM18).

Doma
15-0-1E, New Wing @ Mont Kiara Shoplex, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 11am-12am. Tel: 03-2011-1547

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14 comments:

  1. Beautiful views and lovely ambiance!

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    1. Linda: it's a pleasant place indeed ... nicely outfitted and with a fairly verdant view outside :)

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  2. Ahhhh!!! An authentic Korean chef, one of them. What they dish out sure looks good. Is that Korean Heineken? Any difference from the regular ones?

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    1. Suituapui: it's interesting, a korean chef who dabbles in 'global gastronomy,' because of his influences :) oh, that's korean soju ... you can sort of think of it as the korean version of sake, even though the production of both are different, but they serve the same purpose in both countries, heh :)

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  3. The food looks really good, especially that dessert you featured. It's been a long time since I've sunk my teeth into a good Korean fried chicken, perhaps it's time to pay this one a visit.

    The place looks really nice too, especially the tables by the windows. Excellent view.

    LOL @ shark jaw bottle opener! :)

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    1. Huai Bin: some the dishes here are quite interesting - i still haven't really fallen head over heels for korean fried chicken, but hey, any fried chicken will tempt me, heh :) and yeah, we sat by the windows and enjoyed the view :D haha, that bottle opener amused me too! :)

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  4. There are a quite a few things here I'd like to try. Thanks for sharing Sean.

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    1. The Yum List: i think you'll have fun exploring the unique menu here :)

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  5. will pay a visit to this korean cafe soon.

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    1. Happy walker: hope you enjoy doma :D

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  6. Is that Korean wine paired with Heineken? It reminds me too much of todee paired with Guinness Stout and black dog.

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    1. Ciana: heh, it's basically 'somac' - a mix of soju with beer ... pretty fun :D

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  7. I want to sit by the windows enjoy my food while admiring the greenery~

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    1. Choi Yen: that sounds like the best way to enjoy this place :)

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