Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Ante @ 1 Utama

One of our favourite restaurants for meat, meat & more meat, Ante has finally opened its second outpost - a bright, sleek setting that's an alluring addition to 1 Utama. If you're a fan of Ante at Solaris Dutamas, it's worth checking out this new branch too; there are several offerings exclusive to this mall outlet, including inventively conceived small plates for the modern palate.

Only at Ante 1 Utama for now, fans can kick off their meal with a tasting platter of cold cuts & other appetite-whetting nibbles (RM38; serving size for two persons) - Jamon Iberico ham, house-cured salmon, smoked duck breast, confit onions, candied olives, cherry tomatoes, pickled beetroot, multi-grain bread & smooth French butter. Each component is fresh & appealing, presented in precisely the perfect proportions; it's a pleasure to polish off the entire platter & look forward to the next course.

 Ante 1 Utama specialises in beautiful small-plate recipes personally created by the team here, separated into cold & warm categories. The former includes Jamon Iberico balanced with poached & fresh apple slices, shaved radish & chive flowers (RM32), while the latter boasts highlights like succulent cuts of sous-vide cured pork loin coated in a delicate tuna cream, shallots, celery leaves, capers & tomatoes (RM24). Each is admirably elaborate in its conception & ambitiously nuanced in its flavours & textures - dishes that shine a new spotlight on Ante's capabilities as a confident, contemporary-minded F&B brand.

Ante's best known for pork, but its repertoire extends to poultry too, with temptations like a small plate comprising a chilled duo of smoked duck breast (RM26; the first side is shaved thinly & layered with a bed of soft tofu for an intriguing combination, well-contrasted against a counterpoint of juicy chunks tossed with orange segments, hazelnuts, cucumber & chilli oil for a bit of heat that teases the taste buds) & a main of tender sous-vide chicken breast (RM36), made creamy with hollandaise sauce & mashed potatoes, complemented by the earthiness of mixed mushrooms, some sauteed & others turned into crispy chips.

The restaurant performs similarly well with fish - customers can savour their salmon house-cured & coupled with a complex ensemble of fried capers, red radish, chervil, egg cream, dill & spring onion oil on toast (RM28) or poached to a supreme moistness, miso-glazed with a surprisingly crunchy seaweed crust, partnered with braised shiitake & torched leeks (RM52).

But ultimately, pork is the reason for Ante's existence & the chief lure for most of its followers. Ante 1 Utama carries on the tradition of turning the hog into the best sort of comfort food, from hard-to-find concoctions like sumptuous confit pork cheeks with cauliflower puree, carrots, demi-glace, onion rings & parsley (RM39) to crowd-pleasers executed with flair, such as a satisfying bolognese pasta with minced pork, kitchen-made tomato coulis, herbs & parmesan cheese (RM28), all ideally paired with Ante's thoughtfully curated wine selection, spanning Australia to Argentina. Many thanks to Ante for having us here.

Ante
Lot F346, First Floor, Rainforest, New Wing, One Utama, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. 
Daily, 10am-10pm. Tel: +603-7732-5204



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12 comments:

  1. Place sure looks comfortable and everything they dish out has that touch of class.

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    1. Suituapui: agreed on all those counts :)

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  2. I know it's strange to stay this about a meat place... but they actually have two excellent vegetarian dishes - the gnudi and the gnocchi - that I highly recommend. ;-)

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    1. The Yum List: i absolutely adore their gnudi and gnocchi too :D

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  3. Amazing! I'm a sucker for a proper plate of cold cuts and this one fits the bill perfectly. I like how it looks, especially the small touches like olives for a burst of flavor and the crusty bread.

    The salmon looks great too, and it's nice of them to plate it properly by elevating it on leeks so that the bottom doesn't touch the poaching liquid and turn it soggy.

    I'll definitely be giving Ante a visit when I come back.

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    1. Huai Bin: yeah, i like how the cold cut platter features not only pork but poultry and fish ... and beetroot and pretty good bread and butter, heh! :D ooo, i think the team here will be glad to hear you noted their thoughtful gestures like using the leeks :)

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  4. Finally an outlet nearby my house :) don't have to drive so far anymore

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    1. Leo: this outlet could be a nice spot for a family lunch :)

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  5. I'm liking what I see so far in this (new) Ante. The plates look a lot fresher and lighter.....not "heavy" with just meat-on-meat. I'd love to try since you caught my attention with the words "small plates"! ;)

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    1. Contact.ewew: i'm hoping that this will be the year that small plates really catch fire in the klang valley! :)

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  6. Like the clean and spacious setting. I never try Ante before, heard that their porky dishes are quite good~

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    1. Choi Yen: if you're at 1 utama and wondering what to eat, go to Ante! :D

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